Call for Papers

AEJMC 2018, Washington, DC

Submission Deadline: 11:59 P.M. (Central Daylight Time), Sunday, April 1, 2018

Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition & James W. Markham Student Paper Competition: The International Communication Division welcomes original, unpublished research papers that focus clearly on international aspects of journalism and mass communication. Papers that merely examine communication phenomena outside of the United States do not necessarily fit in this division. Any theoretical and methodological approaches appropriate for communication research are welcome. Papers are submitted  either to the Robert L. Stevenson open paper competition (faculty and student-faculty) or the James W. Markham student competition (strictly student-authored papers). All submissions must be uploaded through the AEJMC conference website. Be sure to note whether you are submitting to the Stevenson open paper competition or the James W. Markham student paper competition. Authors will be notified about acceptance in early May. In addition to guidelines stated in AEJMC’s uniform call, please note ICD’s specific instructions below. 

Guidelines: Papers should be submitted in Word or PDF format. Do not include any identifying information about the authors anywhere in the paper or in the document properties. Papers with identifying information of any kind will be automatically disqualified. Papers must include an abstract of no more than 75 words. The title should be clearly presented on the first page of text and on running heads throughout the document. ICD accepts papers of up to 25 pages, exclusive of references, tables, and figures. Tables and figures should be placed at the end of the document, as reviewers will be instructed to stop reading text after page 25. Font should be 12-point, text should be double-spaced, and margins should be no less than one inch on all sides. Authors should use a style appropriate for the discipline, including APA, Chicago, and Harvard. We will review up to two papers per author, whether the author appears as a single author or as one of several authors.

Consult AEJMC’s Uniform Paper Call for specific instructions on removing identifying information from the document that you submit. Please contact the ICD Research Chair, Jatin Srivastava <>, before submitting the paper, if you have any questions. Authors are responsible for following the guidelines for paper submissions outlined in the AEJMC uniform paper call and the additional ICD guidelines listed here. Papers that do not meet guidelines will not be reviewed. Submissions will be blind-reviewed. Selections are based on merit. ICD takes plagiarism concerns seriously and retains the right to screen your submission for unoriginal material.

Awards: ICD awards cash prizes for the top three faculty papers (Stevenson Competition) and the top three student papers (Markham Competition). First authors of student winners also will receive free conference registration. Both The Asian Journal of Communication and African Journalism Studies also sponsor a “Best Paper Award” with cash prizes. (Cash prizes are forfeited, if an author fails to present the work at the conference.) The Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award sponsored by Florida International University and University of Arizona will honor three top papers in the International Communication or Minorities and Communication divisions with cash prizes and conference registration waivers. The ICD is also pleased to announce a new competition for Best Poster Award beginning in 2018. All winners of all the aforementioned awards will be notified in advance, and all awards will be presented at the ICD business meeting during the conference. 

Asian Journal of Communication Best Paper Award: The AJC Best Paper Award is presented annually by the Asian Journal of Communication (AJC), a refereed international publication of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, to an outstanding paper selected from the AEJMC International Communication Division’s Open Paper Competition. Established in 2003, the award is aimed at promoting mass communication research focused on the Asia-Pacific region. All papers submitted to ICD’s Stevenson open paper competition are eligible for the AJC Best Paper Award and will be reviewed automatically for the award. All research methodologies are welcome. 

African Journalism Studies Best Paper Award for Journalism Research: The ICD’s “Best Paper Award for Journalism Research” is sponsored annually by African Journalism Studies for the most outstanding paper selected from the submissions to the AEJMC International Communication Division’s Open Paper Competition. Established in 2003, the award is aimed at promoting research in global journalism, which will enhance and enrich understanding of such issues as international news flow, news theory, media ethics, media education, gender, and race, as well as specific topics, such as the media and AIDS. In line with ICD’s international character, the award is also aimed at promoting research that addresses North-South and South-South journalism issues. 

Latino/Latin American Communication Research Award: ICD will grant three awards to deserving top papers, two sponsored by the Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture and the Arts (CARTA) and the FIU Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC), and one sponsored by the University of Arizona School of Journalism. This award honors the top three research papers submitted to either the International Communication or the Minorities in Communication divisions by
Hispanic scholars for journalism and mass media research relevant to their communities in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Canada, or the Iberian Peninsula, including domestic and international communication. 

Topics addressed may involve matters of Inter-American and Iberian-American communications, news media flows, media theory, media technology or new media, communication for development/social change, media law and ethics, media education, ethnic or gender media and integration, media economics, media and the environment, political communication, critical media studies, popular culture, and cultural studies among others. All research methodologies are welcome. To be eligible, authors must regard themselves as members of the Latino, Hispanic, or Latin American community. The term Latino or Latina, along with Hispanic, is meant to be inclusive, that is, individuals of Spanish, Portuguese, and even “French-speaking background” in the Americas. If two or more scholars have authored the submission, the first author should fit the eligibility criteria. Also, LARA winners from previous years will not be allowed to compete for this award for two consecutive years.

Best Poster Award: The ICD is pleased to announce this new award. The ICD’s Best Poster Award aims at: First, appreciating and recognizing the efforts of those ICD scholars who do great work with great poster presentations. Second, improving the quality of posters produced by scholars presenting their work in scholar-to-scholar sessions programmed by ICD. Third, encouraging higher participation in scholar-to-scholar sessions of ICD. The Research Chair and Markham Chair will serve as judges of this award. Both judges will evaluate each poster, unless there is a conflict of interest. More ICD scholars can be invited to serve as judges. For 2018, there will be one Best Poster Award for faculty and student-faculty posters, and one Best Poster Award for student (strictly student) posters. Winners will get certificates and honorary amounts of money in recognition of their work on high-quality posters.

All the competitions in ICD are open to AEJMC members and non-members, students and faculty. If you have questions about this call or the 2018 ICD research competitions at any time, please contact:

Robert L. Stevenson Open Paper Competition Chair – Jatin Srivastava, Ohio University, <>, or

James W. Markham Student Competition Chair – Sally Ann Cruikshank, Middle Tennessee State University,  <>