Paper call

Come back for information about the next paper call!

How do I submit a paper?

IMG_4250AEJMC members receive the call in their AEJMC newsletter, and the late fall PRD newsletter also usually contains information specific to the PRD call for papers. Submitters should carefully review the specific details and directions for the Public Relations Division, as well as the general requirements contained in the AEJMC Uniform Paper Call.

Submission categories
Submission Categories: A paper may be submitted in one of the five PRD categories this year: (1) open, (2) student, (3) teaching, (4) Newsom Award, or (5) PR History Award.

Top Papers: Monetary awards are given for the top three papers in the teaching, open and student categories. Thanks to a generous gift from Dennis Wilcox, Professor Emeritus, San Jose State University, top papers in open and teaching categories will be awarded: $750 for the top paper, $500 for the second-place paper, and $250 for the third-place paper. Top teaching papers will also receive expedited review in the Journal of Public Relations Education, provided they are submitted by December 31, 2017. Thanks to the generous support of The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations at the University of Alabama, the first author of each of the top three student research papers will receive $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

Newsom Award: The Doug Newsom Award, created in honor of Doug Newsom, Professor Emeritus, Texas Christian University, will be given for the top paper that fits the theme of global ethics or global diversity. For the context of this award, global ethics promotes the free flow of accurate information, open communication and in- formed decision-making, protection of confidential information, and fair competition while avoiding conflict of interest across the world. Global diversity encompasses racial, ethnic, national identity, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural diversity as a matter of fairness and justice in the global public relations workforce. The winning paper’s author will receive $250 and a plaque.

PR History Award: The Museum of Public Relations is awarding $250 for the best paper about the role of public relations in history. The paper can be by faculty or students and can be pedagogical research or “open” research. The historical figures do not need to self-identify as public relations people and can include social and political movement leaders. People who are not typically cited in public relations textbooks are of particular interest.

If your paper is submitted to one of these two award categories (Newsom or History) but does not win, it will be moved to the appropriate main category (open, teaching, student) for consideration.

Submission limitations
No more than two papers may be submitted by any one author or co-author across the three PRD categories. A paper may NOT be under review: (1) simultaneously with more than one of the three PRD categories, (2) simultaneously with more than one division within AEJMC, (3) simultaneously with the AEJMC conference and any other conference, or (4) simultaneously with the AEJMC conference and any potential publication, including refereed journals, book chapters, online, etc.

When submitting co-authored papers, permission to submit the paper should be sought and obtained from all authors on the paper. Paper authorship cannot be added, deleted, or changed subsequent to submission of the paper.

Paper content
Any recognized research method and citation style may be used. Papers should include appropriate literature reviews, methodology, findings and discussion. Papers should test, refine or expand public relations theory or practice; critically review issues relevant to public relations theory and research; or explore methods of effective public relations practice. Teaching papers should test, refine or expand principles or practices associated with public relations pedagogy. All submissions should represent research completed by the conference submission deadline, not research proposals or reports on research in progress.

Paper formatting
Be sure to follow the Uniform Paper Call and the PRD Paper call to format your paper correctly. Formatting guidelines include the number of pages, font type and size, widths of margins, the identification of authors in the online system, and the removal of author-identifying information in the attached document files.

Before submitting, make sure to read AEJMC’s guide to submitting a clean paper. You can also watch this video, made by Matt Kushin at Shepherd University, on how to get a clean paper in Word 2011 for Mac.

Presentation requirement
At least one author of an accepted faculty paper must attend the conference to present the paper. If student authors cannot be present, they must make arrangements for the paper to be presented by someone else. Failure to be present or provide a presenter for any paper will result in a one-year ban on the review of papers for all of the authors involved. Authors of accepted papers are required to forward papers to discussants and moderators prior to the conference. Presentations at AEJMC conference may be disseminated via social media; presenters may opt out of social media dissemination by requesting so at the time of presentation.

Review process
Submitted papers are sent to two or three PRD members to review. These members will not have submitted to your category. For example, professors who have submitted to the open category of PRD cannot review in that category but they may review student submissions or teaching category submissions. Each paper is reviewed in ten categories on a scale of 1-5 and reviewers are encouraged to provide constructive comments to authors. These reviews are generally available to authors at the end of May.