Paper call

Paper call!

It’s already time to start thinking about the Public Relations Division programming for 2018 in Washington, D.C. (August 6—9; preconference on August 5th).

All division members are hereby invited to submit ideas for panels for the 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. To meet the AEJMC central office’s deadline we need YOUR ideas as soon as possible. The deadline for panel proposals is therefore September 25, 2017. Below is a summary of the call for proposal process. A comprehensive PDF is attached.

Please send your ideas to Giselle A. Auger by September 25th via email at

There are three types of panel proposals you can submit: Professional Freedom & Responsibility (PF&R), Teaching, and Invited Research.

Because of the enthusiastic success of the Media Ethics/PRD debate in Chicago, this year we are also asking for potential debate topics and possible panelists for the debate. More information on this appears below:

· PF&R encompasses the five areas of a) free expression, b) ethics, c) media criticism and accountability, d) racial, gender, LGBTQ, or cultural inclusiveness and e) public service.

· Teaching topics cover anything related to public relations education at the college/university level.

· Invited research panel topics may range from any theoretical or practical public relations topics that reinforce, push, or even challenge our traditional approaches to the discipline.

· The debate can focus on any issue of public relations providing there can be two sides to that issue. Be very clear about the debate question to be posed for each side to consider. The proposed debate topic should indicate a co-sponsor division.

Tips for preparing your proposal:

Panels appealing to the interests of other AEJMC divisions or interest groups are more likely to be accepted. Therefore, it is best if you have a well-developed joint proposal with someone from another division/interest group who would like to be working with you. If you have a contact, work with him or her in preparing the proposal so the other group is equally vested.

If you’re co-sponsoring a panel, make sure there’s a balance of presenters representing each division/interest group. Avoid stacking the panel with speakers only from the Public Relations Division since this will decrease the likelihood of the panel being accepted.

You can also add to the interest in your panel by considering the following:

· Represent Washington, D.C. Are there speakers from the D.C. area who would be perfect for your panel? Are there agency, nonprofit, government, or corporate practitioners who would be relevant for the conference?

· Convey what the attendees can expect to learn and/or anticipated outcomes of the panel.

Be sure to include ALL the following information when submitting your proposals:

1. Panel Type (PF&R, Teaching, Research, or Debate)

2. Potential Co-Sponsors (contact information for the proposed co-sponsoring

division or interest group)

3. Proposed Panel Title

4. Panel Description/Summary (500 – 1000 words)

5. Proposed Moderator

6. Possible Panelists (list up to five panelists, with their contact information including Twitter ID’s if applicable)

7. Panel Contact (name, affiliation and contact info of the person proposing the panel)

If you submit a proposal, you’ll be notified in December regarding the acceptance of your proposal. Please don’t hesitate to contact Giselle at if you have any questions!


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.