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70th Annual ICA Conference on “Open Communication”

May 21 - May 25

CfP: 70th Annual ICA Conference Theme “Open Communication”, Gold Coast, 🇦🇺 21-25 May 2020

Deadline: 1 November 2019

In 2020, we’re bringing open science/research/scholarship to communication studies!

I will act as Theme Chair for the “Open Communication” sessions at ICA20, so please do get in touch with me if you have any questions or ideas regarding the theme. Most of all, think about what it is that you could submit to the theme sessions! Paper and panel submissions accepted. See below.

We are delighted to invite you to the 70th Annual International Communication Association Conference in Gold Coast, Australia from 21-25 May 2020.

The theme of ICA 2020 is Open Communication.

The ICA 2020 conference theme aims to facilitate and deepen the conversation about Open Science in the field of communication. The international movement towards Open Science touches on many aspects of our research practices, and discussing the implications will enable and contribute to a conversation in the ICA and our field more broadly about Open Science. This is an inclusive conversation from which our entire field can benefit.

As a concept, Open Science is oriented toward advancing scholarship through transparency, wide-ranging collaboration, and a focus on the creation of public goods. It is about sharing knowledge about our research process, being up front about research ideas, transparent and thoughtful about analyzing our materials, and ensuring that, when possible, data and instruments are available for future scholars to learn from and to challenge. We need an open conversation about what the Open Science movement implies for the diverse field of communication research. This conversation should serve to further increase both the quality of our research and the transparency of the research process. As is the case with Open Access, quality and transparency will help us to build better communication research with a broader appeal.

Open communication science is not a one-size-fits-all. But how can we develop best practices and share experiences in creating an ‘Open Communication Science’ space for all scholars? These are conversations that we should have as communication scholars, at our home universities, with our funders, and also within the ICA.

With the theme of Open Communication, we encourage research and panels that cut across research domains and practices. We invite researchers to look beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries and also bring in perspectives from adjacent disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. In particular, we also encourage submissions that focus on digital communication, the lockdown of platforms, and the interesting tensions between data science and open science practices.

With the Open Communication conference theme, we encourage scholars to address key questions that relate to collaboration in and the accessibility of our work, such as:

• What are good open science practices and how can they be adopted in our discipline?
• What does open science imply for the norms and values that underlie our research work?
• How do we develop an inclusive open science culture that is respectful of epistemological differences?
• How do we square developments towards data science, algorithms, and artificial intelligence with open science principles and practices?
• How can open science enable the communication field to be inspired by, and inspire, adjacent fields?
• How do we educate both emerging and established communication scholars about open science?
• What are the roles and responsibilities of different actors (universities, funders, associations, research groups, journals, individual researchers)?

To learn how to submit an individual submission or session proposal, read the full call for papers.



May 21
May 25
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Gold Coast
Gold Coast, Queensland Australia + Google Map


International Communication Association (ICA)