The 100th AEJMC Annual Conference
Closing the Gap: Media, Research and the Profession
2017 Paper Call
The Public Relations Division invites submissions of original papers that advance the theories and practices of public relations. Submitters should carefully review the specific instructions for the Public Relations Division as well as the general requirements contained in the AEJMC Uniform Paper Call.
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: $500 for the top paper, $300 for the second-place paper, and $100 for the third-place paper. Top teaching papers will also receive expedited review in the Journal of Public Relations Education, provided they are sub- mitted 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.
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.
A new award will be given for the first time in 2017. 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 all five PRD categories. If it is found that one person is author and/or co-author of more than two submissions across the PRD categories, all of the submissions will be automatically disqualified.
A paper may NOT be under review:
(1) simultaneously with more than one of the 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, etc.
Authorship: 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 after submission of the paper.
Author Identification: All authors and co-authors, their institutional affiliations and contact information must be included WHEN REGISTERING on the online system. If there are three co-authors, for example, information about all three must be included in the registration. Stu- dent papers must be authored or co-authored by students ONLY (no faculty co-authors), and all student papers must have the word “STUDENT” on the title page and in the running head. Author-identifying information MUST NOT appear anywhere in the attached paper file. Identifying information includes (1) listing of authors’ names and/or affiliations, (2) references to authors’ previous work in a way that reveals authorship of the current work, and (3) links to authors’ websites,
ail addresses, or social media ac- counts. Inclusion of identifying information will result in automatic disqualification of the paper. It is the responsibility of the paper author(s) to verify that no identifying information is contained in the paper text or in the document file properties. Please follow the directions for removing your identifying information from the properties. This will need to be done EACH time you submit your paper to All-Academic.
All paper submitters are strongly encouraged to submit at least a day or two before the deadline so they can check to make sure that the uploaded document does not contain any self-identifying in- formation in its properties, as can happen sometimes, mysteriously, via “save as pdf” or as a result of some other technical issues. An early submission will allow all submitters to fully check submissions as they are entered into the system so that a resubmission prior to the deadline is possible.
Paper Content: Any recognized re- search 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: A paper cannot exceed 25 pages EXCLUDING abstract, references, figures and tables, as long as they are placed after the text of the paper. Tables and figures will be counted toward the page limit unless placed at the end of the paper. Papers must be typed in a 12- point font, using Times New Roman, Times, or Arial font. Paper text must be formatted with double line spacing with 1- inch margins on all sides of the document; references may be single spaced, with a double space between citation entries. All papers must contain continuous page numbers; if multiple files are merged for the paper, then the author must ensure that the page numbers are continuous and do not repeat or start over from page 1.
Because of past conversion issues with the All-Academic system that resulted in papers being longer than the established requirement, all papers must be submitted in PDF format. For those using the newest version of Microsoft Word, you can save your paper as a PDF file using the “Save As” function. For those not using this version, you may use a free web service, such as www.freepdfconvert.com. Failure to follow these formatting guidelines will result in an automatic disqualification of the paper.
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 the AEJMC conference may be disseminated via social media; presenters may opt out of social media dissemination by requesting so at the time of presentation.