AEJMC CTEC Call for Papers (2018)

Communication Technology Division

The Communication Technology Division encourages research submissions where the central focus is technology and changes in the communication process resulting from technology. The division welcomes theoretical and conceptual papers as well as a diversity of methodological approaches from both faculty and students.

Student Paper Competition: Papers solely authored by students are especially encouraged. These papers are eligible to be entered for the Jung-Sook Lee Student Paper competition. The Jung-Sook Lee Award recognizes the best student paper, which makes “a substantial contribution to the substance or method on a topic related to communication technology.” The award honors the division’s 1997-1998 research chair, Jung-Sook Lee of the University of Southwestern Louisiana, who died soon after the 1998 conference. Authors of the top three student papers will receive a cash award. In addition, the author of the best student paper will have his or her conference registration fee paid by the division. For a paper to be considered for this award, ALL authors must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic year. Papers submitted by student-only authors must type “Jung-Sook Lee Competition” on the title page to be considered for the award.

Faculty Paper Competition: The division is pleased to present the annual Gene Burd Top Faculty Research Paper Award, made possible by the generosity of Prof. Burd from the University of Texas – Austin. The $1,000 award recognizes the best faculty paper submitted to the division. For a paper to be considered for this award at least one of the authors must be faculty. To be eligible, authors must indicate “faculty submission” on the title page.

Winners of both awards will receive their prize and be recognized at the conference. Submissions that do not win recognition in the Jung-Sook Lee Award or the Gene Burd Award are still considered for acceptance along with open competition submissions.

Please limit papers to no more than 30 pages (double-spaced) in length, including title page, abstract, tables, figures, references, and notes. Papers should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), have 1-inch margins, and use 12 point Times New Roman, Times or Arial font. Abstracts must be no more than 75 words. The title should be on the first page with page numbers and running heads on each page of text. Be sure that submissions contain no identifying information, such as name, university affiliation, job title, etc., either in the text of the paper or in the document properties. Please be sure to submit a clean paper without author identifying information, otherwise the paper will be disqualified. Please refer to AEJMC’s uniform paper call on how to upload clean papers. We urge you to submit at least a day or two before the deadline in case of any technological glitches with the submission system.

If you have any questions or require more information about the submission process, please contact Cindy Vincent, CTEC research chair, at

Don’t Get Rejected!

As a reminder, papers that include author-identifying information will be disqualified before they’re ever reviewed. Here are a few guidelines to remember while creating your AEJMC submission to ensure you make it to the review process.

Within the document:

  1. Go through each citation that uses your name and replace your name with “Author.” If there are multiple authors and only one author was involved in gathering the data, then refer to “Author A.”
  2. If referring to other articles that you’ve written on the topic, avoid using pronouns that make it clear that you’re the author of the cited document. If it’s clear that a citation was written by you, replace pronouns and your name with “author” or “author citation.”
  3. Go through the title page and headers and ensure that your name was not used in these areas.
  4. Run a find and replace search on the entire document to catch anything that may have slipped through your own readings.

Document metadata:

If you are submitting a .pdf file, remember to take the following steps:

  • If you have Acrobat Pro: Click “Tools” in the tab on the right, then go down to the “Protection” section and click “Remove Hidden Information” to remove your name from the metadata.
  • If you do not have Acrobat Pro, but have Safari or Firefox: Open your PDF using your browser. Go to File > Print, and in the Print dialog box, click “PDF” in the bottom left. This will save your file as a new PDF, but allow you to edit the title and author info manually (delete the Author Name here).
  • If neither option above works for you (and you still want to submit a PDF), you can download a free third-party PDF creator, and re-create your PDF while saving the information in there.

Good luck in this year’s paper competition!

–Cindy Vincent


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