The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT seeks to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.
CAT programs papers, panel sessions, and pre- and p0st-conferences that make an innovative and original scientific contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication have a potential fit with other ICA Divisions.
Communication and Technology Division
Program Planner: James Danowski
University of Illinois at Chicago
1144 Elizabeth Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
The Communication and Technology (CAT) Division focuses on original scientific research about the roles played by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the processes of human communication. CAT works to enhance theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, message content, communication networks, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include new media, social media, human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, “big data,” crowdsourcing, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (personal, friends, family, groups, organizations, business, healthcare, collective action, politics, government, education, society, culture, intercultural) and at all levels of analyses.
CAT invites papers and panel session proposals that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on human communication aspects of particular technological characteristics. Papers in which technology is not a specific object of investigation, instead the context or backdrop for a communication study should be directed to other ICA Divisions.
CAT only accepts two types of submissions: Full papers and panel session proposals. Full papers should have no more than 25 pages of double-spaced text in 12-point font, plus references, tables, figures, and appendices. Use APA 6th Edition format. CAT recognizes three Top Division Papers and three Top Student Papers submitted each year. For a submission to be identified as a Student Paper, all authors of the paper must be students and indicated in the process of submission. In addition to the full papers, CAT welcomes panel session proposals. These should have a 400-word rationale for the panel and a 250-400 word abstract from each panel participant. Aside from appropriate substantive focus, acceptable panels have a clear discussion orientation, and topics proposed should not only lend themselves to a debate among panelists but also generate discussion among session attendees.
During the submission process, you will be asked to enter keywords representing your manuscript. It is VERY important for you to choose the right keywords for your submission because we use them to select reviewers for your submission. There is a wide range of keywords in the submission website. Please take a moment to select keywords that capture the gist of your work. You may find it useful to review a semantic network analysis of the 2013 London ICA conference CAT paper and session titles and abstracts. We extracted noun/modifier terms using the scientometric VOSviewer software to identify clusters. Different colors distinguish clusters, with size of terms indicating their frequencies. See graphs for term frequencies 5+ at http://bit.ly/14FMQet, 7+ at http://bit.ly/14FMQet, and 10+ at http://bit.ly/145rzrk. These reveal different granularities. Zoom your browser’s view to aid your navigation and contemplation.
ICA sends a letter to the submitter stating acceptance or rejection of the paper or panel session. It does not, however, include reasons for the decision. CAT members have asked to receive more feedback. Reviewers are required to enter comments that justify their ratings. CAT intends to send submitters these ratings from reviewers. This will arrive in an email separately from the ICA acceptance/rejection notification.
Volunteer for Reviewer
As CAT routinely receives a large number of submissions, we need a large number of volunteer reviewers. Typically three reviewers rate each paper. We encourage all faculty members and Ph.Ds. to volunteer to review submissions. In addition to your service, you will gain early access to the latest findings in the field. Doctoral students who have submissions to our division are welcome to volunteer too. Once we qualify you as a reviewer, we assign you papers based on your research areas. If you want to be a reviewer for the CAT division, please register yourself in the ICA submission site at the time of submission. Be sure to review and update your ICA member profile’s 200-word description of your research interests. We make reviewer assignments based on searches of this content using keywords from the paper submissions.
If you have any questions about the ICA2014 CAT submission process, or have other questions or suggestions, please send an email to CAT program planner James Danowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ICA Conference submission site opened today for you to volunteer to be a CAT reviewer (or to submit a paper or panel proposal if you have that ready).
One way to jump start your coming year’s ICA work is to volunteer now to be a reviewer. It is easy to do. Log in to the ICA site, click on “Conferences,” then on the drop-down menu select, “Paper Submission System.” You will be asked to update your email address and your work information if necessary. Then, click the button to proceed to the next page where you can click, “Volunteer to be a Reviewer.” There you can describe your qualifications as well as select five keywords that best fit your interests.
There is one catch, however. The members at the London CAT business meeting asked that reviewers enter some comments on why they rated the paper as they did and also on how to improve it. If a paper is accepted these comments will help in revising the paper before the final version can be uploaded to the ICA website and made available. Even if the paper ends up not accepted, you provide valuable suggestions for improving the paper for another venue.
So, please volunteer if you are willing to do three things: read the papers, check some ratings scales, and write some comments to help the author understand your scale ratings and to also see paths to improving their work. The online rating system does allow you to enter open-ended comments. All reviewers pledge to enter comments for the handful of papers they are assigned.
If you want to increase your pleasure from a good fit of the papers to your personal interests, then also go to the main ICA home page and click on “MyICA," then “Change My Keywords” and update those. There are approximately 185 keywords that you can select. You are not limited as to how many you can check.
To further enhance your enjoyment, next click “Update My Profile” and scroll down to “Research Interests,” where you can enter up to 200 words describing them.
When we match reviewers with papers we will search all three of your personal interest specifications: five top keywords, your picks among the 185 keywords, and the full text of your Research Interests statement. That way you will get papers that maximize your enjoyment of reading, rating, and commenting.
Soon after the paper and panel proposal submission deadline on , we will inform you on papers selected for you, as well as provide you with some new reviewer guidelines reflecting suggestions members made at the 2013 business meeting.
Today, pass through the portal to volunteer as a reviewer, and if selected, to experience the personal rewards that come from serving your CAT researcher community.
Thank you and Best Regards.
Program Planner: Seattle 2014
Communication and Technology Division