Call for abstracts


Guidelines for Submission of Proposals


Proposal submission deadline: 31st January 2014

Proposals may include either panels or paper presentations (oral or poster). Please, select one of the main themes for your abstract during the submission process.

For all submissions, clearly indicate:

  • Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible (presenting) author and collaborating authors.
  • Contact e-mail address and phone number for the responsible author. For all presentations, the responsible (presenting) author must register for the conference.
  • Up to three conference themes addressed (above).


PRIZES: A prize will be awarded for the Best Student Presentation. This will include a bursary covering the registration and conference dinner. The abstract will be judged according to the selection criteria for paper presentations. If you are a student, please note STUDENT on your abstract. The winner will be announced at the conference dinner.



Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes.

Panels submission process: Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words providing an overall description of the panel’s content and objectives. Provide information about the panel members and chair, stating full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.

Panels selection criteria: Panels are reviewed on the basis of their relevance to issues in communication, medicine, and ethics; the structural organization of the submission; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.



Abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentations, but authors are kindly invited to indicate their preference. Authors of poster presentations will be expected to stay and discuss their poster during their assigned session. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in 90-minute sessions, with 15 minutes (12 min. + 3 min. Q & A) allocated to each individual presentation.

Paper presentation submission process: Individual abstract submissions should be no more than 250 words. Please indicate in your submission whether you would like to be considered for oral presentation, poster presentation, or both. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals will be accepted as poster(s).


Abstracts should include structured subheadings as described below. If you do not believe that these sub-headings are appropriate for your paper, you may select other sub-headings.

Research papers should include:

  • Background and objectives
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Conclusions


Conceptual papers should include:

  • Research statement/question
  • Theoretical framework
  • Methods
  • Findings
  • Conclusions


Abstract selection criteria: Paper abstracts are reviewed on the basis of the originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference theme; the contextualization of the study; its relevance in communication, medicine, and ethics; the relationship between title and content; the structural organization; theoretical/methodological appropriateness; clarity of claims/findings; and significance of the study. Panels and paper prensentations for the Conference will be selected based on a double blind peer-review process.


Decisions about acceptance will be notified by March 16, 2014.

For further queries, please contact:comet [at] usi [dot] ch


Submission of abstracts: Please submit your abstract online by clicking here


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