INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ CONFERENCE ON COMMUNICATION
Communication Challenges in the Eve of the 4.0 Industrial Revolution
26-27 April 2018
The Communication and Social Innovation Research Center and the Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, invites you to submit papers for the International Students’ Conference on Communication, 26-27 April 2018.
The International Students’ Conference on Communication is an annual event that aims to support students in their endeavor to develop theoretical and empirical valuable research. The goal of the conference is that of creating a specialized knowledge framework in which the exchange of updated information on communication domain is properly valued. The conference is an event organized for bachelor, master and doctoral students.
The 2018 edition will be held between 26-27th of April 2018.
The location of the conference is the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (85, Minerilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Room T1 and T2).
The papers should be written in English.
The topics of the conference are related to the following areas (but not restricted to):
- communication and creativity
- generations in the socio-communicational contexts
- advertising communication
- decision-making process in marketing
- communication and new technologies
- mainstream media and new media communication
- online and offline identities
- collective actions in social media reality (#rezist, #colectiv etc.)
- face-to-face and mediated socialization processes (social networks, video-gaming, mobile communication)
- communication and social changes (fake-news, post-truth era, populism and post-democracy)
- political communication in the context of the new realities
- public relations and strategic communication
- communication and strategies in organizations (branding, visual identity, CSR, internal communication etc.)
- entrepreneurship and creative industries
- myths, symbols and representations in the communication process
Interdisciplinary research is highly encouraged!
The papers of the conference should be scientific papers. For detailed information, please see below the General guidelines for authors and the Template.
For students that cannot come to Cluj-Napoca, there will be the possibility of online presentations.
The best papers will be published.
There is no participation fee required.
The deadline for the abstract submission is 25th of March 2018. The abstract must have up to 300 words. It must be written in English.
The deadline for submitting the full paper is 15th of April 2018.
The abstracts and full papers should be sent to email@example.com.
The abstracts and the papers will be evaluated within a peer review process.
The conference’s program, panels and all related administrative details will be communicated to the participants after the selection process.
You can also visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/intscc.
We would like to thank you in advance for your scientific contribution to our conference and we would appreciate if you could give the largest diffusion to this invitation.
The Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising
General guidelines for authors
The authors should submit the articles in electronic format to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. By sending the material, it is understood that it contains original information that has never been published before and that the material has not been submitted for publication elsewhere.
All articles submitted need to meet the rules of citation listed below. This represents a requirement for the acceptance of the article.
ISCC papers must be readable, jargon-free and understood by readers with varied backgrounds. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
- Submissions ideally should be no longer than 8-12 pages (font Times New Roman, font size 12, and spacing 1)
- Manuscripts must be in English (US spelling).
- Write in an interesting, readable manner. Short, simple sentences and paragraphs, clear logical flow, and ample use of subheadings reduce the reader’s workload and improve readability. Minimize the passive voice, and avoid first-person narrative (e.g., we/I); refer to the study as “the paper”/ “the current study” etc..
- Background and literature reviews should be focused on issues of direct relevance only.
Title and authors:
- Use short, impactful titles to attract the attention of readers—a combination of a short title and a subtitle help advertise the most important content.
- The title page must list the full title, names and complete email addresses of all authors.
Abstracts and key words:
- Each paper should be summarized by an abstract of 300 or fewer words.
- The abstract will encapsulate the principal subjects covered by the paper
- It should not contain any citations of other published work.
- The article’s key words should also be sent with the abstract. There should be a number of up to 5 key words.
- The abstract and the key words should be in English.
- Tables/Figures should have titles and be numbered consecutively, and be placed in the main body of the text.
- We discourage heavily detailed charts and ask you to be selective in your use of graphics altogether: up to 3 in each paper.
- Do NOT use footnotes.
- Please use text notes.
- For each idea belonging to someone else, references will be used (both in text and within the reference list)
- Reference cites in the text of a manuscript should be in parentheses, by author’s last name and year of publication [e.g., (Smith 1980)].
- If an author’s name is used within a sentence, the name should be followed by the year of publication [e.g., …work by Smith (1983)].
- If a page is cited, it should be noted within the parentheses [e.g., (Smith 1985, p.35)].
- For multiple-authored publications, up to three authors, all should be cited.
- Publications with four or more authors should be cited by the first author’s name, followed by “et al.” [e.g., (Smith et al. 1985)].
- Acknowledgments may be used and are encouraged.
- All references should be included and listed alphabetically by first author’s last name at the end of the paper in the reference section.
- Here are some examples of specific kinds of references (based on APA Style http://www.apastyle.org/):
- Shipley, W. C. (1986). Shipley Institute of Living Scale. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.
- Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258–281. doi:10.1037/0096-34184.108.40.2068.
- Uchter, L. “Ipsos: Social Networking Becoming Dominant Web Activity Worldwide.” Media Post, July 6, 2007. Retrieved from
Final submission and copyright:
- ISCC enforces a strict policy regarding plagiarism and will screen all submitted papers. We ask all authors to ensure their manuscripts meet standard citation practices and acknowledge the contribution of other researchers working in the field.
- In addition, copyright law prohibits a manuscript from appearing in more than one copyrighted publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material in their manuscripts.
- Each submission must adhere to the guidelines; those that do not follow the guidelines will be returned to the author for correction.
The Title of the Paper
First name FAMILY NAME
Abstract: the abstract contains the topic of the paper, the main ideas from the methodological design (e.g. research questions, research methods), and the main conclusions of the paper. The abstract should not exceed 300 words.
Keywords: 5 most important and relevant keywords
The text should be written with Times New Roman, single-spaced, 12, Justify.
In the introduction part, there should be emphasized the theme of the paper, the reason for choosing the topic – the existing gap or puzzle, the relevance of the topic, the originality of the paper, research questions, the analyzed cases, the specification of the used research methods.
The literature review should comprise both definitions of the used concepts and the discussions on other already conducted research on similar topic.
Text references should be used (family name of the author/s, year of publication, page – if it is the case). An example: (Anderson, 2005, 45).
Text references should be given every time an idea belonging to another author is used (either it is quoted or it is rephrased).
The information on the literature review should be meaningful for the methodological part.
Use did not instead of didn’t, it is instead of it’s etc.
Subchapters are permitted and encouraged.
If the paper is strictly a theoretical one, the methodology is not necessary.
The methodological part should contain the following parts
- Research design (research questions, hypotheses, description of the way the research methods and the research instruments are used, sample, the main aspects that are analyzed etc.)
- Results and discussions
If there are instruments replicated from other existing studies, references should be given within the methodological part as well.
If there are tables/figures, they must have a number and a title (in English).
The concluding part contains the most relevant aspects of the research. Moreover, it should emphasize the way the research is answering to the research questions or the way the research validates or invalidates the hypotheses.
After conclusions, you can discuss the limits of the paper and the research perspectives.
All references should be included and listed alphabetically by first author’s last name.
Here are some examples of specific kinds of references (based on APA Style http://www.apastyle.org/):
Shipley, W. C. (1986). Shipley Institute of Living Scale. Los Angeles, CA: Western Psychological Services.
Anderson, A. K. (2005). Affective influences on the attentional dynamics supporting awareness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 154, 258–281. doi:10.1037/0096-34220.127.116.118.
Uchter, L. “Ipsos: Social Networking Becoming Dominant Web Activity Worldwide.” Media Post, July 6, 2007. Retrieved from
Please pay attention to the punctuation signs within the final references!
This part is not mandatory. It is required only if there are, for instance, big tables/figures/images that are not suitable within the text. At the same time, if the questions from a survey or from an interview or focus group guide are not mentioned in the text, they should be placed within the appendixes. However, we suggest mentioning all these methodological instruments related aspects within the corpus of the paper.
Please (re)check your spelling before sending the final paper. Use English US as a default language.