January 25, 2016


Become a Member

Help our community grow by joining the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group! If you manage a research lab, we’ll feature your lab on the Member Labs Page.

  • New/Renewing ICA Members: Follow the prompts when joining or renewing your membership at http://www.icahdq.org/ Be sure to select the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group!
  • Current ICA Members: To add the Interest Group, please email Kristine Rosa krosa@icahdq.org and indicate that you wish to add the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group to your membership.

Calls for Papers

The Journal Communication Methods and Measures is publishing a special issue on Computational Methods that is a great opportunity for our membership. The full call for papers can be found here.

Job Calls

NB: To post your department’s job call, please contact the Digital Media Coordinator, Richard Huskey.

International Summer School on Synchronization @MSU

The 3rd Annual International Summer School will be hosted by the Department of Communication at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

This summer school conference is a multidisciplinary, 5-day long summer research colloquium in which distinguished scholar speakers and graduate students from all over the world collaborate on communication-based research ideas. It will take place May 31st to June 4th, with a welcome reception May 30th (immediately following ICA).

This year’s theme is Synchronization in Communication Systems. It’s an exciting opportunity to present and share original research in the burgeoning subfield of synchrony!

For more details on how to register and submit your work, and visit our website at cas.msu.edu/sync. Please email us with any questions you may have (syncMSU@gmail.com). We can also be found on Twitter (@syncMSU) and Facebook (Sync @ MSU group).

ICA 2017

Conference Announcements

Paper competition

We received 40 papers and extended abstracts in our first year. Each submission was assigned to at least 3 reviewers (in many cases 4-5 reviewers; many thanks to all reviewers!). We were quite impressed by the submissions´ quality; so were the reviewers, and 30 of the 40 submission received very positive evaluations. We were able to schedule all 30 positively evaluated submissions (acceptance rate = 75%) into four high-density panels.

Student Travel Award

We have a travel and conference registration award this year. We can afford $200 for travel and up to $248 as a conference waiver, thus $448 for each of three student members. Our secretary Allison Eden (edenalli@msu.edu) will organize the award selection. You need to be (1) a student, (2) be or become a member of the CS&B Interest Group, and (3) fill in a short online form by February 20, 2017, which you can find here: https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eQWys6NxA3horI1

Business Meeting and Reception

As soon the ICA program for the San Diego Hotel has been released, we will know the date and location of our business meeting. Please join us at the business meeting, we will discuss a few important changes for our interest group (e.g. ICA´s plans to abolish one free interest group or division). We will also discuss the future of our in-person business meetings and announce top-paper awards.

We will have a joint reception in San Diego together with the Information Systems, Computational Methods, and Game Studies Divisions. We will meet on Sunday, May 28, 6:30pm at Quad Alehouse (868 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101) in San Diego. There will be drink tickets for you! This should be fun, please join us and celebrate the first year of our new interest group.

Call for Papers

ICA 2017 will be here before you know it and we are looking forward to seeing you in San Diego, CA. You can download the full call, here.

The Communication Science and Biology Interest Group welcomes the submission of full papers, extended abstracts, posters, and innovative presentation formats on a broad range of topics crossing the traditional boundaries of interpersonal, organizational, technological, mediated and mass communication and their sub-areas. While the interest group provides a home within ICA for submissions with a strong biological background, submissions may or may not include a biological perspective. The most important criteria is that submissions provide a rationale, data, and follow a rigorous scientific approach as outlined in the interest group’s mission statement. Exclusively theoretical or methodical contributions are also invited, but can only be submitted as full papers. The interest group offers the following submission formats:

Full Papers: Complete research articles within the ICA limit of 25 pages double-spaced (excluding references and tables) will be considered. Solely theoretical or methodical articles must be full papers.

Extended Abstracts: Brief research reports of 5 pages double-spaced (excluding references and tables) will be considered. Extended abstracts must contain at least a preliminary data analysis with a chance of presenting the complete results at the time of the conference. Extended abstracts that only contain research ideas without data are not appropriate for submissions.

Posters: A complete poster with rationale, methods, data, results, and illustrations can be submitted for review. If accepted, poster submissions will be programmed in the interest group’s poster or high-density sessions.

Innovative Presentation Formats: The interest group welcomes suggestions for innovative presentation formats from ICA members which may include panel discussions for controversial research topics, research elevators, data blitz sessions, etc. Proposals should include a rationale for the panel (400-word maximum), as well as abstracts of each participant’s contribution (150-word maximum for each presenter). Reviewers will be asked to give weight to proposals that feature an innovative format and a topic that invites diverse perspectives with the potential of exchanging opposing scientific arguments.

Presentations at the Conference: For all accepted submissions, the standard panel format will be reserved for top-rated full papers and abstracts. All other accepted submissions will be programmed in high-density panels or poster sessions. Innovative presentation formats will be provided with a special slot in the program that allows for critical and constructive discussions among a larger number of presenters and audience.