Call for Papers | IACS 2024, the 16th Summit on Communication and Sport | Burbank, CA, March 14–16, 2024. Call ends September 29, 2023

San Fernando St. in downtown Burbank, January 2022. (Shutterstock/Ameer Mussard-Afcari)

The International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) invites you to submit your work for a presentation or panel discussion for the 2024 Summit on Communication and Sport. The IACS Summit is the only stand-alone conference for communication researchers interested in exploring sport from diverse critical, methodological, theoretical, and multi-disciplinary perspectives. The Summit welcomes submissions from all methodological and theoretical perspectives. This year’s Summit will be hosted by the Center for Sports Communication & Media at The University of Texas at Austin facility in Burbank, California.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

may not exceed 500 words (excluding references) in length and should be prepared for anonymous peer review (clear of any identifying information about the author(s).

must focus on a clearly defined theme suitable for an interactive discussion format. Submissions must include a title, a description of up to 250 words explaining the focus and rationale, and a list of all panelists’ institutional or professional affiliation.

IACS will recognize the Top Student Paper submitted to the Summit. For award consideration, a full-length manuscript must be submitted to the review committee by Friday, January 26, 2024. Students must submit an abstract of their work at the October deadline. Recognition of Top Student Paper will be determined by anonymous peer review of the submission. Papers for consideration must be solely authored by the student(s).

Review Information

There is only one extended abstract submission; there will not be separate review criteria for works in-progress and completed papers. All should be submitted as extended abstracts and will be judged using the same criteria.

Reviewers will be selected from self-nomination through the submission process. Reviewers must have, at minimum, a completed master’s degree, and have knowledge in the academic disciplines of communication and sport. Reviewers must identify their area of reviewing expertise (quantitative methodology, qualitative methodology, mixed methods, rhetorical/critical).

      • All research submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
      • Clarity of thesis
      • Definition of problem
      • Theoretical perspective
      • Background; review of the literature 
      • Research questions/hypotheses and/ or rhetorical/critical argument
      • Appropriateness of methodology

Submission Agreement

By submitting an abstract or panel to the 2024 Summit on Communication and Sport, you understand that your submission enters you into an obligation to attend the Summit. At least one author listed on the paper must attend the Summit. If you cannot be there to present, it is your responsibility to secure one of your other authors to present your work. Please be conscientious that last minute cancellations prevent others from being invited to the Summit to present their work.

Submission Deadline: September 29, 2023

The submission site and link will be available in late July. All submissions will be evaluated through an anonymous peer review process. Author(s) will receive email notification regarding the outcome of their submission on approximately Friday, November 3, 2023. A maximum of two (2) submissions in total (papers, panels, or one of each) from a single author will be considered for presentation, regardless of author order.

Session Information

Research and panel sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long. Research sessions will be constructed to allow for at least 15 minutes of discussion following the presentations.

Scholars interested in submitting to the 2024 Summit have two options: 

      1. An extended abstract submission, or
      2. A panel discussion submission.

Program Committee

Dr. Angela Pratt, IACS Chair
Dr. Travis Bell, IACS Vice Chair
Dr. Karen Hartman, IACS Executive Director
Dr. Michael Butterworth, Center for Sports Communication & Media Director

Summit Inquiries

For conference events inquiries, please contact Dr. Karen Hartman at

IACS Listserv

Visit and join to find Summit information (including hotel and registration information).


Questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Angela Pratt at 

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