Call for Proposals

Please read the overview of conference themes and submission formats below. You may submit your proposal(s) at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=procomm2021. Deadline for proposals is July 9, 2021.

The IEEE Professional Communication Society invites your participation in our flagship conference, IEEE ProComm, October 21-23, 2021. We welcome a broad range of speaker topics related to writing and communication in technical and engineering contexts.

Are you a technical communications professional? A user experience designer? A communications consultant? A plain language advocate? A Scrum master?
Perhaps you see change…and want to talk about it. Perhaps you have case studies and emerging best practices to share. We welcome your insights.

Are you an engineer? Perhaps a student or young professional, or a manager or team lead? Do you find yourself doing more communicating than you thought?
We welcome your best practices and case studies (successes, failures, and lessons learned!) on the role of professional communications in your workplaces and industries.

Are you a writing and communications educator or administrator? A program director or education leader who oversees curriculum and accreditations?
We welcome your research, teaching case studies, and curricular innovations so that we may share and learn from one another.

Are you a researcher in technical communications, rhetoric, writing pedagogy, usability, user experience design, or a related field?
We welcome research at all stages (pilots, works-in-progress, late-stage work) and a broad range of data, methods and theories that investigate communication in context.

During this time of global crisis, we additionally welcome topics that: 1) reflect on our experiences and strategies for communicating, collaborating, and connecting virtually and globally; 2) investigate the challenges, opportunities, and societal implications of communicating information about health and biomedical engineering, and; 2) reaffirm our commitments and share our best practices for building and communicating inclusivity, diversity, and equity in our workplaces, classrooms, and the world.

Submission Formats and Deadlines

IEEE ProComm is a present-to-publish conference, with proceedings published and searchable in IEEE XPlore. Submissions can take the form of individual or multi-authored papers, panels, or workshops. As an author, you can choose the paper type that best suit the needs of your work:

  • Extended Abstracts. 1-2 pages. Single round of double blind peer review.  Extended abstracts are published in IEEE XPlore with the “Extended Abstract” designation at the head of the paper title.
  • Short Papers. 3-5 pages. Two stages of double blind peer review. For the first stage of review, submit a 350-500 word abstract. Submitters of accepted abstracts are invited to submit a paper for second-stage review.
  • Long Papers. 5-7 pages. Two stages of double blind peer review. For the first stage of review, submit a 350-500 word abstract. Submitters of accepted abstracts are invited to submit a paper for second-stage review.

Authors can choose to deliver their presentation live or simulive (by video recording). Regardless of live or simulive format, all papers must have at least one author registered and present during the session for Q&A, and all must provide a video recording. Video recordings will serve as a backup for technical difficulties, and to enable our global conference attendees to view presentations at their leisure during a 30-day window. The Conference Chairs will work with workshop organizers to determine the optimal length and format for the session.

Workshop Proposals: We welcome proposals from participants who wish to offer a workshop for our conference attendees. Workshops are typically conducted in 90-minute sessions, but we work individually with workshop leads to determine the best fit for the material and desired audience. Submissions for workshops do not undergo blind review, and are selected by the conference team based on fit and need. Prospective workshop leads should provide a 1-2 page proposal of the envisioned content and shape of the workshop (what is this workshop about?), its stated goals (what attendees will learn or take away?), its envisioned audience (who will benefit from attending?), as well as any relevant background information about the workshop leader(s). Workshops will be published in IEEE XPlore with the “Workshop” designation at the head of the paper title to serve as a record of its inclusion in the conference.

You may submit your proposal(s) at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=procomm2021. Deadline for proposals is July 9, 2021.

Questions about the conference can be directed to our Conference Chairs, Alan Houser and Necia Werner. We look forward to your participation!

Extended abstracts summarize your talk at a high level without requiring a longer paper. Your 700-word abstract fits a single page when formatted for IEEE Xplore. One round of review is used at our first deadline to determine acceptance. The author(s) receive one standard presentation slot at the conference.

First submission deadline (July 9, 2021)

700-word abstract

Second submission deadline

none

Camera-ready submission for Xplore (TBD)

1-page abstract

Brief papers document and present a work-in-progress, early stage results, or straightforward practice papers. Your 350-word abstract receives review at our first deadline and your 3–5 page IEEE Xplore-formatted paper receives a second round of review to determine acceptance. The author(s) participate in a conference roundtable session where the audience regularly rotates between tables for exciting back-and-forth discussion.

First  submission deadline (July 9, 2021)

350-word abstract

Second submission deadline (TBD)

3-5 page paper

Camera-ready submission for Xplore (TBD)

3-5 page paper

Full papers are appropriate for late-stage research projects with conclusive results, mature, theoretically-grounded position papers, or papers reporting on a well-tested professional or teaching practice. The Full Paper review process is the same as the Brief Paper process, except your abstract can be up to 700 words and your paper can be 6–8 pages when formatted for IEEE Xplore. The author(s) receive one standard presentation slot at the conference.

First submission deadline (July 9, 2021)

700-word abstract

Second submission deadline (TBD)

6-8 page paper

Camera-ready submission for Xplore (TBD)

6-8 page paper

Workshops are usually “how to” or “about” sessions on topics relevant to professionals or educators (in engineering or technical communication), with a strong interactive component. The review process for Workshops is one round of one-way anonymous review (i.e., authors don’t know the identity of the reviewers) on your 700-word workshop proposal, due at our first deadline. The author(s) receive one full session at the conference, usually about 75 minutes. Nothing about the Workshop will appear in IEEE Xplore.

First submission deadline (July 9, 2021)

700-word abstract

Second submission deadline

none

Camera-ready submission for Xplore

none

Panel discussions are ideal for presenting multiple perspectives on a single topic or theme, with a focus on discussion between the panelists themselves or with the audience. One of the panel members will coordinate submission of an extended abstract, brief paper, or full paper, following the stated guidelines and requirements. The panel will receive a full session at the conference, usually about 75 minutes. All panelists must attend the conference.

First submission deadline (July 9, 2021)

Extended abstract, brief or full paper

Second submission deadline (TBD)

Extended abstract, brief or full paper

Camera-ready submission for Xplore (TBD)

Extended abstract, brief or full paper