Call for Papers - Peer-Reviewed Proceedings Due July 18



Submissions Due by July 18, 2016


Why submit your paper? 

  • The Proceedings provides a much wider distribution of your scholarship.
  • The Proceedings will be available on the ABC website.
  • Completing your paper early gives you more time to prepare your oral presentation.
  • Including your paper as part of our Proceedings creates a permanent legacy that can be passed on to your peers for years to come.


What kinds of papers will be considered? 

Only complete papers will be included. Literature reviews without the completed research (findings, conclusions) will not be published. Theory and practical articles are also welcome. Only papers that are presented at the conference will be included in the proceedings. Therefore, the proceedings will be published after the conclusion of the conference.


When will publication decisions be made? 

  • Submissions required by: July 18, 2016
  • Acceptances determined by: August 18, 2016
  • Revisions will be due by: September 18, 2016
  • Proceedings will be published: Following the conference


How are papers submitted?

Complete your paper according to the proceedings guidelines and save it as a Word file. Submit your paper as a Word attachment to the Proceedings Editor before July 18, 2016.


Are you interested in serving as a reviewer? 

Contact the Proceedings Editor listed below.


If you have any questions, contact:

Leigh Ann Whittle, M.A., M.Ed., 2016 Proceedings Editor

Association for Business Communication

2016 Annual Conference Proceedings

Formatting Instructions


Leigh Ann Whittle

Elon University/Sapphire Communications, LLC 


Please use the following instructions when preparing proceedings submissions. You may also look at papers published in the 2015 Proceedings for guidance, accessed via this link: If you have questions, contact the Proceedings Editor, Leigh Ann Whittle

  1. Use one-inch top, bottom, left, and right margins throughout the entire paper. 
  2. Use the default font for Word (Calibri). Body text including headings should be 11 points. 
  3. The title must be centered on the top line of the first page. Use bold, 16-point Calibri. If the length of the title extends beyond one line of text, break the line at a logical place using an inverted pyramid format (e.g., the first line should be longer than the second line, which should be longer than the third line, if used). Titles should not exceed three lines of text. Capitalize each word (except articles); do not use all caps. 
  4. Author and Affiliation. Center the author’s name below the title using one blank line to separate the title from the name, and include the author’s affiliation on the line immediately below the name. No title, degree, or rank should be listed. If there are multiple authors from one institution, divide the names by commas and list the affiliation on the line below. If there are multiple authors from multiple institutions, use the same format for single authors but leave one blank line after the first author’s affiliation before the second author’s name. Continue this same format for subsequent authors. Use bold, 14-point Calibri for name(s) and affiliation(s). 
  5. An abstract is not required, but can be inserted after the author/affiliation information and before the first line of the body of the manuscript. Leave two blank lines before/after the abstract. Use the title “Abstract” as a first-level heading (bold, centered, 11-point Calibri font) and leave one blank line between the title and the first line of the abstract. Abstracts should not exceed 150 words. 
  6. Leave two blank lines after the last author’s affiliation before beginning the first line of the manuscript. The paper must use a one-column format with left justification and one blank line between paragraphs. Only standard symbols and abbreviations should be used in text and illustrations. 
  7. Page Numbering. Do not number the pages. Do not use running headers. 
  8. Text should be single-spaced with no extra spacing before or after paragraphs. 
  9. Paragraph Format. Leave one blank line between paragraphs, and do not indent paragraphs. 
  10. Headings are not required, but up to two levels of headings can be included. 
  11. First-level headings must be centered and bold. Capitalize each word (except articles) and use the same font and size as the body of the paper (11-point Calibri). 
  12. Second-level headings must be left justified and bold. Capitalize each word (except articles) and use the same font and size as the body of the paper. Use just one blank line between headings and paragraphs. 
  13. Manuscripts should be 10 – 30 pages in length (inclusive of all manuscript elements). 
  14. All tables and figures must be embedded in the Word file; they must be numbered and labeled following the format of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). No separate graphics files will be accepted. 
  15. All references cited in the body of the paper should be listed immediately after the conclusion of the body. Leave one blank line to separate the narrative from the reference heading, which should be a first-level heading. The references must use the same margins and font style as the body. References and text citations must follow the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010). The same font size and style (11-point Calibri) should be used. 
  16. Biographical Information. A brief biography must be provided for each author. Leave four blank lines below the last reference and maintain consistent margins and font style. Use a separate paragraph for each other with a blank line separating each author’s biography. The author’s name should be in uppercase, bold letters followed by up to four lines of text per author. 
  17. Submission Requirements. Save your file as a Word document using the primary author’s last name as the filename. Email your file as an attachment to the proceedings editor before July 18, 2016.


LEIGH ANN WHITTLE is adjunct instructor of business communication at Elon University and adjunct instructor of communication at Liberty University. Additionally, she owns Sapphire Communications, a public relations/marketing firm, and co-owns Aviation Lifestyles, a retail company targeted toward aviation enthusiasts. She currently serves as the 2016 ABC Proceedings Editor.

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