Submissions Open - ABC 85th Annual International Conference-San Diego October 2020

Submissions are open for the 85th Annual International Conference October 28 to 31, 2020 in San Diego, California USA! Join us as we celebrate our theme, "Strengthening B-comm in an era where perception is reality."

On the submission form, we hope you will give permission for ABC to publish your extended abstract in the all-new annual conference Proceedings, citation ISSN 2472-0658.  Showcasing your work in the Proceedings is a valuable way to extend conversations and research in the field of Business Communication.  Access to the Proceedings is open to all. 

Your carefully submitted extended abstract (conference proposal submission) should be 500 to 1000 words, not counting references.  All proposals will be double-blind reviewed.

Click to find the Call for Papers (downloadable pdf.)  Please click to read and follow the submission guidelines with submission parameters and review criteria.  Find the submission link on the conference page at:

Submission due dates are:

  • Workshop proposals: March 2, 2020
  • Roundtable proposals: March 2, 2020
  • Individual, group, poster, Spanish, and virtual proposals: April 6, 2020

Submissions close April 6, 2020.  No late submissions.

  • A regular presentation will have 20 minutes to present, regardless of the number of presenters.  Regular presentations will be grouped with other presenters in 80-minute sessions.
  • A panel (3 or more speakers) will have 60 minutes to present. Should the panel fall below 3 speakers, the presentation time will be cut to 20 minutes.

Please note:

ABC REQUESTS ONLY ONE REGULAR OR PANEL SUBMISSION naming you as presenter or co-presenter.  You may also submit to a poster session, "How to You Teach Diversity," the Research roundtable, or “My Favorite Assignment.” This request applies to any proposal being considered under your name, regardless of whether you are the submitter or part of the presentation group. You may, however, be listed as a co-author on a number of presentations; co-authors share the intellectual property associated with the presentation.

Criteria for approval. The presentation

  • Demonstrates impact by furthering the knowledge and/or contributing to the best practices of business communication.
  • Is concise--between 500 and 1000 words--and defines theme, purpose, goals, methodology, and takeaways/outcomes (required sections).
  • Includes a short description of the presentation to attract attendees in 60 words or less and written in third person with Title Case. The short description will be published in the program.
  • Is clear and correct (you may want someone to proofread or you may want to consider using an app such as Grammarly).

Once a submission is approved, the submitter will be asked to “accept” the invitation to present within two weeks. Accepting the invitation to present is a critical step of building the overall program.

As we all work to strengthen the business communication discipline, we look forward to our time in San Diego to share ideas and stories about new pedagogies and scholarly approaches to practice.

Please contact us at if there are any questions.

Dee Fuchs and Ashley Nelson, Tulane University
ABC San Diego Conference Co-Chairs

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