Submission Guidelines

87th Annual International Conference

           October 3 to 8, 2022          

Conference Participation

Any interested person may submit a business communications-related topic, register for, and attend the ABC annual conference. ABC REQUESTS ONLY ONE SUBMISSION naming you as presenter or co-presenter, except you may also submit to How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?, My Favorite Assignment, Posters, or Research Roundtable.  Due to hotel and conference constraints, we may limit the number of in-person presentations this year.

All presenters, including virtual presenters must register for the conference.  Members receive a discount at the annual conference and with continuous membership, their approved and accepted submission title is archived in the member profile.  The full submission is archived if the member is the submitter and maintains ongoing membership. Guest members do not receive ABC member discounts nor archived submission details.


Before submitting a proposal that includes other presenters, secure permission to include them in your submission.  Inform them that they need to pay to register for, attend, and present at the conference should the submission be approved. Please do not include anyone as a co-presenter who has not expressly agreed to be part of your submission and who will not register and attend the conference as your co-presenter. Such individuals can be listed as co-authors. Co-authors have contributed to the intellectual property being submitted, but they are not expected to present. 

Presenters must be either an "Organization Member" or "Organization Guest."  A presenter or co-presenter can create a free Organization Guest account (no member benefits) by visiting the ABC membership page at   Please establish the “Organization Member” or “Organization Guest” account prior to submission to keep all presenters in the communication loop.  A guest account can be created and later turned into a membership account; find the steps here. Contact for assistance. 

Once approval notices have been sent, the submitter will be asked to “accept” the approved status within two weeks of the emailed notice by logging in to the submitter’s profile/My Presentations. Approval notices will be sent to the submitter, any co-presenters and any co-authors near mid-July.  You can also check submission status by visiting your ABC profile and going to My Presentations.

Session Types

Regular Presentation (20 minutes) -  One or two presenters on one topic that will be grouped by conference chairs with other presentations. 

Group Panel (60 minutes)  - Three or more speakers on one topic.  Depending upon panel size and conference needs, the panel may be grouped by conference chairs with another presentation.


Poster - We are offering a new twist to the Poster session by requesting that poster presenters (one or more presenter per poster) share a project overview in a 3-to-5 minute presentation (depending upon total poster participants.) The poster should provide an overview of your project, including its goals, central questions, and findings (if appropriate).  Following the session, posters will be displayed and presenters should be available during a fixed time to interact with colleagues to obtain feedback and suggestions.  Stay turned for more details.

Should you choose to present virtually, you will be scheduled with other poster presentations.

The poster title and description will be included in the conference program.  Check the website in early July for poster preparation tips.


Workshop (2 to 3-hours) -  One or more presenters share highly interactive, themed events that do not fit into the regular program. Participants should leave with a new approach to teaching, researching, or consulting in the realm of business communication that they can immediately implement. Examples of possible workshops include creating a scholarship of teaching and learning research project, understanding emotional Intelligence and designing appropriate assignments, working with international writers, and developing a stable assessment plan for a business communication course/program. Proposals on thematic topics are welcome.  Indicate in your submission the proposed workshop length.

Roundtables - Look for Calls and submission instructions for How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?, My Favorite Assignment, and Research Roundtable.


Your rigorous adherence to the submission process helps us continually improve the conference experience for all.  Proposals are reviewed and approved or declined based on all the submission details.

Click here for an example of a strong submission.

Click here for a sample submission form.

On the submission form, submitter is asked to indicate:

“I understand the criteria below are being used in the evaluation and selection process.”

  • Describes purpose, goals, methodology, and outcomes
  • Proposal's extended abstract text is 750-1000 words.  (Word count does not include reference listing.)
  • Abstract describes presentation to attract attendees in 60-words or less and is written in 3rd person
  • Besides How Do You Teach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?, My Favorite Assignment, Posters, or Research Roundtable, ABC REQUESTS ONLY ONE SUBMISSION naming you as presenter or co-presenter.
  • You and all co-presenters (if any) agree to register and present at this conference.

Selection of a particular “Track” does not influence the selection process, but along with “Focus” helps us best schedule your presentation.

We hope you will permit ABC to consider your extended abstract for publication in the citable Conference Proceedings (ISSN 2472-0658.) The submitter is asked to respond "yes" or "no" to:

"I grant the Association for Business Communication permission to display my extended abstract (proposal) publicly. Should I choose to revoke this permission, I understand I may do so by contacting or another such contact as directed by the Association for Business Communication."


Ready to Submit?

Submissions closed, except certain sponsored sessions.


Submission Deadlines

Workshop proposals: Friday, February 18, 2022
Presentation and panel submissions seeking early approval: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
All other submissions: Wednesday, March 30, 2022

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