Call for Papers
TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information and
internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary
researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and
nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to present original research
relevant to policy making, share the knowledge requirements of
practitioners, and engage in discussion on current policy issues. The
conference program consists of presentations selected from submitted
paper abstracts, student papers and panel submissions.
TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers, panel proposals, and
student papers for presentation at the 2011 conference, to be held
September 23-25, 2011 at the George Mason University Law School, in
Arlington, Virginia. These presentations should report current
theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and
information policy, and may be from any disciplinary perspective – the
sole criterion is research quality. Themes of particular interest
include, but are not limited to:
* Network Competition
* Broadband Deployment and Adoption
* Wireless Communications
* Innovation and Entrepreneurship
* Media, New and Old
* Intellectual Property
* Privacy, Security, Identity and Trust
* Internet Ecosystem Governance
* Affordability and Access
* International and Comparative Studies
* Societal Challenges, Endangered Rights and Social Justice
* Emerging Topics
* Panel Suggestions
* Student Papers
Click on any the above topics for descriptions. To submit an abstract,
please use the submit button at the top of a theme's list of topics.
Submissions are due by March 31, 2011. Abstracts and panel proposals
must be submitted electronically at http://www.tprc.org by following
the submit button at the top of each topic description. Standards for
abstracts are provided below. The review process is single blind, and
a short biographical sketch for each author is required.
Acceptances/rejections will be provided by May 15, 2011. Complete
papers for accepted abstracts will be due to TPRC on August 15, 2011.
Papers not submitted in final form by the due date will be removed
from the program. At least one author of the paper is expected to
attend the conference to present the accepted submission.
Students are encouraged to submit papers for the student paper
competition. Click here for the Student Papers CFP. Full student
papers must be submitted by April 30, 2011.
We also welcome proposals for panel discussions of broad interest.
These should include a description of the panel topic, a proposed
panel moderator and a list of possible panelists. Panel proposals
should be submitted by March 31, 2011 at http://www.tprc.org.
The journals Telecommunications Policy and Journal of Information
Policy will both invite papers for special issues from this year's
conference. Guest editors drawn from the TPRC Program Committee will
invite selected authors to submit their papers for review.
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Standards for Abstracts
Papers for the main program are selected on the basis of submitted
abstracts. (However, student papers need to be submitted in their
final form. Please see the student paper competition section for
The TPRC is a research conference that focuses on results and insight,
not advocacy. Participants generally have substantial background
knowledge about communications issues and come to the conference
seeking new perspectives. To aid the Program Committee in selecting
the most appropriate papers for presentation, abstracts should adhere
to the following guidelines:
* Abstracts should be 400-600 words in length. Shorter abstracts
are unlikely to provide sufficient detail to permit the Committee to
evaluate adequately the proposed research.
* The abstract should not be a detailed literature review. The
reviewer will likely be familiar with the issue and will require at
most a short paragraph of background.
* The largest part of the abstract should describe the proposed
research in as much detail as is necessary. This includes (a) a clear
statement of the objective of the paper including, where appropriate,
the insight developed or hypothesis being tested; (b) a description of
the analytic method employed to develop the paper's results or test
its hypotheses; (c) a description of the data assembled to support
these insights or perform these tests; (d) a short explanation as to
why this research is novel. While the proposed research need not
involve empirical methods, the conference is seeking scholarship that
significantly advances the state of its field.
* If the paper is already substantially complete, the abstract
should summarize the results. Further, the author should state whether
this paper has already been presented or published, and if so, where.