Call for Paper: IX International Congress of Information and Communication Researchers and Scholars

IX International Congress of Information and Communication (ICOM 2017) Researchers and Scholars

November 13-17 Palace of Conventions, Havana, Cuba

Society, workplace environments and university: transdisciplinary views from information and communication.

Dear colleagues:

In times where information and communication technologies permeate the management of development in our countries and stimulate practices of convergence, and when the solutions of many problems of the social reality demands a dialogue between competences and theoretical approaches from different disciplines, it is essential to transcend the walls and the temptations of excessive specialization of knowledge, more likely from past epistemological paradigms.

The current scenario forces us to rethink professional development, design new ways of inserting our graduates in different work environments, build a relationship with society that grants a superior role and allows science to get out of academic premises to effectively involve itself in social transformation.

It is important to assume an individual and institutional scale committed with transdisciplinarity to the common good and unity, from a knowledge diversity and from infocommunicational practices. That is an inescapable challenge for professors, researchers and professionals around the world, whom we summon to seek, analyze and share experiences again in Havana, during the 9th edition of ICOM.

The Faculty of Communication invites you in November to approach the central theme of: Society, work environments and university: transdisciplinary views from information and communication.

We would be honored with your presence

Dr. Sc. Raúl Garcés Corra

President of the Organizing Committee

ICOM 2017



Faculty of Communication of the University of Havana

Palace of Conventions


Ministry for Higher Education

University of Havana

Journalists Union of Cuba

Cuban Association of Social Communicators

Cuban Society of Information Sciences

Cuban Association of Librarians


Organizing Committee

Dr. Sc. Raúl Garcés Corra, University of Havana President of the Organizing Committee 

Dr. Sc. Zenaida Costales Pérez, University of Havana Executive Vice-President

M. Sc. Orlando Gutiérrez López, University of Havana Executive Secretary

Dr. Sc. Gloria Ponjuan Dante, University of Havana Academic Committee President

Dr. Sc. Hilda Saladrigas Medina, University of Havana

Dr. Sc. Radamés Linares Columbié, University of Havana Academic

Academic Committee Vice-Presidents

M. Sc. Dasniel Olivera Pérez, University of Havana

M. Sc. Sarah Paz Martín, University of Havana

Scientific Committee Secretaries

M. Sc. Zósima López Ruiz

Congress Professional Organizer, 

Lic. Nelson Ramos Mesa Commercial Specialist of the recipient Cubatur, 

Official website of the event: 


The main topic that will lead the debates will be Society, workplace environments and university: transdisciplinary views from information and communication, which will be organized in four main thematic axis that will articulate the work in its different participation modalities.

Axis 1. Formation and professional development in undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Coordinator: Dr. Sc. Ailín Martínez               

1.1 Study programs, professional competences and transdisciplinarity on information, journalism and social communication. Correspondence with the labor market demands.

1.2 Challenges and opportunities of the development of ICTs for formation and professional learning.

1.3 Teaching, investigation, extension, collaboration and mobility in academic and professional formation.

1.4 Local development and learning on information and communication.


Axis 2. Workplace environments in the fields of information, journalism and communication.

Coordinator: Dr. Sc. Gloria Ponjuan

2.1 Work environments and sociocultural challenges on the contemporary world: Technologies, local spaces, public politics, ethics, media, politics and social art.

2.2 New forms of action and interaction between information and communication. Experiences on the infocommunicational work environments.

2.3 Management of information, communication and workplace environments knowledge. Experiences.

2.4 Specialized professional scenarios: Environment, risk prevention and disaster situation, conflicts, demography, health, youth, social inclusion, tourism, arts and culture, sports and public administration

Axis 3. Research management

Coordinator: Dr. Sc. Hilda Saladrigas

3.1 State of knowledge and research agendas in the fields of information and communication

3.2 Theoretical and methodological bases of transdisciplinarity for the study of infocommunication

3.3 Visibility of knowledge in the field of information and communication

3.4 Policies and institutionalization of infocommunicational research. Projects and networks

Axis 4. ICTs and information society

Coordinator: Dr. Sc. Deborah Torres

4.1 Access and use of the ICTs for development. Information and communication Ecology

4.2. Experiences and impact of the "open" world: open science, open data

4.3 Visual and interactive communication on information, journalism and communication

4.4 Alternative communication, communities and social movements in digital environments

4.5 Electronic Government and the information society

Profile of the participants  

Professionals, teachers, researchers, students and institutions linked to information, communication and culture, in general.
Modalities of participation

Keynote lectures

Round tables


Free oral and poster themes

Official language:


The academic program will have keynote conferences by experts on these topics, as well as round tables, workshops and free oral topics. There will be exhibitions of some works on posters.

Contributions from participants will be received in two stages:

a. Submission of abstracts

b. Submission of full papers

Abstracts of contributions will be received until May 15th, 2017. The Organizing Committee will evaluate the quality of the proposals and their correspondence with the themes of the event and will answer before June 15th, 2017.

Full papers will be received between June 15th and July 15th, 2017. The response to the acceptance in the event will be sent to the authors starting on September 15th.

Indications for presentation of papers

Important dates

JANUARY-MAY 15th: submission of abstracts

JUNE 15th: notification of acceptance of abstracts

JUNE 15th-JULY 15th: submission of full papers

SEPTEMBER 15th: notification of the papers acceptance

General conditions

The Academic Committee will notify the reception of each summary by e-mail within a period of no more than 72 hours, and will inform about its acceptance or not within the given dates, without denying authors the possibility for participation in the event as delegates.

Authors whose papers are approved must register for the event so their presentations are scheduled and published as part of the ICOM Memories 2017. Participation certificates will only be given to those who comply with this condition. In the case of contributions that have more than one author, at least one of them must pay the registration fee, to guarantee the inclusion of the work in the program.

A number of papers will be selected to be published in Alcance, Cuban Magazine of Information and Communication.

The Academic Committee may decide to show some contributions in the modality of poster, in agreement with its authors.

Although the official language of the event is Spanish, papers will be accepted in Portuguese and English.


To send a contribution it is necessary to previously register in the system of the event through the following link: . Once registered, you must check the abstract submission option and complete the indicated fields.

Only from June 15th the possibility of uploading the file with the complete paper will be activated, document that will be named as follows: Commission (Thematic Axis) _ First last name of the main author_Day_ Month_Year. For example, a paper sent to the Commission 2.7 Infocommunication labor contexts and social inclusion, should be named as follows: 2.7_Rodríguez_Juan_15_06_2017.

For any orientation or assistance you may write to  or to .     

Requirements for submission of papers

1. Minimum extension of 7 pages and maximum of 15, including charts (maximum of 3) and illustrations (maximum of 3), without considering bibliography.

2. Arial 11 typography, two spaces and a margin of 2.5 cm on each side. 8 ½ X 11 in Word 2003-2010 text processor for Windows.

3. Bibliographic Standard APA 6th Edition.

4. On the first page the data of the authors will be specified, considering for each one: Full name. Academic title. Institution. Address. Country. E-mail. Curricular synthesis (maximum of 80 words).

5. The presentation of the paper will include: Title: precise and clear. Summary: must indicate the intentions, reach, results and general structure (no more than 200 words). Keywords (until 5).

Requirements for the presentation:



6. The structure of the presentation must consider:

Introduction: To expose the nature and reach of the research that serves as sustenance, its scientific, social and economic value, the background it counts on and the purposes of the paper in a numbered form.

Methodology: To present the method used, populations and samples, techniques, software and general procedures developed for the presented analyzes.  

Development: The essential results or analyzes will be exposed accurately. The epigraphs will be marked in black, and numbered in order: 3.1; 3.2; 3.3. Only this presentation structure will be accepted.

Conclusions: Most relevant analysis and synthesis depending on the continuity of the discussion of the selected topic, including its challenges and projections.


Abbreviations, acronyms and symbols: They must be those accepted internationally only. Abbreviations and acronyms must be explained the first time they are mentioned. Greek symbols and characters, and inferior and superior indexes must be clearly defined.

Charts and figures: They must be ordered with Arabic numerals and be included in the body of the text or at the end of the work clearly specified. The terms, abbreviations and symbols used in the figures must be the same as those in the text. Do not use infrequent characters or symbols (blank or filled circles, squares or triangles are preferred). If they are complex they should be properly clarified in a concise legend. The symbols and characters must be clear and of sufficient size, so when they are reduced for publishing they remain legible. The supporting texts must be in Arial 10, not more than 20 words.


Persons, who require a letter of invitation for official procedures, may request it to the Organizing Committee through the email addresses  or

Registration fee

The payment of the registration fee can be made online until November 6th, 2017, through the event´s website: .

Participant category



200.00 CUC

Undergraduate student (*)

150.00 CUC

(*) Undergraduate students will pay the registration fee at the time of accreditation and must certify their status with their updated student card and a signed and sealed document or letter from the dean of their institution. Postgraduate students will not be eligible for this category.

Interested persons who fail to make the payment of the registration fee online may pay in Cuba, at the time of accreditation, in the currency of official circulation in the country (CUC) on Monday, November 13th, between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm, in the House of Registration and Accreditation of the Palace of Conventions.

The currency can be purchased after the arrival at the airport, hotels, banks and currency exchange offices (Cadecas) from Euros, US, Canadian and Australian dollars, sterling pound, Swiss franc, Mexican peso, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian crown , Japanese yen and Balboa, according to the exchange rate prevailing at the time of purchase.

Accepted credit cards In Cuba are VISA, MASTERCARD, CABAL, as long as their mother company is not North American.

The registration fee includes:


Participation in opening and closing events

Participation in scientific sessions

Folder with the documentation of the event

Participation certificate

Welcome cocktail

Lunch at the venue of the event from November 14th to 17th.

Expo ICOM 2017

In conjunction with the event, an associated exhibition will be organized at the Palace of convention, which will provide an ideal space for institutions linked to communication and information specially universities, specialized schools, Press organizations, audiovisual production companies, marketers of related themes, consultants, subscribers of publications and publishing houses, among others to exhibit  their products and services,.

Likewise, conditions will be created for the display of computer products: databases, multimedia and software applicable to the management and provision of library services, or useful for communication and scientific information organizations.

Expo ICOM 2017 has also planned the presentation of books and journals of interest for communication and information attendants. The Organizing Committee will evaluate these proposals.

Interested persons may contact:

Raúl González Castro

Professional organizer of fairs and Expositions

Palace of Conventions of Havana 



Yailuma Leyva Maestre

Coordinator of Expo ICOM 2017

University of Havana



Official agency

Traveling agency Cubatur

For accommodation applications contact specialist Nelson Ramos Mesa


Telephone:   (53) 7206 9808/09


The official agency includes in its offer:

Daily accommodation, breakfast included

Airport-Hotel-Airport Transportation

Transportation to event sessions (except for Palco Hotel)

Personalized assistance 

Guide services

If you wish to obtain a package offer which includes accommodation and participation in the event, you may contact the commercial specialist Idania Vega Fernández, from the International Sales department of the Palace of Conventions.


Telephone: (53) 7208 4398