Call for Public Relations Research Abstracts

Making your way to the top? If you are hitting new heights as a public relations researcher, come and share your journey!

Public relations educators, graduate students and professionals who meet the Society's criteria for advancing the profession of public relations are encouraged to step up to the podium and share their industry-related research!


The 2014 CPRS National Summit is scheduled for May 25 to 27, 2014 inclusive and the academic research stream is currently accepting abstracts for peer review.

Initial paper acceptance is based on a one-page abstract submitted for consideration by midnight on Friday, April 4, 2014. Abstracts must demonstrate innovative and original research in public relations and professional communication.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed and upon acceptance, authors must submit their presentation and PowerPoint slide (for posting on the CPRS website) by Thursday May 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email Tracey Baker, Director, Business Development and Campaigns at CPRS at or call (416) 362-6496(416) 362-6496.

General Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

  • All abstracts are due by midnight Friday, April 4, 2014. Abstracts should be double spaced and no more than 250 words.
  • All submissions must include the author(s), affiliation(s), title(s) and contact information ONLY in the spaces provided on the submission form (must not be contained within the Abstract document).
  • Upon acceptance, authors must submit their slide in Microsoft PowerPoint by Thursday, May 15, 2014.
  • Authors will be advised about the date and time of the Research session once the conference program is finalized.
  • To see examples of presentations from the 2011, 2012 and 2013 conferences, please go to the CPRS member-only page at log in and click on 'Research'. If you are not a member, please contact the CPRS National office at (416) 239-7034(416) 239-7034 for a temporary access code.

Presentations are limited to no more than 25 minutes each including the question period.

Abstract Submission Process:

  • The Submission Form will ask you to provide your Research Abstract (with no Author identification), a personal profile and a head shot. Please ensure you read and understand all information provided here prior to making your submission.
  • Your proposal will be forwarded to the 2014 Canadian Public Relations Research Presentation Committee, after which it will undergo a blind peer review by the Peer Review Committee.

After Your Abstract Submission is Received:

The 2014 Canadian Public Relations Research Peer Review Committee will evaluate each abstract and accept those that best meet the selection criteria of:

  • Relevance to the conference theme of "ASCEND - take the profession and your career to new heights"
  • Clarity of research topic
  • Contribution to knowledge and understandings of Public Relations and Communication Management theory and practice

The three-day program will explore many facets of the PR industry. Topics around which research could focus include:

  • Internal and external communications
  • Government and stakeholder communications
  • Crisis, risk and issues management communications
  • Working with traditional and non-traditional media
  • Communication research and technology
  • And more

Presenter’s Agreement and Communication:

CPRS acknowledges that the copyright for all research remains with the Researcher.

CPRS reserves the right to include all materials on the CPRS member-only website.

Each selected researcher agrees to provide a brief personal profile (150 word maximum in French and English, if possible) and a photograph to accompany the abstract on the CPRS website.

Conference Details:

Title: ASCEND - Canadian Public Relations National Summit
Dates: May 25 to 27, 2014
Location: Banff, AB


Abstract Submission deadline:
Friday, Aprl 4, 2014
Presentation due as a PPT slide: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Presentation length: 25 minutes including question period

Email Tracey Baker, New Business and Campaign, CPRS at

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