ICOMTA'21 – The International Conference on Communication and Applied Technologies 2021, in its first edition called  "Computation, Communication and fact-checking in the post-truth era", invites all those within the scientific, academic and professional communities to present their contributions, which can be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese. All papers (full articles) will be submitted to a double-blind review by at least two members of the Scientific Committee, based on relevance, originality, importance and clarity. The papers presented must be related to one of the main topics proposed for the Conference:



1: Digital communication and processes

2: Communication, health, politics and technology. The other pandemic: disinformation in the age of coronavirus. Automation, bots and algorithms.

3: Fact-checking experiences in Europe and Latin America at the service of journalism: a comparative perspective

4: Persuasion and emotion: language and content analysis, and artificial intelligence

5: Freedom of speech, ethics and transparency in digital society

6: Digital social media

7: Software, big data, data mining and intelligent systems.

8: Miscellaneous (journalism, communication, advertising and public relations, political science and other aspects of Social and Human Sciences derived from the information and communication technologies).


Presentation and decision

Articles submitted in English (up to a 10-page limit) must comply with the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series format (see Instructions for authors on the Springer website). Articles submitted in Spanish or Portuguese (up to a maximum of 14 pages) must comply with the Tirant lo Blanch format. In both cases, they must not have been previously published or be under review for any other conference or publication, and they cannot include any information that may lead to the identification of the authors. Therefore, the names of the authors, affiliations and e-mails must not be included in the version for evaluation by the Scientific Committee. This information should only be included in the final version of the accepted articles, which must be saved in a Word file. Such files must be uploaded to the conference management system in a ZIP file.

After the Scientific Committee’s evaluation, articles will either be rejected or accepted. Should an article be accepted, it may or may not need to be modified slightly.  If so, the authors must modify accordingly before sending the final version.

Once they have been approved for publication in the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies series, articles in English must be accompanied by a publication consent.

Authors of accepted papers will have 15 minutes to present their work in a Conference Work Session and approximately 5 minutes of discussion will follow each presentation.


Publication and indexing

To make sure accepted articles are published, at least one of the authors must be fully registered before June 6th, 2021. Moreover, the article must comply with the suggested layout and page limit (up to 10 or 14 pages, depending on the format). Also, all recommended alterations must be implemented by the authors before submitting the final version.

No more than one article per entry will be published. A supplemental fee must be paid for the publication of an extra article, with a maximum of one per additional registration. Each registration only allows for one author to participate in the conference.

Accepted and registered papers written in English will be published on Proceedings by Springer (4th publishing house in the world, according to the SPI index) in a book from the SIST series, and will be submitted for indexing to ISI, EI-Compendex, SCOPUS and Google Scholar, among others, and will also be available on SpringerLink. Papers written in Spanish or Portuguese will be published by Tirant Lo Blanch (the first Spanish publishing house according to the Scholar Publisher Indicators). 

Extended versions of selected papers will be sent to "Razón y Palabra" (journal) or "Journalism and Media". (journal) They will be published after a new peer review.


Important dates

Submission of articles: April 18th, 2021 - May 10th, 2021

Notification of acceptance: May 23th, 2021

Registration payment to ensure the inclusion of an accepted article: June 6th, 2021.

Presentation of final articles: June 6th, 2021.

Conference: September 1st to 3rd, 2021.