Call for papers

CFP

connexions • international professional communication journal publishes two issues per annual volume. The journal may publish three annual issues if proposals for a third issue are received, and the quality and volume of contributions justifies it. This page contains the list of current and past calls for papers.

Current Calls

Past Issues

  • Issue 1(2): International Engineering Communication [Special Issue]
  • Issue 1(1): International Professional Communication: yesterday < today > tomorrow [Special Issue]

Calls for Special Issues

For current calls for special issue proposals, see Special issue submissions.

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Current Calls


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Issue 2(1)
February 2014

connexions • international professional communication journal invites you to contribute to issue 2(1) by submitting papers that explore the

practice, research, pedagogy, methodology, and technology of

efficient and effective written, oral, visual, electronic and non-verbal professional communication in

academic, business, crisis, development, environmental, health, media, nonprofit, political, research, science, technical and other work and civic activity contexts in

local, national, international, and global work and civic activity settings.

Manuscripts of

  • original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text,
  • review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text,
  • focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text,
  • teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text.

Submission procedures:

  • Submit
    • cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address);
    • complete research article, review article, focused commentary or industry perspective article, or teaching case.
  • Prepare the cover page and manuscript on letter or A4 size pages, 1.5 line spacing, and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • Save the cover page and manuscript in doc, docx, or rtf format.
  • Submit your proposal (cover page and full manuscript) by email to the Editor at editor@connexionsjournal.org.

Schedule

  • Expected date of publication: December, 2014.

If you have any questions about your proposal, feel free to contact the Editor.

Thank you for considering writing a paper for connexions • international professional communication.

Rosário Durão
Editor
connexions • international professional communication journal
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
New Mexico Tech

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Issue 3(1)

Educating and training for globally distributed virtual teams:
Preparing the workforce of the future

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Guest editors:
Pam Estes Brewer
Mercer University (email: brewerpse@gmail.com)
Kirk St.Amant
East Carolina University (email: stamantk@ecu.edu)

Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) allow individuals located in different nations to collaborate almost as easily as if they were located in the same physical office. As a result, globally distributed virtual teams now support the work of organizations across the spectrum of products and services. Such teams are used by a range of for-profit and non-profit organizations including businesses, government organizations, the military, and educational institutions. These organizations are increasingly employing individuals located in different nations to engage in various types of collaborative work via ICTs.

As a result of such factors, much of the modern workforce is now migrating toward a virtual model of work, and forces associated with globalization are changing the nature of competitiveness in the new economy. Individuals, in turn, must often adapt rapidly to virtual environments and do so with little or no formal preparation in the types of professional communication practices essential to success in such contexts. As a result, individuals working in internationally distributed teams must generally learn from their mistakes, an effective but often costly approach. Moreover, individuals must also often adapt to working in an environment in which they are regularly paired with new colleagues and clients from different nations, cultures, and language groups.

Thus, the modern distributed workplace requires employees to account for and address three central factors—technology, culture, and language—in order to succeed in most work-related tasks.

An all-important question arising from this situation is, “How can we better prepare these individuals for this international, online context?”

A 2012 IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on global training reveals, however, that very little information on training—particularly global virtual communication training—has been published in the major professional communication journals in the last ten years. Such a gap needs to be closed if educators and trainers alike wish to prepare adult learners to be successful participants in current (and future) business practices and processes.

This special issue on education and training for globally distributed virtual teams seeks to address this topic through articles on how best to prepare individuals to succeed in this new workplace.

In particular, the editors are interested in articles that answer questions such as:

  • What types of education and training are most desired by managers and participants of global virtual teams?
  • How can organizations best prepare virtual team members for working across boundaries of language? What issues affect translation and terminology? What do team members most need to know about World Englishes, English as a Second Language, or English for Specific Purposes?
  • How can organizations better prepare employees to collaborate and cooperate online and across cultural boundaries?
  • How can social media be used to prepare individuals for working in intercultural online contexts?
  • What legal issues can affect or should be included in global virtual team training? What should participants in global virtual teams know about proprietary information and privacy?

In addition, the editors of this special issue welcome articles such as:Critical analyses of the many published task/technology models that support global virtual teams.

  • Critical analyses of the many published task/technology models that support global virtual teams.
  • Critical analyses of virtual team studies in areas such as technical training, adult education, human resources development, educational technology, human performance technology, technical communication, and user experience design.

The guest editors are also interested in discussing other prospective topics with potential contributors.

Types of articles

connexions publishes four types of articles:

  • Original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words in length
  • Review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length
  • Focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words in length
  • Teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length

Submission Guidelines

Interested individuals should send a 150-200 word proposal to
connexionsspecialissue@gmail.com
Proposals should be sent as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file attached to an email message with the subject line:
“Proposal for Special Issue on Globally Distributed Virtual Teams.”
All proposals should include the submitter’s name, affiliation, and email address as well as a working title for the proposed article.

Production Schedule

The schedule for the special issue is as follows:

  • 15 Jan. 2014 –Proposals due
  • 15 Feb. 2014 – Decisions on proposals sent to proposal submitters
  • 15 June 2014 – Manuscripts due
  • 15 Aug. 2014 – Reviewer comments to authors
  • 15 Oct. 2014 – Final manuscripts due to editors
  • Feb. 2015 – Publication of special issue

Contact Information

Completed proposals or questions about either proposal topics or this special issue should be sent to Pam Estes Brewer and Kirk St.Amant at connexionsspecialissue@gmail.com

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Issue 3(2)

Translation and international professional communication:
Building bridges and strengthening skills

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Guest editors:
Bruce Maylath
North Dakota State University, USA
Ricardo Muñoz Martín
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Marta Pacheco Pinto
Centre for Comparative Studies, Portugal

The globalization and the fast mobility of today’s markets—aiming to serve as many heterogeneous settings and audiences as possible—have posited a growing need for high quality products and optimal performance in nearly all areas of everyday life. Specialists in communication play an important, albeit often hidden, role in these processes. Translators and other international professional communicators operate as mediators to facilitate understanding across global, international, national and local contexts through diverse communication channels. Translating today often involves several agents with different roles, responsibilities and skills. This entails creative work, various innovative procedures, and collaborative networks in highly technological, distributed environments. All these agents can be seen as text producers with an increasing expertise in the tools and skills of their trades to find, manage, process, and adapt information to target audiences.

Despite disperse attempts at acknowledging the importance of approaching professional communication as translation or as involving translation-related skills (e.g., Hoft 1995; Weiss 1995, 1997; Melton 2008), translation often remains invisible both in the literature and in the training of (international) professional communicators. The extant literature in Communication Studies that actually addresses translation usually tends to emphasize, and concentrate on, localization issues, and it often draws from functional approaches to translation as production of a communicative message or instrument (e.g., Vermeer 1996; Nord 1997; Reiss 2000).

In Translation Studies, on the other hand, there is an increasing awareness of the need to tend bridges to Communication Studies in research (e.g., Risku 2010; Ehrensberger-Dow & Daniel 2013). However, more dialogue seems necessary to fully grasp the implications and commonalities in all areas of multilingual professional communication, not the least that they are usually ascribed peripheral roles in business, technical, and scientific endeavors.

The emerging figure of the multitasked professional communicator has brought translation as part of the document production process to a different level of discussion. It is drawing increasing attention to translators’ profiles and training as competent communicators and vice versa, thus showing that the role translation plays in international professional communication, and the role of international professional communication in translator training cannot be downplayed (Gnecchi et al., 2011).

This issue of the connexions journal seeks to build bridges of cross-disciplinary understanding between international professional communication scholars and practitioners and translation scholars and practitioners. It aims to foster debate around the role of translation as a special kind of international professional communication and also as an integral part of other (international) professional communication instances.

Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • University-level training of international professional communicators, its adjustment to market and translation demands, pedagogical challenges to collaborative work.
  • Curriculum design, (communication and translation) skill development and performance assessment.
  • Communicative purposes and settings and their impact on translation norms, process and associated abilities.
  • Ethics and other deontological considerations.
  • Team work, translation companies and quality-control procedures.
  • Localization, computer-assisted translation, post-editing and international professional communication.
  • Localization, multilanguage content delivery, language and communication audit (LCA).
  • Translating the verbal and the visual in international professional communication (case studies, overall considerations).

Abstracts to be developed into

  • Original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text.
  • Review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text.
  • Focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text.
  • Teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text on the interface between translation and communication are invited (deadline for submissions is October 10, 2014).

Submission procedures:

  • Prepare the cover page and manuscript with 1.5 line spacing and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • Save the cover page and manuscript in doc, docx, or rtf format.
  • Cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address.
  • 500-word abstract for original research articles, review articles, and teaching cases; 250-word abstracts for focused commentary and industry perspectives.
  • Whether you are submitting a research article, a review article, industry perspective article, or teaching case.
  • Submit via email to Bruce Maylath, Marta Pacheco Pinto and Ricardo Muñoz Martín at trans.profcommunication@gmail.com

Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will be invited to submit your manuscript. All manuscripts that meet the journal’s standards and requirements will be, without exception, submitted to double-blind peer review.

Schedule (new schedule)

  • submission deadline for manuscript abstracts: April 10, 2015
  • notification of acceptance: June 14, 2015
  • submission deadline for full manuscripts: September 30, 2015
  • expected date of publication: December 30, 2015

Contact information

Bruce Maylath, Marta Pacheco Pinto, and Ricardo Muñoz Martín at trans.profcommunication@gmail.com

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Past Issues

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Issue 1(2)

International Engineering Communication

The value of written and oral communication within both engineering practice and education is well understood by our discipline and has been addressed through multiple classroom and workplace studies. The role of communication within engineering disciplines has been reinforced through numerous publications in the technical communication and engineering fields that have reported on the types, frequency, characteristics, and approaches of communication activities among practicing engineers, as well as shared curricular models and pedagogical strategies intersecting communication and engineering.

But while engineering is an increasingly global profession, much of the work to date has focused on within-culture communication in engineering. Far less information is available on international engineering communication, though work on cross-cultural communication broadly has been underway for several years. While past IEEE Professional Communication Society conferences (IPCC) have included international engineering communication sessions and an upcoming IPCC conference (July 2013) focuses on communicating globally, sustained dialogue around this issue is in its early stages and there is ample room for development in the ways we are thinking about and addressing engineering communication at an international level.

This special issue of the connexions journal aims to catalyze a more focused conversation about the role of engineering communication within global workplaces and among international audiences.

Abstracts to be developed into

  • original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text
  • review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text
  • focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text
  • teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text

on international engineering communication topics are invited (deadline for submissions is January 4, 2013).

Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication instruction for international engineering students
  • Human-centered design for global audiences
  • International engineering project management
  • Risk communication on an international scale
  • Genres and discourse conventions for global audiences
  • Technical documentation for multinational users
  • Ethics and global considerations
  • Technical presentations for multinational audiences
  • Multi-modal communication in virtual global engineering teams
  • International approaches to integrating communication and engineering learning

Submission procedures:

  • Prepare the cover page and manuscript with 1.5 line spacing and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • Save the cover page and manuscript in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf format.
  • Submit via email to Julie Ford at jford@nmt.edu
    • cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address;
    • 500 word abstract
    • whether you are submitting a research article, a review article, industry perspective article, or teaching case

Schedule:

  • submission deadline for manuscript abstracts: January 4, 2013
  • notification of acceptance: February 1, 2013
  • submission deadline for full manuscripts: May 1, 2013
  • expected date of publication: June 30, 2013

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Issue 1(1)

International Professional Communication
yesterday today tomorrow

connexions CFP 1(1)

Whether you are a practicing professional whose job requires print or online communication, an academic teaching and researching professional communication, or a student learning about the area, you probably agree that communication in and related to work and civic activity has become increasingly more international in the last thirty years.

You may have noticed that written, oral, and visual communication sent and received across a room, a city, a country, a continent, or around the globe, in a fraction of a second, has greatly supplanted communication in person or by landline phone or written or typewritten on paper and then sent by fax, truck, train or airplane to its destination. You may also have observed that creating goods and services and the accompanying documentation in other countries or continents to be used in different parts of the world is a far more widespread practice now than two or three decades ago when most organizations performed these tasks internally. You may even have noticed that knowledge itself is no longer the distant province of elites from your own or other countries, or something that people acquire in an initial period of formal education for the rest of their lives, but rather a resource that is constantly renewed, enlarged, disseminated, and acquired by individuals anywhere in the world who are brought together by similar interests and activities and the facilitating power of technology. And with greater access to knowledge, means of travel and communication, people are, you may have realized, more attentive to other languages and cultures—in a word, more cosmopolitan.

As someone who depends on efficient and effective communication to get your messages across and to understand the messages of others, you have certainly given considerable thought, and even spoken and written about the ways international professional communication influences, and is influenced by context.

The first issue of connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional aims at examining the field from your point of view on

  • the past, present, and foreseeable future of the practice, research, and teaching of international professional communication, in local, national, international, and global contexts,
    and/or
  • how the practice, research, and teaching of international professional communication has reacted to changes in context, and acted upon its contexts, in different parts of the world.

To participate, please submit brief position papers, or literature reviews addressing the above concerns with regard to these topics:

  • The field of international professional communication (academic, business, crisis, development, environmental, health, media, nonprofit, political, research, science, and technical communication in local, national, international, and global work and civic activity settings).
  • International professional communication in specific areas of the world.
  • Communication and information management.
  • Communities of practice and ethics.
  • Education and professional development.
  • History, theory/theories, research.
  • Human-computer interface and interaction.
  • Information delivery and quality.
  • Information design and visual communication.
  • Information development and artifacts.
  • Knowledge domains, databases, terminology.
  • Rhetoric and functional communication.
  • Tools and technologies.
  • Translation, interpretation, internationalization, localization, globalization, controlled languages.
  • Types of communication and work processes.

Submission procedures:

  • Submit
    • cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address);
    • 400-500 word manuscript (complete position paper, or literature review).
  • Prepare the cover page and manuscript on letter or A4 size pages, 1.5 line spacing, and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • Save the cover page and manuscript in doc, docx, rtf, or pdf format.
  • You may contribute to more than one topic.
  • Submit your proposal by email to the Editor at editor@connexionsjournal.org. In your email, please specify
    • the topic under which you want to list your paper;
    • whether you are submitting a position paper, or a literature review.

If you have any questions about your proposal, feel free to contact the Editor.

Schedule:

  • Proposal deadline: February 7, 2012.
  • Notification of acceptance: March, 2012.
  • Date of publication: December, 2012 (new publishing date).

Thank you for considering writing a paper for the First Issue of connexions international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional.

Rosário Durão
Editor


connexions • international professional communication journal (ISSN 2325-6044) is edited by Rosário Durão and Kyle Mattson, and hosted by the Department of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences at New Mexico Tech and the Department of Writing at the University of Central Arkansas. © 2012–2014. All rights reserved.