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

Calls for Special Issues

For current calls for special issue proposals, see Call for special issue guest editors and Publishing in connexions.

Current Calls

Issue 5(1)

Open Issue


Rosário Durão
New Mexico Tech, USA

Kyle Mattson
University of Central Arkansas, USA

(PDF of CFP)

connexions ● international professional communication journal invites you to contribute to issue 5(1) by submitting papers that explore practice, research, pedagogy, methodology, and technology on diverse topics related to international professional communication (IPC) practice and research at local, national, or international levels.

Such topic areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • IPC and visual communication (includes intersections of IPC, visual communication, and selected disciplines in the professions—e.g., IPC, visual communication, and applied linguistics in the workplace)
  • IPC and ethics
  • IPC, environmental and risk management
  • IPC, networking and complexity
  • IPC and accessibility
  • IPC and global education
  • IPC, online and print typography
  • IPC and ethnography
  • IPC, organizational cultures and practices
  • IPC and crowdsourcing
  • IPC, in-house curriculum and training
  • IPC and health communication
  • IPC and historiographies
  • IPC in allied industries
  • IPC, interdisciplinarity and research

Other topics of value to IPC will certainly be considered for this open issue. Prepare manuscripts in accordance with the following expectations of manuscript format, submission, and schedule.

Successful proposals to be developed into original

  • research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words of body text (excluding references, notes, and appendices),
  • review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text,
  • focused commentary or industry perspective articles of 500 to 3,000 words of body text,
  • teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words of body text;
  • full manuscripts, including cover page, should be in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format.

Proposal submission procedures

  • Include cover page containing your name, institutional affiliation, and email address.
  • Prepare the cover page and manuscript on letter or A4 size pages, 1.5 line spacing, and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • 500-word proposals for original research articles, review articles, and teaching cases; 250-word proposals for focused commentary or industry perspective article.
  • All submissions will be reviewed by at least two readers, whether you are submitting for a research article, review article, focused commentary or industry perspective article, or teaching case.
  • Email your proposal to the Co-Editors at
  • Each proposal should be sent as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file attached to an email message bearing the subject line: “Proposal for connexions 5.1 (open issue).”


  • Submission deadline for manuscript proposals: March 15, 2016
  • Notification of proposal acceptances: April 15, 2016
  • Submission deadline for first drafts of full manuscripts: June 15, 2016
  • Submission deadline for revised drafts of manuscripts: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of publication: April 15, 2017

If you have any questions about your proposal, feel free to contact the Co-Editors.

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


Rosário Durão
Department of Communication, Liberal Arts,
Social Sciences
New Mexico Tech
Socorro, NM 87801
United States

Kyle Mattson
Department of Writing
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
United States


Issue 4(2)

Designing Professional Communication Across Cultures

Guest editors:

Quan Zhou
Metropolitan State University, USA

Guiseppe Getto
East Carolina University, USA

(PDF of CFP)

In the last thirty years, two trends have transformed the world of professional communication. On one hand, a global economy has increasingly placed professional communicators in multilingual and multicultural work environments. In such environments, disciplinary borders are blurred, markets are integrated, and ideas are shared across individuals and organizations. On the other hand, advances in technology have revolutionized the ways communication products are designed, shared, and assessed. Professional communicators must thus reach and serve a diverse population of stakeholders.

They do so with multimodal forms of communication that integrate both text, visuals, and audience interactions. Design no longer means “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It is now impacted by a holistic methodology often known as “design thinking.” Design thinking encompasses the entire process of creating professional communication products and services, including websites, social media campaigns, technical documentation, and information-driven user interfaces. Neumeier (2009) wrote that design “has been waiting patiently in the wings for nearly a century, having been relegated to supporting roles and stand-in parts” (p.18). Design thinking is now important to such disparate activities as branding, innovation, and cultivating optimal user experiences. As Vogel (2009) pointed out: “Only one company in a market can be the cheapest; the rest need design” (p.8).

In this way, the practice of designing across cultures has been brought to the forefront of professional communication in order to engage stakeholders in a globalized, multicultural marketplace. From a business perspective, communicators use design thinking to discover user goals, strategize content, structure teams, and create and evaluate prototypes. Design helps distinguish brands and increase value for enterprises. Design can also help bridge linguistic and breaks language and cultural barriers, however. It can create beneficial solutions for users from minoritized, underrepresented, and marginalized populations. Good design is thus culturally-sensitive as it must adapt to and respect cultural groups being served.

This special issue of connexions: international professional communication journal seeks to understand, articulate, and evaluate the role of design in professional communication across cultures. It aims to bring together scholars and practitioners who engage in design activities in a cross-cultural or multi-cultural context. Here culture is broadly defined. We seek articles related to nationality, race, ethnicity, age, gender, disability/accessibility, sexual orientation, as well as any other cultural/professional identities.

Suggested topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Design thinking in professional communication projects
  • Challenges in designing for multi-national and multi-cultural audiences
  • Affordances for specific genres of information products within specific cultures
  • The design, writing, and strategy of documentation
  • New approaches to particular sets of audiences and markets
  • Design pedagogy, curricula, training, and organizational development
  • Design project management and team work
  • Design in internationally-distributed work environments
  • Information design and its relationship to culture
  • The relationship between design, users, and professional communication


Neumeier, M. (2009). The designful company. In T. Lockwood (Ed.), Design thinking: Integrating innovation, customer experience, and brand value (pp. 15-22). New York, NY: Allworth.

Vogel, C. M. (2009). Notes on the evolution of design thinking: A work in progress. In T. Lockwood (Ed.), Design thinking: Integrating innovation, customer experience, and brand value (pp. 3-14). New York, NY: Allworth.


  • Submission deadline for manuscript abstracts: March 15th, 2016
  • Notification of acceptance: June 30th, 2016
  • Submission deadline for full manuscripts: September 30th, 2016
  • Expected date of publication: December 30th, 2016

Submission Procedures

  • Submit 500-word abstracts for original research articles, review articles, and teaching cases; or 250-word abstracts for focused commentary and industry perspectives.
  • Prepare a cover page for your abstract with 1.5 line spacing and Georgia, 12-point font.
  • Save the cover page and abstract in doc, docx, or rtf format.
  • Include in your cover page author(s) names, institutional affiliations, email addresses, and whether you are submitting a research article, a review article, a teaching case, a focused commentary, or an industry perspective.
  • Submit your abstract via email to Quan Zhou and Guiseppe Getto at

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

Abstracts To Be Developed Into

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

Contact information

Quan Zhou
Metropolitan State University, 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 205-I, St. Paul, MN.

Guiseppe Getto
East Carolina University, 2108 Bate, Mail Stop #555, Greenville, NC, 27858-4353.


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 School of Communication at the University of Central Arkansas. © 2012–2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).