Becoming a Reviewer

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication invites technical and professional communication experts working in industry, government, non-profit sectors, and academia to peer review article submissions for the journal. We especially welcome industry practitioners and newer scholars to participate in this vital role. 

You do not need a PhD to serve as a reviewer. To be qualified, you need expertise in at least one area of professional communication (e.g., document design, usability/user experience, translation and localization, data visualization, virtual teams, content strategy); familiarity with research methods in technical and professional communication and ideally a specialization in at least one method (e.g., usability testing, surveys, discourse analysis, rhetorical analysis, content analysis, case studies, etc.); and experience reading peer-reviewed research. 

Reviewers have a direct hand in improving the quality of published research in the field. Your primary role will be to evaluate the suitability of articles for publication and to ensure that the research has been conducted and reported in an ethical, valid, reliable, and clear way. You will use a rubric to guide your review of the manuscript, and you will have access to reviewer training videos as well as a mentor throughout the process. We encourage constructive, revision-oriented feedback that helps authors improve their communication of the research and its significance to the field. 

To acknowledge your contribution of time and expertise, you will receive a copy of the published article that you reviewed, be recognized in the list of reviewers published in an annual editorial published in the journal, and receive an annual thank you letter from the Editor-in-Chief.

If you are interested in reviewing for the journal, please complete the Potential Reviewer Information Form. Feel free to introduce yourself and send questions to George Hayhoe, Editor-in-Chief, or any of the Associate Editors.

Potential Reviewer Information Form:

George Hayhoe, Editor-in-Chief, or any of the Associate Editors: