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connexions Journal Special Issue on International Engineering Communication Call for Proposals

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, or 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
    • 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


  • 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

connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional (ISSN 1647-2373) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed free and open-access online journal.

The journal provides a forum for researchers, practitioners, students and emerging scholars from diversified backgrounds, interests, and nationalities.

The journal focuses on the practice, research, pedagogy, methodology, and technology of efficient and effective written, oral, visual, electronic and non-verbal 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. Its subject areas cover the theory, management, design, development, translation and delivery of international professional information, as well as issues relating to the education and training of practitioners and researchers.

The journal encourages the submission of original research articles, review articles, focused commentary and industry perspective articles, and teaching cases. It invites manuscripts that are solidly grounded in theory and research related to international professional communication, namely rhetorical, functional, social, discourse, agency, activity, actor-network, cultural and intercultural, multimedia and multimodal informed approaches. The main publishing language is English. The journal also publishes manuscripts written in Portuguese, French, and Spanish, containing 500-word summaries of the manuscript, in English.