Published on February 20, 2013

If you have not done so already, check out the most recent issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.  The issue features these articles:

    1. (Research Article) Structure of Research Article Introductions in Three Engineering Subdisciplines by Budsaba Kanoksilapatham

      This article provides scholars with insights into the task of writing research articles. This article specifically explores: (1) What are the generic structures of research article introductions in three engineering subdisciplines? and (2) What are variations that distinguish the introductions of one subdiscipline from the others?

  1. (Research Article) The Role of Leadership and Contextualization on Citizenship Behaviors in Distributed Teams: A Relational Capital Perspective by Xiqing Sha and Klarissa T. Chang

    This article provides insights into the role that a leader plays in improving relational capital, thereby motivating team members’ citizenship behaviors in distributed teams. This article specifically explores: (1) What is the role of inspirational leadership in cultivating relational capital (such as reciprocity and commitment) in distributed teams? (2) Are team members’ citizenship behaviors (such as knowledge sharing and interpersonal helping) influenced by relational capital in distributed teams? (3) How does technology support for cognitive and affective contextualization facilitate leaders to improve organizational communication?

  2. (Research Article) The Role of Leadership and Contextualization on Electronic Media variety and Virtual Team Performance: The Mediating Role of Task Complexity Coping Mechanisms by Ned Kock and Gary S. Lynn

    This article explores: (1) Does a high degree of media variety facilitate the implementation of team mechanisms for coping with task complexity? (2) Does the degree of implementation of team mechanisms for coping with task complexity positively influence team performance?

  3. (Research Article) Phishing Susceptibility: An Investigation Into the Processing of a Targeted Spear Phishing Email by Jingguo Wang, Tejaswini Herath, Rui Chen, Arun Vishwanath, and H. Raghav Rao 

    Phishing is an email-based scam where a perpetrator camouflages emails to appear as a legitimate request for personal and sensitive information. Research question: How do individuals process a phishing email, and determine whether to respond to it? The article specifically examines how users’ attention to “visual triggers” and “phishing deception indicators” influence their decision-making processes and consequently their decisions.

  4. (Teaching Case) Using a Research in Technical and Scientific Communication Class to Teach Essential Workplace Skills by Lucy Bednar

    Undergraduate research at the university level often focuses on the production of a traditional research paper, one with an academic orientation, often information heavy and analysis light, emphasizing the importance of secondary sources and documentation style over the process of inquiry. This teaching case specifically explores which approaches to undergraduate research would enable aspiring technical communicators to develop research skills that would better prepare them for success in a professional environment?

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    Also note that, although we continue to publish issues quarterly online,  the IEEE Professional Communication Society only prints and mails issues of the Transactions twice a year.  Each mailing includes two issues.  The December 2012 mailing included the September and December 2012 issues.The next issue is scheduled for publication March 2013; the next mailing is scheduled June 2013 (containing the March and June 2013 issues).