Published on March 30, 2012

The first quarter 2012 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is now available for reading online.

Below are the abstracts of the articles.

Note:  As I mentioned in my note a few weeks ago, although we will publish new issues of the Transactions, each quarter as we always have, starting in 2012, we only print those issues semi-annually.

So the March issue will be printed with the June issue.  The shipment in June is a double issue.  Similarly, the September issue will be printed with the December issue and that issue, too, is a double issue.

So the March issue is available online now through the IEEExplore.  The March and June issues will be printed and shipped in June.

To see the complete article, visit  (Note: Only free to members of the IEEE Professional Communication Society (get your login from IEEE) and to those entering through university libraries with a subscription to IEEExplore.)

Volume 55, Issue

Research Article:  Exploring Think-Alouds in Usability Testing: An International Survey
by Sharon McDonald, Helen M. Edwards and Zingting Zhao.

Research Article: An Examination of Deception in Virtual Teams: Effects of Deception on Task Performance, Mutuality, and Trust
by Christie M. Fuller, Kent Marrett and Douglas P. Twitchell

Research Article: A Tale of Four Functions in a Multifunctional Device: Extending Implementation Intention Theory
by Julian Lin, Hock Chuan Chan, Lingling Xu

Research Article: Too Early, Too Bad: Uncovering and Understanding the Initial Participation Paradox in Technology-Mediated Learning Teams
by Elizabeth Koh and John Lim

Research Article: Assessing the Impact of Student Peer Review in Writing Instruction by Using the Normalized Compression Distance
by Sayuri Yoshizawa, Takao Terano, and Atsushi Yoshikawa

Book Reviews

  • Writing in the Sciences: Exploring Conventions of Scientific Discourse (Part of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication), (3rd edition) by Ann M. Penrose and Steven B. Katz. Reviewed by JoLynne Berrett
  • Designing Visual Language: Strategies for Professional Communicators, Second Edition Book Review by Charles Kostelnick and David D. 
Roberts.  Reviewed by Garth Clayton.
  • User-Centered Design for Personalization by Lex van Velsen.  Reviewed by Charity C. Tran.