Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication

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Programmatic Perspectives publishes articles related to programmatic issues related to technical communication.

Submissions

All Articles

Programmatic Perspectives, the journal of the Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, is soliciting articles about theoretical and practical aspects of technical communication program administration. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,

  • Program assessment
  • Curriculum development and innovation
  • Cross-cultural issues
  • Faculty development
  • Technology integration
  • Relationship-building
  • Diversity issues
  • Program maintenance
  • Programs transitions (expansion from certificate to major)
  • Student and faculty recruitment
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Internationalization/globalization
  • Historical perspectives on program administration
  • New program development

The editors welcome articles of 6,000-10,000 words. Submissions should conform to APA.

Submissions

All manuscripts should be submitted as a Word attachment and sent via email to the editor, Susan Popham, (pp_editor@cptsc.org). Authors should remove any identifying content to facilitate blind peer review. Please include the author’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation on a separate cover sheet.

If the article contains illustrations  (drawings, photographs, images), please create each illustration in a separate file and zip all files together. Illustrations should be saved at 300 dpi or better in EPS, TIFF, PSD, GIF, or JPG format.

Articles should be formatted according to the APA.

Book Reviews

Deadline

Generally, reviewers are allowed 60 days to complete a review.

Length

1000-1500 words for reviews of single texts

1000-2500 words for reviews of multiple texts

Focus

Focus your review on those concerns most relevant to our target audience: technical communication administrators who are interested in the theory and practice of program development and administration. If appropriate, focus your review on how the text(s) contribute to just one aspect of the profession—for example, programmatic assessment or curriculum development. We encourage you to omit relatively minor concerns, such as minute details about what each chapter contains.

If possible, address the following concerns in your review:

  • how the text(s) specifically contributes to the profession in terms of programmatic issues and perspectives or how it fails to do so;

  • how the text(s) compare with similar ones in the profession.

Heading Formatting

Include the following information for each text reviewed:

  • title
  • author(s) or editor(s)
  • place of publication
  • publisher
  • date of publication
  • number of pages

Provide the following information after the heading and before the first paragraph:

Reviewed by (Your First Name, Your Last Name), (Your Institution)

Use of Citations, Evidence, and Quotations

Use APA style for all citations.

Do not feel obligated to provide extensive evidence (including direct quotations) from the text(s) to support your claims. In fact, we might need to edit supporting evidence to reduce length.

If you decide to provide supporting evidence:

  • include page citations for quoted material (for example, Smith makes a strong case that “the profession will raise its stature considerably if more quality research on this topic is completed” (p. 143);
  • provide full citations for other publications mentioned in your review.

Guidelines for Submitting Reviews

Send the review as an email attachment in Word format to

Questions?

If you have any questions or anticipate having trouble meeting your deadline, please contact Susan Popham as soon as possible to see if other arrangements can be made.