Submission Guidelines

Programmatic Perspectives, the journal of CPTSC, is soliciting articles about theoretical and practical aspects of technical, professional, and scientific 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 (e.g., expansion from certificate to major)
  • Student and faculty recruitment
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Internationalization/globalization
  • Historical perspectives on program administration
  • New program development

General Submission Guidance

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.

Submissions should conform to the Programmatic Perspectives Style Guide. For items not addressed in the guide, please refer to the latest publication of the APA.

Submission Types

Research Articles

 Research articles are manuscripts that detail systematic, formal research studies (such as pilot studies, case studies, interview surveys, or survey studies) on topics of interest to technical and professional communication administrators, scholars and teachers.

Article should be 8,000-10,000 words. 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 (e.g., expansion from certificate to major)
  • Student and faculty recruitment
  • Recruitment and retention
  • Internationalization/globalization
  • Historical perspectives on program administration
  • New program development

 Program Showcases 

Program Showcases tell the narrative of an author’s or authors’ experiences in a particular technical and professional program. Topics may focus on the same issues as research article, but these are not based on systematic research. Program Showcases should be 6,000-8,000 words. They should also include key take-aways that other programs/program administrators can use.

Commentaries

Commentaries address a specific under-examined issue of interest to Programmatic Perspective audiences. Commentaries are 5,000-7,000 words.

Book Reviews

Focus your review on those concerns most relevant to our target audience: technical, professional, and scientific communication administrators and faculty 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.

  • Length of review for single work: 1250 words
  • Length of review for multiple volumes: 2000 words

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)

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)
  • include an author’s first and last name on first reference. Subsequent references should only be last names.
  • provide full citations for other publications mentioned in your review

All queries, questions, or submissions should be sent to the co-editors, Lora Arduser and Lee-Ann Breuch, at pp_editor@cptsc.org as a Word attachment.

Book review queries and book reviews should be sent to Book Review Editor Russell Kirkscey at trk82@psu.edu.