Editorial Calendar


January/February 2024
Theme: Training and Development. How can we strengthen our careers and skills, as well as the field as a whole through training and strategic collaborations?
Guest edited by: Arthur Berger and Dr. Nupoor Ranade
Submissions due date: Nov 10, 2023

March/April 2024
Theme: Applications of AI in Technical Communication. How can AI and its various applications best serve technical communicators and the wide range of projects and documents they create?
Submissions due date: Jan 10, 2024

May/June 2024
Theme: Structured Authoring. What are processes and tools best support structured authoring practices, including content development and information findability?
Submissions due date: Mar 10, 2024

July/August 2024
Theme: Strategic Branding. How are brands developed, sustained, and improved upon, whether they represent products, services, or individuals?
Submissions due date: May 10, 2024

September/October 2024
Theme: Sustainable Content. What processes and practices can help reduce the carbon footprint of digital content and ensure sustainable products through their lifecycle?
Submissions due date: Jul 10, 2024

November/December 2024
Theme: Accessible and Responsive Design. How can we improve and incorporate best practices and techniques, which support the accessibility and responsiveness of content design?
Submissions due date: Sep 10, 2024



January/February 2023
Theme:  Professional Credentialing in Technical Communication.  What are the different ways in you can build your professional credentials?
Submissions due date:  November 1, 2023

March/April 2023
Theme:  Tools and Technologies.  What current tools, technologies, and trends are essential and important to the profession?
Submissions due date:  January 1, 2023

May/June 2023
Theme:  Technical Editing.  What are the past, present, and future applications of technical editing in technical communication?
Guest edited by: Kelly Schrank
Submissions due date: March 1, 2023

July/August 2023
Theme:  Soft Skills in Technical Communication.  Why are soft skills are important and useful in technical communication workplaces and project environments?
Submissions due date:  May 1, 2023

September/October 2023
Theme:  Information Visualization.  What methods, practices, and techniques help technical communicators create informative visual content?
Guest edited by: Dr. Jackie Damrau and Dr. Amanda Horton
Submissions due date:  July 1, 2023

November/December 2023
Theme:  Project Planning.  How is project planning essential to the technical communicator and what methods and practices are most helpful?
Submissions due date:  September 1, 2023



January/February 2022
Theme: Careers: Insights into job searches and career path transitions.
Submission due date: 11/1/2021

March/April 2022
Theme: Communications Across Media: From AR/VR to chatbots, how diverse forms of content delivery are shaping how we communicate.
Submission due date: 1/1/2022

May/June 2022
Theme: Instructional Design: Why is instructional design so important, and how do technical communicators design and develop content that facilitates learning?
Submission due date: 3/1/2022

July/August 2022
Theme: Translation and Localization:  How technical communicators influence how products and services are communicated and perceived in other languages and cultures.
Submission due date: 5/1/2021

September/October 2022
Theme: Strategic Thinking in Technical Communication: How can technical communicators use strategic thinking to better position themselves and their departments?
Guest edited by Dr. Jackie Damrau and Dr. Liz Herman
Submission due date: 7/1/2022

November/December 2022
Theme: Accessibility, Usability, and Inclusion: How can technical communicators ensure that their products and information are able to reach all audiences?
Submission due date: 9/1/2022



March/April 2021
Theme: Project Management: Effective Project Management Supports Career Growth for Technical Communicators
Submission due date: 2/1/2021

May/June 2021
Theme: Inclusivity in Technical Communication: How can our industry be more diverse and inclusive? And how can our communications efforts support diverse, multicultural, accessible world?
Submission due date: 3/1/2021

July/August 2021
Theme: Technical Communication in Cybersecurity
Guest edited by Ben Woelk and Jackie Damrau
Submission due date: 5/1/2021

September/October 2021
Theme: The Science Behind Content Design
Guest edited by Scott Abel and Tina Sister
Submission due date: 7/1/2021

November/December 2021
Theme: The Business of Content
Guest edited by Andrea Ames
Submission due date: 9/1/2021


January/February 2020
Theme: Future of Tech Comm: Thinking Outside the Box
Submission due date: 11/10/2019

March/April 2020
Theme: Content in the Customer Experience
Submission due date: 1/10/2020

May/June 2020
Theme: Career Transitions
Submission due date: 3/1/2020

July/August 2020
Theme: Collaboration
Submission due date: 5/1/2020

September 2020
Theme: Knowledge Management
Guest edited by Liz Herman
Submission due date: 7/1/2020

October 2020
Theme: Student Perspectives on Technical Communication
Guest edited by Heavenly Freeman, Jelilat Adesiyan, and Rebekah Smith
Submission due date: 8/1/2020

November 2020
Theme: Information-Enabled Enterprises
Guest edited by Scott Abel
Submission due date: 9/1/2020

December 2020
Theme: The State of Tech Comm: A View from Outside the Industry
Guest edited by Saul Carliner
Submission due date: 10/1/2020

January/February 2019

Theme: The Future of Technical Communication: AR/VR

Guest edited by Kit Brown-Hoekstra

Submission due date: 12/10/2018

Ads due: 1/2/2019

March/April 2019

Theme: Content Experience and Content Strategy

Submission due date: 1/10/2019

Ads due: 2/1/2019

May/June 2019

Theme: Professional Development

Submission due date: 3/10/2019

Ads due: 4/2/2019

July/August 2019

Theme: Content Design and Development for Machine Delivery

Submission due date: 5/10/2019

Ads due: 6/1/2019

September 2019

Theme: Global Content

Guest editor: TBD

Submission due date: 7/10/2019

Ads due: 8/1/2019

October 2019

Theme: Healthcare and Medicine

Guest editor: Kirk St.Amant

Submission due date: 8/10/2019

Ads due: 9/4/2019

November 2019

Theme: Content Engineering

Submission due date: 9/10/2019

Ads due: 10/1/2019

December 2019

Theme: Content Quality

Guest editor: Yoel Strimling

Submission due date: 10/10/2019

Ads due: 11/1/2019

January/February 2018

Theme: The Future of Technical Communication

Guest edited by Jack Molisani

Submission due date: 12/15/2017

Ads due: 1/2/2018

March/April 2018

Theme: The Healthy Content Organization

Submission due date: 1/15/2018

Ads due: 2/1/2018

May/June 2018

Theme: Leadership

Submission due date: 3/10/2018

Ads due: 4/2/2018

July/August 2018

Theme: The State of Technical Communication Education

Guest edited by Kirk St.Amant

Submission due date: 5/10/2018

Ads due: 6/1/2018

September 2018

Theme: Measuring the Value of Content

Guest edited by Mark Lewis

Submission due date: 7/10/2018

Ads due: 8/1/2018

October 2018

Theme: Understanding Audiences and Their Tasks

Submission due date: 8/10/2018

Ads due: 9/4/2018

November 2018

Theme: The Relationship of Content and Design

Submission due date: 9/10/2018

Ads due: 10/1/2018

December 2018

Theme: The State of the Technical Communication Industry

Submission due date: 10/10/2018

Ads due: 11/1/2018

January 2017

No theme

Submission due date: 11/1/2016

Ads due: 11/15/2016

February 2017

Personality, Temperament, and Technical Communication
Guest Editor: Ben Woelk

Submission due date: 12/1/2016

Ads due: 12/15/2016

March 2017

The Core Competencies of Technical Communicators

Submission due date: 1/1/2017

Ads due: 1/15/2017

April 2017

International Technical Communication

Submission due date: 2/1/2017

Ads due: 2/15/2017

May 2017

No Theme

Submissions due: 3/1/2017

Ads due: 3/15/2017

June 2017

More Legends of Technical Communication: Student Interviews
Guest Editor: George Hayhoe

Submissions due: 5/1/2017

Ads due: 5/15/2017

July/August 2017

Writing and Editing: Fundamentals, Resources, and New Trends

Submissions due: 6/1/2017

Ads due: 6/15/2017

September 2017

The Business of Technical Communication
Guest Editor: Andrea Ames

Submissions due: 8/1/2017

Ads due: 8/15/2017

October 2017

Document Design After Paper
Guest Editor: Michael Opsteegh

Submissions due: 8/1/2017

Ads due: 8/15/2017

November/December 2017

Research in Technical Communication: Approaches, Methods, Applications
Guest Editor: Kirk St.Amant

Submissions due: 9/1/2017

Ads due: 9/15/2017


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January 2016

Professional Development and Certification

Submission due date: 11/1/2015

Ads due: 11/15/2015

February 2016

Communication Trends

Submission due date: 12/1/2015

Ads due: 12/15/2015

March 2016

Technical Communication on the World Wide Web in 2016

Submission due date: 1/1/2016

Ads due: 1/15/2016

April 2016

Grand Hardware Documentation
Guest Editor Rick Lippincott

Submission due date: 2/1/2016

Ads due: 2/15/2016

May 2016

International Technical Communication
Guest Editors Kirk St.Amant and Ann Wiley

Submissions due: 3/1/2016

Ads due: 3/15/2016

June 2016

Instructional Design
Guest Editors Mellissa Ruryk and Robert Hershenow

Submissions due: 4/1/2016

Ads due: 4/15/2016

July/August 2016

Teaching Professional & Technical Communication

Submissions due: 5/1/2016

Ads due: 5/15/2016

September 2016

A Deep Dive into Tools and Workflows

Submissions due: 7/1/2016

Ads due: 7/15/2016

October 2016

Talkin' Bout' My Generation

Submissions due: 8/1/2016

Ads due: 8/15/2015

November/December 2016

Tech Comm Guru Profiles
Guest Editor Nicky Bleiel

Submissions due: 9/1/2016

Ads due: 9/15/2016


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January 2015

Technical Communication and Professional Writing

Submissions due: 11/1/2014

Ads due: 11/15/2014

February 2015

Repackaging, Rebranding, and Reinventing Technical Communication

Submissions due: 12/1/2014

Ads due: 12/15/2014

March 2015

Megatrends, Trending Now

Submissions due: 1/1/2015

Ads due: 1/15/2015

April 2015

Learning Ecosystems

Submissions due: 2/1/2015

Ads due: 2/15/2015

May 2015

Facets of the Profession

Submissions due: 3/1/2015

Ads due: 3/15/2015

June 2015

The Power Issue: Gaining Organizational Influence as a Technical Communicator

Submissions due: 4/1/2015

Ads due: 4/15/2015

July/August 2015

Content Primer: Curation Is Not Just for Museums

Submissions due: 5/1/2015

Ads due: 5/15/2015

September 2015

Change Happens: Are We Ready?

Submissions due: 7/1/2015

Ads due: 7/15/2015

October 2015

The Social Issue: Building Networks and Social Business Strategies

Submissions due: 8/1/2015

Ads due: 8/15/2015

November/December 2015

State of the Industry

Submissions due: 9/1/2015

Ads due: 9/15/2015


January 2014

Personal Productivity: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Submissions due: 11/1/2013

Ads due: 11/15/2013

February 2014

Plain Language and Information Design: Case Studies

Guest Editor Karen Schriver

Submissions due: 12/1/2013

Ads due: 12/15/2013

March 2014

Career Planning: Transitioning, Cross-Functional Roles, Professional Development and Education, Social Networking and Job Hunting

Submissions due: 1/1/2014

Ads due: 1/15/2014

April 2014

The Bleeding Edge: Emerging Trends and Technologies

Guest Editor Neil Perlin

Submissions due: 2/1/2014

Ads due: 2/15/2014

May 2014

Content Is a Business Asset: Content Marketing, Branding, Metrics, Value

Guest Editor Jack Molisani

Submissions due: 3/1/2014

Ads due: 3/15/2014

June 2014

The Art of Professional Writing: Technical Writing and Rhetoric, Writing for Industry, Manufacturing Writing, Medical Writing, Policies and Procedures

Submissions due: 4/1/2014

Ads due: 4/15/2014

July/August 2014

Content Strategy: Converting Legacy Content, Conducting a Content Analysis

Submissions due: 5/1/2014

Ads due: 5/15/2014

September 2014

API Documentation

Guest Editor Tom Johnson

Submissions due: 7/1/2014

Ads due: 7/15/2014

October 2014

Rescue Me! How to Rescue Troubled Technical Communication Projects and Teams

Submissions due: 8/1/2014

Ads due: 8/15/2014

November/December 2014

Agile Technical Communication: Using Methodology from Agile Software Development for Agile Technical Documentation and Agile Teams

Submissions due: 10/1/2014

Ads due: 10/15/2014

January 2013

Global/International Technical Communication

Guest Editor: Kit Brown-Hoekstra

Submissions due: 1 November 2012

Ads due: 15 November 2012

February 2013

Instructional Design & eLearning

Submissions due: 1 December 2012

Ads due: 15 December 2012

March 2013

Freelancing, Consulting, Independent Contracting, and Business Ownership

Submissions due: 1 January 2013

Ads due: 15 January 2013

April 2013

60th Anniversary Issue: TC History and Future, Emerging Markets, Industry Focus

Submissions due: 1 February 2013

Ads due: 15 February 2013

May 2013

Content Strategy

Guest Editor: Alan Porter

Submissions due: 1 March 2013

Ads due: 15 March 2013

June 2013

Risk Management, Security, Safety Communications

Submissions due: 1 April 2013

Ads due: 15 April 2013

July/August 2013

Usability and Accessibility

Submissions due: 1 May 2013

Ads due: 15 May 2013

September 2013

Project Management

Submissions due: 1 July 2013

Ads due: 15 July 2013

October 2013

Information Design and Architecture

Submissions due: 1 August 2013

Ads due: 15 August 2013

November/December 2013

Intro to TC/TC 101 (Intro to Tech Writing and Editing)

Submissions due: 1 September 2013

Ads due: 15 September 2013