April’s Roundtable will illuminate the process of publishing in research journals in the field of technical communication. We will start with the basics of research and proceed to strategies for choosing the right journal for your research project, adapting your manuscript for that journal, submitting your manuscript, corresponding with the editor, responding to the comments of reviewers, and revising your manuscript.
You will have the opportunity to review a case study that includes the original manuscript, comments from reviewers, the author’s response to these comments, the resulting revised manuscript, and the editor’s final decision.
You will also have the opportunity to hear from authors who have published in Technical Communication (and other journals in the field) about their experiences.
We will conclude with answers to your questions as well as to questions that frequently arise among new authors in their conversations about writing for publication.
Ideally, this month’s Roundtable will leave you feeling confident and equipped to contribute to the research of the field as the author of a manuscript or as a manuscript reviewer for a journal in the field.
Dr. Sam Dragga
Dr. Sam Dragga is Professor Emeritus of Technical Communication at Texas Tech University and Editor-in-Chief of Technical Communication, the quarterly research journal of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). He is co-author of The Essentials of Technical Communication (Oxford University Press, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2018), Reporting Technical Information (Oxford University Press, 2002, 2006), and Editing: The Design of Rhetoric (Baywood, 1989) as well as editor of two special issues of Technical Communication Quarterly (2001, 2010) and series editor of the Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication (19 titles). He has also authored or co-authored a score of articles in journals and collections on such topics as professional ethics and intercultural communication. He is a Fulbright Specialist, a Fellow of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW), and a recipient of STC’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication and the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Best Book in Technical and Scientific Communication and Best Article Reporting Historical Research in Technical and Scientific Communication. He served as president of ATTW (1997-1999) and initiated the organization’s annual conference in 1998. He also served as chair of the TTU Department of English (2002-2012).