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Michael Albers <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:57:11 -0500
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After multiple requests, the due date has been extended to Dec 23.

Call for Submissions for Special Issue of Technical 
Communication:"Communication of Research Between Academic and Practicing 

For the complete CFP.

A universally accepted aspect of professional and technical 
communication is that it delivers scientific and technical content “from 
those who know to those who need to know” (Barnum & Carliner, 1993). 
This effort should certainly include the delivery of research findings 
in both directions between the academic and practitioner worlds; but, in 
an interesting and disheartening contradiction, movement in either 
direction happens much less regularly and effectively than it should.
The research and theory presented in peer-reviewed journals—including 
the ones in our field—are written by researchers for other researchers. 
  As a result, this material is often intellectually and emotionally 
inaccessible to practicing professionals--an inaccessibility which leads 
to the practitioners’ viewpoint that there is little value in academic 
contributions to the field’s theory and practice.

At the same time, practitioners’ research rarely feeds back into 
academic research. With its tight focus on a single problem that needs 
to be fixed now, as well as non-disclosure issues, the findings rarely 
fit into the academic model. But the underlying issues driving those 
findings are the very issues which should be driving academic research.
This special issue is devoted to exploring ways to improve the 
communication of research results between the academic and practitioner 

The guest editor invites proposals for papers on applied research or 
theory, case histories/studies, commentaries, lessons learned, and 
annotated bibliographies that address issues and questions surrounding 
how to improve the communication of academic research to practitioners 
and practitioner research to academics.

Proposals should be between 250–300 words and are due December 15, 2015
Completed proposals or questions about potential topics should be sent 
to  Michael Albers at  [log in to unmask]

Dr. Michael J. Albers
Technical and Professional Writing
Department of English
Mailstop 555
East Carolina University
Greenville NC  27858-4353

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