Business and Professional Communication Quarterly
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Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

Association for Business Communication

Editor
Melinda Knight Montclair State University, USA
Managing Editor
James M. Dubinsky Virginia Tech, USA
Book Review Editor
Lenny Grant Virginia Tech, USA
Editorial Assistant
Janet Dengel Montclair State University, USA

eISSN: 23294922| ISSN: 23294906|Current volume: 79|Current issue: 1 Frequency: Quarterly

View the 2016 Publications for the Association for Business Communication Journals Package, including Business and Professional Communication Quarterly and the International Journal of Business Communication.

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly is the only refereed journal devoted to research that advances the teaching of communication in the workplace. BPCQ publishes scholarship that advances knowledge about business and professional communication pedagogy and praxis in both academic and workplace settings. Articles in BPCQ present a variety of theoretical, applied, and practical approaches and perspectives, including technical and scientific communication, rhetoric, program design and assessment, the impact of technology, sustainability, global and multicultural issues, nonprofit communication, qualitative and quantitative research on classroom teaching, and case studies of best practices. BPCQ especially welcomes manuscripts that address the principles of SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning).

Subscribers to Business and Professional Communication Quarterly also receive a subscription to International Journal of Business Communication. To learn more about subscription information click here.

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly is the only refereed journal devoted to research that advances the teaching of communication in the workplace. The journal aims to present the many interdisciplinary, international, and organizational perspectives that characterize the field and specifically to publish research that advances knowledge about business and professional communication pedagogy and praxis in both academic and workplace settings, including technical and scientific communication, rhetoric, program design and assessment, the impact of technology, sustainability, global and multicultural issues, nonprofit communication, and best practices.

As an interdisciplinary journal, BPCQ welcomes manuscripts that address a variety of theoretical, applied, and practical approaches and topics in the teaching and praxis of business, corporate, organizational, professional, or technical communication, including qualitative and quantitative research on classroom teaching or assessment, case studies of specific classroom techniques, reports on strategies for program development, innovative assignments or methodologies, and reviews of scholarship relevant to business and professional communication pedagogy. BPCQ especially welcomes manuscripts that address the principles of SoTL (scholarship of teaching and learning). BPCQ also publishes articles on a particular theme, for which a call may be announced on the ABC website: http://www.businesscommunication.org. Information on submitting book reviews can be found at http://www.montclair.edu/cwe/bcq

Editorial Review Board
Nicole Amare University of South Alabama, USA
Deborah C. Andrews University of Delaware, USA
James Archibald McGill University, Canada
Deborah Barrett Rice University, USA
Reginald Bell Prairie View A&M University, USA
Janel Bloch Northern Kentucky University, USA
Charlotte Brammer Samford University, USA
Stephen Bremner City University of Hong Kong, China
Pam E. Brewer Mercer University, USA
Jean Bush-Bacelis Eastern Michigan University, USA
Kim Sydow Campbell University of Alabama, USA
Nittaya Campbell Waikato University, New Zealand
Peter Cardon University of Southern California, USA
Teena Carnegie Eastern Washington University, USA
Rodney Carveth Morgan State University, USA
Cheryl Cockburn-Wootten University of Waikato, New Zealand
Roger N. Conaway Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Ava Weinberger Cross Ryerson University, Canada
Dale Cyphert University of Northern Iowa, USA
Sam DeKay St. Johns University and BNY Mellon Corporation, USA
Bertha Du-Babcock City University of Hong Kong, China
James M. Dubinsky Virginia Tech, USA
Marilyn A. Dyrud Oregon Institute of Technology, USA
Megan L. Endres Eastern Michigan University, USA
Jeremy P. Fyke Marquette University, USA
Valerie Goby Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Michael Goodman Baruch College, USA
Faith Gray Massey University, New Zealand
Mary Ellen Guffey Los Angeles Pierce College, USA
Lynn Hamilton University of Virginia, USA
Mark Hannah Arizona State University, USA
Patricia L. Harms University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Jim Henry University of Hawai’i, USA
Geert Jacobs Ghent University, Belgium
Daphne Jameson Cornell University, USA
Laurence José Grand Valley State University, USA
Anne Kankaanranta Aalto University School of Economics, Finland
Thomas Kiddie West Virginia University, USA
Oliver Laasch Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico
Chris Lam University of North Texas, USA
Leena Louhiala-Salminen Aalto University School of Economics, Finland
Jo Mackiewicz Auburn University, USA
Lisa Meloncon University of Cincinnati, USA
Michael Meredith University of North Carolina, USA
Amy Newman Cornell University, USA
Catherine Nickerson Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Lorelei Ortiz St. Edwards University, USA
Marcy Orwig University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA
Marcia Pentz University of Virginia, USA
Roslyn Petelin University of Queensland, Australia
Gina Poncini Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Rebecca Pope-Ruark Elon University, USA
Chrysi Rapanta Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Kathryn Rentz University of Cincinnati, USA
Deborah Britt Roebuck Kennesaw State University, USA
Travis Russ Fordham University, USA
David Alan Sapp Loyola Marymount University, USA
Nancy M. Schullery Western Michigan University, USA
Matthew Sharp Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
Barbara Shwom Northwestern University, USA
Megan Siczek George Washington University, USA
Mary Simpson University of Waikato, New Zealand
Kirk St. Amant East Carolina University, USA
Christopher Toth Grand Valley State University, USA
Christa Uusi-Rauva Aalto School of Economics, Finland
Susan Vargo Indiana University, USA
Iris I. Varner Illinois State University, USA
Jennifer Veltsos Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
Robbin Zeff Warner Alexandria, VA, USA
Candice Welhausen University of Delaware, USA
D. Joel Whalen DePaul University, USA
Katherine V. Wills Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus, USA
Susan Youngblood Auburn University, USA
Yunxia Zhu University of Queensland, Australia
ABC Officers
Peter Cardon University of Southern California, USA
Bertha Du Babcock City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
James M. Dubinsky Virginia Tech, USA
Debbie DuFrene Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
Marilyn A. Dyrud Oregon Institute of Technology, USA
Michael Goodman Corporate Communications International
Lisa Gueldenzoph Snyder North Carolina A & T State University, USA
Geert Jacobs Ghent University, Belgium
Carolyn Meyer Ryerson University, Canada
Kristen "Kris" Pickering Tennessee Technological University, USA
Deborah Britt Roebuck Kennesaw State University, USA
Teresa Sekine Purdue University, USA
Sandra Sepulveda University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Yunxia Zhu University of Queensland, Australia
ABC Directors at Large
Traci Austin Sam Houston State University, USA
Jean Bush-Bacelis Eastern Michigan University, USA
Janis Forman University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Jeanette Heidewald Indiana University, USA
Amy Newman Cornell University, USA
Brigitte Planken Radboud University, The Netherlands
Sana Reynolds New York University, USA
Barbara Shwom Northwestern University, USA
Elizabeth "Liddy" Tuleja University of Notre Dame, USA
Jennifer Veltsos Minnesota State University, Mankato, USA
D. Joel Whalen DePaul University, USA
Maryann Wysor Georgia State University, USA
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  • Submission Guidelines

    Articles should be submitted via the Manuscript Central online submission system: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bcq. Please note the following points in particular as you prepare your files for online submission:

    1. Follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010) in preparing the manuscript. For points not covered in the APA manual, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed., 2010). In general, articles should not exceed 25 pages, excluding tables, figures, references, and notes.
    2. Prepare a separate title page file that includes the following information in the order shown:
      manuscript title (maximum of 12 words)
      1. each author’s name, institutional affiliation, city and state of institutional affiliation, and email address
      2. email address; office, home, and fax phone numbers; and mailing address of the author to whom
      3. all correspondence should be sent
      4. the number of words in the article (including all parts)
      5. an author note (50 words maximum) for each author; consult the APA manual and see recent issues for examples
      6. any acknowledgments or information about manuscript history (e.g., basis in a conference presentation)
    3. Prepare a 100-word (maximum) abstract and at least three keywords.
    4. Prepare a separate manuscript file that begins with the title, followed by the abstract, keywords, and main text. Do not include any personal or institutional identification in the body of the manuscript. Use double spacing throughout, at least 1" margins all around, with left justification only, and as little formatting as possible. Do not use footnotes or endnotes unless content notes are absolutely necessary. Include “placeholder” callouts to indicate the placement of any tables or figures (e.g., “Insert Table 1 about here”).
    5. Include a list of references at the end of the manuscript file. Cite only those works that you build on or challenge, and include only those works actually cited in the manuscript. Follow the APA manual carefully for the content and format of all references. When citing BCQ articles published through 2003, include both volume and issue numbers. The issue number is not needed when citing BCQ articles published in 2004 and later. (See p. 186 of the APA manual for details.)
    6. Prepare a separate file(s) containing any tables, figures, appendixes, or other supplementary material––again, with no personal or institutional identification. Limit visuals to those that can be presented effectively within the journal’s trim size. Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to provide camera-ready copies of any graphics or to pay actual preparation costs.
    7. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions to reproduce any copyrighted material.
    8. If your manuscript is in response to a call for an article on a particular theme, note that in the “Author’s Cover Letter” section of Manuscript Central. 

    Book Reviews should follow the guidelines available at http://www.montclair.edu/cwe/bcq/

    Review Process

    Following a satisfactory initial review by the editorial office, all articles are evaluated by at least two reviewers, using a masked peer-review process. We strive to return reviewers’ reports to the author(s) within 8 weeks after the initial editorial review.

    Selection Criteria

    Manuscripts elected for publication must

    • clearly address an issue in the teaching of business communication in academic, corporate, government, or other organizational settings
    • present genuinely useful information on such topics as written, oral, electronic, managerial, interpersonal, organizational, and intercultural communication
    • situate the study in the context of previous research and other published work in the field
    • appeal to a broad range of BCQ’s interdisciplinary and international audience, which includes undergraduate and graduate university educators, community college educators, consultants, and practitioners
    • adhere to ethical guidelines (e.g., for human subjects research) and legal requirements of the country in which the study was conducted
    • serve as a model of effective writing
    • be the original work of the author(s), submitted solely to BPCQ and not published, in press, or submitted elsewhere
    • follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed., 2010)

    Manuscripts selected for publication may be edited as deemed appropriate by the editor. The author retains responsibility for the accuracy of a manuscript published in BPCQ.

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    All individual subscriptions are handled by the Association for Business Communication. Subscribers to Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (BPCQ) also receive a subscription to International Journal of Business Communication. Please contact the association for more information at

    Association of Business Communiation
    www.businesscommunication.org
    Marilyn Buerkens
    Office Manager
    Association for Business Communication
    355 Shanks Hall (0112) Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    Voice: 540-231-8460
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