Technical Communication

Technical Communication, the Society’s journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field’s most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.

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The Frank R. Smith Award

The Frank R. Smith Outstanding Journal Article Award recognizes the authors of exceptional articles that appeared in Technical Communication during a calendar year. Since 1966, STC has paid tribute to the authors whose contributions have made Technical Communication one of the most highly respected journals devoted to the arts and sciences of technical communication. The award was renamed after longtime former editor Frank R. Smith in 1995 upon his retirement.

Judges base their decisions on the article’s content and form. Content is judged on the degree to which it represents contributions to new knowledge, new perspectives, or practical communication applications or techniques. Form is judged by the degree to which it embodies effective and appropriate organization; apt language and correct grammar; relevant and meaningful tables and illustrations; and spirit of vibrancy, intensity, conviction, or enthusiasm in transmitting information.

Click here for a list of the honorees from 2008 onward. For more information about the award, including guidelines, visit the STC website.

Archives: Journal Issues

Editorial

Menno D.T. de Jong Editor

When it comes to the use of the term theory, technical communication is one of the modest academic disciplines. Researchers in our field conduct solid and relevant studies, with clear practical implications and the potential to contribute to a framework of academic and practical knowledge, but seldom frame their efforts in terms of theoretical contributions. I am not referring to research that is merely called theoretical because of a lack of practical implications. I am referring to theory as a generalized and widely used body of knowledge, which is built on and verified by empirical research, and which can help to predict and explain events in real life. Read More >>>