Sherry Southard, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Recent & Relevant section, which highlights and summarizes articles in related journals that may be of interest to technical communication professionals and scholars.
Avon J. Murphy, Editor – Each issue of Technical Communication includes a Book Reviews section covering the most relevant new books in the field. In this issue, 23 new books are reviewed.
John B. Killoran – Portfolios are a potentially effective way for independent technical communicators to demonstrate their skills and expertise to potential clients. This article reports on an empirical study into the use and the perceived usefulness of portfolios and the barriers that may stop technical communicators from using them. The results are based on a survey (N=240), follow-up interviews, and analyses of Web sites.
Henk Pander Maat and Leo Lentz – This article focuses on the design of patient information leaflets, and the role that card-sorting research may play in designing an optimal structure for such leaflets. The article demonstrates the use of an open and a closed card-sorting technique. The results show that the template for patient information leaflets prescribed by the European Union does not optimally serve the users. [Frank R. Smith Outstanding Article Award]
Menno D.T. de Jong – This editorial addresses the relationship between the fields of technical communication and health communication. Technical communicators may contribute to the field of health communication using their document design expertise. A comparison of the two disciplines leads to the identification of potentially relevant research topics for technical communication professionals and academics.