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Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

Business and Professional Communication Quarterly

Official Publication of the Association for Business Communication

eISSN: 23294922 | ISSN: 23294906 | Current volume: 83 | Current issue: 3 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

Editor
Melinda Knight Montclair State University, USA
Managing Editor
James M. Dubinsky ABC Executive Director, Virginia Tech, USA
Editorial Assistant
Alicia Remolde Montclair State University, USA
Associate Editor
Mark Hannah Arizona State University, USA
Chris Lam University of North Texas, USA
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
Pam E. Brewer Mercer University, USA
Eva Brumberger Arizona State University, USA
Kim Sydow Campbell University of North Texas, 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
Dale Cyphert University of Northern Iowa, USA
Erica Darics Aston University, England
Sam DeKay BNY Mellon Corp., USA
Bertha Du-Babcock City University of Hong Kong, China
Marilyn A. Dyrud Oregon Institute of Technology, USA
Megan L. Endres Eastern Michigan University, USA
Jeremy P. Fyke Belmont University, USA
Benjamin Garner University of North Georgia, USA
Valerie Goby Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Lenny Grant Syracuse University, USA
Faith Gray Massey University, New Zealand
Mary Ellen Guffey Los Angeles Pierce College, USA
Patricia L. Harms University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Geert Jacobs University of Gent, Belgium
Daphne Jameson Cornell University, USA
Natasha N. Jones University of Central Florida, USA
Laurence José Grand Valley State University, USA
Anne Kankaanranta Aalto University School of Economics, Finland
Oliver Laasch University of Manchester, UK
Kristen Lucas University of Louisville, USA
Jo Mackiewicz Iowa State University, USA
Mary Marcel Bentley University, USA
Lisa Melonçon University of South Florida, USA
Michael Meredith University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Amy Newman Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, USA
Catherine Nickerson Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Lorelei Ortiz St. Edwards University, USA
Marcy Orwig University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, USA
Sushil K. Oswal University of Washington, Tacoma, USA
Marcia Pentz University of Virginia, USA
Roslyn Petelin University of Queensland, Australia
Rebecca Pope-Ruark Elon University, USA
Chrysi Rapanta Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Kathryn Rentz University of Cincinnati, USA
Travis Russ Fordham University, USA
David Alan Sapp Loyola Marymount 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 Louisiana Tech University, USA
Christa Uusi-Rauva Aalto School of Economics, Finland
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 and Directors
Judith Ainsworth Regional Vice President, Academy of International Business, USA
Abram Anders University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA
Jolanta Aritz Regional Vice-President, Western United States, University of Southern California
Marsha L. Bayless Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
Valerie Creelman Regional Vice-President, Canada, Saint Mary's University, Canada
Erica Darics ABC Regional Vice President, Europe, Africa, and Middle East, Aston University, UK
Sam DeKay BNY Mellon Corp., USA
James M. Dubinsky ABC Executive Director, Virginia Tech, USA
Janis Forman University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Patricia "Patty" Harms Regional Vice President Southeastern United States, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Geert Jacobs ABC President, Ghent University, Belgium
Paula Lentz University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Amy Newman Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, USA
Marcel Robles ABC Immediate Past President, Eastern Kentucky University, USA
Kathryn Rybka Regional Vice-President, Midwestern United States, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sandra Sepulveda Regional Vice-President, Caribbean, Mexico, Central & South America, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras
Barbara Shwom Northwestern University, USA
Lucia Sigmar Regional Vice President Southwestern United States, Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
Laurie Stokes ABC Second Vice-President, Utah Valley University, USA
Christopher Toth Grand Valley State University, USA
D. Joel Whalen ABC First Vice-President, DePaul University, USA
Yunxia Zhu Regional Vice President, Asia & Pacific, Queensland University, Australia
ABC Directors at Large
Abram Anders University of Minnesota, Duluth, USA
Marsha L. Bayless Stephen F. Austin State University, USA
Barbara Davis University of Memphis, USA
Sam DeKay BNY Mellon Corp., USA
Janis Forman University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Paula Lentz University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
Dana Loewy California State University-Fullerton, USA
Jacquelyn Lowman University of Maine and Presque Isle, USA
Amy Newman Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, USA
Barbara Shwom Northwestern University, USA
Jason Snyder Central Connecticut State University, USA
Christopher Toth Grand Valley 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 (7th edition) in preparing the manuscript. For points not covered in the APA manual, refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (17th ed., 2017). 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)

    • each author’s name, institutional affiliation, city and state of institutional affiliation, and email address
    • email address; office, home, and fax phone numbers; and mailing address of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent
    • the number of words in the article (including all parts)
    • an author note (50 words maximum) for each author; consult the APA manual and see recent issues for examples
    • any acknowledgments or information about manuscript history (e.g., basis in a conference presentation
    • include any information regarding approval by an institutional review board (include IRB number) or research ethics committee

    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.

    6. Prepare a separate file(s) containing all tables, figures, appendixes, or other supplementary material––again, with no personal or institutional identification. In other words, the text should be in one file, tables should be in another file, figures in a third, and appendices in a fourth. 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. Remove all hidden field codes from any reference manager software used, including Microsoft Word. References and any endnotes should be converted to plain text.

    8. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permissions to reproduce any copyrighted material.

    9. All manuscripts must be properly blinded. That means removing any identifying information about the author(s), including self-citations. Any self-citations in references should be re-alphabetized under “A for Author” and should show only author and year.

    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 (7th ed., 2019)

    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.

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

    For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    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
    E-mail: abcoffice@businesscommunication.org

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