IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 4 • Dec. 2017

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  • Front Cover

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): C1
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  • IEEE Professional Communication Society

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): C2
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  • Plain Language in the Twenty-First Century: Introduction to the Special Issue on Plain Language

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):336 - 342
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  • Plain Language in the US Gains Momentum: 1940–2015

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):343 - 383
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    Research problem: Interest in plain-language communication has been growing in many sectors of business and government, but knowledge about its development is scattered and in need of synthesis. Research questions: 1. How did plain language in the US evolve to gain acceptance by industry, government, and the public? 2. In what ways have advocates changed their vision of plain language? Literature ... View full abstract»

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  • Use of Plain-Language Guidelines to Promote Health Literacy

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):384 - 400
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    Research problem: Studies by the American Institute of Medicine and the European Health Literacy Survey describe considerable levels of either inadequate or problematic health literacy. This health literacy problem is intensified when frontline healthcare practitioners must rely on printed education materials to compensate for the lack of time to instruct patients about their health management. Ap... View full abstract»

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  • Plain-Style Preferences of US Professionals

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):401 - 411
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    Background: Although plain language is almost universally promoted by teachers of professional writing, editors, and communication professionals, some have argued that the effects of and preferences for plain style in written messages differ among groups of individuals. Research questions: 1. Do professionals prefer plain style? 2a. Do preferences differ for different categories of style? 2b. Do p... View full abstract»

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  • The Social Justice Impact of Plain Language: A Critical Approach to Plain-Language Analysis

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):412 - 429
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    Introduction: This study investigates how plain language, examined from a social justice perspective, is implemented in mortgage documents and what the implications are for African-American homebuyers. About the case: We argue that plain language has the potential to engage issues of human dignity and human rights because language accessibility in documents plays a large role in how citizens engag... View full abstract»

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  • Insider Audiences and Plain-Language Revision: A City Charter Case Study

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):430 - 447
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    Background: In policy and law contexts, plain-language practice and research tend to focus on the benefits of plain language for specific nonexpert or public audiences. However, as plain-language use has proliferated, documents targeted for revision increasingly include those with insider and expert primary audiences. This study investigates the effects of plain-language revision on insider audien... View full abstract»

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  • Plain Language to Minimize Cognitive Load: A Social Justice Perspective

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):448 - 457
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    This tutorial explores ethical implications of cognitive load theory and intersectional theory on technical and professional communication, and proposes plain language as an ethical imperative to redress social inequities. Key concepts: When the cognitive load of a learning task is too high and overwhelms working memory, learning is impaired. The greater stress and mental burden that marginalized ... View full abstract»

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  • Table of contents

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 335
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  • Expand Your Network

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 458
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  • Expand Your Network

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s): 459
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  • Introducing IEEE Collabratec

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  • 2017 Index IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Vol. 60

    Publication Year: 2017, Page(s):1 - 5
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  • IEEE Professional Communication Society Information

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Aims & Scope

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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Editor-in-Chief
George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.