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It’s one thing for me or for others within the Society for Technical Communication to claim that this is the flagship journal of our profession. It’s quite another to rate our performance on more objective criteria. So I’d like to examine how Technical communication compares with other technical and professional communication journals.

Real estate agents joke that the three most important factors contributing to the desirability of a property are location, location, location. Similarly, journal editors might say that the three most important determiners of a journal’s reputation are citation, citation, citation. In other words, the best measure of the significance of a journal is how often its articles are referred to by those publishing in the field.

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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  • 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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