Recent News and Awards
- Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services: Communicating in the Unpredictable Workplace, published in August, 2018 by Elizabeth Angeli, has been chosen as the winner of the 2020 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication
- Lean Technical Communication: Toward Sustainable Program Innovation, published in November, 2017 by Meredith A. Johnson, W. Michele Simmons, and Patricia Sullivan has been selected as the winner of the 2020 CCCC Research Impact Award
For Prospective Authors
Since 2012, ATTW and Taylor & Francis/Routledge have collaborated on the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication. We publish two lines of books. Contact the Series Editor, Tharon W. Howard, with your idea for a book at email@example.com.
Learn about your proposal package here.
For Teachers and Readers
Teaching Content Management in Technical and Professional Communication
Edited by Tracy Bridgeford: February, 2020
This collection offers a comprehensive overview of approaches to teaching the complex subject of content management. The book is an essential resource for both instructors new to teaching technical and professional communication, and experienced instructors who are interested in upgrading their pedagogies to include content management. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Content Strategy in Technical Communication
Edited by Guiseppe Getto, Jack Labriola, and Sheryl Ruszkiewicz: September, 2019
Content Strategy in Technical Communication provides a balanced, comprehensive overview of the current state of content strategy within the field of technical communication while showcasing groundbreaking work in the field. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Editing in the Modern Classroom
Edited by Suzan Flanigan and Michael J. Albers: January, 2019
Editing in the Modern Classroom challenges instructors to look deeper at the pedagogical aspects of what makes up an effective technical editing course at undergraduate and graduate levels and provides them with comprehensive and evidence-based resources to design and teach these courses. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Translation and Localization
Edited by Bruce Maylath and Kirk St. Amant: June, 2019
Detailed yet accessible, Translation and Localization brings together the research and insights of veteran practicing translators to offer comprehensive guidance for technical communicators. This book will be of interest to students of ethnic conflict, Asian politics, and security studies. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn
By Rebecca Walton, Kristin Moore, and Natasha Jones: May, 2019
Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn moves readers from conceptual explorations of oppression and justice to a theoretical framework that allows for the concepts to be applied and implemented in a variety of practical contexts. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Creating Intelligent Content with Lightweight DITA
By Carlos Evia: December, 2018
Creating Intelligent Content with Lightweight DITA documents the evolution of the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA) – a widely used open standard for structuring technical content. This book is intended for practitioners and students interested in structured authoring or the DITA standard. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Involving the Audience
By Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch: September, 2018
Involving the Audience examines the usability challenges raised by large complex websites and proposes ways the social web can expand usability research to address these new challenges. Breuch explains how large complex websites are inherently challenged by open-ended, interactive tasks that often have multiple pathways to completion. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Rhetorical Work in Emergency Services
Winner of the 2020 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award in the category of Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication
By Elizabeth L. Angeli: August, 2018
Grounded in a 16-month study in the EMS workplace, Rhetorical Work in Emergency Medical Services contributes to our theoretical, methodological, and practical understandings of the situation-specific processes that communicators and researchers engage in to respond to the urgencies and constraints of high-stakes workplaces. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication
Edited by Godwin Y. Agboka and Natalia Matveeva: June, 2018
Citizenship and Advocacy in Technical Communication covers a breadth of issues including local grant writing activities, cosmopolitanism and global transnational rhetoric, digital citizenship and social media use, strategic and tactical communication, and diversity and social justice. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Communicating Project Management
By Benjamin Lauren: March, 2018
Communicating Project Management argues that the communication practices of project managers have necessarily become participatory, made up of complex strategies grounded in rhetorical concepts. It draws on case studies across to investigate how project management relies on communication as teams develop products, services, and internal processes. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Lean Technical Communication
Winner of the 2020 CCCC Research Impact Award
By Meredith A. Johnson, W. Michele Simmons, and Patricia Sullivan: November, 2017
Lean Technical Communication offers a theoretically and empirically-grounded model for stewarding professional and technical communication programs under diverse conditions. Its insights benefit those involved in the development of undergraduate and graduate programs, including majors, service courses, minors, specializations, and certificates. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Scientific and Medical Communication
By Scott Mogull: August, 2017
Scientific and Medical Communication prepares readers to effectively communicate in scientific communities. Grounded in more than 500 published research findings and editorials by scientific writers, authors, and journal editors, this text will prepare individuals to write and edit scientific manuscripts, conference abstracts, posters, and press releases according to professional standards. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Plain Language and Ethical Action
By Russell Willerton: June, 2015
Plain Language and Ethical Action examines principles and practices of plain language that technical content producers can apply to meet their audiences’ needs in an ethical way. This work is intended for use in courses in information design, technical and professional communication, health communication, and other areas producing plain language communication. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Rhetoric in the Flesh
By T. Kenny Fountain: May, 2014
Rhetoric in the Flesh is the first book-length ethnographic study of the gross anatomy lab to explain how rhetorical discourses, multimodal displays, and embodied practices facilitate learning and technical expertise and how they shape participants’ perceptions of the human body. This book will be valuable for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in technical and professional communication and rhetorical studies. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
Social Media in Disaster Response
By Liza Potts: October, 2013
Social Media in Disaster Response focuses on how emerging social web tools provide researchers and practitioners with new opportunities to address disaster communication and information design for participatory cultures. This book provides researchers with tools for analyzing these communication systems while providing practitioners with design methods to assist them in influencing the structure of these communication systems. Read more or buy this book on Routledge.
For Book Review Copies
To request a review copy of books in the ATTW Series from Routledge, please visit https://m.email.
The Two Lines of Books in the Series: Research and Practice
The Research Line:
This line focuses on scholarly monographs (e.g., those originating from scholars’ dissertation research) and edited collections. Books that exemplify the kind of monographs we develop include Sauer’s The Rhetoric of Risk, Grabill’s Writing Community Change, Spinuzzi’s Tracing Genre through Organizations, and Winsor’s Writing Power.
As an author of a monograph, you should discuss the practical implications of your research either throughout your text (interspersed among chapters) or, at least, in a chapter devoted to implications. In other words, you need to show how people working in industry or in academia can put your research to use.
Some collections that exemplify those that we are developing include Albers and Still’s Usability of Complex Information Systems: Evaluation of User Interaction, Scott and Longo’s Critical Power Tools: Technical Communication and Cultural Studies, and Spilka’s Digital Literacy for Technical Communication.
As an editor of a collection, you should help your chapter authors think about and develop the implications of their research. In addition, you should comment on the implications of the collected chapters in your introduction and conclusion chapters.
The Practice Line:
This line focuses on texts for industry as well as classroom teaching and learning. Books that exemplify the kinds of guides to practice that we are developing include Barnum’s Usability Testing Essentials, Hackos’s Information Development, and Yunker’s Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies. We are also interested in developing useful guides such as Kohl’s The Global English Style Guide.
As an author of a practice-line text, you should ensure that you support with evidence the advice, guidelines, and instruction that you offer to your readers. In other words, we are interested in texts that help people learn how to master concepts and skills but that ground the instruction in research findings—particularly findings from empirical (qualitative or quantitative) research.
Potential Book Topics and Methods
We are interested in publishing interesting and useful work in a wide range of topics related to technical and professional communication (TPC), including but not limited to the following: assessment of TPC programs, content management systems, globalization of TPC, human-computer interaction, intercultural communication, health-care and medical communication, pedagogy of TPC, publication management, risk and crisis communication, service learning in TPC, technical and professional editing, translation of TPC, usability/user-experience and accessibility studies, visual communication, and web design and development. We are particularly interested in developing practice-line texts about accessibility and publication management.
We are interested in work that employs a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods, including but not limited to corpus linguistics, ethnography, experimental methods (e.g., eye tracking), genre analysis, linguistic (e.g., discourse and conversation) analysis, rhetorical analysis, and usability testing. And, particularly relevant to practice-line texts, we welcome a variety of pedagogical methods.
Contact the Series Editor
You do not need to have a complete proposal package ready before you talk to the editor about your proposal. In fact, talking about your idea early in the development process is the best thing to do. Contact the series editor to set up a day and time to talk on the phone or via Skype. Guidelines for developing your proposal are available here.
The Editorial Advisory Board
- Lee-Ann Breuch, University of Minnesota
- Bertha Du-Babcock, City University of Hong Kong
- Sam Dragga, Editor-in Chief of Technical Communication
- Jeff Grabill, Michigan State University
- JoAnn Hackos, ComTech Services, Inc.
- Suguru Ishizaki, Carnegie Mellon University
- Avon Murphy, Murphy Editing and Writing Services
- Marie Paretti, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
- Ginny Redish, Redish and Associates, Inc.
- Clay Spinuzzi, University of Texas at Austin
- Kirk St. Amant, Louisianna Tech University
- Brian Still, Texas Tech University
The Template for Your Proposal Package
A proposal package of about 13,000 words (not including curriculum vitae) is the first step in developing a project for the ATTW Book Series in Technical and Professional Communication. In preparing your proposal package, please keep in mind that the series editor and the publisher (Taylor & Francis/Routledge) need to know as much as possible about your planned book, including its scope, its intended audience, organizational structure, and the ways in which the publisher can best promote the volume to the intended readers.
The proposal will serve to make the case that you can write with authority, accuracy, and clarity, and that you can present what you have to say in a way that will be of interest and of relevance to your intended readers, and that what you have to say is appropriate for the series. With this in mind, your proposal should include four items:
A. A prospectus describing your intentions (about 5,000 words)
B. A detailed table of contents (about 1,000 words)
C. A sample chapter (about 7,000 words)
D. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)
Your proposal package should provide the series editor, reviewers, and the publisher with sufficient evidence to make a publishing decision about the project. Please see the publication manual for more information about developing a proposal package.