Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Given the increasingly globalized environment in which we live, it’s good to have an open access journal such as connexions: international professional communication journal available to bridge the gaps in professional communication among different countries, cultures, and communities. It acts as a forum for “researchers, practitioners, students, and leaders of international and intercultural professional communication,” publishing material on “communication practices, research, pedagogy, methodology, and technology as original research articles, reviews, focused commentary and industry perspectives, and teaching cases.” A new section was recently added to the journal: video interviews of academic and industry leaders. The journal focuses on “issues of professional communication theory, practice, and literacy in local, national, international, intercultural, global work and civic-activity environments.” The editors aim to publish “new knowledge on theory, management, design, development, as well as on translation and delivery of professional information.” A very big plus about the journal is that it “addresses issues of education and training for practitioners and researchers worldwide.” Periodically, special thematically-based issues are published, such as the upcoming Issue 4(2) 2016: Designing Professional Communication Across Culture.
The most recent available issue is Volume 4, Number 1, 2016, the special issue, Professional communication, social justice, and the Global South. It’s comprised of five research articles (“Access, oppression, and social (in)justice in epidemic control: Race, profession, and communication in SARS outbreaks in Canada and Singapore,” “What’s wrong here? What’s right here? Introducing the positive deviance approach to community-based work,” “Branding authenticity, global–localization and technology: Thematic analysis of two West Bengal urban–rural handicrafts NPO websites,” “Do Women Win? Transnational development NGOs, discourses of empowerment, and cross-cultural technology initiatives in the Global South,” and “Making expertise visible: A disruptive workplace study with a social justice goal”) and two interviews (one with Rebecca Dingo, an associate professor of composition and rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and another with Sonja Vartiala, executive director of Finnwatch, Finland). One of the questions often asked of those interviewed is, “Could you tell us about your background in education and experience that prepared you for your present position?” The answers vary widely, of course, but they also help newbies and those interested in taking on positions involving international and / or intercultural communications get some idea of the skills and experiences that can be useful to them in their careers.
The journal has its own search system so if you are interested in articles discussing, for example, “Haiti,” you have only to search for it to bring up material of interest. Calls for papers for regular and special issues are made frequently, and there is a standing invitation for proposals for special issues.
This is a very well-produced publication that will be of great interest and use to anyone planning on working in an international or multicultural context, and you’d do well to get it into your discovery system and recommend it to faculty and students.