Building Understanding: 


Engineers, educators and technical communication professionals 
working together today, for tomorrow.

We are pleased to invite you to visit Toronto, Canada, for ProComm 2018. Known for its diversity and inclusivity, Toronto is the perfect place to expand our community of practice by building understanding within our diverse IEEE PCS membership. This conference invites engineers, educators and technical communicators to come together in a forum where we can learn from one another, by focusing on the ways that our various disciplines meet and diverge, and by working to understand how these points of intersection work to build better technical communication and engineering communication..

Final Submission Details

Paper Formats, Submission Requirements and Revised Dates

We expect to send out acceptances soon; paper deadlines have been revised to accommodate previous changes to the schedule and a slightly delayed review process. Due dates and paper templates (required) are included below for each type of submission.

Please ensure that your references use correct IEEE style (in-line bracketed numbers). See page 5 of the IEEE Style Guide for citations and additional formatting guidelines.

Click here to access the conference submission system to submit your papers or extended abstracts (Ex Ordo).

Extended Abstract

Description: Perfect for those who wish to present without writing a longer paper. Summarizes the talk at high level for conference participants and readers of 
IEEE Xplore. Your abstract will be accepted for the conference and proceedings after the initial submission.

Final Submission: 700 words max, formatted for IEEE style, DUE: May 11, 2018

Brief Paper

Description: Appropriate for works-in-progress (early-stage research projects, in- progress professional or teaching practices, etc.).

Paper Submission: 3-5 pages, 
formatted for IEEE style, DUE: March 30, 2018
Comments will be provided and paper will be accepted or rejected for proceedings

Final Submission: 3-5 pages max. (including visuals and references), formatted for IEEE style, DUE: May 11, 2018

Full Papers

Description: Appropriate for late-stage research projects with conclusive results; mature, theoretically-grounded position papers; or papers reporting on a well-tested professional or teaching practice.

Paper Submission: 6-8 pages, 
formatted for IEEE style, DUE: March 30, 2018
Comments will be provided and paper will be accepted or rejected for proceedings

Final Submission: 6-8 pages max. (including visuals and references), formatted for IEEE style, DUE: May 11, 2018

Call for Papers (Closed)

We welcome submissions in all areas of technical and engineering communication, in theory and practice, including these tracks:

  • Communication in the Workplace:
    Technical communication professionals and engineers work in multidisciplinary workplaces and must navigate different modes of communication while trying to serve their own, important interests as well as those of their organizations and projects themselves.
  • Research Enriches Practice:
    New perspectives developed through communication research can dramatically improve results in practical applications. New perspectives in research as well as cases of multi-disciplinary challenges and solutions will provide insight into how to work together even more effectively in the future.
  • The World after Writing-Across-the-Curriculum
    The movement to incorporate writing assignments in non-writing or technical courses is now about half a century old and it has evolved tremendously. Papers exploring the current state of this movement, its successes and challenges, will help to bring teachers and professionals in their fields together for more effective and efficient teaching techniques.
  • Continuing from 2017: Communication for Healthcare and Biomedical Engineering
    Last year’s conference included papers exploring topics such as data visualization, patient-centered communication, online healthcare practices, and computer-aided approaches for teaching biomedical engineering. If you engage in some form of communication connected to biomedical engineering or healthcare, we encourage you to apply to this specialized communication track.
  • New for 2018: Communication of Project Management
    This new stream for 2018 looks at the intersection between technical communication, engineering, and management in the practical application of planning and monitoring a successful project. If you are a project manager or teach project management, we encourage you to apply to this specialized communication track.

Participate in the conference

We welcome speakers in all areas of technical and engineering communication, in theory and practice, from academics, professionals, and independent scholars. You can choose one of three ways to participate in the conference:

Individual Speaker

If you wish to participate as an individual speaker, submit an extended abstract (700 words max) via the conference website. If your abstract is accepted, you will be assigned 20 minutes to speak on a 75 minute panel with speakers whose talks will complement yours and a moderator familiar with your abstract. Speaking slots are limited, and we ask individual speakers to submit no more than two abstracts. Abstracts may be submitted with two or more authors, but an abstract will only be allotted one speaking slot.

Panel

You may also propose a panel. Panels should be comprised of either multiple speakers organized around a general topic or multiple perspectives on a more specific topic. For review, the leader of the panel should submit a proposal of approx. 1500 words that describes the topic on the panel and what each presenter will contribute to that topic. All members of the panel must register for and attend the conference.

Workshops

You may also propose a workshop. Workshops include one or more facilitators presenting an engaging 75-minute “how to” or “about” session addressing relevant practices, issues, or technologies of interest to professional engineers, technical communication specialists, and/or people teaching in those fields. All workshop facilitators must register for and attend the conference. To propose a workshop, submit a proposal of approximately 1400 words that includes the following information:
• The topic of the workshop and its relevancy for the ProComm audience and technical communicators
• A description of the intended audience for the workshop
• The learning objectives for the workshop participants
• A description of the engagement activities for the workshop (including if participants should bring laptops, files, etc.)
• An explanation of how the activities of the workshop support the learning objectives
• A description of qualifications of the facilitator(s) for delivering this workshop

Participate in the proceedings

If you are accepted to speak at the conference, a finalized version of your abstract will be published in the conference proceedings. If you would like, you may also write and submit a short (3-5 page) or full (6-8 page) paper for publication in the proceedings.  For papers with more than one author, at least one author must register for, attend, and speak at the conference to be published in the Proceedings.  Proceedings of the conference will be published through IEEE Xplore.

Paper Formats, Submission Requirements and Revised Dates

All submissions require a 700 word extended abstract DUE: February 5, 2018 (please note the extended deadline). Comments will be provided and the abstract will be accepted or rejected for the conference.  You may select from three potential paper formats: extended abstract, brief paper, or full paper, with varying submission procedures described below.  Click here to access the conference submission system (Ex Ordo).

We expect to send out acceptances soon; paper deadlines have been revised to March 30th to accommodate previous changes to the schedule and a slightly delayed review process.

if you have any

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to ask our program chair, Alan Chong!