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Communicator is the authoritative, award winning, journal for UK technical communicators. It is home to high quality, objective, and peer-reviewed features – current, relevant, and in-depth. Take a look at an article from the Spring 2016 issue.

This year Communicator celebrates its 50th birthday! The first issue was published in October 1968, and you can now read the first issue.

Communicator is published quarterly, and offers:

  • News, current discussions, and reports from events
  • Case studies, methods, and technology
  • Book reviews and tool reviews
  • Articles on the trends, culture, and theory of technical communications, for example: editing, indexing, translation, DITA, content management, social media.
  • Tips on writing and best practices
  • Community listings, so you can get involved in events, forums, and local area groups
  • Expert opinions and contacts

Communicator is free to ISTC Members. The latest issue is Autumn 2018 which is accompanied by the 50 years of change supplement. If you aren’t a member, you can still subscribe to receive copies of our award winning journal.

You can contribute

Any technical communicator or science communicator can contribute – we welcome articles from anybody with an interest in the field. Why not raise your profile by submitting an article?

Communicator’s readership includes:

  • Technical authors and documentation project managers
  • Business procedure writers
  • User assistance designers
  • Illustrators and graphic designers
  • ILS engineers
  • Translators and translation project managers
  • Editors and proof-readers
  • Web content developers
  • Software location engineers

We welcome contributions and advertisements for Communicator.

If you have an article you would like to contribute, please email the Commissioning Editor. For guidelines on contributing, please refer to:

Award winning journal

Communicator is an award winning journal and recognised as a quality publication. In 2016, Communicator won an APEX Grand Award in the Magazines and Journals. In 2015, Communicator won an IoIC Award on Excellence in the Membership publication category. Also, in 2015, Communicator won an APEX Award of Excellence in the ‘Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Print, over 32 pages’ class. In 2014, Communicator won an APEX Award of Excellence in the ‘Magazines, Journals & Tabloids – Writing’ class. In 2012 and 2013, Communicator won an APEX Award of Excellence in the ‘Magazine and Journals – writing’ class. In 2010 and 2011 Communicator won an APEX Award of Excellence in the ‘Magazine and Journals – print, over 32 pages’ class.

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