Getting to Know Your Journal: A Quick Hello from College Composition and Communication - National Council of Teachers of English
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Getting to Know Your Journal: A Quick Hello from College Composition and Communication

The following post is by NCTE member Jonathan Alexander and editor of College Composition and Communication.

While many of you are likely already familiar with College Composition and Communication, you may be less familiar with the journal’s objectives and the sort of work that we publish. CCC prides itself on collecting and amplifying voices from across the field: from two-year and four-year colleges and universities, from writing studies outside of the traditional university, and from quantitative and qualitative studies. Our journal focuses on publishing research and scholarship in composition studies that supports college teachers as they reflect on and improve their practices in teaching writing. Because composition studies often draws from a broad range of humanistic disciplines, our pages reflect the great diversity of work that contributes to that project. We regularly publish work related to technical communication, computers and writing, writing across the curriculum, research practices, the history of composition, assessment, the politics of writing and of teaching writing, and writing center work.

By publishing in CCC, scholars are able to reach a diverse readership that includes teachers of college-level writing at various types of institutions and literacy centers, administrators, undergraduate and graduate students, legislators, corporate employers, parents of college-aged children, and undergraduate and graduate alumni. As you can imagine, the articles we publish are therefore unique in their accessibility; though complex and sophisticated, scholarship printed in CCC shows great rhetorical flexibility in considering the interests and perspectives of this wide range of readers. The articles and review essays which appear in CCC undergo a rigorous and anonymous peer review process, ensuring that the work that we publish—approximately 15 percent of the submissions we receive—are of the highest quality and of the highest interest to our readers.

If you would like to learn more about subscribing to or submitting to CCC, I encourage you to check out our Web presence. You can also email me directly at

Jonathan Alexander is Chancellor’s Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also the Director of the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication.  He is the editor of College Composition and Communication.