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New Quarterly Journal of Speech Information

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 29, 2007 - 9:12am

John Louis Lucaites, editor-elect for the Quarterly Journal of Speech, will begin to accept manuscripts for publication in Volumes 94-96 (2008-2010) on February 1, 2007. All submissions must be made online at the QJS Manuscript Central link ( New users should first create an account. Once a user is logged onto the site submissions should be made via the Author Center.

QJS publishes articles and book reviews of interest to those who take a rhetorical perspective on the texts, discourses, and cultural practices by which public beliefs and identities are constituted, empowered, and enacted. Rhetorical scholarship now cuts across many different intellectual, disciplinary, and political vectors, and QJS seeks to honor and address the interanimating effects of such differences. No single project, whether modern or postmodern in its orientation, or local, national, or global in its scope, can suffice as the sole locus of rhetorical practice, knowledge and understanding. Accordingly, QJS adopts an ecumenical attitude towards the full array of best scholarship being produced under rhetoric’s broad purview, including work that advances and enriches long standing intellectual traditions, as well as theory and criticism that seeks to forge new intellectual frontiers.

Essays will generally consider the theory and criticism of situated discourse in its various forms and venues, including the oral, the written, and the visual; official and vernacular; direct and mediated; historical and contemporary. We especially invite essays that explore alternative approaches to the study of rhetoric and public culture, as well as the discourse of marginalized voices.

Manuscripts are accepted solely on the basis of their quality and appropriateness. The journal uses blind, peer review. As such, no indicators of authorship should appear anywhere in the manuscript. Author details can be entered where required during the online manuscript submission, and acknowledgements may be included in the (separately loaded) cover letter. Please also include a history of the manuscript, including whether it is derived from an M.A. or Ph.D. thesis, as well as the advisor’s name; whether it has been presented at a convention, and other pertinent information about its development. On submission authors are also asked to provide an abstract of 100 words or less and a list of five suggested keywords. The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout and prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. Manuscripts should be prepared in Wordperfect, MS Word, or RTF.

Queries can be addressed to John Louis Lucaites, editor-elect via e-mail at Suggestions for book reviews can be addressed to the book review editor-elect, Professor Debra Hawhee at

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