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Advice on refereeing book manuscripts

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 18, 2013 - 8:14am

Advice on refereeing book manuscripts, useful for book authors, too, perhaps.


Various Journal TOCs

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 18, 2013 - 6:11am

Public Understanding of Science Online Table of Contents Alert

A new issue of Public Understanding of Science is available online:
October 2013; Vol. 22, No. 7

The below Table of Contents is available online at:

Public Underst Sci 2013;22 766-767

Review Essay
Statistics in science and in society: From a state-of-the-art to a new research agenda
Fabienne Crettaz von Roten and Yves de Roten
Public Underst Sci 2013;22 768-784


""I'm a professor." "Oh, you mean you're a content provider to the knowledge industry.""

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 17, 2013 - 11:30pm


"We know that when we publish with commercial presses (and we should include most university presses here, IMO) we are content providers in the knowledge industry. Let's follow the trail with a simple example..."



Journal Announcement: International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 16, 2013 - 2:09pm

Please allow me to draw your attention to the new peer-reviewed and
open-access International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity
(HCM). The aim of the journal is to stimulate interdisciplinary research
and a lively academic exchange in the field of the cultural history of
modernity worldwide. HCM is published by Amsterdam University Press and
supported financially by the Dutch Research Council (NWO).
HCM was launched this summer and the first issue can be found online by
following this link:


NCA Research & Publication Guide

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 16, 2013 - 10:02am

NCA Research & Publication Guide


Book Announcement: Legal Rhetoric

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 16, 2013 - 9:29am

Lisa Perry,

I have published my 1998 dissertation, Legal Rhetoric Books in England, 1600-1700, on Kindle (available for free to Amazon Prime members).

In it, I argue


The MLA Recategorizes Member Groups

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 15, 2013 - 9:23am

The MLS has recategorized member groups: Many rhet-comp scholars are frustrated. Some are chill:

For myself, I say: "Fretting about the MLA is like worrying that your grand-aunt, the one who lives in Fiji and who sends Christmas cards to your mom and hasn't been in the continental US since 1968, long before you were born, doesn't really love you. Of course they do, and of course they don't." --David


Does Tenure Affect Pedagogy?

Submitted by cvcedillo on September 11, 2013 - 1:03am

In case you missed it, The Atlantic's take on the study out of Northwestern that says non-TT faculty outperform TT and tenured faculty when it comes to teaching freshmen undergraduates:

And one take on why the study's terms might not say much:


NCA funding opportunities

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 10, 2013 - 9:33pm

October 1st is the deadline to apply for the following NCA funding opportunities

Funds to Advance the Discipline: supporting projects and events that advance the discipline of communication.

Public Policy Working Groups: supporting public policy working groups that bring together teams of scholars to translate existing academic communication research into recommendations that can inform and impact public policy.

Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund: supporting communication studies that benefit emerging democracies.


Research Fellowships

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 10, 2013 - 7:10pm

Sponsor: International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Program Number: 19890
Title: Research Fellowships
Web Site:
Program URL:
SYNOPSIS: ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged
in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric in
all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics,
literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law,
and other aspects of the socio-cultural context.