Editorial Policy of Advances in the History of Rhetoric

Advances in the History of Rhetoric, the research publication of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, welcomes contributions from scholars who take a historical approach to the study of rhetoric. In particular, AHR publishes scholarship on all historical aspects of rhetoric, in all historical periods, and with reference to all intellectual, national, and cultural communities. The scope of AHR includes among other subjects the following matters of historical research:

  • Rhetorical theory
  • Rhetorical discourse
  • Rhetorical criticism
  • Rhetorical instruction in writing and speaking
  • Relations of rhetoric with other disciplines or cultural institutions, processes, and events

The language of publication is English. There are no fixed limits on maximum or minimum length of manuscripts for submission, though manuscripts of more than 25,000 words can rarely be accepted for publication. Submissions may represent any standard format for reporting historical research, including, among other possibilities, essays, bibliographies, critical editions, translations, and brief notes.

The editorial criteria used to evaluate submissions are quality and significance of the research. Manuscripts submitted to AHR should be original, previously unpublished (in whole or part), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions are refereed anonymously. Each manuscript should contain a separate title page containing the author’s name, academic position, affiliation, address, telephone number, fax number, an e-mail address, and an abstract of 100 words or less. The title should be repeated on the first page of the text. The author’s identity should not be revealed anywhere in the text of the manuscript (e.g., in first person references to previous research, in references to previous versions of the manuscript as a lecture or conference presentation, or in acknowledgements of assistance from colleagues). Submissions accepted for publication will be modified to account for omissions and other measures taken by authors to ensure their anonymity during manuscript review.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout and generally documented according to advice in the 2016 Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for manuscripts using author-page number parenthetical citations. In addition, authors should prepare a works cited page in accordance with these same 2016 MLA guidelines. Sparing use of endnotes is permitted in AHR (though endnotes should employ author-page number citations). Within the works cited page, author’s full names and complete titles of books, journals, and other publications should be supplied. Complete titles of journal articles and book chapters should be placed within quotation marks. Titles of books, journals, articles, and chapters should be capitalized in a manner consistent with the conventions associated with the language at stake. Titles of English sources ought to be capitalized headline style. References to ancient and medieval works should normally be placed in parentheses and conventional abbreviations should be used for titles and authors. Arabic numerals are preferable to Roman numerals whenever possible. Examples for this format are as follows:

Citation in Text or Footnote:

(Copeland 60)

(Vickers 5)

(Swearingen 223)

Works Cited:

Copeland, Rita. “Lydgate, Hawes, and the Science of Rhetoric in the Late Middle Ages.” Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 53, no. 1, 1992, pp. 57–82.

Vickers, Brian. In Defence of Rhetoric. Clarendon Press, 1988.

Swearingen, C. Jan. “Song to Speech: The Origins of Early Epitaphia in Ancient Near Eastern Women’s Lamentations.” Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks, edited by Carol S. Lipson and Roberta A. Binkley. State University of New York Press, 2004. 213-225.

Essays submitted for review must be in finished form, with citations and references fully supplied and checked for accuracy. It is especially important that inclusive page numbers be provided in reference lists for all journal articles, book chapters, and similar publications.

To ensure the highest quality of scholarship, the editorial board of Advances in the History of Rhetoric requires all authors to submit an electronic file with photo copies of all quotations quoted in the accepted essay. The quotations must be from the source the author cites in the essay. The file with the quotations must be submitted to the Editor no more than two weeks after an acceptance decision is issued. This material should be photocopied or scanned and compiled into a single PDF document emailed to awalzer@umn.edu. This file should proceed chronologically, with the author indicating in the margin of the copied/scanned page the author/title of the work, the manuscript page on which the quote appears, and any other relevant information. The purpose of this file is not to recreate the Works Cited page. Instead, it is to verify accurate citation practices and provide the Editor and Editorial Assistant the necessary materials to copy edit and proof the manuscript thoroughly.

Authors wishing to submit manuscripts should go to the Taylor and Francis online submission portal located at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/uahr and follow the site’s prompts.