Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal
devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Traditional
arenas of rhetorical investigation include executive
leadership, diplomacy, political campaigns, judicial and legislative
deliberations, and public policy debate. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays
that examine particular instances of symbolic inducement in any historical
period are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that explore the nexus
of rhetoric, politics, and ethics—the worlds of persuasion, power, and social
values as they meet in the crucible of public debate and deliberation.
Manuscript Preparation and Submission
Please refer to the R&PA style guide and author submission checklist.
Submit all manuscripts as email attachments in Word. Send original submissions to Martin J. Medhurst at Martin_Medhurst@Baylor.edu. Manuscripts prepared according to any standard style sheet will be reviewed. However, all manuscripts accepted for publication must be brought into conformity with The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, and follow the "documentary endnote" reference style (see chapters 16 and 17). The entire manuscript should be double-spaced, using standard margins on all sides and numbering pages consecutively. Do not use underscores to indicate italics; actually italicize desired text.
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obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other
use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication. We
cannot publish such materials until clearance is obtained. Citations,
permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images,
including those derived from the Internet. Electronic files are accepted; all
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Endnotes: Double-space, beginning on a
separate page following the last page of text. Endnotes should be numbered
consecutively; these numbers must correspond to those in the text. Do not use
the automatic footnote feature available on most computer software programs.
Endnote style for all manuscripts accepted for publication follows The
Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition.
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words: Presidential
Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance (Chicago: University of Chicago
Press, 1990), 10–12.
H. W. Brands, "The Age of Vulnerability: Eisenhower and the National Insecurity State," American Historical Review 94 (1989): 963–89.
Fred Greenstein, "Eisenhower's Leadership Style," in Eisenhower: A Centenary
Assessment, ed. Gunter Bischof & Stephen E. Ambrose (Baton Rouge:
Louisiana State University Press, 1995), 55–63.
SUBSEQUENT SHORTENED CITATIONS SHOULD READ AS FOLLOWS (do not use Ibid.)
- Campbell and Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words, 10.
- Brands, "Age of Vulnerability," 963.
- Greenstein, "Eisenhower's Leadership Style," in Eisenhower, 55.
All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under review by any other publication outlet.