RSQ invites proposals for the 2020 special issue—a themed publication developed by a Guest Editor to help the journal set the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics in rhetorical studies by scholars working in related areas, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly activity within the RSA, such as pre-conference colloquia, convention sessions, or RSA workshops.
Proposals should identify the Guest Editor and provide a descriptive rationale of 500-1000 words, a list of authors, as well as a brief discussion (150-250 words) of each individual essay. The rationale should demonstrate the timeliness of the topic, discuss how the topic falls within the scope of RSQ as described in its general submission guidelines, and show how the issue as planned speaks to RSQ’s broad audience. In addition, the proposal should situate itself within relevant contemporary scholarship, including other similarly themed issues or edited collections, and note the qualifications of its guest editor and contributors to speak to the field on the topic’s behalf.
The special issue is allotted 104 pages, which will accommodate a guest editor’s introduction and 4-6 articles for a maximum of 40,000 words. Please keep this limitation in mind when proposing the number of potential contributors.
The special issue will be published in the summer of 2020.
Deadline for proposal submission: February 8, 2019
RSA will make available to the guest editor up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses related to the special issue. First drafts of manuscripts for the selected proposal will be due in early fall 2019; this deadline allows time for blind review, revisions, and initial copyediting for publication. Final versions will be due March 1, 2020.
Please submit proposals electronically to:
Robin E. Jensen, RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues, email@example.com