Editorial policy and submission guidelines

Editorial Policy

    Argumentation and Advocacy is an official publication of the American Forensic Association. The mission of Argumentation and Advocacy is to promote scholarship in the field by publishing the best argumentation and advocacy research from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. It seeks to address a broad intellectual audience interested in argumentation studies from a wide array of scholarly traditions such as modern and classical rhetoric, formal and informal logic, intercollegiate forensics, media studies, communication studies, political science, social advocacy, social influence, legal studies, and any other field that concerns arguments and/or arguing.

The journal follows a policy of blind peer review. Manuscripts for regular issues ordinarily will be read by two or three reviewers selected from among the Editorial Board and invited referees; manuscripts for special issues will be read by a guest Editor and invited referees.

Completing the submission process at our web portal, www.argumentationandadvocacy.com, will require two steps.

Step 1) Create Paper: Click the “submit paper” button, complete the title and keywords boxes, and upload your paper using the “attach new file” box. Please do not use an ampersand (&) in the title of your document; the system will not upload the file if the title contains an ampersand (&). To ensure blind review, any material that would identify the author should be stripped from the text of the paper. Also, please remove personal information from the “properties” box for the document (usually located in the “file” menu). Directions are available here.

Step 2) Submit Author Information: Click the “submit author info” button, and then provide the following information: the author’s name, current academic title and affiliation, post-secondary institutions attended and degrees earned, mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, a history of the manuscript (whether it is derived from a graduate thesis and, if so, identify the advisor), any previous public presentation or publication of any portion, and/or other relevant information.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including long quotations, notes and references. On a separate page, include an abstract of no more than 120 words with a list of five suggested key words. Notes, references, tables and figures should appear on separate pages following the text. The title of the essay (without the author’s name) should repeat on the first page of the manuscript. Text should be left-justified only. Paragraphs should be longer than a single sentence. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages excluding cover page, abstract, references, notes, tables, and appendices.

Papers reporting statistical results should include reliability estimates for all measurement scales and effect sizes for both significant and nonsignificant results. Authors should be sensitive to the problem of experiment-wise error rates.  Correlation matrices should accompany multivariate procedures such as canonical analysis and structural equation modeling.

Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word format (doc or docx), and conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2009 (http://www.apastyle.org). An exception is that classical sources should be cited in text without dates (e.g., Aristotle, Rheoric, I.1.1354a).  Please note that surname prefixes such as der or von are ignored in alphabetizing the reference list (e.g., van Eemeren is alphabetized by “E” not “v”). Content notes may be used, but should be kept to a minimum. Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should be prepared to furnish photocopies of all quotations for verification purposes, and to provide a final version of the essay in both hard and digital form, including camera-ready copy for artwork and figures.

Manuscripts submitted to Argumentation and Advocacy obligate the author to grant exclusive right of review to this journal until such time as s/he receives the results of our review. Essays that have been published previously in their entirety in other sources should not be submitted; essays that have been published previously in part (e.g., in the Alta proceedings) should be substantially revised before submission and the original version should also be sent to the editor. Upon acceptance, copyright should be assigned to the American Forensic Association.  

In order to assure that we can provide the most rigorous and helpful reviews, please limit yourself to one active submission to the journal at a time. We are committed to the principle that everything submitted to us deserves to be reviewed by the most qualified people available. This means, however, that our pool of reviewers (both from the board and ad hoc) is too small to accommodate multiple essays from an author submitted at the same time.  Multiple submissions from the same author that are reasonably staggered are welcome.

Manuscripts conforming to the journal’s editorial policy and submissions guidelines should be submitted using the Argumentation and Advocacy website at www.argumentationandadvocacy.com. Inquiries may be directed to editor Harry Weger at ArguAdvo@ucf.edu

Suggestions for and completed book reviews can be addressed to the book review editor, Mark Aakhus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, at aakhus@rci.rutgers.edu