Rhetoric Society Quarterly (RSQ)

Rhetoric Society Quarterly invites article-length manuscripts on all aspects of rhetoric, including theory, history, criticism, and pedagogy. Contributions should exhibit high standards for professional scholarship and should offer new knowledge or advance the discussion on significant issues across the multiple disciplinary homes of rhetorical studies. Submissions judged appropriate for RSQ are sent for anonymous peer review to external referees, usually in two different disciplines; a decision usually will be made within three months of receipt of the manuscript.


Manuscript Preparation: Manuscripts should be 8,000-10,000 words, though longer manuscripts may be considered. The manuscript should bear no identification of the author or placeholders used to anonymize the manuscript, except on a title page, along with an abstract of approximately 150 words. Submit your manuscript as either a Microsoft Word document (DOC not DOCX) or a Rich Text File (RTF). Please do not submit PDF files as Manuscript Central converts submissions to PDF format for review.

For purposes of review, please include any visual materials as part of the main text file.

Illustrations: Manuscripts accepted for publication should be accompanied by separate high-quality files of any illustrations. Digital files are recommended for best reproduction. These should be 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on a journal page (within 4.75” wide by 7.75” high); in EPS, TIFF, or PSD (Photoshop) format. All illustrations and tables should include titles and should be clearly labeled and credited.

Color Reproduction.  Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no additional cost to the author. Color illustrations will also be considered for print publication; however, the author will be required to bear the full cost involved in color art reproduction.  Please note that color reprints can only be ordered if print reproduction costs are paid.  Print Rates:  $900 for the first page of color; $450 per page for the next three pages of color.  A custom quote will be provided for articles with more than four pages of color.  Art not supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi will not be considered for print.

Source Citation: RSQ follows the MLA Style Manual, 3rd ed. (2008), which requires parenthetical in-text citations (author and page) and an alphabetical list of Works Cited at the end. Notes should be used only for substantive comments.

Manuscript Submission: RSQ accepts submissions online through the Manuscript Central service. Please visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rrsq to create an author account and submit a manuscript. Manuscript Central converts submissions to PDF format for review. If you have questions about Manuscript Central, please contact rsqeditors@gmail.com, support@scholarone.com,  or click GET HELP NOW at the top right corner of any page on the website.

Book Reviews: Book reviews are assigned by the Book Review Editor, Jeremy Engels. To propose a book review, please contact him at the Penn State University, jdengels@gmail.com. Reviews of single books should run about 1,200–1,500 words.

Page Proofs: The publisher, Taylor & Francis, sends one set of page proofs to the designated corresponding author. Proofs should be checked and returned promptly.

Copyright: Authors transfer copyright to the Rhetoric Society of America but retain the following specific rights:  to make further copies of their work for use in classroom teaching, to reuse their work in a compilation of their own works or a textbook that they author, and to make copies for internal distribution within their institutions of employment. To obtain permission for other uses, see the Permissions page on the RSA website. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source.  This applies to direct reproduction as well as “derivative reproduction” (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Complimentary Policy/Reprints:

Authors for whom we receive a valid email address will be provided an opportunity to purchase reprints of individual articles, or copies of the complete print issue. These authors will also be given complimentary access to their final article on Taylor & Francis Online.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF file of these instructions.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF file of the RSQ copyright form.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF file of a short guide to major changes in the new MLA style guide for source citation.

CLICK HERE to download instructions on file formats for manuscript submission.

All these forms are also available on the Manuscript Central website, at the Instructions & Forms link at the top of every screen.

For questions, please email RSQ .