Advances in the History of Rhetoric, the annual 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:

  1. Rhetorical theory
  2. Rhetorical discourse
  3. Rhetorical criticism
  4. Rhetorical instruction in writing and speaking
  5. Relations of rhetoric with other disciplines or cultural institutions, processes, and events

The language of publication is English; however, AHR prints quotations, citations, and texts of ancient and modern languages where this is relevant to the scholarly objectives of articles it publishes. 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. Although AHR does not currently publish reviews, it welcomes submissions that provide scholarly response to recently published books and articles.

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 Manuscripts submitted to AHR should be original, previously unpublished (in whole or part), and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.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.

Submissions should always be electronic documents, preferably in portable document format (pdf). Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout and generally documented according to advice in the Harvard University Press guidelines for manuscripts using author-date citations. Sparing use of endnotes is permitted in AHR (though endnotes should employ author-date citations). Within reference lists, 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. The following examples of citations and references illustrate the desired format:

Citation in Text or Footnote

(Copeland 1993)

(Dorandi 1990, 59)

(Swearingen 2004, 220; Vickers 1988, 54-55)


Copeland, Rita. 1993. "Lydgate, Hawes, and the Science of Rhetoric in the Late Middle Ages." Modern Language Quarterly 53: 57-82.

Dorandi, Tiziano. 1990. "Per una ricomposizione dello scritto di Filodemo sulla Retorica." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 82: 59-87.

Swearingen, C. Jan. 2004. "Song to Speech: The Origins of Early Epitaphia in Ancient Near Eastern Women's Lamentations." In Rhetoric Before and Beyond the Greeks, ed. Carol S. Lipson and Roberta A. Binkley, 213-225. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

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

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. Verification of quotations, citations, and references against original sources is imperative. The editor will attempt to assist the author in ensuring correctness in these matters, however the author is responsible for the accuracy of all quotations, citations, and references. Within submissions, notes and especially cross-references should be used sparingly. References to ancient and medieval works should normally be placed in parentheses and conventional abbreviations should be used for titles and authors. Throughout submissions Arabic numerals are preferable to Roman numerals wherever possible.

Manuscripts accepted for publication should be supplied to AHR as email attachments in identical pdf and word processor copies. Word processor copies should be provided in Microsoft® Word or rich text format files using Times as default font. For manuscripts that have recourse to languages using non-Latin alphabets (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Russian), special platform and font requirements related to electronic copies may be required.

Prior to publication of manuscripts, authors will be asked to sign a copyright agreement with Taylor & Francis, the new publisher of AHR. The principles that inform this agreement are expressed in Taylor & Francis Copyright Information that is available at the following address: Authors should consult these principles before submitting a manuscript to AHR.

Manuscript submissions to Advances in the History of Rhetoric should be directed to the following address: All submissions are acknowledged.


Robert N. Gaines, Communication, University of Maryland


Don Abbott, English, University of California, Davis
Janet Atwill, English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Beth S. Bennett, Communication Studies, University of Alabama
Robert W. Cape, Jr., Classical and Modern Languages, Austin College
Amitava Chakraborty, Modern Indian Languages and Literary Studies, University of Delhi
Clive E. Chandler, Classics, University of Cape Town
Christopher P. Craig, Classics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Linda Ferreira-Buckley, English, University of Texas, Austin
David Frank, Clark Honors College, University of Oregon
Cheryl Glenn, English, Pennsylvania State Univeristy
S. Michael Halloran, Language, Literature, and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ekaterina Haskins, Language, Literature, and Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bernard E. Jacob, Law, Hofstra University
Nan Johnson, English, Ohio State University
Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Communication, University of Maryland
Janice Lauer, English, Purdue University
Andrea Lunsford, English, Stanford University
Noemi Marin, Communications, Florida Atlantic University
Raymie E. McKerrow, Interpersonal Communication, Ohio University
Glen McClish, Rhetoric and Writing Studies, San Diego State University
Thomas Miller, English, University of Arizona
Jean Dietz Moss, English, Catholic University of America
James J. Murphy, English, University of California, Davis
Sean Patrick O'Rourke, Communication Studies, Furman University
John Scenters-Zapico, English, University of Texas, El Paso
John D. Schaeffer, English, Northern Illinois University
Robert Sullivan, Speech Communication, Ithaca College
Jane Sutton, Communication Arts and Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, York
Arthur E. Walzer, Rhetoric, University of Minnesota--Twin Cities
Barbara Warnick, Communication, University of Washington
Kathleen Welch, English, University of Oklahoma
Marjorie Curry Woods, English, University of Texas