As a journal of interdisciplinary inquiry, JAC features articles that explore the intersections between theoretical work in rhetoric and writing studies, broadly conceived, and theoretical work in other fields. The journal also features articles in cultural studies, critical literacy and the politics of difference; visual rhetorics, including film and media; rhetorical approaches to literary study; workplace literacies; computers and cyberculture; and academic culture and the politics of higher education. Finally, JAC publishes articles on pedagogical theory; however, we do not accept articles that merely describe or reflect upon classroom practices or experiences.

As a journal of theoretical scholarship, JAC features articles, essays, and reviews that engage in substantive ways with ongoing scholarly conversations—especially those sponsored by the journal. Unlike many scholarly periodicals, the average length of articles published in JAC is between twenty and thirty manuscript pages in order to give the author sufficient space to develop an argument with depth and breadth. The Editor will consider longer articles if they are clearly of superior quality.


Send manuscripts and letters of interest to:

Lynn Worsham, Editor
Daemen House
726 LeBrun Rd.
Amherst, NY 14226

Please send three paper copies of your manuscript, stripped of any identifying information, including your institutional affiliation. Do not send your manuscript electronically. All materials should be typed and double-spaced, including quotations, endnotes, and the works cited list. Follow the MLA Handbook (7th Edition) and The Columbia Guide to Online Style. Manscripts judged by the editor to be appropriate for the journal are submitted to blind review by external readers. Ordinarily, decisions will be made within sixteen weeks of submission.

Response essays should be approximately ten pages in length and should address in a substantive way one or more articles previously published in the journal. Contact our Editor, Lynn Worsham for information about response essays and book reviews.

The Editor maintains responsibility for the final selection of articles, essays, and reviews.