Journal Submission Review

Using the list of online journals provided in the right sidebar of this blog, find and read as much information as you can on these journal’s websites about their submission and editorial processes. Part of discovering this information will give you clues about what kinds of texts and what topics these journals are interested in, which will give you insight to the journals’ readership (e.g., audiences). Make notes for yourself (to discuss in class next week) that helps you remember what the mission/vision of each journal is, how they are different (or similar) to each other, what kinds of topics and formats each publishes, and any other details you think might be relevant to helping us discuss the journals as possible venues for the webtexts you’ll produce in this class. If you want, you can post a Comment with your succinct notes in response to this blog post, but it’s not required. Just be ready to discuss each of the journals in class next week.

Also, while you’re on the journals’ pages, skim some of the example texts to get a feel for whether the journal’s submission requirements live up to the texts they publish. (e.g., is what they’re asking for what they get/publish? Where can you see yourself within any of these journals? What genres, what content, are you most interested in? — you’re starting to get ideas for proposing your own project!)

Next week, we’ll look closely at a few webtexts in class.

5 thoughts on “Journal Submission Review

  1. Kristina Mowers, Chris Snyder, Aaron Lankster

    Xchanges is an online academic journal that focuses on publishing promising undergraduate or graduate students. While their journal allows for several types of submissions such as webtexts or traditional text pieces, they seem to favor traditional texts focused on theorizing on modern forms of rhetoric, technology, or interdisciplinary discourse. These articles are suggested to be “article-length”. This means somewhere between 15-20 pages worth of text. They only publish twice a year, with their winter issue solely publishing the theses or research projects of undergraduates.

    Their submission website has only general information, so questions about more specific submission information (file types, lengths, etc.) should be directed to Julianne Newark at jnewmark@nmt.edu.

    Examples of works published:

    This submission is one of the few examples of non-traditional texts:
    http://infohost.nmt.edu/~xchanges/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=27

    This entire issue (the most recent) features all traditional texts:
    http://infohost.nmt.edu/~xchanges/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=50

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  2. Brian Sorenson, Chris Kreuger

    Enculturation

    • Stresses intense cultural change that is occurring today.
    • Examines rhetoric and its application in various forms of multimedia including images, speech, and text.
    • Mostly themed issues (including visual rhetoric, cultural studies, video, image events, etc.) with an occasional open issue throughout the journal’s run.
    • Contributors are by and large working in an academic setting.
    • Journal’s purpose is to maintain “what works” about relevant topics while at the same time pushing the discussion about the subject further using evolving technologies.
    • Most scholarly writing is entirely text-based in spite of site’s ostensible goal of aiming for articles that evolve beyond mere text.
    • Makes great use of kairos for certain projects, such as “The Chora of the Twin Towers” (http://enculturation.gmu.edu/the-chora-of-the-twin-towers) which was written on the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
    • Publish works as they’re accepted, in contrast to publishing an “issue.”
    Hyperlinks are located throughout most works which expands the message being conveyed.

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  3. Chris Monforton, Beth Keller

    Journal
    Undergraduate
    Multimedia
    Projects

    Mission: To give students a chance to have their projects continued to be noticed after the class is over. So that it gives the projects more importance then just a letter grade.

    -Audience: Other undergraduate students, other teachers in order to get ideas for other assignments, the general public (whoever is interested in the topics of the projects)

    -It provides teachers with a resource they can use to get new ideas for using new media.

    -It allows the students to post their projects and get more constructive criticism my professionals

    -Two years old with only two volumes and two issues containing a total of eighteen projects so far

    -It accepts submissions of all types, on a variety of subject matter while sometimes suggesting certain topics.

    Submissions:

    -Student or teacher can submit a project online
    -Instructions to submit are there for anyone to use under the submissions tab
    -Blindly reviewed by two board members
    -They have a scale the board members use to evaluate the project
    -The person will then be contacted on whether or not the project was accepted

    Submission materials:
    -Submission form
    -Digital project as a multimedia file or the url of the project
    -Works cited
    -Supporting materials form

    Submission Guidelines:
    – Very open to all medium forms

    Example:
    Volume 1 Issue 2
    -One undergrad did a video parody on Hitler videos to solidify his argument.
    -There are four video projects in this issue
    -Two of which focus on issues facing remix culture
    -The other two participate in video meme-ing
    -Each video includes responses by two editors
    -Instructor reflections
    -Project timelines
    -Course and assignment descriptions and more

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