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Rhetoric and Composition Research Guide

This is a reference list of resources so that you can conduct research within the field of writing and rhetoric.

Rhetoric and Composition Journals

**These are not the only sources that will be considered valid, but they are good places to begin exploring terms, ideas, issues, etc. Search for these by name using the method detailed above.**

Community Literacy Journal (now hosted at FIU, where it’s co-edited by Paul Feigenbaum)

The Community Literacy Journal publishes both scholarly work that contributes to the field’s emerging methodologies and research agendas and work by literacy workers, practitioners, and community literacy program staff. We are especially committed to presenting work done in collaboration between academics and community members.

We understand “community literacy” as the domain for literacy work that exists outside of mainstream educational and work institutions. It can be found in programs devoted to adult education, early childhood education, reading initiatives, lifelong learning, workplace literacy, or work with marginalized populations, but it can also be found in more informal, ad hoc projects.

For us, literacy is defined as the realm where attention is paid not just to content or to knowledge but to the symbolic means by which it is represented and used. Thus, literacy makes reference not just to letters and to text but to other multimodal and technological representations as well.


Composition Studies (formerly Freshman English News). Chicago: DePaul Univ. Twice a year, beginning 1972.
=> Short articles on the theory and practice of teaching and writing and, occasionally, longer theoretical essays. Ed. Jennifer Clary-Lemon.


Computers and Composition. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Co.. Three times a year, beginning 1984.
=> Articles on the uses of computers in teaching writing. Ed. Kristine L. Blair.
=> Also publishes an online version of the journal, C&C Online

Journal of English for Academic Purposes: The Journal of English for Academic Purposes provides a forum for the dissemination of information and views which enables practitioners of and researchers in EAP to keep current with developments in their field and to contribute to its continued updating. JEAP publishes articles, book reviews, conference reports, and academic exchanges in the linguistic, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic description of English as it occurs in the contexts of academic study and scholarly exchange itself. A wide range of linguistic, applied linguistic and educational topics may be treated from the perspective of English for academic purposes; these include: classroom language, teaching methodology, teacher education, assessment of language, needs analysis; materials development and evaluation, discourse analysis, acquisition studies in EAP contexts, research writing and speaking at all academic levels, the sociopolitics of English in academic uses and language planning.

English for Specific Purposes: An International Journal. Oxford, England: Elsevier Science Ltd. Three times a year, beginning 1980.
=> Articles analyze the discourse conventions of writing in particular professions and disciplines. Ed. Nigel Harwood and Sue Starfield.


English for Academic Purposes: An International Journal

JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory (formerly Journal of Advanced Composition). Logan, UT: Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Annually, beginning 1980; twice a year, beginning 1990.
=> Articles on rhetorical theory, interviews with scholars, and pedagogical articles on expository, technical, creative, and other advanced writing courses. Ed. Lynn Worsham.
=> This journal is notoriously behind in posting online versions of its articles. If you find one you are interested in, let me know, and I will see if I have it or someone else I know has it.


Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Ames: Iowa State Univ. Four times a year, beginning 1987.
=> Articles on business and technical writing practice and teaching. Ed. David R. Russell.

Journal of Second Language Writing. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Co. Quarterly, beginning 1992.
=> Full-length articles on theories of ESL (English as a Second Language) composition. Selected bibliographies of recent scholarship.

Journal of Teaching Writing. Indianapolis: Indiana Teachers of Writing and Indiana Univ./Purdue Univ. at Indianapolis. Twice a year, beginning 1981.
=> Articles cover composition theory and the relation of composition to other fields, as well as pedagogical concerns. Ed.

=> I’ve had some trouble accessing articles through the link below. Also available through FIU libraries, but only up to 2 prior years.

Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publications. Four times a year, beginning 1971.
=> Articles on research and teaching in technical and professional writing. Ed. Charles H. Sides.
=> Library does not seem to subscribe. See the website for info and then ILL any articles you are interested in.

=> Kairos is a refereed open-access online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. The journal reaches a wide audience—currently 45,000 readers per month—hailing from Ascension Island to Zimbabwe (and from every top-level domain country code in between); our international readership typically runs about 4,000 readers per month. Kairos publishes bi-annually, in August and January, with regular special issues in May. Our current acceptance rate for published articles is approximately 10%.

Peitho: Peitho is a peer-reviewed journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The journal exists to support the Coalition’s mission as a “learned society composed of women scholars who are committed to research in the history of rhetoric and composition.” The journal, like the Coalition, will “promote and foster collaboration and communication” in these areas of specialization. Peitho seeks to encourage, advance, and publish original research in the history of rhetoric and composition and thereby support scholars and students within our profession.

Prior to Fall 2012, Peitho was the newsletter of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Newsletter vols. 11-14 were edited by Barbara L’Eplattenier; all other Peitho newsletter volumes were co-edited by Susan Jarratt and Susan Romano and published with editorial and financial assistance from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California Irvine and the Department of English at the University of New Mexico Albuquerque. The editors were assisted by Iveta Cruse at UC Irvine and Carrie Lynn Meadows at New Mexico. Valeria Ferraro at UNM was the web curator.

In Fall 2012, Peitho became a double-blind peer reviewed journal. Volume 15 was edited by Barbara L’Eplattenier and Lisa Mastrangelo. Volumes 16-18 were edited by Jennifer Bay and Patricia Sullivan.

Philosophy and Rhetoric. State College: Pennsylvania State UP. Quarterly, beginning 1968.
=> Articles on classical rhetoric, rhetorical theory, and language theory from the perspectives of English, speech, and philosophy. Ed. Gerald A. Hauser

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. 


Quarterly Journal of Speech. Washington, DC: National Communication Association. Ed. Raymie E. McKerrow.
=> The principle theoretical journal of the National Communication Association. Articles on rhetorical theory and the history of rhetoric, and analyses of texts and speeches. Contributors from English and philosophy as well as speech.
=> Available in print (periodicals) and microfilm (see FIU libraries website)

Radical Teacher. Cambridge, Mass: Center for Crtiical Education, Inc.
=> Articles on the political concerns of teachers and students; perspectives on progressive pedagogy, feminism, and Marxism in teaching in all disciplines.

Research in the Teaching of English. Urbana, Ill: NCTE. Four times a year, beginning 1967.
=> Research reports on teaching English at all school levels, cognitive development and language skills, and the composing process. Eds. Mark Dressman, Sarah McCarthey, and Paul Prior.

Rhetoric Review. Tucson, Ariz: Rhetoric Review Association of America. Quarterly, beginning 1982.
=> Both theoretical and practical articles emphasizing the importance of rhetoric to composition instruction. Ed. Theresa Enos.

Rhetoric Society Quarterly. St. Cloud, Minn: Rhetoric Society of America. Quarterly, beginning 1968. Rhetoric Society Quarterly , the official journal of the Rhetoric Society of America, features original articles on all areas of rhetorical studies including theory, history, criticism, and pedagogy. The journal addresses an interdisciplinary audience of scholars and students of rhetorics who work in communication studies, English studies, philosophy, politics and other allied fields.


Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society
=> an annual peer reviewed scholarly journal for technology studies, publishing both creative and critical work

TESOL Quarterly. Alexandria, VA: TESOL. Four times a year, beginning 1967.
=> Articles on teaching and research in English as a second language. Ed.

Teaching English in the Two-Year College. Urbana, Ill: NCTE. Quarterly, beginning 1974.
=> Summaries and reviews of composition theory, as well as teaching suggestions for teachers of freshman and sophomore writing courses. Ed.

=> FIU doesn’t appear to subscribe

Technical Communication Quarterly. Four times a year, beginning 1991.
=> Articles on pedagogy, research, theory, applications, software, and book reviews for teachers of technical communication.


The Writing Center Journal. Twice a year, beginning 1980.
=> Full-length articles on writing center administration and practices.

Writing Lab Newsletter. Monthly, beginning 1976.
Writing on the Edge. Twice a year, beginning 1989.
=> Shorter articles on all facets of composition and rhetoric: history, theory, pedagogy, writing centers, and politics.

Written Communication. Quarterly, beginning 1984.
=> Research reports on social and cognitive factors in discourse production for young and adult writers.

WPA: Writing Program Administration.
=> Articles on writing program administration and writing instruction; textbook bibliographies.