A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture

Guidelines for Special Issue Proposal

Please provide the following details in your proposal.

The title of the Special Issue.

A statement of the issue’s significance to enculturation’s audience (no more than 2 pages single-spaced). Your statement should also make an attempt to situate the special issue either within a particular moment or history or community within rhetorical studies.   

A statement on how you intend to solicit contributions to the special issue. Although an open call to solicit contributions is acceptable, we recommend that you target potential contributors in addition to any CFP that you circulate. If you have contributors in mind, please provide a brief list. If you have previously solicited sample articles, please attach those as part of your proposal. We strongly encourage you to target scholars across different ranks and institutions to reflect the diversity of thought across the disciplines. We also strongly encourage editors to consider not only diversity of thought but also diversity with respect to race, gender, sexuality, class, disability, and national origin. Additionally, if you have other strategies for diversifying the contributors, we welcome a clear articulation of that plan.

A list of potential reviewers. As part of the review process, we ask that you provide a list of potential reviewers. We will assign two reviewers per article. One reviewer will come from your list. The other reviewer will come from enculturation’s editorial board. 

An outline timetable that lists major milestones in the issue’s production. We publish three issues per year (2 regular issues, 1 special issue). Special Issues published either in Dec/Jan or June/July, giving plenty of time in between regular issues and special issues. Once manuscripts are delivered to the copyediting team, issues are published in four months. That leaves roughly 5-6 weeks for copy editing, 5-6 weeks for formatting, with plenty of time for author response/revisions/approvals, etc.  

A brief CV of the proposed Guest Editors and statement of expertise. We ask that you submit CVs for each editor and provide a statement that explains what expertise you have in editing your proposed special issue. (Please limit CVs to two pages per editor; attached as an addendum).