Argumentation and Advocay Call



Argumentation and Advocacy seeks to publish the best in studies of argumentation in all its forms and from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. It seeks to address a broad intellectual audience interested in argumentation studies but not necessarily conversant with a specialized vocabulary.   

The journal follows a policy of blind peer review. Manuscripts for regular issues ordinarily will be read by two or three reviewers selected from among the Editorial Board and invited referees; manuscripts for special issues will be read by a guest Editor and invited referees.    

Papers should be submitted electronically from the AFA website.

Papers using statistical methodologies should include reliability estimates for all measures, effect sizes for significant results, and power estimates for non-significant outcomes. Authors should be sensitive to the problem of experiment-wise error rates. Correlation matrices should accompany multivariate procedures such as canonical analysis.

Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including long quotations, notes and references. On a separate page, include an abstract of no more than 100 words with a list of five suggested key words. Notes, lists of works cited, tables and figures should appear on separate pages following the text. The title of the essay (without the author's name) should repeat on the first page of the manuscript. Text should be left-justified only.

Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word format (doc) or be submitted in Rich Text Format (rtf), and conform to either the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed., 2009, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (as corrected), 2010. Content notes may be used with either style, but should be kept to a minimum. An exception is that classical sources should be cited in text without dates (e.g., Aristotle, Rheoric, I.1.1354a). Please note that surname prefixes such as der or von are ignored in alphabetizing the reference list (e.g., van Eemeren is alphabetized by "E" not "v"). Upon acceptance of the manuscript for publication, authors should be prepared to furnish photocopies of all quotations for verification purposes, and to provide a final version of the essay in both hard and digital form, including camera-ready copy for artwork and figures. Manuscript length should be kept in the 9,000 word range.

Manuscripts submitted to Argumentation and Advocacy obligate the author to grant exclusive right of review to this journal until such time as s/he receives the results of our review. Essays that have been published previously in their entirety in other sources should not be submitted; essays that have been published previously in part should be substantially revised before submission. Upon acceptance, copyright should be assigned to the American Forensic Association.

Manuscripts conforming to the journal's editorial policy and submissions guidelines should be submitted, starting March 20, 2010, using the Argumentation and Advocacy website at <>. Inquiries may be directed to co-editors Catherine H. Palczewski and John Fritch at <>.

Suggestions for and completed book reviews can be addressed to the book review editor, Gordon Stables at <