Submission Guidelines

Editorial Policy

Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Traditional arenas of rhetorical investigation including executive leadership, diplomacy, political campaigns, judicial and legislative deliberations, and public policy debate. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays that examine particular instances of symbolic inducement in any historical period are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics—the worlds of persuasion, power, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public debate and deliberation.

All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under review by any other publication outlet.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission

To prepare your article for submission and publication, please refer to the R&PA style guide and author checklist.

Submit all manuscripts as email attachments in Word. Send original submissions to Martin J. Medhurst at Manuscripts prepared according to any standard style sheet will be reviewed. However, all manuscripts accepted for publication must be brought into conformity with the Chicago Manual of Style, and follow the “documentary endnote” reference style (see chapter 14). The entire manuscript should be double-spaced, using standard margins on all sides and numbering pages consecutively.

Articles accepted for publication cannot go to print without a signed Author Publishing Agreement; please submit this document to the editor along with your final manuscript.

Images & Derivative Materials: It is the author/researcher’s obligation and responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright and/or other use restrictions prior to submitting materials to MSU Press for publication. Citations, permissions, and captions are required upon submission for all images. Use the R&PA Permission Request Letter to obtain permission from the rightsholder—we cannot publish such materials until written clearance is obtained.  Electronic files are accepted; all images must be minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size.

Endnotes: Double-space, beginning on a separate page following the last page of text. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively; these numbers must correspond to those in the text. Endnote style for all manuscripts accepted for publication follows The Chicago Manual of Style.



Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), 10–12.


H. W. Brands, “The Age of Vulnerability: Eisenhower and the National Insecurity State,” American Historical Review 94 (1989): 963–89.


Fred Greenstein, “Eisenhower’s Leadership Style,” in Eisenhower: A Centenary Assessment, ed. Gunter Bischof & Stephen E. Ambrose (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995), 55–63.


  • Campbell and Jamieson, Deeds Done in Words, 10.
  • Brands, “Age of Vulnerability,” 963.
  • Greenstein, “Eisenhower’s Leadership Style,” in Eisenhower, 55.