Journals in Rhetoric

Searchable Databases of Research in Rhetoric

Rhetorical scholarship tends to be classed with its disciplinary object of study, so that a study of rhetoric in medicine would be found with medical works, a study of rhetoric in architecture would be found with materials from that field, and so on. Because rhetorical studies have no disciplinary home of their own, few databases are broad enough to cover rhetoric's territory, which is the territory of all human communication.

One happy exception is CompPile, a volunteer-compiled searchable database of publications in post-secondary composition, rhetoric, technical writing, ESL, and discourse studies.

Journals in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies

The journals below host research conversations of interest to students of writing and rhetoric.

Argumentation and Advocacy

Argumentation and Advocacy, a print journal published by the American Forensic Association, 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.

College Composition and Communication

College Composition and Communication is a peer-reviewed print journal published by the National Council of Teachers of English. CCC publishes research and scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies that supports college teachers in reflecting on and improving their practices in teaching writing and that reflects the most current scholarship and theory in the field. 

College English

College English is a peer-reviewed print journal published by the National Council of Teachers of English. CE publishes articles about literature, rhetoric-composition, critical theory, creative writing theory and pedagogy, linguistics, literacy, reading theory, pedagogy, and professional issues related to the teaching of English. Each issue also includes opinion pieces, review essays, and letters from readers. Contributions may work across traditional field boundaries; authors represent the full range of institutional types.

Composition Forum

Composition Forum is a journal of pedagogical theory in composition, seeking to explore how theory informs or is elucidated through writing instruction or practice. In other words, Composition Forum is particularly interested in work that addresses the intersections of theory and pedagogy, recognizing the important relationship between the two. While composition studies has many journals focusing on pedagogy, and quite a few that focus primarily on theory, this journal provides a unique vantage point for scholars interested in exploring how the two seemingly disparate perspectives intersect.

FHYC: First-Year Honors Composition

FHYC, a peer-reviewed academic journal, is a national forum for collegial discussion of issues related to first-year honors composition. It includes contributions from FYHC student-writers, teachers, course directors, writing program administrators, and interested others.

Harlot: A Revealing Look at the Arts of Persuasion

Harlot is a digital magazine and web forum dedicated to provoking playful and serious conversations about rhetoric — from reality television to public monuments, religion to pop music, and everything in between. As a netroots campaign in rhetorical literacy, Harlot promotes critical response to the endless streams of subtly persuasive communication that surround us every day. We at Harlotbelieve rhetorical analysis and production can help us to better understand and more effectively and ethically influence our communities and world. And so we offer a space for your relevant, accessible criticism and collaborative meaning-making.

Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy

Kairos is a refereed online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy.Kairos publishes "webtexts," which are texts authored specifically for publication on the World Wide Web. We seek to push boundaries in academic publishing at the same time we strive to bridge the gap between print and digital publishing cultures. We further seek to bring forward and support the voices of those too often marginalized in the academy, especially graduate students and adjunct and other part-time faculty.

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society

Present Tense is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and economic issues through a rhetorical lens. In addition to examining these subjects as found in written, oral and visual texts, we wish to provide a forum for calls to action in academia, education and national policy.

Relevant Rhetoric: A Journal of Rhetorical Studies

Relevant Rhetoric is a refereed online journal created to publish pieces of academic rhetorical criticism that are of value not only to academic scholars and historians interested in persuasion, but also to the educated lay-public. The journal seeks to further our understanding of and conversation about modern persuasive practices with the largest possible audience.

Rhetoric and Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Published quarterly, the journal explores the 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.

Rhetoric Review

Rhetoric Review is a scholarly interdisciplinary journal publishing in all areas of rhetoric and writing and providing a professional forum for its readers to consider and discuss current topics and issues. The journal publishes manuscripts that explore the breadth and depth of the discipline, including history, theory, writing, praxis, technical/professional communication, philosophy, rhetorical criticism, cultural studies, multiple literacies, technology, literature, public address, graduate education, and professional issues.

Rhetoric Society Quarterly

Readers of RSQ are rhetoricians working in communication, composition, English, history, philosophy, politics, classics, and other allied fields. Consequently, RSQ publishes work that advances a shared understanding of a multi-disciplinary field.

Written Communication

Written Communication, peer-reviewed and published quarterly, is a broad, interdisciplinary, and essential journal for research on the study of writing in all its symbolic forms. It reports on what writing is, how writing gets done, and what writing does in the world, consistently providing readers with new research findings, new theoretical concepts, and new ways of understanding how writing is practiced in schools, workplaces, and communities.

Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Rhetoric and Writing

Young Scholars in Writing is a refereed journal dedicated to publishing research articles written by undergraduates in a wide variety of disciplines associated with rhetoric and writing. It is guided by these central beliefs: (1) that research can and should be a crucial component of rhetorical education and (2) that undergraduates engaged in research about writing and rhetoric should have opportunities to share their work with a broader audience of students, scholars, and teachers through national publication.


Xchanges is an interdisciplinary Technical Communication, Writing/Rhetoric, and Writing Across the Curriculum journal, which publishes two issues annually from its home in the Technical Communication program at New Mexico Tech. Our Winter issue each year, published in March, features the theses and research projects of upper-level undergraduate students. We receive submissions (article-length research projects or senior theses) from students from a wide array of institutions across the country. Our faculty review board, comprised of TC, Comp/Rhet, and WAC faculty from throughout the U.S., reviews these submissions on a “blind” basis. Our second issue of each year, published in November, is an international graduate student issue, the submissions to which are also subject to blind review by our board. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines to submit their work to Xchanges, either as traditional articles or as multi-modal “webtexts.”