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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • RPC uses a double-anonymous peer-review system. To ensure anonymity, there should be no identifying information in the submitted Word document if you are submitting to a journal section that is peer reviewed.
  • The submission is a Microsoft Word document. The text is double-spaced (including all quotations, notes and captions); uses a 12-point font; 1-inch, left-aligned margins, employs italics, rather than underlining.
  • Manuscript adheres to Chicago Manual of Style endnote system (not footnote or author-date). Endnotes are embedded using the MS Word reference tool. All citations and endnotes are complete, with endnote in-text numbering correctly corresponding with related note in endnote section.
  • Manuscript adheres to guidelines listed in the MSU Press Style Guide.
  • All images, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end. Figures are appropriately and consistently labeled throughout (Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc.). Captions are included where necessary. All figures, graphics, images will be supplied as separate (supplmentary) image files during submission and are minimum 300 dpi at planned publication size. Image files are appropriately labeled to correspond to what they are called within the text (Fig. 1, Fig. 2...).
  • Photographs, maps, and other graphics must accompanied by permission from copyright holders for both print and electronic use before issue can publish. Use the MSU Press Permission Request Letter to obtain permission from the image’s rightsholder.

Author Guidelines

Online Submissions

You must be registered and logged in to submit to Rhetoric, Politics & Culture.

To submit to RPC:

  • Create an account if you do not already have one (be sure to click on the "author" checkbox).
  • Go to "user home" and click "new submission" to begin the submission process.
  • Use the drop-down menu to select the journal section to which you are submitting.
  • Go through the author checklist to make sure you have fulfilled the requirements.
  • Submit your manuscript on the submission page. There should be no identifying information in the manuscript itself. This ensures a blind peer review.
  • Upload any images or tables as supplemental files on the supplemental files page. Images must be 300 dpi and you must have permission to use them.
  • Complete submission. You will receive an email confirming your submission.


This section will focus on article-length submissions, no longer than 10,000 words, on a wide range of topics related to critical communication and composition studies.  For more information, click here. Submissions should follow the guidelines of Chicago Manual of Style



RPC's forum section will be on special topics and curated by guest editors. Please only submit invited manuscripts to the system. If you have a forum proposal, please contact the RPC editorial office.  For more information, click here.

Rhetoric in Review

The review section will not only include book reviews, but reviews of films, events, exhibitions, installations, digital projects, podcasts, and live performances.

Some reviews will also differ from traditional ones in that they may be part of a forum-type engagement with several authors responding to several new books around a common theme. If you have a proposal for such a project, please contact the editors.

Review pieces generally have a 4,000-word limit, but this can be discussed with the editors.  For more information, click here.

Special Issue Submission

Select this section during submission if you are submitting a piece in response to a call for a special issue or forum. If there are multiple calls, please specify which special issue you are submitting to in your note to the editor.

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