CFP: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (journal)

A new journal has published its inaugural issue.

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine publishes:

  • Original research articles, including well-formulated pilot and case studies. Articles with significant multimedia components may be published in online form on the RHM website. Research article submissions should be no longer than 10,000 words, though longer manuscripts may be considered at the discretion of the editors.
  • Dialogues (invited and proposed) among multiple scholars and stakeholders about the role of and/or study of rhetoric in health and medical issues; the editors especially welcome dialogues that include public and other nonacademic stakeholders and that propose new ways of engaging or studying health and medicine. Dialogues can take different forms but should be no longer than 5,000 words. Topics, contributors, and forms of dialogues should be approved by the editors before submission.
  • Review essays that put in conversation three or more fairly recent publications (including article- and book-length scholarly publications across a range of disciplines, publications in a range of media, and publications in health or medical forums) related to RHM as a scholarly field of inquiry. Review essays should include substantial synthesis, critique, and original larger observations about the field and its future directions.
  • Persuasion briefs  (invited and proposed) should generally target, along with the journal’s main readership, a non- or extra-academic audience (e.g., health journalists, policymakers, medical educators and practitioners, health publics and communities, business representatives) with the purpose of informing and improving a current set of practices. Persuasion briefs, or white papers, explain the role of rhetoric in and synthesize rhetorical insights about a particular set of health or medical practices (including applied communication contexts). They should be framed around what the rhetorical research says and what it suggests for whatever stakes the targeted constituency has in the conversation.
  • Commentaries (invited and proposed) are generally shorter, clearly focused opinion or advocacy pieces about timely health or medical issues, although they can also focus on the state of our scholarly field. These submission types should be written in styles appropriate for their intended audiences.

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