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The Journal of Multimodal Rhetorics

ISSN: 2472-7318


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Submissions Guidelines

Following the lead of other journals like Kairos and Present Tense, all submissions should follow APA style for in-text citations and references with the sole exception of critics’ names that appear in the body of the essay. Full names should be provided the first time they are referenced. All work should be emailed to

Because JOMR aims to advance scholarly collaboration, community, and respect, we are no longer practicing anonymous review. For alphabetic texts, please send a .doc or .docx file that includes your name and institutional affiliation--no PDFs, please. Similarly, there is no need to remove identifying information on videos, podcasts, and webtexts.

Once your work has been accepted for publication, please provide a short author’s biography (no more than 100 words) and a picture of the author(s) as a .jpeg. If you would prefer to not use a picture of yourself, please send a Creative Commons image or a personally-authored one of your choice. 

JOMR is usually published twice a year, in Spring and Fall, but occasionally, we also publish a third issue in Summer.


Discussions (Essays)

Essays should range between 3,000-7,000 words excluding references and endnotes. Essays in graphic novel-style should not exceed 15 pages. Longer works will be considered, but keep in mind that online presentation doesn’t lend itself well to overly long works. If you would like to submit an essay as a series over several issues, please contact the editors. Authors should ensure that hyperlinks are current as of submission. Video essays and podcasts should be between 10-20 minutes and include captions (videos) and transcriptions. Webtexts must be hosted by the author. 

Dialogues (Interviews)

Interviews can be submitted as podcasts, videos, or verbal transcripts. They may include one-on-one conversations with scholars, teachers, critics, or artists, or they may be roundtable-style discussions.

Demonstrations (Artistic Displays)

Artistic displays can take any number of forms to showcase original compositions that include, but are not limited to, photography, paintings, songs, and slideshows. Composers use these media to tell stories, compose "arguments," or draw attention to issues of vital political and cultural significance in ways that standard essays cannot. 

Distributions (Digital Data Collections)

Content may take the form of a textual compilation, a song or video playlist, social media “storytelling,” or any other multimodal assemblage. Each collection should be curated around a central theme and advance an argument of social, political, or cultural importance in a para-rhetorical manner. For example, the Black Lives Matter Playlist on Spotify.

Deliberations (Policy and Public Documents)

Matters of public policy and other developing issues that require "living" documents may be submitted. These texts are not published in any specific journal issue but maintained in their own section. They may be updated by the authors as needed, with notes indicating dates of revision. 


We welcome book reviews of books or other texts that are no older than two years. If you are interested in reviewing texts older than that, please see our guidelines for the Re-Views section. Reviews should be between 1,000-1,500 words.


This section is dedicated to revisiting older essays, books, or other media whose influence continues to resonate within current scholarship. These works can focus on multimodal theory specifically, or they may be works that speak to cultural practices that engage multimodality. Submissions should encourage readers to consider the material in a new light or explain its ongoing significance to rhetorical studies. If you are unsure about submitting to this section, please email the editor at with any questions or concerns, or directly at