Open access journals for rhetoric and composition scholars

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If you’ve been reading blog for a while, you know that I am proponent of the open access movement for scholarship. I’ve been keeping an eye out for online, open access journals in fields related to the work that I do — rhetoric and composition, and scholarship of teaching and learning, and digital humanities — and thought the most useful way to organize my bookmarks would be to write a blog post that would be useful for others like me who have texts appropriate for such venues and/or would like to publish in open access venues. If I’ve missed some good ones, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list.

Open Access Journals in Rhetoric & Composition/ Scholarship of Teaching & Learning/Digital Humanities [all links open in new tab]

Critical Literacy: Theory and Practice: An international journal with peer-reviewed articles along with internally reviewed “Practitioner Insights” and “Position Papers.”

Currents in Teaching and Learning: scholarship of teaching and learning, published out of Worchester State University.

Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, & Culture. (I’m guest editing a special issue coming out of the Computers & Writing conference that we hosted here in Raleigh last month.)

Environmental Humanities: A brand new journal (first issue launching November 2012) focusing on interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues.

First Monday: A journal focusing specifically on the internet, first published back in 1996!

Harlot: An interactive digital magazine that looks at the rhetoric of everyday life.

Hybrid Pedagogy: A Digital Journal of Teaching & Technology: Publishes critical articles on digital pedagogy. (I’m especially excited about this one; they engage folks in discussion forums on their site, on Twitter & Facebook, and generally approach the concept of journal publishing in ways that better embrace the affordances of their medium.)

JAC Online: A Journal of Rhetoric, Culture, & Politics: The online companion to print JAC, a theory-focused journal.

Journal of Digital Humanities: Publishes traditional articles along with “conversations” about digital humanities; supported by George Mason University.

Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication: Another brand-new launch; it focuses specifically on online publication and scholarly publication. Their introductory issue focuses on open access in scholarship and includes a debate on the best type of CC license and tenure issues for faculty.

Journal of Writing Assessment: Focuses on writing assessment at all levels of education.

Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy: one of the most highly-regarded journals in rhet/comp (OA or not).

K.B. Journal: The recently re-launched journal of the Kenneth Burke Society.

Present Tense: This open access, peer reviewed journal focuses on contemporary social, cultural, economic, and political issues through a rhetorical lens.

Syllabus: A journal focusing solely on teaching materials, saying, “A good syllabus is a piece of original scholarship.” It publishes a wide range of materials, including assignments, assessment tools, and some articles on teaching.

Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society: Creative and critical works in technology studies.

Canadian Journal for Studies in Discourse and Writing: Published by the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing.

And of course, I would be remiss if I did not also include a link to the Directory of Open Access Journals, where you can go to find many, many more open access journals than what I’ve listed here.

What open access journals have you published in? Am I missing a really critical one?

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