Quarterly Journal of Speech (Q J SPEECH )

Publisher: Speech Communication Association; National Association of Teachers of Speech (U.S.); Speech Association of America, Taylor & Francis

Journal description

Quarterly Journal of Speech, published in February, May, August and November, includes articles, research reports, and book reviews of interest to persons across a broad spectrum of the communication arts. QJS tends to be humanistic in its orientation. QJS presents research that is original, significant, and designed to further understanding of the processes of human communication, particularly in its rhetorical and cultural dimensions. Essays in the journal generally consider the theory and criticism of situated discourse in its various forms and venues, including the oral and written, public and private, direct and mediated, historical and contemporary. Although research in the journal is generally humanistic, the journal's mission and focus are not limited to any particular methodology or set of methodologies. Issues, texts, and research questions significant to improved understanding of discourse practices are featured.

Current impact factor: 0.36

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 0.395

Additional details

5-year impact 0.52
Cited half-life 0.00
Immediacy index 0.00
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Quarterly Journal of Speech website
Other titles The Quarterly journal of speech
ISSN 0033-5630
OCLC 1763239
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Taylor & Francis

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • SSH: Social Science and Humanities
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This response to Kathleen Hall Jamieson's “The Discipline's Debate Contributions” brings forth, via a sampling of existing literature, those research trajectories about political debates ignored or minimized by Professor Jamieson as those trajectories hold true to the values and traditions of the Communication discipline and as they operate alongside the literature she surveys about debate effects. In particular, we suggest that political debates provide fascinating material for a range of rhetorical analyses that examine (1) the production and creation of political debates as rhetorical/political artifacts; (2) the language and arguments put forth in these events; and (3) the circulation of political debates as rhetorical texts in and through U.S. political culture. In so doing, we resist the hegemony of Professor Jamieson's “effects” approach to political debates both as that hegemony demarcates research about political debates and as it describes the limits and scope of Communication research generally.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):113-126.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):317-320.
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    ABSTRACT: Using the first five years of the Quarterly Journal of Speech as a record of Communication Studies' founding, I contend that the discipline began with a tension between contrasting sets of affect and reasoning. In the initial volumes of QJS, one reads many recommendations designed to establish the discipline's academic sovereignty and self-determination, but, at the same time, other essays suggest a commitment to cross-disciplinary inquiry and citizenship. I interpret this tension through contemporary theories of nationalism and cosmopolitanism. These concepts highlight the implications of competing visions for the discipline's future, but they also reveal how cosmopolitan and nationalist processes complemented one another in the early years of “Speech.” I argue, finally, that this tension provides opportunities for Communication Studies in the twenty-first century.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):244-257.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):296-299.
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    ABSTRACT: This essay follows Dr. Kirt Wilson's charge to attend to the global context as a force that shapes scholarship on communication. Key components of the present moment suggest the value of a strategy of proliferation even beyond Wilson's urged dialectical relationship between “nationalism” and “cosmopolitanism.” Though “inefficient,” the strategy of participatory governance at multiple levels in the model of a federalist monitory democracy will take advantage of the disparate perspectives engaged by different kinds and levels of affiliation, while both avoiding the risks of a one-world government and sustaining the necessary tasks of mutually inter-consequential collectivities. This approach is under-written by a transilient materialist onto-epistemology and a bio-symbolic analysis of common academic theories of social change.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):258-270.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):290-292.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):280-284.
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    ABSTRACT: This essay reflects on the last 100 years of sensation in the journal to figure out where and when scholars in the field have concerned themselves with sensuous activity, how that activity is seen to interact with language, knowledge, and speech. The past can serve to some extent as a “rough guide,” showing gaps and leaps as well as modeling specific approaches.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):2-17.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):1-1.
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    ABSTRACT: When is epideictic rhetoric? In response to a critical review of our past and present, this essay offers a theoretical vision of rhetoric's potentiality. It is time to begin.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):209-212.
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    ABSTRACT: Dissent emerges out of unique prior conditions in which the coherence of dominant discourses is momentarily opened for contest. Drawing on the work of Michel Foucault, these conditions are conceptualized through the internal gaps and contradictions within dominant discourse—spaces of dissension—and the singular historical circumstances of the Event of dissension. The unique possibilities opened up in the Event of dissension include the prospects for a kind of critical contemplation on the conditions of the present, which Foucault defines as thought. The prospects for thoughtful dissent are considered.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):60-71.
  • Article: Pathologia
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    ABSTRACT: Although pathology has been read most commonly as the broken connections between people, this essay reconsiders a narrative of pathology that helps to underscore sensation's primacy within our public rhetorical lives.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):34-45.
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    ABSTRACT: Rhetoric and communication inquiry characterize the broader discipline of communication studies. The discipline has developed by retaining interest in questions of interaction and exchange, language and institutions, as well as publics and social change. The futures of such work include critical investigations into communication societies that are culturally diverse, technologically wired, local-cosmopolitan networks. I support Andrew King's position that economics should play an increasingly important role in our discipline, but I urge that inquiry be extended beyond ideological critique with its melioristic ends. Communication society should be examined in its varied and specific sites of inquiry in order to create an emergent global discipline.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):145-150.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):314-317.
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    ABSTRACT: Rhetorical studies scholarship is not only wider, deeper, and more imaginative than ever before, it also has acquired a powerful melioristic bias. Social activism, once considered the enemy of the objective ideal, is growing every moment and every hour. Studies of economic rhetoric will grow in number and importance, as will analyses of power, inequality, and American economic decline. One of our historic missions will continue into the future: informing the increasingly powerless citizen what the people in power are up to.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):127-131.
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    ABSTRACT: In this essay, I examine the definition and invocation of rhetorical history, a concept central to the work done in this journal. The essay briefly discusses the uses of history by rhetorical critics, turns to President Barack Obama's theory of (rhetorical) history and social change, examines his deployment of argument from history as a means to manage varied rhetorical problems, and concludes with some thoughts on his rhetorical history and ours.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):213-224.
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    ABSTRACT: In conversation with Debra Hawhee and Jenny Rice on the topic of sensation across a century of QJS research, in this essay I infer that a mid-century decline of interest in “feelings” is, at least in part, a reaction to the instrumental logics animating the “mental hygiene” or “speech hygiene” movements, the methods and techniques of which were either unconsciously or silently compared to those of Nazi “science.”
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):18-33.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):299-302.
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):302-305.
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    ABSTRACT: Dissent, in its distinctive contribution to democratic practice, neither reduces to protest nor advances toward consensus. It is a double-sided discourse with both a solid footing in public culture and a sharp edge for cutting through political orthodoxies. Rhetorical invention is its dynamic. Dissenters must maneuver, like mythical tricksters, to sustain the vitality of democracy. The viability of their democratic interventions depends on the invention of legitimizing gestures. The topos of complementary differences—a pivotal term for articulating points of interdependency between dissenters and the broader public—illustrates the kind of inventive resource to which the field could productively turn its attention.
    Quarterly Journal of Speech 02/2015; 101(1):46-59.