A Journal of the History of Rhetoric

ISSN: 0734-8584
eISSN: 1533-8541
Frequency: Quarterly
Published: February, May, August, November


The journal publishes articles, book reviews, and bibliographies which further the aims of the Society as stated in its Constitution (Article Two):

  • The purpose of this society is to promote the study of both the theory and the practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and its relationships with poetics, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and other aspects of the cultural context.
  • Official languages of the Society are English, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.


Manuscripts submitted to Rhetorica should not be under consideration elsewhere. Because the identity of authors is concealed from evaluators of manuscripts, each manuscript should be absent of author name or email address. The author’s identity should not otherwise be revealed in the manuscript. The title should be repeated on the first page of the text. The manuscript should be accompanied by a 100-word abstract. 

All manuscripts are to be uploaded through ScholarOne Manuscripts at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ucpress-rh

Books for review should be submitted to David Marshall, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh, 4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (email: dlm91@pitt.edu) or to the associate editor for the relevant language. 

Please email the editors with questions: rhetoricaeditors@gmail.com


ISHR awards an biiannual prize for the best article published in Rhetorica at its Biennial Congress. A prize of $1000(US) is awarded by the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) for the best article published in Rhetorica.  The winner for the years 2019-2021, selected by a panel of judges from ISHR, will be announced and the prize in the Summer of 2021.

Past Winners

2019 Brandon Katzir, "The Truth of Reliable : Saadya Gaon, Arabic Rhetoric, and the Challenge to Rhetorical Historiography", in Rhetorica 35, 2. 161-188

2017 Travis D. Williams, "Mathematical Energeia: Rhetoric of Early Modern Mathematical Notation", in Rhetorica 34, 2: 163–211

2015 Emanuele Berti, Ricercatore universitario di Lingua e Letteratura Latina at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, for his article “Le controversiae della raccolta di Seneca il Vecchio e la dottrina degli status” in Rhetorica 32. 2. 99-147 https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1525/rh.2014.32.2.99.pdf

2013  Brad L. Cook,"Swift-boating in Antiquity: Rhetorical Framing of the Good Citizen in Fourth-Century Athens," Rhetorica  30.3, 2012. 219-251. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/RH.2012.30.3.219

2011 Virginia Cox, “Leonardo Brunion Women and Rhetoric: De studiis et litteris  Revisited,”Rhetorica 27.1, 2009. 47-75. https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/10.1525/rh.2009.27.1.47.pdf

2009 Lahcen E. Ezzaher, “Alfarabi’s Book of Rhetoric: An Arabic- English Translation of Alfarabi’ sCommentary on Aristotle’s Rhetoric” in Rhetorica 26.4, 2008. 347-391.

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