Parliamentary Debate: The Journal of the National Parliamentary Debate Association is dedicated to the publication of original scholarship aimed at advancing our thinking about and practice of competitive forensics, especially parliamentary debate. Diverse approaches to forensics scholarship and pedagogy are both welcome and encouraged. Articles may focus narrowly on the practice of parliamentary debate or address issues of relevance to forensics defined more broadly. Beginning in 2016, the journal will publish an issue twice yearly in March and September.
If you are considering submitting an essay for review by Parliamentary Debate, please observe the following submission guidelines:
All submitted articles will be considered for blind peer review. Manuscripts for regular issues will be read by two or three reviewers selected from among the Editorial Board and invited referees; manuscripts for special issues will be read by a guest Editor and invited referees.
All submitted manuscripts must conform to either the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition, or to the MLA Style Manual, 6th edition. Manuscripts should also observe guidelines for eliminating ethnic or sexist bias in language.
Research involving the use of human subjects must be approved by an institutional review board to be published in Parliamentary Debate. Manuscripts must not be under consideration by another publication.
Along with the manuscript prepare a separate file as a cover letter. In this file include a history of the manuscript, whether it is derived from an M.A. or Ph.D. thesis with the advisor’s name, whether it has been presented at a convention, or other pertinent information about its development.
When submitting, please provide an abstract of 100 words or less with a list of five suggested key words. They typical manuscript should be between 5,000-8,000 words, including all references, notes, and other content.
To submit a manuscript: 1) to ensure blind review, remove any material that could identify the author from the body of the manuscript; 2) attach the paper in an e-mail with the subject: Parliamentary Debate Article Submission and your name, affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address in the body; 3) include a cover letter as described in the preparation guidelines above.
Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word format (doc or docx). Submit manuscripts by e-mail to Editor, . Published manuscripts become the exclusive property of the National Parliamentary Debate Association. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and must sign an agreement for transfer of copyright to the publisher upon acceptance. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become property of the publisher.
Proofs will be sent to authors by e-mail. They should be corrected and returned to the editor within three days. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted.
It is a condition of publication that authors vest or license copyright in their articles, including abstracts, in the National Parliamentary Debate Association. This enables the publisher to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article and the journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the article elsewhere after publication provided that prior permission be obtained from the National Parliamentary Debate Association. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.
Dan Schabot, Ph.D., Editor, Pacific Lutheran University
Aaron Donaldson, Ph.D., Humboldt State University
Michael Dreher, Ph.D., Bethel University
Tiffany Dykstra, M.A., West Virginia University
Michael Eaves, Ph.D., Valdosta State University
Steven Farias, M.A., University of the Pacific
Konrad Hack, M.A., Concordia University-Irvine
Joe Gantt, M.A., Lewis & Clark College
Kevin Garner, M.A., Progress Missouri
Gary Gillespie, M.A., Northwest University
Danny Iberri-Shea, M.A., San Diego State University
Scott Jensen, M.A., Webster University
Jason Jordan, M.A.,University of Utah
Rob Layne, M.A., University of Utah
Michael Middleton, Ph.D., University of Utah
Marcus Paroske, Ph.D., University of Michigan-Flint
Skip Rutledge, Ph.D., Point Loma Nazarene University
Lauren Schaefer, M.A., Southern Illinois University
Jacob Stutzman, Ph.D., Emporia State University
Denise Vaughan, Ph.D., University of Washington-Bothell
Mary Lynn Veden, Ph.D., Unaffiliated
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