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Kevin A. Johnson, Ph.D, California State University, Long Beach, is now accepting submissions.

First Amendment Studies Call for Manuscripts

Editorial Information, 2019-2021

Kevin A. Johnson, [email protected]

Book Review Editor:
Jennifer J. Asenas, [email protected]


First Amendment Studies

Dear Colleague,

My goal as Editor is to publish high quality research pertaining to the values and principles embedded in the First Amendment: freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of press, freedom of religion, and freedom of petition. When I say “values and principles,” I wish to emphasize that First Amendment Studies is a place for publishing material on an expansive notion of First Amendment research. I hope to continue publishing manuscripts that are centrally concerned with legal matters, and I am equally interested in publishing manuscripts that may not be explicitly about First Amendment law (e.g., cultural practices that inhibit expressive freedom, cultural implications of free speech, freedom of communication in the classroom, religious harassment outside the legal realm, and more).

In addition to continuing to publish traditional manuscripts that are typically between 9,000-12,000 words in length, I am excited to introduce the inclusion of a “First Amendment Research Reports” section. These are manuscripts that undergo the normal peer review process, and are much shorter in length (not to exceed 2,500 words excluding endnotes and citations). These manuscripts might cover some of the “late-breaking” issues from a variety of methodological and/or theoretical orientations.  The essays should not be merely opinion pieces, commentaries, or editorials. Rather, they ought to engage scholarship from an array of theoretical or methodological orientations to advance the study of contemporary First Amendment related issues (i.e., social, cultural, political, economic, and more).

I welcome research from a variety of methodological perspectives, including rhetorical, critical/cultural, qualitative, and quantitative work. Each of these areas are important to me. As many of you know that I am trained in the rhetorical and critical/cultural perspective, I want to be clear that such training does not preclude my wish to also publish manuscripts in the qualitative and quantitative tradition. For example, producing and improving upon scales to measure First Amendment instructional related outcomes might be valuable to readers of the journal. This type of study might position an instructional communication scholar in a place to contribute to the research in the journal. This is just one example amongst many that I envision as valuable outside my own training.

I would also like to introduce Dr. Jennifer Asenas as the Book Review Editor of the Journal. She is currently excited to receive proposals for books and book reviewers that may be of interest to readers of First Amendment Studies. These book reviews may take the form of short reviews, but also extended review essays. For inquiries concerning book reviews, you may email her at [email protected]. To learn more about manuscript preparation and submission of your work, please visit https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfsy20.


Kevin A. Johnson, Ph.D.
First Amendment Studies
[email protected]

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