The oldest independent periodical in the field, Composition Studies publishes the following kinds of submissions:

  • Original articles relevant to rhetoric and composition, including those that address teaching college writing; theorizing rhetoric and composing; administering writing programs; and, among other topics, preparing the field’s future teacher-scholars. All perspectives and topics of general interest to the profession are welcome. Article manuscripts should be no more than 7,500 words (including works cited and notes) and should be previously unpublished. We use 8th edition MLA style guidelines for format and documentation (see this overview of 8th edition MLA or a more detailed explanation over at Purdue OWL). Submissions should be free of authors' names and other identifying markers, including metadata and institutional affiliation. We accept the following file formats: .doc, .docx, and .rtf.
  • Course Designs—which contextualize, theorize, and reflect on the content and pedagogy of a course. Detailed submission instructions are here
  • Composing With essays. This section puts emphasis on the journal’s key word, composition and its active variant—composing. The editor will invite practitioners in various arts and humanities disciplines to describe, in 800-1000 words, their experiences composing with things, rituals, materials, others, states of mind, feelings, memories, physical conditions, nonhuman actants, and environments, among other possible partners. Making conscious the interdisciplinary borrowing that pervades the field of Composition Studies, this section seeks to provoke questions regarding what those of us who teach, administer, and theorize writing might learn from broader discussions of composing. These submissions will be largely narrative, aiming to immerse readers in a particular experience rather than making a traditional academic argument.
  • Where We Are contributions, which highlight where we are as a field on matters current and compelling. We will bring together a small group of scholars at the forefront of a particular issue or practice, who together issue a progress report of sorts (each piece is approximately 800-1200 words).
  • Book reviews, curated by our book review editor. See our information page if you're interested in submitting a book review. 
  • Cfps, announcements, and letters to the editor are most welcome. Send materials to compstudies@uc.edu.

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Submission instructions for new and registered users of our system are below.


Go to [submission manager temporarily offline for updating], and follow these steps: 

  1. Click the Register link in the navigation menu bar, select “Composition Studies,” and then fill out the form fields. IMPORTANT: be sure to check Author under the “Register as” section. Click on Register.
  2. You will see a screen entitled User Home. Click on “New Submission” on the right side.
  3. Select the section to which you are submitting your manuscript from the dropdown menu. Go through the Submission Checklist, and then click Save and Continue.
  4. Upload your submission file. Click Save and Continue.
  5. Enter your metadata, including the title and abstract (if your submission is not an article, you may leave the abstract field empty). Click Save and Continue.
  6. If you have any supplementary files, please upload them. Click Save and Continue.
  7. If all of your submission information is accurate, click Finish Submission. If you need to go back to correct anything, click on the link for the corresponding step and make your correction. You will receive a confirmation email after completing these steps.


If you are registered as a reviewer for the journal, you will need to enroll as an author in order to submit your manuscript. To change your user enrollment, follow these steps:

  1. Go to [submission manager temporarily offline for updating], and click the Register link in the navigation menu bar.
  2. On the next screen, select “Click here if you are already registered with this or another journal on this site.”
  3. On the Profile page, enter your user name and password and select “Author” where you are asked to “Register as.” If you need to reset your login credentials, you can do so here: https://apps.uc.edu/lin/ojs/index.php/CS/login/lostPassword.
  4. Follow steps 2-7 above.


Article submissions are screened in-house for appropriateness of content and format and then, if fitting, forwarded to two external reviewers. This process takes approximately six weeks during the academic year. Book reviews and course designs are read and reviewed by the editorial team.