Call for Book Review Essays--Communication Booknotes Quarterly

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Call for Publications
August 11, 2022 to September 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Film and Film History, Journalism and Media Studies, Social Sciences

H-NET members are invited to write critical book reviews and/or participate in the peer review process for Communication Booknotes Quarterly Journal (CBQ), a Taylor & Francis publication.

CBQ is a peer reviewed, annotated review on all aspects of mediated communication designed for an audience of scholars and librarians in the United States and around the world. Subject areas of interest include, but are not limited to: advertising, public relations, strategic communications, journalism, telecommunications, gender, global media, media theories, media economics, media regulation and policy, media ethics, risk communication, ethnicity/race and media, media communication history, critical/cultural studies of media, popular culture, social media, books and publishing, media and society, visual communication, gender and representation, and media management.

     Reviewers from a variety of backgrounds and interests can contribute to upcoming issues. The journal seeks engaging, thoughtful writing from emerging researchers, advanced graduate students, as well as from seasoned scholars.  Review essays range between 850 to 1,050 words. Some titles available now include:

  • Rhetoric of the Opioid Epidemic: Deaths of Despair in America by Tiara K. Good (2022, hardcover)
  • How Machines Came to Speak: Media Technologies and Freedom of Speech by Jennifer Petersen (2022, paperback)
  • Rhetorics of the Digital Nonhumanities by Alex Reid (2022, paperback)
  • Vernacular Voices: The Rhetoric of Publics and Public Spheres by Gerard A. Hauser (2022, paperback)
  • Stories of Becoming: Demystifying the Professoriate for Graduate Students in Composition and Rhetoric by Claire Lutkewite, Juliette C. Kitchens, and Molly J. Scanlon (2022, paperback)
  • Native American Rhetoric edited by Lawrence W. Gross (2021, hardcover)
  • How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason by Lee McIntyre (2021, E-book)
  • American Magnitude: Hemispheric Vision and Public Feeling in the United States            by Christa J. Olson (2021, paperback)
  • Political Rhetoric, Social Media, and American Presidential Campaigns: Candidates' Use of New Media by Janet Johnson (2021, paperback)
  • Writing Maternity: Medicine, Anxiety, Rhetoric, and Genre by Dara Rossman Regaignon (2021, hardcover)
  • Violent Exceptions: Children's Human Rights & Humanitarian Rhetorics by Wendy S. Hesford (2021, paperback)
  • Typical Girls: The Rhetoric of Womanhood in Comic Strips by Susan E. Kirtley (2021, paperback)
  • Rhetorics of Democracy in the Americas edited by Adriana Angel, Michael L. Butterworth, and Nancy R. Gomez (2021, hardcover)
  • Arguing with Numbers: The Intersections of Rhetoric and Mathematics edited by James Wynn and G. Mitchell Reyes (2021, hardcover)
  • Architects of Memory: Information and Rhetoric in a Networked Archival Age by Nathan R. Johnson (2020, hardcover)
  • Sex Panic Rhetorics: Queer Interventions by Ian Barnard (2020, hardcover)

     If you’re interested in reviewing one of these titles, contact Margarita Tapia, CBQ editorial associate, at and cc: Dr. Meta G. Carstarphen, CBQ editor-in-chief, at with the book title(s) and your preferred mailing address. Send at least 3-5 options, in order of preference. We assign these on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, if there is a new (2022 or upcoming 2023) book that you would like to review that is not on our list, or if you have a newly published book, let me know. You will receive detailed guidelines and a review copy of the selected title. We expect reviews to be returned six to eight weeks after you receive the book. For example, if you reply to this call, we will expect submissions no later than October 30, 2022. Authors can expect online publication as early as late fall 2022 or early 2023. Final reviews are published with a credit line, a brief bio, and your digital (ORCID) identifier.

        Reviews are submitted through a Taylor & Francis ScholarOne website and will go through a peer review process. Also, consider becoming part of our peer reviewers’ pool. Our submissions for blind review will average around 1,000 words and you can pass over an opportunity to evaluate an essay or a review at any time. To become added to our ScholarOne site, please send a separate email to with your name, affiliation, email address, and topic areas of interest (please refer to the CBQ review areas listed above).

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Margarita Tapia

Meta G. Carstarphen

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