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Wanted: Research Chapters for Second Edition of Handbook of Visual Communication

Completed Manuscript Deadline: March 1, 2019

Length: About 5,000 words or 20 pages double-spaced with a reference list
Style: APA
Process: Blind peer-review
Requirements: Unpublished and not under review
Editors: Sheree Josephson of Weber State University, contributor to the first edition; Ken Smith of University of Wyoming, co-editor of the first edition; Jim Kelly of Indiana University, past editor of Visual Communication Quarterly
Publisher: Routledge
Visuals: Strongly encouraged with copyright permission

Submit Chapter Proposals:

Work is beginning on the long-awaited edition of the second edition of “Handbook of Visual Communication: Theory, Methods, and Media.” The publisher (formerly Lawrence Erlbaum but now Routledge) was so happy with the first edition that it encouraged the book’s editors to begin work on an updated edition. The contract has been signed.   

The second edition will be constructed in the same way as the first edition. It will be organized around chapters addressing the major theories in the field of Visual Communication accompanied by chapters about NEW exemplar studies illustrating research used to explore that theoretical area. Theory chapters will be invited. Research chapters will be selected through blind peer-review.     

Research chapters to accompany the following theories are needed:

  • Aesthetics
  • Perception
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Cognition
  • Semiotics
  • Reception Theory
  • Narrative
  • Media Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • Visual Literacy
  • Cultural Studies
  • New Media
  • Ethnography
  • Visual Intersectionality

Theory chapters have not been completed. If you’d like to see examples of theory chapters, please refer to the first edition of the handbook. A few theories have been added to the second edition, but previous work can provide sufficient information about expectations and format.

Questions: Please contact Sheree Josephson at


Professor of Communication - Visual Communication and Digital Media
Department of Communication & Graphic Design
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI, U.S.
Research interests include web, usability, visual rhetoric, cultural aesthetics, material culture and other modalities and media that deal with the cultural impact of images and music.

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