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Submissions: Calls for Webtexts

What We're Looking For

Kairos promotes original and challenging electronic work, exploring the possibilities afforded by contemporary digital venues. Kairos publishes "webtexts," which means projects developed with specific attention to the World Wide Web as a publishing medium. We do not suggest an ideal standard; rather we invite each author or collaborative writing team to think carefully about what unique opportunities the Web offers. Some projects may best be presented in hypertextual form or in multimedia. In the course of our editorial review process, you should expect editorial staff and editorial board members to analyze your choices carefully, so please be sure to think them through. Please refer to our Style Guide for guidelines on format and citation style.

We welcome the use of innovative web design, creative formatting techniques, and challenges to the status quo. Submissions should integrate the use of the digital medium as part of their focus—for example, effectively exploiting the possibilities of non-linear texts, creative interfaces, and multimedia approaches. We encourage the use of digital audio and video work.

Although we do not offer a standard form and format, we do want to provide examples. Visiting the following webtexts (several of which were winners or finalists for the Kairos Best Webtext Award) will give you a good idea about the range of forms and formats that Kairos has published in recent years:

What We're Not Looking For

We’re not looking for a standard, text-based article written in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word or a similar program. The “traditional” print essay would find a better venue elsewhere.

Additionally, we do not accept submissions that have been simultaneously submitted elsewhere and we expect authors who submit to Kairos to refrain from submitting to other venues until our review process has concluded.

How to Submit

Kairos publishes webtexts and multimedia compositions in a variety of styles and formats. Unlike a traditional journal in which design elements and choices are highly restricted, we welcome and encourage authors and collaborative composing teams to make full use of the wide range of possibilities digital publication affords. We understand that these choices, from color and layout to file format, are part of the digital composing process and part of a specific rhetorical context. To this end, we've established the following guidelines to facilitate the submission process without imposing unnecessary constraints on the texts or their creators. Working within these guidelines will help expedite the submission and editorial review processes and improve the user experience for the audience.

All texts should be submitted by email to the email address listed below corresponding to the section of the journal for your text.

Technical Considerations

For webtexts, your markup should be clean and simple.

  • Markup that validates to the XHMTL 1.0 Strict DOCTYPE is preferred.
  • Markup that validates to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional DOCTYPE will be accepted (strict is preferred).
  • Markup that validates to the HTML 5 DOCTYPE will be accepted.
  • Markup that validates to the HTML 4.01 Strict DOCTYPE will be accepted, but XHTML or HTML 5 is preferred.
  • External style sheets are required to facilitate the editing process. Please do not use inline styles.
  • Please check for cross-browser compatibility before submitting. Your text should work in current browsers (Internet Explorer 5.5+, Firefox 1.0+, Safari 1.0+, Opera 8+) and degrade gracefully when elements such as JavaScript are not enabled by a user's browser or when images/CSS fail to load.
  • We cannot work with and will not accept code produced by MS Word, iWeb, or other systems that build non-standard or proprietary coding structures.

A few other guidelines for webtexts:

  • Your webtext must be archivable (that is, stored on our server). We have made a few exceptions, but generally speaking, it is vital that the journal be able to sustain and publish your work and not have gaps when the service you used goes offline or out of business. In other words, do not use systems like Wix that do not provide a way to export and publish your work elsewhere.
  • All HTML filenames should be lowercase. Filenames should have no spaces or punctuation other than dash or underscore.
  • The H1 tag is reserved. Please use H2 through H4 tags to format your webtext.
  • Use lowercase for inline elements to maintain compliance with W3C standards and improve readability.
  • Use alt-tags with each image to provide a clear and concise description of the image and improve accessibility.
  • Please do not use blind links; choose link text that clearly identifies the linked document.
  • Whenever possible, link to established sites whose links are not likely to change or disappear in order to avoid link rot.
  • Do not link terminal punctuation.
  • You may submit PDF files as part of the webtext, but you must also provide plaintext transcripts.
  • Video files should be in Quicktime (.mov), MPEG, or FLV format. Try to get the best quality/compression ratio possible.
  • Image files are accepted in .jpg, .gif, or .png formats. Make sure the file size is not too large by using appropriate sizing/cropping and compression on the images.
  • Flash (.swf and .flv) files are accepted, but you must also provide your .fla build files.
  • All authors who have video or audio files need to submit the file itself (not just embed a URL to YouTube,etc.), a script (if it contains a voiceover) or caption description, a title, a 50-word description of each audio/video file, and 5 keywords specific to that file.
  • Texts created using sophie are accepted.
  • Leave a left margin of at least 80px for the Kairos Toolbar on all your pages.
  • Beginning with issue 13.1, Kairos will require the inclusion of specific metadata for accepted submissions. See the Kairos Style Guide for information about metadata requirements.

For more detailed information about webtext guidelines and best practices, consult the Kairos Style Guide.

Where to Submit

Kairos welcomes contributions from scholars pursuing a wide variety of digital issues, from theory to praxis. Kairos features six sections: Topoi, Praxis, Inventio, Disputatio, Reviews, and Interviews. These sections have different approaches and different editorial policies, as listed below. We ask that if you are considering submitting your work to Kairos, you first visit the various sections of the current (and previous) issue(s) to determine which section best matches your work.
  • Topoi: Extended scholarly analyses of large-scale issues relating to rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Submissions are accepted continuously, and authors are encouraged to contact the editorial staff early in their project's development. Prospective contributors to Topoi begin the editorial review process by sending a cover email with the webtext's abstract and a current URL of the submission. Authors who need an alternate delivery method should contact the editors in advance. Please email for more information.
  • Praxis: The Praxis section publishes scholarly investigations into the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy with an emphasis on what happens in the writing/rhetoric classroom and why. Webtexts—case studies, discussions of networked/new media composing, or other formats—should showcase how writing is informed by emerging technologies foregrounding practical aspects (i.e., how would one use the technique being described? Who might benefit from following the author's approach and why?) while providing a theoretical grounding. Because the Praxis section typically features actual classroom research, authors are encouraged to provide appropriate, scholarly use of video, audio, image, or other digital media examples of the techniques described. Please contact Praxis Editor Christine Tulley at with any questions.
  • PraxisWiki: PraxisWiki is a repository of useful and provocative information and ideas for scholars and teachers at the intersections of rhetoric and technology. It invites synopses and discussions of published materials, definitions of important concepts, sketches of major figures and their works, sample syllabi and assignments along with their rationales, teaching narratives and classroom activities, and preliminary discussions of research and projects.

    Contributors must submit a text of at least 500 words or provide a substantial revision of an existing PraxisWiki page for review. Upon acceptance, contributors will be given open access to editing and adding content in PraxisWiki, and pages will be monitored and adjusted as necessary by the Praxis team. Submissions are welcome on an ongoing and should include a minimum of five keywords. Please contact Praxis Wiki Editor Dundee Lackey at with any questions.
  • Reviews: We publish individual or collaborative reviews of books, media, software, games, institutes, and other texts or webtexts of interest to scholars of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Reviews are solicited, but queries are always welcome. See our Call for Reviews for specific details about texts and other media we're interested in having reviewed, though proposals for texts that are not listed are welcome. We encourage potential reviewers to consider not only the content of their review, but also plan out their ideas regarding their webtext. To this end, reviewers will be asked to provide a brief design proposal outlining technologies to be used and the potential design of their webtext.

    Initial query emails should be sent to the Reviews Co-Editors at The query should, in 250-300 words, include the title of the text or webtext under consideration, a brief explanation of why you believe you have the background knowledge necessary to review this text, and a description of your initial ideas regarding your review webtext's design. A CV should also be attached.
  • Interviews: Extended interviews with scholars doing interesting work relating to rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy. Please contact Interviews Editors D. Alexis Hart and Margaret M. Strain at to suggest individuals to be interviewed or to propose an interview of your own.
  • Disputatio: Kairos will start occasionally running webtext versions of "letters to the editor" as we receive them. Called "Disputatio: A Reader's Forum," this venue is designed to let our readers argue their ideas in relation to published webtexts, featured themes, or ideas in the field in general. We invite readers to submit short digital texts, such as this YouTube video response, that invite or incite further commentary. We conceive this section to operate much like letters to the editor in more traditional journal venues; the twist is that we expect these letters to take native digital forms, even if rudimentary in nature. While these letters will not go through a review process, journal editors will read them and, if necessary, make suggestions to the authors that may sharpen the point through textual or digital revision. In the case of a letter that rebuts another webtext, we will provide the original author an opportunity to respond, starting a digital, perhaps multimedia, conversation for our readers.
  • Inventio: Inventio focuses on the decisions, contexts, and contributions that have constituted a particular webtext. Inventio authors will be able to include, alongside or integrated with their finished webtexts, materials that help them articulate how and why their work came into being. Please contact Inventio Editor Madeleine Sorapure at with queries regarding possible webtexts.
  • News: Calls for papers, announcements about new initiatives and products, reflections on electronic list and other scholarly discussions, and more. Visit Kairosnews, or contact News Editor Charlie Lowe to learn more.


What rights do I grant Kairos if my work is published here? Can I publish the same work elsewhere?
Authors of accepted webtexts assign to Kairos the right to publish and distribute their work electronically, including publication on the web and on CD-ROM, and to archive and make it permanently retrievable electronically. Authors retain their copyright interest in their work, however, so after their project has appeared in Kairos, they may republish their text in any manner they wish--electronic or print--as long as they clearly acknowledge Kairos as its original site of publication. We encourage authors to place on their work a Creative Commons license, which allows authors to declare what rights (if any) they are willing to grant to others to make use of their work. (However, authors whose work is published in Kairos grant to the journal the rights listed above; this agreement supersedes any other licensing of your work.)
What are your policies about use of copyrighted material?
Kairos encourages authors to exercise their fair use rights when appropriate. However, we expect authors to educate themselves about the law and, accordingly, to make judicious decisions about whether to seek permission for the use of copyrighted works. (The editors recommend that authors review the materials available at the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center for guidance on copyright and fair use decisions.)

If the author(s) of a submission cannot craft a persuasive fair use argument that works within the structure of current copyright and intellectual property law, then the author(s) should err on the side of requesting permission.

Authors bear full responsibility for their choices at all times. Before publication of any webtext, authors will be asked to certify that all material is original, utilized with permission, or utilized under fair use.

We encourage authors to appropriately use Creative Commons-licensed works in the creation of their webtexts and we suggest that authors consider applying Creative Commons licenses to the works they publish in Kairos.
What are your policies about linking in a submission?
Links policies include the following:
  • All links should contribute to the possible meanings and readings of the texts. Linking for the sake of linking is discouraged (e.g., external links in-text to outside sources is usually discouraged in favor of links in the works cited; internal linking to the works cited is discouraged unless a text specfically requires it, and then back-navigation must also be provided).
  • Authors should attempt to make clear where links are going so that readers may make informed navigational decisions. This can often be done by linking from descriptive phrases rather than individual words.
  • Links to external nodes should point, to the best of the author's knowledge, to stable sites and resources. Since back issues of Kairos will be available in our archives, we must strive to make all links as current and accurate as possible. Authors might consider contacting the authors of pages they link to in hopes of determining such stability.
  • Care should be given in linking to commercial sites in order to avoid promoting any particular companies or their products. If links must be made to commercial sites for the purposes of the webtext, they should be made to informational documents rather than sales pages when possible.
  • Since we have no control over external sites to which authors may link, broken links and "404" errors are likely to occur eventually. In order to prepare for such problems, authors should include an "External Links Page" that lists, node-by-node, the destinations and purposes for each off-Kairos link.
  • Offsite/external links should open in a new browser window.

Human Subjects

Authors submitting work to Kairos are responsible for securing and archiving any human subjects permissions pertaining to their research.