Artifact Analysis, founded in 2022, seeks to publish scholarly treatments of meaningful rhetorical, historical, or media artifacts that impact and inform culture and communication. Such artifacts may be evaluated from a systematic rhetorical or historical perspective to assess intended and/or contributed meaning in society. Artifacts may also be studied to assess audience response using qualitative of quantitative means of analysis. Articles based on objective interpretation and analysis are valued. For this journal, an artifact that contributes to a larger discussion elsewhere should be abbreviated by summarizing prior analysis pointing the reader to other sources that give the broader context, by hyperlink if available, rather than rehashing context in full.
Manuscripts submitted to Artifact Analysis all undergo a blind peer review process. Each manuscript receives feedback from either the editor when it is not a submission that is deemed publishable for this journal, or by at least two independent reviewers. The reviewers may recommend revisions, acceptance, or rejection. It is up to the issue editor to then make a determination on a decision. Most articles are given the chance for revision and are re-evaluated by at least the editor before an acceptance is possible. Those articles that are not of the appropriate quality standard at any stage are rejected.
Epistelogic journals are open access journals. What does that mean? It means that the research is freely available to anyone to access without cost. Authors maintain copyright, and choose a level of re-use permissions for others from unrestricted to using only in published form for non-commercial purposes. All re-uses should provide citation to the original author and publication. Because there is no charge to libraries or scholars, authors or their institutions will be expected to cover a reasonable publication fee of $15 per page for accepted manuscripts. However, a flat fee of $100 per article will be charged for submissions received in 2022. There is no fee to submit an article for consideration. See the author guidelines below for more details.
Author Submission Guidelines – Artifact Analysis
Aim and Scope – Artifact Analysis seeks to publish scholarly treatments of meaningful artifacts that impact and inform culture and communication. Such artifacts may be evaluated from a systematic rhetorical or historical perspective to assess intended and/or contributed meaning in society. Artifacts may also be studied to assess audience response using qualitative of quantitative means of analysis. Articles based on objective interpretation and analysis are valued. For this journal, an artifact that contributes to a larger discussion elsewhere should be abbreviated by summarizing prior analysis pointing the reader to other sources that give the broader context, by hyperlink if available, rather than rehashing context in full.
Peer Review Policy
All articles will undergo a double-blind peer review by at least two reviewers. An editor will make final screening and publication decisions.
Papers should be submitted for blind review with one file containing a title page minus any author identifying information. It should then have an abstract of 100 to 150 words, list keywords, provide a funding statement if applicable, and provide an introduction justifying analysis of the artifact(s) being studied. It should then review literature surrounding the history, rhetorical process, or cultural components in play along with appropriate theoretical underpinnings. The article should then describe the method or process of analysis being used, following with by offering results of the analysis. Where appropriate, use of copyright cleared images are encouraged in the paper. Discussion will tie the analysis back to the literature review as well as emphasize why the research has extended knowledge and is important enough to merit publication. References and appendix (if any), as well as any acknowledgements such as funding organizations should be included at the end of the manuscript.
A second file should include the title page again with the author(s)’ name(s) affiliation, and identifying and contact information included this time. Contact information should include mail, email, and phone number(s). All co-authors should be listed with email addresses and affiliations following the contact author’s information. Where available, please also include ORCiDs and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). The order of authors should be listed correctly after the title of the manuscript since the contact author may not be the first author. Please include a brief bio of each author on a second page to accompany the title page
A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 6500 words, not including the abstract, references, appendix, or acknowledgements.
Authors are responsible for clearing copyright on all photos, use of song lyrics, other text, and figures. A copy of a copyright clearance form that authors can use is available upon request.
This journal follows the 7th ed. APA style manual. A simple search will reveal multiple websites that summarize this edition’s style particulars.
Please use American spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.
Please use double quotation marks, except where “a quotation is ‘within’ a quotation.” Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks if over 40 words in length.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) or your digital assistant set to American English should be consulted for spelling. Use of a grammar assistant such as Grammarly is encouraged but should be relied on with caution as many scholarly constructions may fall outside of current levels of software accuracy.
Formatting and Templates
Papers must be submitted in Word formats. Figures should be incorporated into the text where appropriate without using a text box.
Please format all references consistent with the 7th ed. APA style manual. Plenty of reference guides can be found online for more specifics and examples.
Video Abstract or your article. All authors whose papers are selected for publication will be asked for a 1 to 3 minute video abstract that can be posted to promote your article. Information will be provided upon acceptance.
Submitting Your Paper
Prior to the activation of our submission portal, anticipated for 2022, all author submissions to this journal should be sent by email attachment to ArtifactAnalysis@gmx.com. The attached file for review should be labeled with the word “blinded” followed by the beginning of the manuscript title (first 5 or more words). So an example would be “blinded state of the union metaphors.docx” A separate title page containing all author contact information should also be attached with a similar title starting with the author’s name “Elijah Cummings title page state of the union metaphors.docx.” You will receive an email, usually within 72 hours, confirming receipt.
There is no submission fee. Publication fees will be charged based on length of the paper at $15 US per page. The length is based on the typeset length in the page proof version rather than the submitted manuscript page length. Thus a 15-page published manuscript would have a fee of $225 US for publication as an example. Manuscripts submitted during 2021 or 2022 will be eligible for a flat $100 US publication fee.
Publication fees cover the specific article costs of open access on the web, typesetting and proofreading services, registration with a DOI number, checking manuscripts for plagiarism, and other editorial costs.
Unlike some companies that require you to sign over copyright to your work, you maintain ownership of the copyright to your research, but you agree to release it for a non-exclusive right to publish the authoritative version of your article on Epistelogic company platforms and in ancillary forms through which Epistelogic might make it available. Creative Commons licenses are the standard at Epistelogic. There are various forms of these licenses that enable you to grant permission for anyone to republish or allow you to restrict use of portions of your work for either commercial or any purpose without further permission from you.
Epistelogic does not handle negotiations with others who request use of your material for subsequent publications, so authors will need to handle communication on all restrictions for use.