Aims & Scope

The National Forensic Journal welcomes submissions related to the instruction, practices, development, critique, and research of speech, debate, and performance activities reflecting the educational vision of the National Forensic Association. The goal of the journal is to advance the educational values and practices of the National Forensic Association by fostering scholarly discussion among forensic educators, administrators, and students. Submitted papers may address all areas of forensic activity. The journal welcomes submissions from a variety of theoretical or philosophical perspectives and methodological approaches, and those that explore both traditional and innovative approaches to competitive speech activities. While the journal primarily publishes scholarly applied or theoretical research, critical essays and reviews on topics of forensics pedagogy and practice are welcomed.

While publishing applied or theoretical research in forensics is the primary objective of the journal, reviews of books and other educational resources related to forensics will also be considered and should be limited to 1,000 words or less. The journal will, from time to time, publish collections of short essays on a selected theme in a forum discussion section. The section provides a venue for shorter manuscripts that address a specific issue of contemporary concern for the NFA community. Suggestions regarding future forum discussion topics are welcomed by the editors.

All submissions will undergo anonymous peer review, which typically takes about three months.

Submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout, including block quotations, notes, and references prepared in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual (7th edition). To ensure anonymous review, please avoid self-references in the manuscript. Include on a separate title page, the author(s) name(s), academic titles, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and any manuscript history. The second page of the manuscript should contain an abstract of no more than 250 words. The text should begin on the third page of the manuscript and should include a title at the top of the page.

While under review by the National Forensic Journal, authors may not submit the manuscript to another publication source. Articles should not be submitted that have previously been published in other sources. Upon acceptance, the National Forensic Association shall retain copyright for the article. Authors are expected to follow the review guidelines established by their institution’s research review board for studies involving human subjects. Research conducted at the NFA national tournament must be approved in advance by the NFA Research Committee.