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We are currently featuring volume 48, number 2.

To the readers of Style: 
I have an exciting announcement for you.Starting January 2, 2015, The English Department, through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences though Northern Illinois University, will partner with The Pennsylvania State University Press to publish Style. The English Department, through the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Northern Illinois University, will continue to own Style in perpetuity, and, for at least two more years, I will remain as Editor. After January 2015, The Pennsylvania State University Press will become responsible for all publishing functions, with the exception of peer-review, includingmarketing, copy-editing, cover design, andestablishing pricing. All major decisions will be made in conjunction with the Editor at Northern Illinois University’s English Department.

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ):

1. How and to whom will I submit an essay or review for possible publication to Style?
There will be no change in initial submissions to Style, from the present into the new year, other than ALL submissions must be done electronically, either in Word or Word Perfect. Please send all manuscripts, reviews, and questions about them, as you have been doing but now only electronically, to the Editor, John V. Knapp, For queries and other Style matters, you may call me during the day (815) 753-6632, or post such questions in the mails to: 330 Reavis Hall, Dept. of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.60115, USA.

2. How will Libraries, other institutions, and individuals subscribe to Style, or buy individual issues, or request permission to reprint essays and/or reviews?
For fall 2014 and subscriptions for volume 49 and following the date specified in this announcement forward (Jan 2, 2015), all requests for subscriptions, current prices, and any financial transactions will be done for Penn State UP via Johns Hopkins UP subscription services. These can be made via three different media:

Phone: (800) 548-1784 or (410) 516-6987;
Post:   Johns Hopkins University Press, P.O. Box 19966, Baltimore, MD 21211-0966 

Additionally, institutions can subscribe to the electronic version of Style through JSTOR at

3. Who will now decide what gets published in Style? Have the standards and and/or the scholarly interests of the journal,as stated on the current mast-head, changed?
As has been the case since January, 2007, all decisions about acceptances and rejections will still be made by the NIU English Department Editor, in consultation with the many referees and readers who generously donate their time and expertise to Style and to the discipline of literary criticism and scholarship.The several emphases of Style, as described on our masthead below since 2007, will remain during my tenure as Editor.Of course, as any journal devoted to the expression of disinterested scholarship would agree, we have sought out a variety of critical approaches and we will continue that policy into the next two years at least.

Thank you for your continued interest in Style
John V. Knapp,Editor, Style 
330 Reavis Hall
Department of English
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115 USA

This website offers a variety of information about the journal as well information concerning submission and subscriptions. Please feel free to examine the abstracts of articles from previous issues of Style in the Style Archives as well as the contents and abstracts from the Current Issue

Style invites submissions that address questions of style, stylistics, and poetics — as before. These submissions may include research and theory in discourse analysis, literary and nonliterary genres, narrative, figuration, metrics, and rhetorical analysis. In addition, Style also now welcomes contributions employing the new psychologies:  cognition, bio-evolutionary psychology, family systems, and human development. Furthermore, the editors will be pleased to consider submissions on pedagogy generally as such relate to the teaching of literature and the humanities. Contributions may draw from such fields as literary criticism, critical theory, linguistics, philosophy of language, rhetoric, narrative, and composition studies as well as the varieties of psychologies and pedagogies.

Style also publishes reviews, review-essays, surveys, interviews, translations, and reports on conferences. Major articles typically range from 5,000 to 7,000 words (inclusive of endnotes and works cited); reviews are typically 1,500 to 2,000 words (again, inclusive of endnotes and works cited).

Authors submitting to Style should send a 100-word abstract and along with their manuscript, following MLA guidelines for style and documentation. Author’s name should only appear on the title page of article. Submissions must not be under consideration for any other publications. Manuscripts should be sent in Word or RTF format. Authors must secure permissions for copyrighted illustrations. Articles cannot be previously published nor can they be posted online for at least twelve months after publication. The publishers and editors of Style assume that any authors publishing their work in this journal have agreed and will so stipulate if asked that all research for this essay — if regarding human subjects — has been properly assessed at their respective Universities/Institutes etc. and that the responsibility to ensure this in this work lies with the Researcher. Please include all that are available: mail, FAX, and e-mail addresses. Style usually reports on submissions within ninety days. 

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