POROI Style Guide Made Simple

I. Formatting Requirements

  • Abstracts are preferred but not required. If included, 150-200 words on the first page.
  • Authors may also supply up to 6-8 keywords.
  • Copyedit your manuscript in accord with these guidelines.
  • There should be no pages on which more than a quarter of the page is empty space.
  • When you introduce a name into the body of your text use first and last name in our first mention, but only last name thereafter.
  • Greek, Latin, French, German, and other foreign words are in italics. Ex: Ethos, per se, Zeitgeist, a propos.
  • Note: Quoted passages in foreign languages are to be in Rom. if they are over one line in length.

II. Structure of Text

  • Submissions are in general are to be left justified throughout.
  • Exception: Indent the first line of each new paragraph. BUT: Left justify the first line after any heading or subheading.

  • Within reason, use more subheadings than not.
  • Within reason, give the subheadings interesting titles.
  • Subheadings should be bolded in all capital letters.
  • Subheadings are to be left justified.
  • Within reason, charts, photographs, drawings, and graphs are welcome. Insert them into text exactly where you want them to appear in print.

III. Citational Rules:

  • Put citations in the main text in parentheses at the end of the sentence:
  • Ex: (Smith, 1990, 150).

    Note: The fact that you mention an author’s name in a sentence does not exempt you from repeating it in the citation. Ex: Smith said no (Smith,1990, 20).

  • Exception: A sentence like this: “Over the same period, Gross also produced an important collection of essays reexamining the wellspring text of rhetorical theory, Rereading Aristotle’s Rhetoric (Gross and Walzer, 2000), and a superb little book on one of the 20th century's major argumentation scholars, Chaim Perelman (Gross and Dearin, 2003).”
  • In text and in refs: Jones and Smith, not Jones & Smith.
  • When you are citing two or more authors, or more than one reference by the same author, do it this way: (Bazerman, 1989; Myers, 1990; Gross, 1990, 1996).
  • In the main text, citations, and reference list punctuate triples with a comma before the last entry: Ex: Jones, Smith, and Brown.
  • Position footnotes at end of the page, not as endnotes.
  • Indent the first line of a footnote. Left justify 2nd and following lines.

IV. Reference List

  • It is to be called Reference List, not Bibliography, Works Cited, or References or the like.
  • Each entry is to be left justified with the second, third etc. lines indented:
  • Ex: Gagarin, M. and P. Woodruff (Trans. and Eds). Early Greek Political Thought from Homer to the Sophists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

    Note: Initials, not first names, are used.

  • Second and subsequent items by the same author are to be listed in the reference list as follows:
  • Gross, A. The Rhetoric of Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

    ------- Starring the Text: The Place of Rhetoric in Science Studies. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2006.

  • The following are models of how to enter various sorts of texts into the reference list:
  • Article in a Journal
  • Bitzer, L. “Aristotle’s Enthymeme Revisited.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 45 (1991): 399-408.

    Gross, A. 2013. “Some Limits of Non-Dualism.” Constructivist Foundations 8 (2013): 242-246.

  • Articles with Multiple Authors in a Journal
  • Condit, C. M., J. Lynch, and E. Winderma. “Recent Rhetorical Studies in Public Understanding of Science: Multiple Purposes and Strengths.” Public Understanding of Science 21 (2012): 386-400.

    Note: Initial of first name of two or more authors goes after last name but before subsequent last names: Walzer, A. and A. Gross. “Positivists, Postmodernists, Aristotelians, and the Challenger Disaster.” College English 56 (1994): 420-33.

  • Book: Single Authored
  • Gross, A. The Rhetoric of Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1996.

    Kennedy, G. A. Progymnasmata: Greek Textbooks of Prose Composition and Rhetoric. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2003.

  • Book With More Than One Author
  • Gross, A. G., and J. E. Harmon. Science from Sight to Insight: How Scientists Illustrate Meaning. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013.

  • Edited Book
  • Gross, A.G. and W. M. Keith (Eds.) Rhetorical Hermeneutics: Invention and Interpretation in the Age of Science. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.

  • Book Chapter
  • McCloskey, D. “Big Rhetoric, Little Rhetoric: Gaonkar on the Rhetoric of Science.” In Gross, A.G. and W. Keith (Eds.) Rhetorical Hermeneutics: Invention and Interpretation in the Age of Science. (Pp. 101-112). Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.

    Note carefully:

    • Page numbers are in parentheses before city of publisher.
    • (Ed.) is in parentheses after editor.
    • If there is more than one editor use (Eds.).
    • Put ‘and’ between their names with the first initial of the second author before last name.
    • Translator = (Trans.). It is to be inserted where (Ed.) is placed.
    • Note: If there is both an editor and a translator, (Ed.) goes before (Trans.)

  • Web Citation:
  • Gross, A.G. “A Disorder of Being: Heroes, Martyrs, and the Holocaust.” Postmodern Culture 5 (1995): http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/pmc/text-only/issue.195/review-2.195, accessed 1/2/15.

Copyediting and Page Proofs

  • The publisher reserves the right to copyedit manuscripts to conform to the journal style. The lead author will receive page proofs for correction of typographical errors only. No rewriting of the original manuscript as submitted is allowed in the proof stage. Authors must return proofs to the editors within 48 hours of receipt or approval will be assumed.
  • There are many detailed issues that are not covered by this simplified guide. Authors are advised to use their own good sense in resolving these, and to communicate with the editors.