Submission Guideline

Guidelines, requirements and standards for publication in the Rhetoric and Communications journal

Manuscripts which do not comply with the requirements listed below are returned to the authors who can send them for the second time after revising them according to the standards.

If the manuscripts are sent back in a version which does not comply with the requirements, the texts are returned to the authors without further consideration.

Technical requirements and standards for formatting the text of the scientific article

  • The file starts with the author’s surname.
  • The text is in Windows Word format, font: Times New Romans; size: 12 pt; alignment: Justified; line spacing – Single. The text is to be saved as a .doc or .docx file.
  • Tables with more than 4 columns horizontally have to be sent in a separate image file.
  • All image files have to be sent as separate files as well as incorporated into the text of the article.
  • When using text from another file or article and adding it to the submitted manuscript, this text has to be unformatted prior to pasting it in the manuscript (Paste special -> Unformatted text) to avoid imbalance in size and type of fonts, and “breaking the text”.
  • The manuscript has to be between 8 and 15 standard pages long, along with the list of cited sources, the bibliography and the appendices.

Requirements for manuscripts in Bulgarian

Requirements for the structure of the manuscript

  • Title – up to 10 words. The title corresponds to the journal’s main theme and is related to research in areas related to rhetoric, business communication, public communication, linguistics, media, education, etc.
  • After the title, the author’s name and surname are given.
  • After the author’s names comes the name of the university, research center, laboratory, or institution, institutional affiliation. The author’s position and e-mail address follow.
  • Abstract in Bulgarian – 150-200 words.
  • Keywords in Bulgarian – between 5 and 12.
  • The author’s name and surname are written in Latin. His position and institutional affiliation are translated into English.
  • The title is translated into English.
  • Abstract in English – from 150 to 200 words.
  • Keywords in English – between 5 and 12.

Main part – sample structure:

  • Scientific problem: relevance, practical applicability, theoretical dimensions.
  • Purpose of the study.
  • Research tasks.
  • Hypotheses.
  • Overview and analysis of research and publications on the scientific problem.
  • Introduction to any prior research issues solved and unresolved, methods, terminology, new terms, new aspects, etc.
  • Methods of research – methodology – methodological framework. Any interdisciplinary approach or approaches adapted to the specific study has to be duly justified.
  • Research design.
  • Results and summaries based on the analysis and the specific research.
  • Conclusions and conclusions, possibly discussion questions.
  • Cited sources (References).
  • Bibliography arranged in strict alphabetical order.
  • Appendices.

Requirements for manuscript content

The manuscript has to be written in a scientific style adhering to the basic spelling and punctuation rules.

The manuscript has to present significant research results.

The manuscript has to have a theoretical or applied contribution in a given field of study.

The process of a “double blind review” includes two independent reviewers.

The publication process goes through a “double-blind review”. See Peer Review Procedure.

Reference style

The Rhetoric and Communications journal adheres to the APA reference style (6th ed., 2010).

Please review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style:

APA: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition

All bibliographic descriptions of the used Cyrillic sources (in Bulgarian, Russian, etc.) have to be followed by a transliteration – in brackets after the Cyrillic description. In case you need help with this, please use the following standardized transliteration tools:

Standards for in-text citation

After citations inside the text, each citation is given in parentheses [] in consecutive numbers.

Finally, after the text of the article the source is listed as it is included in the bibliography as well as the page from which the quote has been taken, against the corresponding number in brackets [].


Other terms are also used, for example, Alexander Kiossev introduces the term “electronic nomads” [1]; Ivaylo Dichev uses the term “internauts” [2].

Bibliographic citation:

[1] Кьосев, А. (2000). Виртуални общности срещу въображаеми общности. Празници. Четене. Бъбренер Литернет/LiterNet, 25.02.2000, № 2(3),

[2] Дичев, И. (2004). Е-топии. Фантазмът WWW, Социологически преглед, 3-4, 62.

How are articles published on the website of the journal?

  • After the articles are published, an online archive is created with the abstracts in English for each individual issue. See the link.
  • The authors in each issue are presented in a separate rubric with links to it from the article and its author (Contributors). See the link and the example.

License agreement

  • Authors are not charged an APC (Article Processing Charge) and other publication fees.
  • All publications shall be licensed under the Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). The full details of the license are available at Creative Commons web page: