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Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Composition, is an academic journal located at http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/. The journal is peer-reviewed and open access. The journal is published twice a year, in August and January, and a third, special issue is often published in May. Inaugurated by Mick Doherty in 1996 under the title Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environments,[1] the mission of Kairos is "to publish scholarship that examines digital and multimodal composing practices, promoting work that enacts its scholarly argument through rhetorical and innovative uses of new media." [2]

Kairos pioneered the publishing of webtexts, in which articles enact the concepts, arguments, and technologies they discuss. For example, "The Violence of Text" by Adrian Miles argues that teachers should have students compose multimodal such as video blogs as a means of developing digital multiliteracy. As Cheryl E. Ball argues, Miles' text enacts his argument because the audience composes using multimodal clips.[3] Similarly, Jim Ridolfo and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss discuss the concept of rhetorical velocity, which can be seen in press releases, by using the format of the press release to demonstrate rhetorical velocity through their medium selection. [4]

[edit] Journal Process

Kairos is known for its open peer-review process, involving, as Ball describes, "multiple revisions of their webtexts (usually through multiple "Revise & Resubmits") because many of the journal’s authors are composing these mixed-genre, mixed-media and multi-technological texts for the first time: they are developmental authors who need to revise their submissions multiple times before they can be accepted for publication." Kairos uses a multistep peer-review process, involving 1) internal review, 2) editorial board review, and 3) mentoring. [5]

[edit] Journal Arrangement

Kairos is divided into the following sections: Topoi, which features scholarly analyses of large-scale issues relating to rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy; Praxis, a section publishing rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy investigations; PraxisWiki, a repository of rhetoric and technology information and ideas for scholars and teachers; Inventio, information about a particular, finished webtext; as well as sections for Interviews, Reviews, and Disputatio, the latter of which provides communication from readers.[6] in 2014, Kairos also added a KairosCast section, which includes video and audio "podcasts, conversation, tutorials, and CFPs." [7] Kairos outlines detailed specifications for submitting webtexts in their submission guidelines.[8]

[edit] Journal Awards

Kairos awards a number of recognitions, including the Kairos Best Webtext Award, John Lovas Memorial Academic Weblog Award, and Kairos Awards for Graduate Students and Adjuncts.[9]

[edit] References

  1. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/layers/start.html
  2. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/about.html
  3. Ball, Cheryl E. "Show, Not Tell: The Value of New Media Scholarship." Computers and Composition 21.3 (2004): 403–425.
  4. Ridolfo, Jim and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss. "Composing for Recomposition: Rhetorical Velocity and Delivery." Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 13.2 (2009). http://www.technorhetoric.net/13.2/topoi/ridolfo_devoss/index.html
  5. Ball, Cheryl E. "Multimodal Revision Techniques in Webtexts." Multimodal revision techniques in webtexts. Classroom Discourse [special issue: Multimodality]. 2013. http://ceball.com/2013/07/11/multimodal-revision-techniques-in-webtexts/
  6. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/about.html
  7. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/submissions.html
  8. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/submissions.html#tech
  9. http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/awards/webtextnom.html
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