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National Journal of Speech & Debate



NJSD Volume 5 Issue 2



INTRODUCING THE LOGIT SCORE: A NEW METHOD TO RANK DEBATE TEAMS

By T. Russel Hanes

The Forensics Files established the National Journal of Speech & Debate. The Journal contains articles, written by members of the speech and debate community, that address current issues in speech and debate. The Journal’s issues will be published by TFF throughout the school year. The Journal is a premiere publication that is dedicated to publishing such articles on speech and debate issues.

We founded the Journal to:

Encourage discussion about current trends in the various speech and debate events;

Provide a forum in which current issues involving competitive practices can be analyzed and debated;

Update and prepare coaches for recommending rule and policy proposals and changes at district meetings and organizational conferences;

For debate events, prepare students for arguing issues of debate theory.

SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLE TO THE JOURNAL

TFF is seeking submissions from coaches, judges, and qualified students on current issues in speech and debate.

Current Deadline for Submissions: Rolling basis

Why Publish With the Journal?

Publishing scholarly articles may, for coaches, count toward professional development and raise one’s profile in the community. For students and judges, publishing articles can also enhance one’s ability to get admitted into additional academic programs and qualify for scholarships.

The Journal’s editors have editorial experience on academic journals including the Texas Law Review, the Review of Litigation, and the McGeorge Law Review. The editors also have published articles in several academic journals and in the NFL Rostrum, and have a combined total of over twenty years of experience in the speech and debate community. Our articles will undergo some peer-review and cite-checking, if applicable, by the editors.

Unlike other publications' agreements, our authorship agreement permits you to keep all copyrights and gives the Journal a license to publish your article.

Submission Process and Guidelines

Submissions must:

1. Be in Word format (.doc or .docx); acceptable range of word count varies from about 500 to 5,000. Longer manuscripts may be considered for good cause.

2. Be in Size-12, Times New Roman font;

3. Contain a title, and subtitle if applicable, at the beginning of the document;

4. Contain a short biographical statement about the author (1-2 sentences);

5. Be written in English (occasional foreign words, such as tabula rasa, are permissible);

6. Contain citations, if applicable, in footnotes. Each citation should include:

(a) an individual or organizational author’s name if available;

(b) title of referenced material;

(c) date of publication or copyright if available;

(d) name of the publication or website; and

(e) sufficient information to enable a reader to find the information on the material.

*Submissions' citations need not be in any particular form so long as each citation contains the above information. We will format in Bluebook form.

7. Be submitted to webmaster@theforensicsfiles.com with the Subject line of “Journal Submission by [Your Name]”

Your submission is more likely to be selected for publication if it:

1. Addresses a current issue in the speech and debate community;

2. Presents well-reasoned arguments in support of any position the author takes or a well-explained analysis of the current issue;

3. Contains sufficient citations to other materials that your article refers to; and

4. Is well-written and professional.

We will get back to you as soon as practical with regard to whether we will publish your submitted article. Submissions will be returned to you with editorial changes via email for final approval prior to publication. Failure to reasonably comply with the Journal’s editorial schedule may result in the removal of your article from publication. Questions should be directed to Michael Ritter at webmaster@theforensicsfiles.com.

JOURNAL ARCHIVES

Vol. I

Issue 1

INTRODUCTION

BURDENS, PRESUMPTIONS & VALUE RESOLUTIONS IN LD DEBATE: A MEDIATION ON THE NFL RULES

ENSURING GEOGRAPHIC AND SKILL-LEVEL MIXING AT NATIONALS

THE TRUTH-TESTING PARADIGM AS A STRAW MAN

Issue 2

NIX THE NIXONISM: IDENTIFYING THE PURPOSES OF DEBATE THROUGH CONSTITUENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY & TRANSPARENCY

ACTIVIST JUDGING: A QUESTION OF OBJECTIVITY AND PEDAGOGY

OPEN SOURCE DEBATING: A DIFFICULT DECISION

Issue 3

CRITICAL ARGUMENTS WITHOUT ALTERNATIVES

A CASE AGAINST PUNISHMENT THEORY IN LD DEBATE: OBJECTIONS TO “EMO” DEBATE

Vol. II

Issue 1

POSITIONAL COMPETITION: MORE THAN JUST A PLAN TEXT

HOW FORENSICS SAVED MY LIFE: THE IMPACT OF FORENSICS ON LOWER-SES STUDENTS

-OVERCOMING THE FICTION OF “SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH DEBATE”: WHAT’S TO LEARN FROM 2PAC’S CHANGES

Issue 2

HOW DURABLE IS IT? A CONTEXTUALIZED INTERPRETATION OF FIAT IN POLICY DEBATE

TAILORING THE DEBATE FORMAT TO SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL GOALS

Vol. III

Issue 1

“DON’T THREATEN TO SUE YOUR JUDGE”: AN OVERVIEW OF THE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS OF JUDGES, SCHOOLS & ORGANIZATIONS

SOLVING THE ETHOS PROBLEM

Issue 2

ROLE CONFUSION: THE CASE AGAINST POLICY DEBATE AS A ROLE-PLAYING EXERCISE

DEBATER-CORPORATIONS AND THE CAPITALISM OF COMPETITIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC PROGRAMS: A SWIFT PROPOSAL

CRITIQUING CHIMERA: PART I

Vol. IV

Issue 1

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN, BASIL?”: INTERPRETING RESOLUTIONS WITH PRINCIPLES OF JUDICIAL INTERPRETATION

Issue 2

DON’T FLIP OUT: CONSIDERING ABANDONMENT OF THE COIN FLIP IN PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE

THE MISAPPROPRIATION OF IDENTITY POLITICS IN COMPETITIVE INTERSCHOLASTIC DEBATE: HOW IDENTITY DISCOURSE UNDER COMPETITION RULES DISEMPOWERS THE DISENFRANCHISED & UNDERMINES THE COMMUNITY’S VALUES OF DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY

CRITIQUING CHIMERA: PART II

Issue 3

INTRODUCING A CONVERSATION ON ACCESSIBILITY, DISABILITY & DEBATE

DYSLEXIA & DEBATE

DEAF DEBATERS

ACCESSIBILITY & DEBATE CAMPS

THE DISABLED PERSON’S STRUGGLE IN ROUND & BEYOND: TAKING BACK FORMERLY ABLEIST EDUCATIONAL SPACES IN THE POST-ADA GENERATION

Vol. V

Issue 1

MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT: A PROPOSAL TO MAKE “ORAL ARGUMENT” A FORENSICS ACTIVITY

DEBATING WITH/ABOUT DISABILITY: A REJOINDER

BOOK REVIEW: THOMAS A. HOLLIHAN & KEVIN T. BAASKE, ARGUMENTS & ARGUING: THE PRODUCTS AND PROCESS OF HUMAN DECISION MAKING (3rd ed.) (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2016)

Issue 2