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International Journal of Humor Research

Editor-in-Chief: Kuipers, Giselinde / Ford, Thomas E.

IMPACT FACTOR gestiegen in 2014: 0.481
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.061

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.378
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.949
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.806

ERIH category INT2


Aims and Scope

Humor research draws upon a wide range of academic disciplines including anthropology, biology, computer science, education, family science, film studies, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, physiology, psychology, and sociology. At the same time, humor research often sheds light on the basic concepts, ideas, and methods of many of these disciplines.

HUMOR, the official publication of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS), was established as an international interdisciplinary forum for the publication of high-quality research papers on humor as an important and universal human faculty. The journal publishes original contributions in areas such as interdisciplinary humor research, humor theory, and humor research methodologies. Contributions take the form of empirical observational studies, theoretical discussions, presentations of research, short notes, reactions/replies to recent articles, book reviews, and letters to the editors.

Instructions for Authors

All manuscripts (including resubmissions) must be submitted to

Incoming Editor-in-Chief

Thomas E. Ford
Psychology Department
Western Carolina University
91 Killian Building Lane
Cullowhee, NC 28723-9041

Outgoing Editor-in-chief

Giselinde Kuipers
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Amsterdam
OZ Achterburgwal 185
1012DK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Book review editors

Moira Marsh
Indiana University Libraries
Indiana University Bloomington
Wells Library E760
1320 E 10th Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

John Parkin
University of Bristol
19 Woodland Road
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE

Larry Ventis
College of William and Mary, USA


Salvatore Attardo
Texas A&M University - Commerce

Victor Raskin
Purdue University

Editorial assistant

Christopher Breeden
Western Carolina University, USA

must be in English. Contributors whose native language is not English are asked to have their article carefully checked by a native speaker prior to submission.

Submission. All manuscripts (including resubmissions) must be submitted to For resubmissions, please mention the reference number of the previous version in your cover letter and author information.

Preparing your submission. All submissions will be assessed anonymously. Please provide author information on a separate cover sheet, and delete all identifying references from the manuscript. All pages must be numbered.

Articles. Each article must include an abstract of up to 200 words, a short biographical note and a list of up to six keywords. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words including tables, figures, notes and references. Exceptions may be made by the Editor-in-chief in very rare cases.

Book reviews. Offers of book reviews should be made by e-mail to the Book review editors (cc to all). Review copies of books should be sent to the HUMOR Journal Office at the University of Amsterdam.

Special issues. Proposals for special issues may be sent to the editor for consideration. A special issue proposal must include an outline and rationale for the special issue, indicating specifically the relevance to humor studies. It must also provide a full overview of articles in the special issue, including author names and affiliations as well as article abstracts.

Style and formatting. Authors should refer to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet especially regarding the proper format for citations and reference entries. All submissions that do not comply with this style sheet will be returned to the author.
Manuscripts must be divided into sections and, if necessary, subsections with numbered headings. The title of the article should appear at the top of the first page. A separate cover sheet should be provided, containing the title as well as the author's full name, affiliation, contact information and word count.
Emphasized and non-English words should be italicized. Please avoid the use of boldface in the running text. Use double quotation marks throughout (quoted material within quotations must be enclosed in single quotation marks).
Line drawings and photographs ("Figures") must be submitted as electronic graphic files, ideally gif or jpeg. Figures must be placed in separate files to the text files and clearly labeled. They should be referred to in the text and their approximate position indicated. Captions must be provided for all figures, including all relevant sources and permission information. Original artwork may be required if the electronic files are of poor quality. Authors are responsible for seeking permission for reproduction of copyrighted materials.
Tables must be placed at the end of the article, numbered consecutively and given captions. References to the tables must be made in the text and their approximate position indicated.
Endnotes must be kept to an absolute minimum. They should be marked consecutively throughout the text by a superscript number following the punctuation mark. All endnotes must be listed on a separate page entitled "Notes" and must be included after the main body of the article (following any appendices), before the references section.

Proofs. Authors will receive PDF page proofs for correction, which must be returned by dates determined by the publication schedule.

Offprints. Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution. Guest editors of and contributors to special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.

Review procedure. The review procedure for HUMOR differs from other journals, because HUMOR is a truly interdisciplinary journal, publishing contributions from a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Hence, after initial assessment by the Editor-in-chief of the suitablility of the submitted material for the journal's scope, all submissions deemed suitable are sent to a monitor (usually an editorial board member) first. Generally the monitor is from the same, or a closely related, discipline as the author(s) of the manuscript. This monitor then sends the manuscripts to two or three qualified reviewers. Informed by these materials, the Editor-in-chief then makes a decision to reject; revise and resubmit with major/minor revisions; revise and accept; or accept as is. On receiving the revision, the Editor-in-chief uses their own discretion to decide if a re-review is necessary.

Membership Prices

Individual members of the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) receive the journal as part of their membership. For subscription details, please contact:

Executive secretary, ISHS
Martin D. Lampert
Holy Names University, USA

HUMOR is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • De Gruyter - IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • De Gruyter - IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Elsevier - EMCare
  • Elsevier - SCOPUS
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Gale/Cengage
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Linguistic Bibliography Online
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • PsycINFO
  • ReadCube
  • ResearchGate
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Thomson Reuters - Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Thomson Reuters - Current Contents/Arts & Humanities
  • Thomson Reuters - Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Thomson Reuters - Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  • Thomson Reuters - Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Translation Studies Bibliography
  • UB Frankfurt - BDSL Bibliographie der deutschen Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
  • UB Frankfurt - BLL Bibliographie Linguistischer Literatur
  • UB Frankfurt - OLC Linguistik
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Incoming Editor-in-Chief

Thomas E. Ford
Psychology Department
Western Carolina University

Outgoing Editor-in-chief

Giselinde Kuipers
Dept. of Sociology
University of Amsterdam


Salvatore Attardo
Texas A&M University - Commerce, USA

Victor Raskin
Purdue University, USA

Book review editors

Moira Marsh
Indiana University Bloomington, USA

John Parkin
University of Bristol, UK

Larry Ventis
College of William and Mary, USA

Editorial Assistant

Christopher Breeden
Western Carolina University, USA

ISHS Executive Secretary

Martin D. Lampert (Holy Names University, USA)

Editorial board

Salvatore Attardo (Texas A&M University, USA)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna, Italy)
Wladyslaw Chlopicki (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Christie Davies (University of Reading, UK)
Jessica Milner Davis (University of Sidney, Australia)
Christian Hempelmann (Texas A&M University, USA)
Paul Lewis (Boston College, USA)
Sharon Lockyer (Brunel University, UK)
Rod Martin (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Lawrence E. Mintz (University of Maryland, USA)
John Morreall (College of William and Mary, USA)
Alleen P. Nilsen (Arizona State University, USA)
Don L. F. Nilsen (Arizona State University, USA)
Neal R. Norrick (Saarland University, Germany)
Elliott Oring (California State University, USA)
Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
Willibald Ruch (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Limor Shifman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

Consulting editors

Goh Abe (Tokushima Bunri University, Japan)
Sammy Basu (Willamette University, USA)
Wallace Chafe (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
Hugo Carretero Dios (University of Granada, Spain)
Gary Alan Fine (Northwestern University, USA)
Jeffrey Goldstein (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
Helga Kotthoff (Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany)
Nick Kuiper (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia)
Diana Popa (University of Galati, Romania)
Graeme Ritchie (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Andrea Samson (Stanford University, USA)
Julia Taylor (Purdue University, USA)
Villy Tsakona (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Larry Ventis (College of William and Mary, USA)

HUMOR is the official journal of the International Society of Humor Studies. For further information, please see the web site:

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