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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

Your benefits:
  • International and interdisciplinary scholarly debate on humor and related phenomena such as laughter, mirth, comedy
  • Innovative and interdisciplinary studies in the field of humor research
  • Multifaceted approach to the role of humor as an important and universal human faculty
  • Innovative approaches and measurements in the study of humor
  • Studies on humor, comedy, laughter from a wide range of countries and cultures
  • Reviews of recent books on humor

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

Aims and Scope

HUMOR was established as an international interdisciplinary forum for the publication of high-quality research papers on humor as an important and universal human faculty. Humor research draws upon a wide range of academic disciplines including anthropology, biology, cultural studies, computer science, education, communication, film and media studies, gender studies, history, linguistics, literature, mathematics, health and medicine, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. At the same time, humor research often sheds light on the basic concepts, ideas, and methods of many of these disciplines.

  • interdisciplinary humor research
  • humor theory
  • empirical studies in humor, laughter, comedy and related fields from around the world
  • humor research methodologies and measurements of sense of humor
  • scholarly debates on the social functions of humor

Article formats
Research articles, Short notes, Book reviews, Debates

> Information on submission process

Type of Publication:
Researchers, students and practitioners with an interest in the scholarly study of humor and related phenomena

Instructions for Authors

You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to...
...and you will be guided through the whole peer-reviewing and publishing process.

Your benefits of publishing with us
  • Rapid online ahead-of-print publication with short turnaround times
  • High quality manuscript processing
  • Optional open access publication
  • Accepted papers will be published online first as DOI-citable, forward-linked articles for quickest possible visibility for the scientific community
  • Every article easily discoverable because of SEO and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
  • Professional sales and marketing support
Submission process
  • Submission of your paper via our submission management tool
  • Peer review process (you will be guided through every step)
  • Decision on your paper (14 weeks from submission to first decision)
  • If accepted: you have the option to publish it open access
Please note

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!


Humor was founded in 1988 and the first Editor-in-chief was Victor Raskin.

Other publications in the field
Humor Research [HR]

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)

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