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International Journal of Humor Research

Editor-in-Chief: Ford, Thomas E.

4 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 0.467
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.574

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.507
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.535
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.603


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    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: www.humorstudies.org.

    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

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

    Submission of Manuscripts

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

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    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
    e-mail: ishs@hnu.edu

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    Editorial Information

    Thomas E. Ford
    Psychology Department
    Western Carolina University
    e-mail: humorjournal@gmail.com

    Salvatore Attardo
    Texas A&M University - Commerce, USA

    Giselinde Kuipers
    University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

    Victor Raskin
    Purdue University, USA

    Book Review Editors
    Moira Marsh
    Indiana University Bloomington, USA
    e-mail: molsmith@indiana.edu

    John Parkin
    University of Bristol, UK
    e-mail: j.parkin@bristol.ac.uk

    Larry Ventis
    College of William and Mary, USA
    e-mail: wlvent@wm.edu

    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)
    Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
    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)
    Nancy Bell (Washington State University, USA)
    Hugo Carretero Dios (University of Granada, Spain)
    Gill Greengross (Aberystwyth University, Wales)
    Holger Kersten (Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany)
    Nick Kuiper (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
    Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia)
    Tracey Platt (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
    Graeme Ritchie (University of Aberdeen, UK)
    Julia Taylor (Purdue University, USA)
    Villy Tsakona (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
    Larry Ventis (College of William and Mary, USA)

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