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International Journal of Humor Research

Editor In Chief: Christian F. Hempelmann and Thomas E. Ford
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.

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, Book reviews, Debates

> Information on submission process

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

Other publications in the field
Humor Research [HR]
Language Play and Creativity

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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
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Submission process
  • Submission of your paper via our submission management tool
  • Please note unsolicited book reviews will not be accepted!
  • 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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Hybrid Open Access

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Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
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Incoming Editor-in-Chief
Christian F. Hempelmann
Dept. of Literature & Languages
Texas A&M University Commerce
e-mail: humorjournal@gmail.com

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief
Thomas E. Ford
Psychology Department
Western Carolina University

Founding Editor
Victor Raskin
Purdue University, USA

Book Review Editors (Unsolicited book reviews will not be accepted!)
Moira Marsh
Indiana University

Julia Taylor Rayz
Purdue University

Eric Weitz
Trinity College Dublin

Editorial Assistant
Andrew R. Olah
Western Carolina University, USA

ISHS Executive Secretary
Martin D. Lampert (Holy Names University, USA)

Editorial Board
Salvatore Attardo (Texas A&M University-Commerce, USA)
Nancy Bell (Washington State University, United States)
Delia Chiaro (University of Bologna, Italy)
Wladyslaw Chlopicki (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
Jessica Milner Davis (University of Sidney, Australia)
Christian Hempelmann (Texas A&M University, USA)
Gil Greengross (Aberystwyth University, UK)
Giselinde Kuipers (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia)
Sharon Lockyer (Brunel University, UK)
John Morreall (College of William and Mary, USA)
Moira Marsh (Indiana University, USA)
Alleen P. Nilsen (Arizona State University, USA)
Don L. F. Nilsen (Arizona State University, USA)
Elliott Oring (California State University, USA)
René Proyer (Martin Luther University Halle, Germany)
Victor Raskin (Purdue University, USA)
Willibald Ruch (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Limor Shifman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Villy Tsakona (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)

Consulting Editors
Goh Abe (Tokushima Bunri University, Japan)
Mostafa Abedinifard (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Sammy Basu (Willamette University, USA)
Ursula Beermann (UMIT Tirol, Austria)
Hugo Carretero Dios (University of Granada, Spain)
Elisa Gironzetti (University of Maryland, USA)
Sonja Heintz (University of Plymouth, UK)
Holger Kersten (Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany)
Tristan Miller (Vienna University, Austria)
Patrice Oppliger (Boston University, USA)
Tracey Platt (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
Béatrice Priego-Valverde (Aix-Marseille University, France)
Julia Taylor Rayz (Purdue University, USA)
Graeme Ritchie (University of Aberdeen, UK)
Andrea Samson (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
Till Weingärtner (University College Cork Ireland)
Julie A. Woodzicka (Washington and Lee University, USA)

Former Editors-in-Chief
Victor Raskin 1988-1999
Lawrence E. Mintz 2000-2002
Salvatore Attardo 2003-2012
Giselinde Kuipers 2012-2015
Thomas E. Ford 2016-2020

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