University of California Press will launch Journal of Autoethnography (ISSN: 2637-5192), a new quarterly online journal in 2020.

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Autoethnography (JoAE) is a refereed, international, and interdisciplinary journal devoted to the purposes, practices, and principles of autoethnography. JoAE publishes scholarship that foregrounds autoethnography as a method of inquiry; highlights themes and issues of past and contemporary autoethnographic research; discusses theoretical, ethical, and pedagogical issues in autoethnography; identifies future directions for autoethnography; and highlights innovative applications of autoethnography. JoAE also features reviews of books and media relevant to autoethnographic research and practice.

Journal of Autoethnography will launch in January 2020

Editorial Team


Tony E. Adams, Bradley University

Andrew F. Herrmann, East Tennessee State University

Associate Editors

Mitch Allen, Scholarly Roadside Service

Arthur Bochner, University of South Florida

Carolyn Ellis, University of South Florida

Derek Bolen, Grand Valley State University

Robin Boylorn, University of Alabama

Jonathan Wyatt, University of Edinburgh

Book Review Editors

Jeni Hunniecutt, University of Illinois

Esther Fitzpatrick, The University of Auckland

The complete Journal of Autoethnography editorial board can be accessed here.

The journal welcome submissions for the journal’s inaugural volume. Please review the journal’s author guidelines prior to making your submission. Please direct all editorial inquiries to Any inquiries regarding book reviews should be directed to

About the Editors

Tony E. Adams is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Bradley University. He has co-authored and/or co-edited six books about autoethnography including Narrating the Closet: An Autoethnography of Same Sex Desire (Routledge), Autoethnography (Oxford University Press), International Perspectives of Autoethnographic Research (Routledge), and the Handbook of Autoethnography (Routledge). He is also a co-editor of the Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives book series (Routledge).

Tony has received several notable awards for his research. His first book, Narrating the Closet, received four book awards and several favorable book reviews, and the Ethnography Division of the National Communication Association recognized the Handbook of Autoethnography as the Best Edited Book of 2013. He has received research awards from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (2011), the Midwest Popular Cultural Association (2015), and the Qualitative Family Research Network (2016).

Tony has been invited to facilitate workshops on autoethnography at numerous institutions, including the University of Edinburgh, Texas A&M, the University of Alabama, the University of Utah, and the Summer Research Intensive at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He regularly reviews book manuscripts for distinguished presses, serves on the editorial board of 15 journals, and has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 50 journals.

Andrew F. Herrmann is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and the Associate Chairperson of the Department of Communication and Performance at East Tennessee State University. He has edited one book: Organizational Autoethnographies: Power and Identity in Our Working Lives (Routledge). He has also co-edited two other books: Communication Perspectives on Popular Culture (Lexington) and Beyond New Media: Discourse and Critique in a Polymediated Age (Lexington). He is the co-editor of the Communication Perspectives on Popular Culture book series for Lexington.

Andrew has received a number of awards for his research, including the National Communication Association Special Journal Issue Award for co-editing the Storytelling Self Society issue on autoethnography (2015). He has also received awards from the Central States Communication Association (2013), and the Midwest Popular Culture Association (2015). He has facilitated workshops on autoethnography at the International Storytelling Institute and has given keynote addresses at the Florida Communication Association. He currently serves on the editorial boards of four journals, regularly reviews book manuscripts, and is an ad-hoc reviewer for ten journals.