Narrative Inquiry

Narrative Inquiry is devoted to providing a forum for theoretical, empirical, and methodological work on narrative. Articles appearing in Narrative Inquiry draw upon a variety of approaches and methodologies in the study of narrative as a way to give contour to experience, tradition, and values to next generations. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical approaches to narrative and the analysis of narratives in human interaction, including those practiced by researchers in psychology, linguistics and related disciplines.

Narrative Inquiry is the continuation of the Journal of Narrative and Life History, originally published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

ISSN 1387-6740 | E-ISSN 1569-9935 | Electronic edition
Sample issue: NI 25:1
Michael Bamberg | Clark University, USA
Honorary Editor
Allyssa McCabe | University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Editorial Board
Greer Cavallaro Johnson | Griffith University
Anna De Fina | Georgetown University
Teun A. van Dijk | Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona
Mark Freeman | College of the Holy Cross
James Paul Gee | University of Wisconsin, Madison
Alexandra Georgakopoulou | Kings's College, London
Shirley Brice Heath | Stanford University
Wendy Hollway | Open University, Milton Keynes
William Labov | University of Pennsylvania
Kristin M. Langellier | University of Maine
Masahiko Minami | San Francisco State University
Elliot G. Mishler | Harvard Medical School
Katherine Nelson | City University of New York
Elinor Ochs | University of California, Los Angeles
Uta M. Quasthoff | University of Dortmund
Mark B. Tappan | Colby College, Waterville
Subscription Info
For back-volumes 1–7 see Journal of Narrative and Life History.
Current issue: 27:2, available as of October 2017
Next issue: 28:1, expected August 2018
Next issue: 28:2, expected October 2018

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 29 (2019): 2 issues; ca. 400 pp. EUR 333.00 EUR 386.00
Volume 28 (2018): 2 issues; ca. 400 pp. EUR 323.00 EUR 375.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 80.00 (online‑only: EUR 75.00)
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For back-volumes 1–7 see Journal of Narrative and Life History.

Available back-volumes

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(Vols. 8‒27; 1998‒2017)
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EUR 6,145.00 EUR 6,426.00
Volume 27 (2017) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 364.00
Volume 26 (2016) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 353.00
Volume 25 (2015) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 343.00
Volume 24 (2014) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 333.00
Volume 23 (2013) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 314.00 EUR 323.00
Volumes 8‒22 (1998‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 400 pp. EUR 305.00 each EUR 314.00 each

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General

Volume 28 (2018)

Volume 27 (2017)

Volume 26 (2016)

Volume 25 (2015)

Volume 24 (2014)

Volume 23 (2013)

Volume 22 (2012)

Volume 21 (2011)

Volume 20 (2010)

Volume 19 (2009)

Volume 18 (2008)

Volume 17 (2007)

Volume 16 (2006)

Volume 15 (2005)

Volume 14 (2004)

Volume 13 (2003)

Volume 12 (2002)

Volume 11 (2001)

Volume 10 (2000)

Volume 9 (1999)

Volume 8 (1998)


  1. Narrative Inquiry publishes exclusively in English.
  2. Authors should submit their article online via Editorial Manager. The manuscript should be double-spaced (12pt), prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition), and in Microsoft Word format (.doc). The manuscript should further include an abstract (with up to six keywords), a covering letter stating the format of the contribution (e.g., article, commentary or book review), and the preference whether the author prefers the manuscript to be reviewed anonymously or openly.
  3. The journal publishes target articles along with invited commentaries, articles, research notes, un-solicited commentaries, review articles, book reviews and occasional announcements. Articles should preferably not exceed 7000 words (incl. endnotes and references). Notes and commentaries should not exceed 2000 words.
  4. Upon acceptance the author will be requested to send the final version in electronic form accompanied by one hard copy of the text.
  5. FIGURES and TABLES should be numbered, with appropriate captions, and be placed following the reference section. Reference to any Figures and Tables should be made in the text and their desired position should be indicated on the hard copy.
  6. QUOTATIONS should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 4 lines should be indented with one line space above and below the indented passage.
  7. FOOTNOTES should be kept to a minimum; be numbered consecutively throughout the text; and follow the main text in a section ‘Notes’, starting on a new page. The notes should not contain reference material if this can be absorbed in the text and References section.
  8. To facilitate quick review of manuscripts, authors should submit a list of three possible reviewers. The addresses and telephone numbers of potential reviewers should be included. All submissions are screened first by the editors for an initial acceptance decision. Those papers considered to fit the scope of the journal are further reviewed by three independent reviewers. Submitted manuscripts will not be returned to the authors if rejected. If the manuscript is accepted, substantive commentaries upon the paper may be published simultaneously.
  9. Manuscripts are received by the explicit understanding that they are original pieces of work and not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication. Submission of an article for publication implies the transfer of the copyright from the author to publisher upon acceptance. Accepted papers may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.
  10. Authors will receive electronic proofs sent per email for final corrections. These must be returned to the editor by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Authors receive one copy of the journal upon publication.
  11. Please submit articles online via Editorial Manager. For editorial correspondence, please contact the editors: and


Authors for Narrative Inquiry should submit their articles online via Editorial Manager.
Editorial Manager is an online submission and review system where authors can submit manuscripts and track their progress.

Before submitting, please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors.

For editorial correspondence, please contact the editors: and