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Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal is an international, open access, peer-reviewed, biannual journal which publishes original studies on interpreting undertaken from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective.
This journal is published on behalf of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Submit your manuscript at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isy.
Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.
This journal is financially supported by Beijing Foreign Studies University and therefore does not charge an article processing charge for open access publication.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal is an international, open access, peer-reviewed, biannual journal which publishes original studies on interpreting undertaken from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective. Focusing primarily on socially relevant practice, priority is given to critical and conceptual research which integrates insights from various disciplines and paradigms to frame and address the societal and scientific challenges posed by interpreting practice and enquiry. The journal is also interested in empirical and pedagogical studies that offer novel insights and adopt a cross-disciplinary perspective. Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal publishes papers, book reviews as well as other featured content such as interviews.
As well as publishing original research on interpreting studies, the journal engages with related insights drawn from (but not limited to) psychology, neurolinguistics, sociolinguistics, sociology, political sciences and anthropology, history, intercultural communication, communication studies, social movement studies, cultural studies, migration and refugee studies, gender studies and digital humanities.
|Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
|Emeritus Professor, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland
|University of Manchester, UK,
|Heriot-Watt University, UK
|TH Köln - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
|Andrew K.F. Cheung
|The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
|University of Surrey, UK
|Bogaziçi University, Turkey
|University of East Anglia, UK
|Abdul Gabbar Al-Sharafi
|Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
|Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain
|KU Leuven, Belgium
|Monash University, Australia
|University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
|Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
|Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
|The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
|Zhejiang University, China
|Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China
|University of Ghent, Belgium
|University of the West of Scotland, UK
|Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isy to upload your manuscript.
- Open Access
- Article processing charge (APC)
- What do we publish?
3.1 Aims & Scope
3.2 Article types
3.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
4.1 Peer review policy
4.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
5.1 Publication ethics
5.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
- Preparing your manuscript
6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
6.3 Identifiable information
6.4 Supplemental material
6.5 Reference style
6.6 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
7.1 How to submit your manuscript
7.2 Title, keywords, and abstracts
7.3 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
8.1 Sage Production
8.2 Online publication
8.3 Promoting your article
- Further information
- Appealing the publication decision
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.
This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isy to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.
Sage Publishing disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal will be reviewed. As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity. Publication costs of the journal are covered by Beijing Foreign Studies University. There is no charge for submitting a paper to the journal.
There is no Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish in the journal.
Before submitting your manuscript to Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal will consider the following for publication:
- Articles: 10,000 words including title, footnotes, abstract (150-200 words), keywords (5 to 6) but excluding references
- Book reviews: 2500 words
- Discussion Forums: proposals to be discussed with editors
- Interviews: proposals to be discussed with editors
The Sage Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
3.3.1 Make your article discoverable
For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, all papers are sent out for review. The double-anonymize peer-review process is typically completed in three months and may lead to rejection, acceptance with minor revisions, or acceptance with major revisions. Acceptance with major revisions will be followed by a second round of peer-review.
As standard practice, Sage does not permit the use of author-suggested reviewers.
The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by two expert reviewers. Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal utilizes a double-anonymize peer review process in which the reviewer and authors’ names and information are withheld from the other. Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editors-in-Chief, who then make the final decision.
The Editors or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Please note that AI chatbots, for example ChatGPT, should not be listed as authors. For more information see the policy on Use of ChatGPT and generative AI tools.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
4.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, Sage reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the Sage Journal Author Gateway.
Sage is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the Sage Author Gateway.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Sage take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
5.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a Sage journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the Sage Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication Sage requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit Sage's OA licenses page. Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. Please ensure your heading levels are clear and the sections clearly defined by numbering them in order (e.g., 1, 1.1, 1.2, ...; 2, 2.1, 2.2, ...).
Illustrations, pictures, figures, charts, tables and graphs
- Format: TIFF, JPEG, for pictures and EPS for graphs and line art
- Placement: in the main text if created in MS Word and separately if created outside Word (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, JPG, TIFF and EPS), in which case a placeholder note will have to be added in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]")
- Resolution: at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) for rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extension) and at least 800 dpi for line art
- Colour: images supplied in colour will be published in colour free of charge
- Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary too much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).
Image integrity: Figures should be minimally processed and should reflect the integrity of the original data in the image.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit Sage’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.
Where a journal uses double-anonymize peer review, authors are required to submit:
- A version of the manuscript which has had any information that compromises the anonymity of the author(s) removed or anonymised. This version will be sent to the peer reviewers.
- A separate title page which includes any removed or anonymised material. This will not be sent to the peer reviewers.
See https://sagepub.com/Manuscript-preparation-for-double-anonymize-journal for detailed guidance on making an anonymous submission.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.
6.5 Reference style
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using Sage Language Services. Visit Sage Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal is hosted on Sage Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/isy to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the Sage Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed on the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process Sage is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
Please ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the Sage Author Gateway.
If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement.
Your Sage Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal Sage Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.
One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The Sage Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Interpreting and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal editorial office as follows:
Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.
If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at firstname.lastname@example.org