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Discourse & Communication

2016 Impact Factor: 1.085
2016 Ranking: 43/79 in Communication
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)

Editor
Teun A van Dijk Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Book Review Editor
Sumin Zhao University of Southern Denmark, Denmark


eISSN: 17504821 | ISSN: 17504813 | Current volume: 11 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Editor's website

"With Discourse & Communication, Teun van Dijk creates a long-awaited forum for the sustained meeting of communication and discourse studies spanning many fields. This powerful, timely new journal stands to redefine the meaning and practice of discourse analysis across diverse social and cultural contexts." Karen Lee Ashcraft, University of Utah, USA

Discourse & Communication is a new inter-disciplinary journal edited by Teun A van Dijk (editor of Discourse & Society, Discourse Studies). Discourse & Communication is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles that pay specific attention to the qualitative, discourse analytical approach to issues in communication research.

Discourse & Communication publishes substantial research articles, discussion notes as well as reviews and review articles by women and men from many countries. Its diversity is apparent in the variety of its theories, methods and approaches, thus avoiding the frequent limitation to one school, approach or academic sect.

Discourse & Communication specifically addresses readers in any field of communication who are interested in qualitative, discourse analytical approaches, on the one hand, and scholars in discourse studies, linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics and related fields who are interested in issues of communication, on the other hand.

View the 2016 Subscription Package, which includes Discourse & Society.

Discourse & Communication is available on SAGE Journals Online.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Discourse & Communication is an international, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles that pay specific attention to the qualitative, discourse analytical approach to issues in communication research. Besides the classical social scientific methods in communication research, such as content analysis and frame analysis, a more explicit study of the structures of discourse (text, talk, images or multimedia messages) allows unprecedented empirical insights into the many phenomena of communication. Since contemporary discourse study is not limited to the account of 'texts' or 'conversation' alone, but has extended its field to the study of the cognitive, interactional, social, cultural, political and historical 'contexts' of discourse, it is also able to be integrated in the broader study of the societal dimensions of communication.

Discourse & Communication publishes substantial research articles, discussion notes as well as reviews and review articles. Its diversity is also apparent in the variety of its theories, methods and approaches, thus avoiding the frequent limitation to one school, approach or academic sect. The only criteria will be the quality, the originality and the analytical sophistication of its articles.

Discourse & Communication specifically addresses readers in any field of communication who are interested in qualitative, discourse analytical approaches, on the one hand, and scholars in discourse studies, linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics and related fields who are interested in issues of communication, on the other hand.

Advisory Editorial Board
David L. Altheide Arizona State University, USA
Mats Alvesson Lund University, Sweden
Karen Lee Ashcraft University of Colorado Boulder, USA
Francesca Bargiela University of Warwick, UK
John A. Bateman University of Bremen, Germany
Janet Bavelas University of Victoria, Canada
Charles Bazerman University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Allan Bell Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Vijay K Bhatia City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Donal Carbaugh University of Massachusetts, USA
Donald J Cegala Ohio State University, USA
Patrick Charaudeau University of Paris XIII, France
Ling Chen Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China SAR, Hong Kong, China
Francois Cooren University of Montreal, Canada
Nikolas Coupland Copenhagen University, Denmark & Cardiff University, UK
Stanley Deetz University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
John Downing Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA
Frederick Erickson University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Norman Fairclough Lancaster University, UK
Gail Fairhurst University of Cincinnati, USA
Cynthia Gallois University of Queensland, Australia
William A Gamson Boston College, USA
Doris Graber University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Phil Graham Queensland University of Technology, Australia
David Grant Griffith Business School, Australia
Cynthia Hardy University of Melbourne, Australia
Susan C Herring Indiana University, USA
Janet Holmes Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Sik Hung Ng City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Cheris Kramarae University of Oregon, Australia
Curtis LeBaron Brigham Young University, US, USA
Theo van Leeuwen University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Jay Lemke University of California San Diego, USA
Tamar Liebes Hebrew University, Israel
Per Linell Linköping University, Sweden
Sonia Livingstone London School of Economics, UK
David Machin Örebro University, Sweden
Margaret McLaughlin University of Southern California, USA
Ulrike Meinhof University of Southampton, UK
Marcyliena Morgan Stanford University, USA
Dennis Mumby University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Kristine Muñoz University of Iowa, USA
Anita Pomerantz Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Linda L Putnam University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
John Richardson Loughborough University, UK
Ron Scollon USA
Cynthia Stohl University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
John Swales University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Karen Tracy University of Colorado, USA
Gaye Tuchman University of Connecticut, USA
Ruth Wodak University of Lancaster, UK
Yunxia Zhu University of Queensland, Australia
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  • This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

    Please read the guidelines below prior to submitting your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Discourse & Communication will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    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.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Discourse & Communication, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    The recommended length of articles is 7000 words, including footnotes and references with an abstract of up to 150 words and up to 10 key words.

    Discourse & Communication publishes substantial research articles, discussion notes as well as reviews and review articles. Its diversity is also apparent in the variety of its theories, methods and approaches, thus avoiding the frequent limitation to one school, approach or academic sect. The only criteria will be the quality, the originality and the analytical sophistication of its articles.

    Contributions that share (more) of the following criteria will be preferred:

    1. Systematic communication study. Discourse & Communication is first of all a journal for the global community of communication scholars. Its articles should therefore primarily deal with current theories, aims, issues and problems of communication in their social, political and cultural contexts.

    2. Systematic discourse analysis. Discourse & Communication is at the same time a discourse analytical journal. That is, articles should provide a detailed, systematic and theoretically based analysis of communication 'messages' defined in terms of text, talk, verbal interaction or semiotic practices. It is insufficient to merely quote, summarize or paraphrase such discourse, or to comment only on their 'content' without paying attention to any kind of non-trivial discourse structures. The journal aims to contribute significantly to the study of communication issues through an analysis of the discourses involved in communication. At the same time, such a contribution will be relevant for our understanding of the roles and functions of discourse in communication and society.

    3. Empirical basis. Papers in Discourse & Communication feature detailed and systematic discourse analysis of a specific corpus of discourses. D&C does not publish exclusively theoretical papers, although each paper should of course feature a prominent theoretical section and a critical review of the relevant literature as a foundation for empirical research. Theoretical notes or short discussion pieces are welcome for the D&C Forum/Discussion section. It goes without saying that both theory and analysis should make an original contribution to the field.

    4. Explicit social analysis. Discourse & Communication stimulates and welcomes articles that critically study the social, political and cultural contexts of discourse and communication, and that focus on specific social issues and problems.

    5. A sizeable corpus of data. Articles are preferred that are based on a sizeable corpus of interesting discourses collected by the author(s) themselves, and not merely on a single or few discourses. Authors are expected to have a thorough knowledge of, and experience with, the corpus, domain or genre of discourse being analyzed, for instance as a result of an extended research project, so as to facilitate empirical generalizations. Analyses should be illustrated by several extracts quoted in the text.

    6. Multidisciplinary, multicultural, international. The study of the relations between discourse and communication takes place in several disciplines, in many countries and by women and men from many different cultural backgrounds. Discourse & Communication highly values this diversity and particularly invites contributions which reflect such diversity in their authorship, theories, methods, data and the use of scholarly literature.

    7. Accessibility. Discourse & Communication aims to be accessible to readers from a broad range of disciplines, and of various levels of specialization and expertise, especially including students. For theoretical, methodological, pedagogical and social reasons, therefore, contributions should be well-organized, have a clear style, avoid esoteric jargon, and explain unfamiliar or new technical concepts.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Discourse & Communication operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer's name is always concealed from the submitting author.

    2.2 Authorship

    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    2.4 Funding

    Discourse & Communication requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Discourse & Communication encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Discourse & Communication 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 plagiarised 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.

    3.1.2 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.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Discourse & Communication offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    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.

    4.4 Reference style

    Discourse & Communication adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

    4.5 English language editing services

    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.

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    5. Submitting your manuscript

    The paper should have a cover sheet with the following information: full name; institutional, private and email address; address for proofs and offprints; telephone and fax numbers; short title and size in words and bytes. The cover sheet should be part of the same file as the paper, as is the case for the abstract and an autobiographical note of 50-100 words.

    Papers should be sent by e-mail only, in one file (including cover page, abstract, bionote, figures, tables, and appendices) preferably in WORD (formats .doc or .rtf), to the editor at the following address: journals@discourses.org. Please write on the subject line: Paper for DISCOURSE & COMMUNICATION. The file should be attached to an accompanying message, in which you should identify yourself with your full name and address, and address the editor by name. This is one of the ways to distinguish your submission from -- unfortunately all too frequent -- SPAM. For the same reason, it is also strongly recommended that you add your full name to your e-mail address in the header of your message when that address does not clearly identify who you are; if necessary please edit the settings of your e-mail program accordingly. Do not attach your paper to an empty message or a message without a personalized letter to the editor.

    Important notice: Authors who submit a paper to the journals@discourses.org address should immediately receive an automatic reply asking them to pre-review their own paper by careful self-evaluation on the basis of the criteria of each journal. Unfortunately, some universities and other organizations block automatic replies and discard them as SPAM, so that authors never receive a confirmation of receipt. If you do not receive an automatic reply, please check the instructions directly at the following internet address: http:/www.discourses.org/journals/Pre-Review.pdf. Actually, it would be very useful to check these criteria even before submitting your paper, so as to make sure that your paper really fits the criteria of the journals - especially the criterion that any paper for the discourse journals should engage in detailed, systematic and theory-based analyses of text or talk.

    Submitting a book review: Book reviews should be submitted by email to the Book Reviews Editor, Monika Bednarek: monika.bednarek@sydney.edu.au.

    Further information: For questions about submissions and editorial policy, write to the editor: vandijk@discourses.org.

    5.1 ORCID

    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 persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher 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 recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    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. 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).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also 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.

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    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    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. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Discourse & Communication editorial office as follows:

    The Editor
    Discourse & Communication
    E-mail: vandijk@discourses.org

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