Discourse & Society explores the relevance of discourse analysis to the social sciences. It stimulates a problem-oriented and critical approach and pays particular attention to the political implications of discourse and communication.
Discourse & Society is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal whose major aim is to publish outstanding research at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. It focuses on explicit theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and societal, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures and cognitive social representations, on the other hand. That is, D&S studies society through discourse and discourse through an analysis of its socio-political and cultural functions or implications. Its contributions are based on advanced theory formation and methodologies of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Discourse & Society is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal whose major aim is to publish outstanding research at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. It focuses on explicit theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and societal, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures and cognitive social representations, on the other hand. That is, D&S studies society through discourse and discourse through an analysis of its socio-political and cultural functions or implications. Its contributions are based on advanced theory formation and methodologies of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
Discourse & Society is an international journal. Its board members, contributors and readers are from many different countries, and this will also be reflected in the variety of the topics, approaches and cultural backgrounds of its articles.
Discourse & Society is issue-oriented. It does not primarily follow the fashion of specific academic schools or paradigms, but focuses on relevant social, political or cultural issues or problems, which often need a complex multi-disciplinary approach.
Discourse & Society is a critical journal. It favours contributions that pay attention to the detailed analysis of social and political relations of power, dominance and inequality, and to the role of discourse in their legitimation and reproduction in society, for instance in the domains of gender, race, ethnicity, class or world region.
Discourse & Society is an accessible journal. Its papers are written in a clear and pedagogic style, avoid esoteric jargon, and respect the needs and interests of readers of several levels of expertise in many countries and disciplines.
|Michael Billig||Loughborough University, UK|
|Teresa E Carbo||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Ruth Wodak||University of Lancaster, UK|
|Alon Lischinsky||Oxford Brookes University, UK|
|Noam Chomsky||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA|
|Aaron V Cicourel||University of California, San Diego, USA|
|Doris Graber||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|Cheris Kramarae||University of Oregon, Eugene, USA|
|Tove Skutnabb-Kangas||Roskilde University, Denmark|
|Martha Augoustinos||University of Adelaide, Australia|
|Jan Blommaert||Tilburg University, The Netherlands|
|Adriana Bolivar||Central University of Venezuela, Venezuela|
|Charles Briggs||University of California, San Diego, USA|
|Deborah Cameron||University of Oxford, UK|
|Isolda E. Carranza||Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina|
|Paul Chilton||University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK|
|Lilie Chouliaraki||London School of Economics and Political Science, UK|
|John Downing||Southern Illinois University Carbondale, USA|
|Alessandro Duranti||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|Susan Ehrlich||York University, Canada|
|Norman Fairclough||Lancaster University, UK|
|Sonja K Foss||University of Colorado at Denver, USA|
|Christopher Hart||Northumbria University, UK|
|Reiko Hayashi||Konan Women's University, Japan|
|John Heritage||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Janet Holmes||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Sik Hung Ng||City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Ken Hyland||City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Sachiko Ide||Japanese Women's University, Tokyo, Japan|
|Siegfried Jäger||University of Duisburg, Germany|
|Adam Jaworski||University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Celia Kitzinger||Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK|
|Helga Kotthoff||Pedagogical University of Freiburg, Germany|
|Gunther Kress||Institute of Education, University of London, UK|
|Robin Lakoff||University of California, Berkeley, USA|
|Michelle M. Lazar||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Theo van Leeuwen||University of Technology, Sydney, Australia|
|Luisa Martin Rojo||University Autónoma de Madrid, Spain|
|Martin Montgomery||University of Strathclyde, UK|
|Dennis Mumby||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA|
|Greg Myers||University of Lancaster, UK|
|Laura Pardo||Conicet Ciafic, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Professor Anssi Perdkyld||University of Helsinki, Finland|
|Jonathan Potter||Loughborough University, UK|
|John Richardson||Loughborough University, UK|
|Christina Schäffner||Aston University, UK|
|Professor Shi-Xu||Zhejiang University, China|
|Geneva Smitherman||Michigan State University, USA|
|Candace West||University of California, Santa Cruz, USA|
|Uli Windisch||University of Geneva, Switzerland|
|Saida Yahya-Othman||University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Kwesi Yankah||University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana|
- Editorial policies
1.1 Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Publishing Policies
4.1 Publication ethics
4.2 Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
9.1 File types
9.2 Journal style
9.3 Reference style
9.4 Manuscript preparation
9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
9.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
10.3 SAGE production
- Further information
Discourse & Society is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal whose major aim is to publish outstanding research at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. It focuses on explicit theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction or communication, on the one hand, and societal, political or cultural micro- and macrostructures and cognitive social representations, on the other hand. That is, D&S studies society through discourse and discourse through an analysis of its socio-political and cultural functions or implications. Its contributions are based on advanced theory formation and methodologies of several disciplines in the humanities and social sciences
1. Editorial Policies
Discourse & Society operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.
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.
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.
Contributions to Discourse & Society should satisfy the following criteria:
1. Systematic discourse analysis. Discourse & Society is primarily a discourse analytical journal. That is, articles should provide a detailed, systematic and theoretically based analysis of text and talk. It is insufficient to merely quote, summarize or paraphrase such discourse. Articles should focus on specific structures or strategies of discourse that are not self-evident to the casual reader. These may include grammatical, stylistic, rhetorical, narrative or argumentative structures; cognitive processes and mental representations; pragmatic, conversational or interactional dimensions of socially situated talk; or the political or cultural functions or implications of such discourses, among many other properties of communicative events. Discourse & Society does not publish exclusively theoretical papers, but each paper should 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&S Forum section. It goes without saying that both theory and analysis should make an original contribution to the field.
2. Explicit social analysis. As its title suggests, Discourse & Society particularly welcomes articles that study the social contexts of discourse, the discursive dimensions of social structures or any other relation between discourse and society (including politics and culture). Social and political analyses should be explicit and theoretically based. Ideally, D&S articles should provide a unique integration of discourse analysis and social analysis. Among other aims, Discourse & Society encourages work that critically studies relevant social, political or cultural issues and problems, such as the discursive aspects of various types of domination, inequality and resistance.
3. A sizeable corpus of data. Articles are preferred that are based on a sizeable corpus of interesting texts or talk collected by the author(s) themselves, and not merely on a few discourses. Authors are expected to have a thorough knowledge of, and experience with, the corpus, domain or genre of discourse being analysed, 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.
4. Multidisciplinary, multicultural, international. The study of the relations between discourse and society takes place in several disciplines, in many countries and by women and men from many different cultural backgrounds. Discourse & Society highly values this diversity and particularly invites contributions which reflect such diversity in their authorship, theories, methods, data and the use of scholarly literature.
5. Accessibility. Discourse & Society 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 concept.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
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 email only, in one file (including abstract, biographical note, figures, tables, and appendices) preferably in WORD (formats .doc or .rtf), to the editor at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write on the subject line: Paper for DISCOURSE & SOCIETY. 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, 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 a message without a personalized letter to the editor.
Important Notice: Authors who submit a paper to the email@example.com 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 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: Discourse & Society publishes reviews of books of interest to scholars working at the boundaries of discourse analysis and the social sciences. Suggestions of books of potential interest should be directed to the Book Reviews Editor, Alon Lischinsky: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that Discourse & Society publishes only reviews that have been formally commissioned, and we are unable to accept unsolicited reviews. If you would like to nominate yourself as a reviewer, please contact the Book Reviews Editor.
Further information: For questions about submissions and editorial policy, write to the editor: email@example.com
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
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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Discourse & Society 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 articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Animation does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
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.
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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Discourse & Society additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:
This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx].
Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with ‘and’ before the final funder. Thus:
This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Natural Environment Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Economic and Social Research Council [grant number aaaa].
In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence:
This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Please include this information under a separate heading entitled “Funding” directly after any other Acknowledgements prior to your “Declaration of Conflicting Interests” (if applicable), any Notes and your References.
For more information on the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers, please visit: http://www.rin.ac.uk/funders-acknowledgement.
Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway..
9.1 File types
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC or RTF. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.
9.2 Journal Style
Discourse & Society conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style
9.3 Reference Style
Discourse & Society adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.
9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
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 SAGE?s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.
If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures, these figures will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. If a charge applies you will be informed by your SAGE Production Editor. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Tables and figures should have short descriptive titles and all artwork should be at least 300 dpi.
9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.
9.4.5 English Language Editing services
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/msg.htm for further information.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.
10.3 SAGE Production
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Discourse & Society with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:
Discourse & Society