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Discourse Studies

An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Text and Talk

2014 Impact Factor: 1.603
2014 Ranking: 15/76 in Communication
Source: 2014 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Editor
Teun A van Dijk Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Book Reviews Editor
Elaine Vine Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

eISSN: 14617080| ISSN: 14614456|Current volume: 17|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Discourse Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for the study of text and talk. Publishing outstanding work on the structures and strategies of written and spoken discourse, special attention is given to cross-disciplinary studies of text and talk in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomethodology, cognitive and social psychology, communication studies and law.

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Discourse Studies is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://dis.sagepub.com

Discourse Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for the study of text and talk. Publishing outstanding work on the structures and strategies of written and spoken discourse, special attention is given to cross-disciplinary studies of text and talk in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomethodology, cognitive and social psychology, communication studies and law.

Honorary Board
Malcolm Coulthard Aston University, UK
Yoshihiko Ikegami Showa Women's University, Japan
Walter Kintsch University of Colorado, USA
Stephen Levinson Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Dominique Maingueneau Université de Paris XII, France
Elinor Ochs University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Emanuel A Schegloff University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Deborah Tannen Georgetown University, USA
Sandra A. Thompson University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
S K Verma University of Hyderabad, India
Ruth Wodak University of Lancaster, UK
Advisory Editorial Board
Charles Antaki Loughborough University, UK
Michael Bamberg Clark University, USA
John A. Bateman University of Bremen, Germany
Allan Bell Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
Douglas Biber Northern Arizona University, USA
Ping Chen University of Queensland, Australia
Steven Clayman University of California, Los Angeles
Nikolas Coupland Copenhagen University, Denmark and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Brenda Danet Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and Yale University, USA
Paul Drew University of York, UK
Derek Edwards Loughborough University, UK
Mary Anne Fitzpatrick University of South Carolina, USA
Barbara A. Fox University of Colorado, USA
Morton Ann Gernsbacher University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Psychology, USA
Britt-Louise Gunnarsson Uppsala University, Sweden
John Heritage University of California, Los Angeles
Ken Hyland University College London, UK
Shen Jiaxuan Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China
Jim R Martin New York University, New York
María Cristina Martínez Universidad del Valle, Colombia
Douglas W Maynard University of Wisconsin, USA
Senko Maynard Rutgers University, USA
Margaret McLaughlin University of Southern California, USA
Lorenza Mondada University of Lyon2, France
Ilana Mushin University of Queensland, Australia
Anita Pomerantz Temple University, Philadelphia
Ellen F Prince University of Pennsylvania, USA
Bambi B Schieffelin New York University, USA
Deborah Schiffrin Georgetown University, USA
Marja-Leena Sorjonen Research Institute for the Languages of Finland
Cynthia Stohl University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Michael Stubbs Universität Trier, Germany
John Swales University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Hiroko Tanaka University of Essex, UK
Paul Ten Have University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Karen Tracy University of Colorado, USA
F H van Eemeren University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Ingedore Villaça Koch Universidade de Campinas, Brazil
Karen Watson-Gegeo University of California, Davis, USA
Saida Yahya-Othman University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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    1. Editorial policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Publishing Policies
      4.1 Publication ethics
      4.2 Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.3 Plagiarism
      4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. 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
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints and complimentary copies
      10.3 SAGE production
    11. Further information

    Discourse Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal for the study of text and talk. Publishing outstanding work on the structures and strategies of written and spoken discourse, special attention is given to cross-disciplinary studies of text and talk in linguistics, anthropology, ethnomethodology, cognitive and social psychology, and law.

    1. Editorial Policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

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

    1.2 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.

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    2. Article types

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

    Contributions to Discourse Studies should satisfy the following criteria:

    1. Systematic discourse analysis. Discourse Studies is primarily a discourse analytical journal. That is, articles should provide a detailed, systematic and theoretically based analysis of text or 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. Articles that additionally focus on the social, political or cultural functions or implications of such discourses may be submitted to the sister journal Discourse & Society. Articles that also focus on communication, for instance in the mass media, may also be submitted to the sister journal Discourse & Communication. Discourse Studies 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 Forum section. It goes without saying that both theory and analysis should make an original contribution to the field.

    2. 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.

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

    4. Accessibility. Discourse Studies 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.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    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: journals@discourses.org. Please write on the subject line: Paper for DISCOURSE STUDIES. 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 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 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, Elaine Vine: Elaine.Vine@vuw.ac.nz

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

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    4. Publishing policies

    4.1 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 

    4.2 Journal 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    4.3 Plagiarism

    Discourse Studies 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.

    4.4 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    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.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests                  

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Discourse Studies does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements                                                         

    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 Studies 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.

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    8. Permissions

    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..

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    9. Manuscript style

    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 Studies conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    9.3 Reference Style
    Discourse Studies 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. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    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.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    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 Studies with SAGE.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

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

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