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Discourse & Communication: Criteria for Preferred Papers

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 (see also What do we mean by Discourse Analysis?). 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.

5. 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.

See also: Aims and Scope and Instructions to Authors (Stylesheet)