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Discourse & Communication: Notes for contributors (style sheet)



Editorial policy: For editorial policy and types of paper accepted for Discourse & Communication see Aims and Scope and Preferred Articles

Copyright: Before publication authors will be requested to assign copyright to SAGE Publications, subject to retaining their right to reuse the material in other publications written or edited by themselves and due to be published at least one year after initial publication in the Journal.

Number of copies: Articles should be sent by e-mail only (see below for e-mailing instructions).

Lay-out: Articles submitted for publication must be typed with broad margins, pages numbered, and double spaced throughout.

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

Titles: Titles and section headings should be clear and brief.

Quotations: Lengthy quotations (over 40 words) should be displayed, indented, in the text, without quotation marks. Short quotations in the text itself should be marked as such, either with quotation marks or by italics.

Language and Spelling: Only papers in English are published. Quotations of text fragments in other languages should be followed by an English translation. Consistent UK or US spellings may be used.

Tables and figures: Tables and figures should have short descriptive titles and camera-ready artwork should be supplied for all figures.

Notes: Essential notes should be indicated by superscript numbers in the text and typed at the end of the text.

Abstract & Keywords: The paper should be preceded by a short (max. 200 word) abstract summarizing the main aims, theoretical framework, methods and results of the paper, followed by (max. 20) keywords.

References: References cited in the text should read: Brown (1987: 63–4), Brown and Smith (1984, 1989). Use ‘et al.’ for more than two authors. The letters a, b, c, etc., should be used for different works by the same author in the same year. All text references should be listed alphabetically after the notes, as follows: Books: Van Dijk, T.A. and Kintsch, W. (1983) Strategies of Discourse Comprehension. New York: Academic Press. Articles: Billig, M. (1988a) ‘Rhetorical and Historical Aspects of Attitudes: The Case of the British Monarchy’, Philosophical Psychology 1: 191–217.

Biography: Authors should supply an auto-biography of 50–100 words – which should be included in the same file as the paper.

Cover sheet: The paper should have a "cover sheet" with the following information:

    * Journal submitted to: DISCOURSE & COMMUNICATION (our editorial office receives papers for 4 journals).
    * Title of paper
    * Full names of all authors
    * For the first (or corresponding) author: institutional, private and email address, address for proofs and offprints, telephone and fax numbers
    * Short title (for running head)
    * Size of the paper in words

The cover sheet should be part of the same file as the paper, on top of the paper.

Offprints: Authors receive proofs and a final PDF of their papers plus one copy of the journal and are responsible for obtaining copyright permission for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

Discussion section: Contributions should be 1000 words maximum with a short descriptive title (not ‘Comments on . . .’) and a cover sheet with details listed above for article submissions. Proofs will not be sent but each author will receive 5 copies of the printed version.

Mailing instructions and editorial address: Papers should be sent by e-mail only, in one file (including cover page, abstract, bionote, references, figures, tables, and appendices) preferably in WORD (formats .doc or .rtf), to the editor at the following address: journals at discourses dot 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.

Questions and information: For questions about submissions and editorial policy, write to the editor: journals at discourses dot org.


See also: Preferred Articles and Aims and Scope