Research in Critical Discourse Studies - Website Teun A. van Dijk

Discourse Studies: Notes for contributors (style sheet)

Editorial policy: For editorial policy and types of paper accepted for Discourse Studies, see also Preferred Articles and Aims and Scope.

Before submitting your paper, please read the Criteria for Preferred Articles carefully, and make sure your descriptions of  fragments of discourse are theory-based analyses, and not paraphrases, repetitions (citations), summaries or mere "comments-on-content": More than 50% of all papers submitted to DISCOURSE STUDIES are rejected on these grounds.

Copyright: Before publication authors are 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.

Typing: Articles submitted for publication must be typed 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.

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. Please make sure to double check that all references in the text appear in the References section of the paper, and  vice versa, that all names+years in the References also appear in the text.

Biographical note: Authors should supply an autobiographical note of 50-100 words.

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

    * Journal submitted to: DISCOURSE STUDIES (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 and squib sections: Contributions should be 1000 words (Discussion and comments on earlier article) or 2000 words (squibs) 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 sheet, bionote, abstract, 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 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.

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.