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

The review process of the SAGE discourse journals

The review process of the Sage discourse journals generally takes place according to the following procedure:

1.    Before submitting their papers, authors must pre-review their own papers according to the pre-review instructions:
3.    After checking - and when necessary adapting - their paper according to these pre-review criteria, authors submit it to the e-mail address of the journals:
4.    The Editor sends an immediate acknowledgement of receipt of e-mail messages and papers.
5.    Generally within a few days the Editor decides whether a submitted paper satisfies the criteria of the journal the paper is submitted to, and then either rejects the paper with one or more arguments (based on the criteria of each journal), or forwards it to one (sometimes two or even three) reviewer(s) - while informing the authors that the review process may take a few weeks. In other words, authors submitting to our journals generally know within a few days whether their paper is not suitable, and hence may submit elsewhere.
6.    The Editor may decide to recommend the authors to submit the paper to another of the discourse journals if the paper is more appropriate for the other journal.
7.    Depending on the reviewer(s) and the time they have available, reviews may take between a few days and two months. The average review time is one month.
8.    After one month, reviewers who have not yet sent a review will be reminded to send their review as soon as possible.
9.    It sometimes happens that for personal reasons a reviewer needs more time to write a review. Authors will be kept informed about such a situation.
10.    Reviewers decide whether a paper - once admitted to the review process by the Editor, and hence satisfying the general criteria of the journal - is to be rejected, resubmitted or accepted. If papers are accepted, they usually are accepted under the condition that recommended revisions are being made. Only in exceptional cases papers are accepted as-is.
11.    The Editor informs the authors about the decision of the reviewer(s), sends them a copy of the review, and - if the paper is accepted - instructions for the preparation of the next version.
12.    Papers that have to be resubmitted are being evaluated by the (same) reviewer as if they were new submissions.
13.    Final versions of papers should be sent to the Editor, together with a filled out, printed, signed and scanned Publishing Agreement. The Editor immediately acknowledges receipt of the final version, and whether this version is acceptable.
14.    Papers that have been accepted are entered the publication queue of the journal they are submitted to.
15.    Journal issues are generally prepared between 2 to 4 issues ahead, so that there is a waiting list of several months before papers/issues are being sent to the publisher.
16.    About two-three months after being sent to the publishers, papers are being type-set and proofs sent to the authors in the form of PDF files.
17.    The papers are generally published between two to three months after being corrected by the authors.
18.    Authors receive free electronic "reprints" of their papers.
19.    Depending on the speed of the review and of the revision by the authors, as well on the number of papers on the waiting list, the total time between submission and publication of the papers may range between 6 and 12 months.