ISSN 1518-7632 printed version
ISSN 1982-4017 online version



Scope and editorial

Editorial Policy

Linguagem em (Dis)curso is a three times a year publication open to contributors from Brazil and abroad with a focus on issues relating to the fields of text and discourse. The works published by the journal, therefore, are restricted to the objects text and discourse, separately or in their intersection, and to the theories related to these two objects. Articles from other areas will only be evaluated if they have some link with the themes indicated above.

The journal receives texts in a continuous flow.

Submission Conditions

1. The submission will be carried out through the Portal de Periódicos Unisul.

2. The works submitted can take the form of an article, an assay, a debate or a state of the art as original works dealing with research or theoretical discussions, or a book review. When the author submits his/her text s/he is automatically declaring that s/he hasn't submitted it to any other publication, periodical or in an edition.

3. In case of a retaken (of a text published by Linguagem em (Dis)curso or another journal/work) to be reviewed and/or enlargement, this condition have to be explicit and submitted to the editors to verify the pertinence.

4. The texts may be written in Portuguese, English, Spanish or French.

5. The texts have to be formatted under ABNT (Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas) rules.

6. In case it is necessary, the author should produce a written statement of conflict of interests, specifying the kind of conflict.

7. Any sponsoring agency which contributed to the development of the research should be mentioned in the work.

8. Every research study involving human beings or animals should be previously approved by the ethics board. In such cases, the protocol number from the ethics board should be mentioned in the work.

9. The texts will be sent without authors’ identification (use XXX in the references) – S. norms for publication.

10. The editors hold the right not to publish texts by the same author (or authors) within less than two editions.

Genres accepted in the journal

(In the beginning of the text, the author must indicate to what category, in his own judgement, the work belongs.)

a) research article - text ranging from 5,000 words (minimum) up to 9,000 words, containing the report of one empirical research;

b) essay - text ranging from 5,000 (minimum) up to 9,000 words, containing the discussion of a theoretical issue relevant to the field to which it belongs;

c) debate - text ranging from 5,000 (minimum) up to 9,000 words, involving a critical dialogue with another text published in the journal;

d) retrospective - text ranging from 5,000 words (minimum) up to 9,000 words, a containing a critical and historical analysis of theories, approaches or research traditions (in the areas of text and discourse);

e) review - text ranging from 1,000 words (minimum) up to 1,500 words, containing the indication and the critical review of works, books, theses, monographs, etc. which have been published no longer than two years previously. LemD privileges the evaluation of Brazilian editions.

Word counting in all cases above includes the references and appendixes.

Special issues or thematic dossiers

Linguagem em (Dis)curso can launch a call for papers on specific themes, or invite researchers to organize special issues or thematic dossiers. These special issues or dossiers can also result from spontaneous proposals submitted by renowned scholars in the field of the publication. Submissions must be formally presented by the author(s) by means of a specific form, to be sent after manifestation of interest. Once approved, the organizers will prepare a chronogram to follow and supervise the process. Articles included in the special issues must go through the same external evaluation process as those submitted to the journal's regular issues, and must follow the journal's editorial guidelines.

Peer-reviewed evaluation

The texts received go through a two-phase evaluation process.

In the first, carried out by the editors, aspects related to the suitability of manuscripts to the editorial norms. In this stage, the text can be disqualified if:

a) it does not comply with the ABNT stylesheet or with the journal guidelines;

b) it amounts to a review of literature with no critical stance;

c) the text is inadequate (not in accordance with the genres accepted by the journal; presenting cohesion problems; etc.); and

d) the text presents formatting problems (indentation done through the space bar, blank lines between paragraphs and references, colored graphs and figures which do not allow appropriate visualization.

In the second stage, the texts selected by the editors are sent to two anonymous readers who evaluate them in terms of form and content. Two negative opinions result in the text being disqualified. In case of differing opinions, the text is then sent to a third reader.

General criteria for text evaluation

a) contribution for knowledge in the field;

b) theme setting;

c) methodology regarding to the genre;

d) theoretical consciousness;

e) Theoretical adequacy and analysis/discussion;

f) answer to the aims and questions/matters;

g) linguistic formulation;

h) coherence in the relation title/abstract/text;

i) current and relevance references.

Final Revision

If the work is accepted for publication, the editors reserve themselves the right to make the necessary formatting adaptations and little changes. Articles approved with restrictions will be sent to the authors to be reviewed. In such cases, the Editors reserve themselves the right to refuse the article if the changes do not meet the reviewers' suggestions. In a last analysis, texts acceptation is decided by editors, depending on elements which evaluators did not have access because of the double blind evaluation.

The author must be informed of the arrival of his/her contribution within eight days, and of the results of the assessment within 6 (six) months after the first notice. In those cases in which the 6 (six) months period is not enough for the assessment process, the author(s) will be informed that their work is still under evaluation. It is an authors’ right request information on the situation of their work, in case of information delay.

The text reviewed should present all the identification data.

Once submitted the work, the authors should not require its removal until finish the pending, except by excessive delay on information about the result and if the evaluation are not occurring.

The editors should be consulted if there is interest on re-publication (as a chapter) or translating to publish overseas – in this case, the original source has to be explicit.

The issues of Linguagem em (Dis)curso are published before express authorization by the writers, over who are all the respective legal responsibilities regarding to the information served. A Statement of responsibility should be filled and signed by the author(s) when the text submission (V. Submission conditions).


Form and preparation of the manuscripts

Norms for publication

1) Authorship:

a) Contributions will preferentially accept from Doctors; however, there is no restriction for researchers in general, attending the conditions and norms previously explicated here;

b) the Editorial Board understands that the student's supervision should be made explicit, but should not be taken as a co-authorship. Articles derived from under-graduate researches, specialization, MA or PhD research studies should include the supervisor's name in a footnote, and not as a co-author. The supervisor or another researcher only can compose the authorship is the work were configured as something else than a monography abstract and has his/her intellectual participation;

c) papers with more than three authors will not be accepted.

2) Text sections:

a) title (in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English language, as the case may be);

b) abstract with 100 to 150 words. The abstracts must include: the work' s subject and/or aim(s), the theoretical base and the most important conclusions. In the case of research article abstracts, it is also important to explain the methodology (sample analyzed, participants, procedures etc.);

c) keywords (between 3 and 5). The keywords must be, if possible, those familiar in the area. They must be written in the singular form and arranged from the most general to the most specific. The author should, as much as possible, use two-word expressions maximum;

d) title, abstract and keywords translated into English Language, if the text was written in Spanish, French or Portuguese, and into Portuguese, if written in English Language;

e) body of the work containing numbered internal divisions starting from 1, except in the case of reviews.

Research articles must contain, preferably, the following internal divisions: introduction, theoretical background, methodology, findings, concluding remarks.

Essays must contain, at least: introduction, discussion and concluding remarks.

The debates must contain, preferably: introduction, description of the work under debate, critical positioning and concluding remarks; the author may combine the description of the work under debate and the critical positioning.

The retrospectives must contain, preferably: introduction, history of the debates related to the subject on focus, critical positioning, concluding remarks; the author may combine the history and the critical positioning sections;

f) references according to the most recent Brazilian stylesheet (ABNT style);

g) appendix, if the author finds it necessary.

3) Text formatting:

a) the text can be typed in any font, as it will be reformatted during the issue' s final editing; we suggest an approximation to the journal’s format published in .pdf;

b) long quotations (with more than 3 lines long) must be indented. If the quotation is being made inside a paragraph, it' s necessary to use double inverted commas. Italics should not be used to differentiate the text from the quotation. For a quotation inside a quotation, use single inverted commas;

c) tables, pictures and illustrations (photographs, drawings, graphs etc.) must come ready to be printed and in the place intended by the author. Tables, pictures, graphs etc. must be numbered from 1, according to their type, and each one must have a title which summarizes its contents. We ask authors to make reference to the illustrations by means of their numbers, avoiding expressions such as "according to the table below";

d) references in the body of the work must be presented as examples: (STUBBS, 1983, p. xx); Stubbs (1983, p. xx);

e) according to international criteria, the author(s) should control the quotes from other works carried out by himself/herself;

f) footnotes should be used for complementary explanations only, and not for referencing purposes.

4) Examples of references following the ABNT stylesheet:

a) STUBBS, M. Discourse analysis: the sociolinguistic analysis of natural language. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press; Oxford: Basil Blackwell Publisher, 1983.

b) PRIOR, P. Tracing process: how texts come into being. In: BAZERMAN; C.; PRIOR, P. (Eds.). What writing does and how it does it: an introduction to analyzing texts and textual practices. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2004. p. 167-200.

c) FAIRCLOUGH, N. Critical Discourse Analysis and the marketization of public discourse: the universities. Discourse & Society, v. 4, n. 2, p. 133-168, 1993.

d) MARTIN, J. Mourning: how we get aligned. Discourse & Society, v. 15, n. 2-3: "Interpreting tragedy: the language of September 11th, 2001" special double issue ed. by John Edwards and J. R. Martin, p. 321-344, 2004.

e) SWALES, J. Worlds of genre - metaphors of genre. In: INTERNACIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON GENRE STUDIES (SIGET), 4., Tubarão, SC, Brazil. Proceedings... Tubarão: UNISUL, 2007. p. 147-157.

We particularly advise the authors to check if the references present in the body of the work are also present in the final reference list, and vice-versa.

5) Submission conditions

As part of the submission process, the authors have as obligation to verify the submission conformity with the items listed below. Submissions which are not according to the norms are going to be devolved to the authors.

  1. The contribution is original and unpublished, and it is not under evaluation by another journal.
  2. The files for submission are in Microsoft Word format.
  3. URLs for references were informed, when necessary.
  4. Long quotes (more than 3 lines) present margin indent. Quotes within the paragraph present double quotation marks in the beginning and the end. Italic is not used to highlight quotes from the text. Quote inside a quote is delimited by single quotation marks.
  5. Tables, boards and illustrations (pictures, drawings, graphs, etc.) are Tables, boards, graphs, etc. are numbered from 1, according to the type, content, each item, with a title contemplating the content. Mentions to the illustrations are carried out by number.
  6. References on the body of the word are presented according to examples: (STUBBS, 1983, p. xx); Stubbs (1983, p. xx).
  7. Footnotes present only complementary explanations and not bibliographic references.
  8. References are disposed according to the ABNT norms.
  9. The text follows the style patterns and bibliographic requirements described on the Instructions to the authors, on the section About the Journal.
  10. The authorship  was removed from the file and from the option Properties on the Word, ensuring the journal’s confidentiality criterion when performing the peer evaluation,acording to the instructions available at Ensuring the double blind evaluation by peers.
  11. Send the statement of responsibility properly filled and signed. Click here to download it. You should send it by TRANSFER OF SUPPLEMENTARY DOCUMENTS.

6) Mailing address:

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Sending manuscripts

Sending the work:

a) the work (no authorial identification, including the text properties from word) must be submitted to the journal by the author (or one of the authors) via Unisul journals homepage;

b) the file containing the work must be sent in a ".doc" or ".docx” version (Word for Windows)";

c) the author in charge of sending the work must include, also as an attachment, a file containing the responsibility statement properly filled and signed. In order to access the statement, view Submission conditions.


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