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. Only texts related to these fields will be accepted. Articles from other areas will only be evaluated if they have some link with the themes indicated above.

The journal only accepts unpublished original works dealing with research or theoretical discussions. These works can take the form of an article, an assay, a debate or a state of the art. Only texts not sent to other publications will be considered.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 eddition.

In case it is necessary, the author should produce a written statement of conflict of interests, specifying the kind of conflict. Any sponsoring agency which contributed to the development of the research should be mentioned in the work.

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.

Texts in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French will be accepted for publication.

The texts received go through a two-phase evaluation process. In the first, carried out by the editors after the removal of the author(s) name(s), the text can be disqualified: a) if it does not comply with the ABNT stylesheet or with the journal guidelines; b) if it amounts to a review of literature with no critical stance; c) if the text is inadequate (not in accordance with the genres accepted by the journal; presenting cohesion problems; etc.); and d) if the text presents formatting problems (indentation done through the space bar, blank lines between paragraphs and references, colored graphs and figures whose interpretation depends on the colors, etc.). After that, the texts selected by the editors are sent to two anonimous 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.

If the work is accepted for publication, the journal reserves itself the right to make the necessary formatting adaptations and little changes. The editors hold the right not to publish texts by the same author (or authors) within less than two editions. Articles approved with restrictions will be sent to the authors to be reviewed. In such cases, the Editorial Board reserves itself the right to refuse the article if the changes do not meet the reviewers' suggestions.

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.

Linguagem em (Dis)curso can launch a call for papers on specific themes, or invite researchers to organize special issues. These special issues can also result from spontaneous proposals submitted by renowned scholars in the field of the publication. Submitions 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.

It is assumed that the authors' copyright related to each work is yielded to Linguagem em (Dis)curso, and the journal should be informed in case of a re-publishing. The publication of articles is not paid. The author will be sent two copies of the number in which his/her work was published.

All works appearing in Linguagem em (Dis)curso, both in print and on-line, are published with the explicit authorization of its contributors, who are legally responsible for the information presented in their works.

The journal might be partially or entirely reproduced, provided that the sources are mentioned.


Form and preparation of the manuscripts

Norms for publication

1) Authorship:

a) only works produced by at least one PhD author will be accepted;

b) master's candidates, Masters and doctoral candidates may submit works as long as these are made in co-authorship with a PhD researcher, who will answer for the eventual revision of the work after assessment by reviewers;

c) 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 MA or PhD research studies should include the supervisor's name in a footnote, and not as a co-author - respecting the condition (a);

d) the order of the authors' names in the text is free, as long as items a) and b) are complied with;

e) papers with more then five authors will not be accepted; and

f) concerning the author's title, an exception is made to book reviews, which can also be produced by MA and PhD students.

2) Genres accepted in the journal:

(In the begining 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. In general, the reviewers are indicated by LemD editors, as this genre is not, in fact, a free submission category. The review editor can be contacted through the email address:

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

3) Text sections:

a) title and abstract in Portuguese and in English for texts originally in Portuguese; in Spanish and English for those originally in Spanish; in French and English for those in French; in English and Portuguese for those originally in English;

b) after the title: and, between parentheses: the institution(s) to which he/she is affiliated, his/her position in the institution, his/her highest degree, the area of his/her degree, an e-mail address;

c) abstract with 100 to 150 words. in Portuguese and English, ranging between 100 and 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.);

d) keywords (between 3 and 5) in Portuguese and English. 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;

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.

4) Text formating:

a) the text can be typed in any font, as it will be reformatted during the issue' s final editing;

b) long quotations (with more than 3 lines long) must be indented. The size of the indentation is free author, since the text will be reformatted during the issue' s final editing. 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 between parentheses, and include the year of publishing, followed by a comma, space, page abbreviation "p.", space and page number(s), whenever the case. E.g.: (STUBBS, 1983, p. xx); Stubbs (1983, p. xx);

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

5) 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.

6) Mailing address:

Revista Linguagem em (Dis)curso

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Linguagem - Unisul

A/C: Comissão Editorial

Av. José Acácio Moreira, 787 - Caixa Postal 370
Dehon - 88704.900 - Tubarão-SC



Sending manuscripts

Sending the work:

a) the work must be submitted to the journal by the author (or one of the authors) via email only;

b) the file containing the work must be sent as an email attachment, and come in a ".doc" or ".rtf version (Word for Windows)";

c) the author in charge of sending the work must include, also as an e-mail attachment, a file containing: the author(s) name(s); the institution(s) to which he/she is affiliated;  his/her highest degree; a mailing address; a telephone number; and an e-mail address.

There are no fees for submission and evaluation of articles.


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A/C: Comissão Editorial
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Dehon - 88704.900 - Tubarão-SC - Brasil
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