Philosophy of Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD

Discourse is generalist in scope. As such, we seek theoretical, applied, and pedagogical (Great Ideas for Teaching—GIFT) manuscripts from the various interest areas of communication studies, including rhetoric, persuasion, mass media, organizational, interpersonal, and theater.

Who Can Submit?

Submissions are welcome from either in-state or out-of-state scholars. Authors are not required to be members of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota. Manuscripts are accepted from academics and professionals of all levels in communication studies, education, forensics, theater and other speech-related or theater-related activities. Faculty, secondary educators, and students (i.e., graduate and advanced undergraduates) are encouraged to submit manuscripts. Please indicate whether the manuscript is being submitted to either (1) the theory and research or (2) the GIFT section of the journal. Research or GIFTs grounded in communication or theater theory are encouraged.

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General Submission Rules

All submissions undergo a review process with select manuscripts shortlisted for blind review by at least two peer scholars. Shortlisted authors must commit to a timeline for revision, resubmission and potential publication.

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Formatting Requirements

All manuscripts should be double-spaced Word documents, using 10-12-point font (Times, Courier, or Calibri type). Manuscripts must be submitted following the current APA or MLA style guidelines, however, if accepted for publication, a manuscript submitted in MLA must be converted to APA style during the author’s revision process. Theory or research submissions should be no more than 7000 words in length. GIFT submissions must be 2000 words or less if they report on a one-time class activity, and may be up to 2500 words if they are about a semester-long project. Manuscripts should contain no material that identifies the author (Remove all identifiers in the properties of the document (go File | Properties | Summary and delete your name and affiliation. Then re-save the document prior to submitting).

Authors should submit a separate title page that includes an abstract of no more than 125 words, author’s name/s, job title/s, institutional affiliation/s, educational affiliation/s, and the physical mail address, telephone number and e-mail address of the main contact for the submission.

A separate cover letter must also accompany the submission. The cover letter must contain the following information: (1) the title of the manuscript; (2) the author’s name/s and institutional affiliation/s; (2) the first author’s/contact person’s mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number and (3) A statement attesting to the author’s adherence to ethical guidelines, as they apply to the submitted work.

These guidelines include those set forth by of the National Communication Association Code of Professional Ethics for Authors (See NCA website or write NCA, 1765 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036), which are as follows:

  1. The manuscript is original work and proper publication credit is accorded to all authors.

  2. Simultaneous editorial consideration of the manuscript at another publication venue is prohibited.

  3. Any publication history of the manuscript is disclosed, indicating in particular whether the manuscript or another version of it has been presented at a conference, or published electronically, or whether portions of the manuscript have been published previously.

  4. Duplicate publication of data is avoided; or if parts of the data have already been reported, then that fact is acknowledged.

  5. All legal, institutional, and professional obligations for obtaining informed consent from research participants and for limiting their risk are honored.

  6. The scholarship reported is authentic.

Manuscripts submitted to Discourse must conform to these guidelines and include language that is inclusive and non-defamatory.