Editor-in-Chief: Dr. Shane Semmler
Associate Editor: Dr. Jenn Anderson

Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD publishes original articles from academics and professionals of all levels in communication, rhetoric, forensics, and other speech-related activities.


Discourse: The Journal of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota is seeking original manuscripts for Volume 6, to be published Summer 2020. Discourse is generalist in scope. As such, we seek theoretical, applied, and pedagogical (Great Ideas for Teaching-GIFT & Coaching Running and Administering Forensic-CRAFT) manuscripts from the various interest areas of communication studies, including rhetoric, persuasion, health, mass media, organizational, interpersonal, and more. 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, and other speech- or communication-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 & CRAFT section of the journal.

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.


All manuscripts should follow APA (6th edition) formatting and style guidelines. Manuscripts and digital files should be anonymized, i.e., they should contain no material that identifies the author.

Research or theory submissions are limited 7000 words [excluding abstract, references, and appendices]. GIFT or CRAFT submissions are limited to 2000 words if they report on a one-time class activity or 2500 words if they are about a semester-long project.

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; (3) the first author’s/contact person’s mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number and (4) 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.


Submissions will be received on a rolling basis for Volume 6 of Discourse: The Journal of the SCASD (published in Summer 2020). Manuscripts will be published online as they are accepted and fully copyedited with page number and Volume 6 assignment to occur on June 1st 2020. All submissions should be submitted through the online submission system at https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/discoursejournal/

For more information or assistance with the submission process, contact Editors Dr. Shane Semmler, Shane.Semmler@usd.edu, or Dr. Jenn Anderson, Jennifer.Anderson@sdstate.edu

Current Volume: Volume 5 (2019) Volume 5, Issue 1

Research Articles and Theoretical Perspectives

G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas For Teaching Students)


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