& Communication is an interdisciplinary journal
whose major aim is to publish outstanding research in the field between
the studies of discourse and communication. It focuses on explicit
theory formation and analysis of the relationships between the
structures of text, talk, language use, verbal interaction, and images
on the one hand, and the structures and processes of communication and
their social, political and cultural conditions, functions and
implications on the other hand. That is, D&C studies
communication through its discourses, and discourses through their role
in communication. Its contributions are based on advanced theory
formation and explicit methodologies of several disciplines in the
humanities and social sciences.
& Communicationpublishes articles
from all fields of communication studies (such as interpersonal,
organizational, mass media, health, scientific and other forms of
communication), on the one hand, and from any field of discourse
studies (such as discourse grammar, semantics, pragmatics, stylistics,
rhetoric, conversation analysis, narrative analysis, argumentation
studies, critical discourse analysis, and so on), on the other hand.
Articles are preferred that explicitly combine theories, aims, issues
and methods of communication studies and discourse studies, and do so
within a broader social, political or cultural framework.
& Communicationaims to propagate
the theories and methods of discourse studies in the fields of
communication studies, and vice versa, those of communication studies
in the field of discourse studies, and thus hopes to contribute to the
further integration of these sister-disciplines. For instance, it aims
to show that 'discourse analysis' is not some practical method,
comparable to, e.g. content analysis, but a broad discipline, with many
subfields, theories, methods and approaches.
& Communicationis an
international journal. Its board members, contributors and readers are
from many different countries, and this will also be reflected in the
variety of the topics, approaches and cultural backgrounds of its
& Communicationis issue-oriented.
It does not primarily follow the fashion of specific academic schools
or paradigms, but focuses on relevant social, political or cultural
issues or problems, which often need a complex multidisciplinary
& Communicationis a critical
journal. It favors contributions that pay attention to the detailed
analysis of social and political relations of power, dominance and
inequality, and to the role of discourse and communication in their
legitimation and reproduction in society, for instance in the domains
of gender, race, ethnicity, class or world region.
& Communicationis an accessible
journal. Its papers are written in a clear and pedagogic style, avoid
esoteric jargon, and respect the needs and interests of readers of
several levels of expertise in many countries and disciplines.