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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The author affirms that the submitted work is an original work and that any third-party or previously published material contained therein has been properly attributed and that permissions have been obtained as necessary. All works used as sources have been correctly cited. The author further affirms that he/she has the right to transfer the copyright of this work to the publisher. All parties listed as authors contributed to the work and all parties who contributed to the work are included and have been informed about the terms of this agreement.
  • The author warrants that the work is not defamatory or otherwise unlawful, does not infringe upon the rights or privacy of others, and is accurate to the best of his/her knowledge. The author accepts that if any part of this statement is untrue, any and all liability related to the publication of this work shall fall to the author and not the publisher.
  • The author warrants that the work has not been previously published, either in print or electronically, except as a marked preprint, and that it is not currently under consideration by any other publisher. The author is entitled to deposit the postprint or published version of the article in an open-access repository provided that the journal is correctly cited as the venue of original publication. If a similar paper or parts of the paper have been previously published in any form, the author will consult with the editorial team prior to submission.
  • Where applicable, the research performed to produce the work was approved by an ethics or institutional review board, and informed consent was obtained from participants.
  • The author has disclosed any potential conflicts of interest, whether real or perceived, related to the publication of this work. Furthermore, the author has acknowledged any and all sources of funding for the completion of the research represented by the work.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The journal publishes manuscripts following the citation and reference list format of APA 7th edition. Authors may submit their manuscript in any style guide of choice, with the understanding that if the paper is accepted, they will be required to convert their referencing style to APA.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, please make sure the journal is anonymized and ready for a blind review.

Author Guidelines

Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie accepts major articles, shorter works for the writing in practice section, and reviews.

Major articles (7,000-9,000 words): 

Manuscripts should not exceed 9,000 words (including references and appendix). Please refer to the APA Handbook (7th edition) for style guidelines. Papers submitted as major articles should clearly advance knowledge in discourse or writing studies in any context and/or discipline. We publish theoretical explorations of topics of interest to writing and discourse scholars as well as both quantitative and qualitative research studies. See manuscript submission guidelines below.

Writing in Practice (2,000-3,000 words):

These submissions will be short articles describing a strategy for using writing as a pedagogy in higher education. Approaches to “Writing in Practice” articles can be broadly applied. Authors will provide a brief description of a writing assignment or a method of teaching writing, with emphasis on how they are using writing to: 

  • Develop writing voice or disciplinary discourse
  • Teach strategies for applying writing processes
  • Supervise graduate students' theses and dissertations
  • Teach threshold concepts in any substantive area for any discipline
  • Teach about genre or about a particular genre form
  • Teach approaches to research writing and presentation of findings

The articles are intended to be scholarly in nature but use of alternate voices to the academic voice are strongly encouraged. Citations should be limited to no more than 10 as the intent is to present readers with a description of a writing pedagogy that can be replicated within or modified for another learning context. Authors should reflect upon the learning that transpired for the student writer(s). Any author uncertain of the fit of their teaching approach for this article category is welcome to email the editors. See manuscript submission guidelines below.

Reviews (1,000-2,000 words):


DW/R aims to publish English and French reviews of books, websites, and other texts in the areas of writing and discourse studies/rédactologie. Reviews should critically engage with the subject matter to inform the DW/R readership of new practices, theories, and pedagogical resources within our research community.

Format and length

We are open to and interested in publishing reviews of multimodal texts. We are also open to and interested in publishing reviews that go beyond what might be considered a “conventional” review. We encourage you to read the article, ‘The book review is dead,’ by Letitia Henville for some ideas. 

An effective review will:

  • inform the reader about the focus of the text (e.g., summarizing main arguments), the organization of the text, and the intended audience,
  • critically analyze the content of the text with a view to assessing the extent to which the text contributes to existing scholarship,
  • show how the text is situated within the field of writing and discourse studies, and
  • provide a balanced overview of the strengths and limitations of the text.

Reviews should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words. Copy-edit and proofread your review before submission. The title of the review should include the name of the reviewed text and its author(s). Include the following applicable information for the text: website, publisher, number of pages, and DOI. Reviews should follow APA formatting.


Our goal is to increase engagement with DW/R among interdisciplinary researchers in the fields of writing and discourse studies/rédactologie. DW/R readers include graduate students, faculty, program administrators, writing centre professionals, and teachers.

Review process and publication

  1. Once reviewers have confirmed their texts with the Review Editors and received their texts (if applicable), reviewers should submit a review within 4 to 6 months of receiving the text.
  2. Reviewers should send the review to the Review Editors (Britt Amell and Jordana Garbati) in a doc or docx format.
  3. Reviewers will be notified of acceptance and/or revisions within one month of initial submission.
  4. Reviewers will work with Review Editors on revisions.
  5. Once revisions have been finalized, reviewers will be notified and reviews will be submitted to the DW/R Editors for final review and publication.

Please send any questions you might have about the review process to the Review Editors (Brittany Amell and Jordana Garbati). Note that DW/R does not accept unsolicited reviews (see Step 1, above).

Review Editors

Brittany Amell (Carleton University)

Jordana Garbati (University of Toronto, Mississauga)


(1) Link to Review Guidelines (this document):

(2) Link to the Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie homepage:

(3) Link to list of texts we would like to have reviewed:


Manuscript submission guidelines: 

1. The entire manuscript should be in one electronic file MS Word .docx in the following order: Abstract, body of text, reference list, appendices. The manuscript should be formatted for 8.5" x 11" paper and be double-spaced, including the abstract, block quotations, tables, figures, notes, and references.

2. Tables and Figures should be imbedded within the text of the manuscript in the locations desired by the authors. 

3. Upon initial submission, the manuscript should be blinded to prevent author identification in our double-blind peer review process. References to specific institutions should be avoided.  Blinding of self-citations is only necessary if it would be obvious to readers that the work belongs to the current submitting authors. Authors should, when possible, avoid writing statements such as, "As we found in our previous work (Mitchell & Zwagerman, 2018) . . . "

4. If you have any funding sources to acknowledge or other acknowledgements you would like published with the paper, they can be submitted in a separate document along with the manuscript document. Alternatively, you can add your acknowledgements to the manuscript at the stage of its final revision, if accepted for publication. 

5. While the journal publishes its citation and reference list in APA format (7th edition), authors may choose on initial submission to submit in the style guide of their preference. If your paper is accepted for publication, authors will be expected at that time to convert their submission and reference list to APA format. The journal does not have the resources to convert papers to APA format on behalf of authors.

Directives de soumission des articles :

1. L’ensemble du document doit être déposé dans un seul fichier électronique produit avec Microsoft Word, en format DOCX. Le contenu doit respecter l’ordre suivant : résumé, corps du texte, références et annexes.

2. Les figures et tableaux doivent être intégrés dans le texte aux emplacements voulus par les auteurs.

3. Lors de la soumission initiale, le document doit être anonymisé pour éviter que l’auteur soit identifié lors du processus d’examen en double aveugle. Les références à des établissements précis doivent être évitées. Il n’est pas nécessaire de masquer les autocitations sauf si elles permettent d’identifier les auteurs de l’œuvre trop facilement.

4. Les sources de financement et les remerciements à publier avec l’article peuvent être soumis avec le document, dans un fichier distinct. Les remerciements peuvent également être fournis au stade de la révision finale, si l’ouvrage est retenu.

5. Les auteurs peuvent soumettre leur document initial selon les normes de style de leur choix, même si la revue présente les citations et les références selon les normes de l’APA (7e édition). Si un article est retenu, les auteurs devront s’assurer d’adapter eux-mêmes leur article et leur liste de références. La revue ne dispose pas des ressources nécessaires pour convertir elle-même les articles aux normes voulues.

Special: Rethinking the Structures of Academic Writing

Rethinking structures of academic writing in times of exacerbated inequity

Our call for papers solicits submissions which explore from critical perspectives how issues of inequity can be addressed in the instruction and practice of academic writing and discourse. Access to, and success in, academic discourse is often a challenge for students who enter higher education from positions of academic, social, or economic disadvantage. Often designated as "remedial," "at risk," or "non-traditional," such students may be learning English as an additional language, may be first-in-family university students, and/or may be marginalized by identities of race, gender, class, and age. We seek submissions that critically examine, and aim to reform, issues of inequity in academic writing pedagogies, academic writing discourses, literacy practices, grading practices, or writing-related institutional policies, at the undergraduate or graduate level.

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