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Focus and Scope

PDC aims at publishing cutting-edge timely high-quality papers on professional communication which is broadly understood as a special type of human interpersonal interaction to organize, carry out and optimize any activities within business, economic, political, diplomatic, legal, academic and other professional spheres.

The journal welcomes papers which

  • explore speculative ideas in discourse studies, functional linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics, rhetoric, linguosynergetics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, stylistics, cross-cultural communication, culture studies, country studies, second language acquisition and teaching methodology;
  • concern issues of professional discourse and communication;
  • are written in innovative ways, or are presented in experimental ways;
  • are written in either English or Russian.

PDC’s mission is to promote scientific cooperation among researchers of professional communication internationally, extending issues of professional discourse to the study of the functional-linguistic, cognitive, interactional, social, cultural and historical contexts.

Professional Discourse & Communication publishes substantial research papers and empirical studies, discussion notes, critical overviews, reviews of books and conferences. The only criteria will be the quality, the originality and the analytical sophistication of its articles.

Professional Discourse & Communication specifically addresses readers in any field of professional communication (business, legal, diplomatic, economic, political, academic and any other professional sphere) who are interested in qualitative, discourse analytical approaches, on the one hand, and scholars in discourse studies, functional linguistics, pragmatics, semiotics, rhetoric, linguosynergetics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, stylistics, cross-cultural communication, culture studies, country studies, second language acquisition and teaching methodology, and related fields who are interested in issues of professional communication, on the other hand.


Section Policies

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Publication Frequency

4 times a year


Open Access Policy

"Professional Discourse & Communication" is an open access journal. All articles are made freely available to readers immediatly upon publication.

Our open access policy is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition - it means that articles have free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

For more information please read BOAI statement.




  • Russian State Library (RSL)
  • National Electronic-Information Consortium (NEICON)



Every paper goes through a double-blind peer-review procedure. It means that reviewers are unaware of the identity of the author, whereas the author doesn’t know the identity of reviewers. The typical period of time allowed for reviews is usually 4 weeks. Based on the reviews the Editor-in-Chief makes a decision to accept the paper without further revision, accept upon revision or reject the submitted paper. 

Neither the reviewer is aware of the authorship of the manuscript, nor the author maintains any contact with the reviewer.

1. Members of the editorial board and leading Russian and international experts in corresponding areas, invited as independent readers, perform peer reviews. Editor-in-chief chooses readers for peer review. We aim to limit the review process to 2-4 weeks, though in some cases the schedule may be adjusted at the reviewer’s request.

2. Each paper is sent to 2 reviewers.

3. Every reviewer has an option to abnegate the assessment should any conflict of interests arise that may affect perception or interpretation of the manuscript. Upon the scrutiny, the reviewer is expected to present the editorial board with one of the following recommendations:

  • to accept the paper in its present state;
  • to invite the author to revise their manuscript to address specific concerns before final decision is reached;
  • that final decision be reached following further reviewing by another specialist;
  • to reject the manuscript outright.

4. If the reviewer has recommended any refinements, the editorial staff would suggest the author either to implement the corrections, or to dispute them reasonably. Authors are kindly required to limit their revision to 2 months and resubmit the adapted manuscript within this period for final evaluation.

5. We politely request that the editor be notified verbally or in writing should the author decide to refuse from publishing the manuscript. In case the author fails to do so within 3 months since receiving a copy of the initial review, the editorial board takes the manuscript off the register and notifies the author accordingly.

6. If author and reviewers meet insoluble contradictions regarding revision of the manuscript, the editor-in-chief resolves the conflict by his own authority.

7. The editorial board reaches final decision to reject a manuscript on the hearing according to reviewers’ recommendations, and duly notifies the authors of their decision via e-mail.

8. Upon the decision to accept the manuscript for publishing, the editorial staff notifies the authors of the scheduled date of publication.

9. Kindly note that positive review does not guarantee the acceptance, as final decision in all cases lies with the editorial board and the Editor-in-chief. By his authority, Editor-in-chief rules final solution of every conflict.

10. Original reviews of submitted manuscripts remain deposited for 5 years.



Articles in "Professional Discourse & Communication" are indexed by several systems:

  • Russian Index for Science Citation (RISC) – a database, accumulating information on papers by Russian scientists, published in native and foreign titles. The RSCI project is under development since 2005 by “Electronic Scientific Library” foundation (
  • Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. The Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America's largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals.


Publishing Ethics

PDC is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors and retractions. Any kind of unethical behavior is unacceptable. Plagiarism in any form is not tolerated. Authors submitting papers to PDC affirm that the contents of the their paper are original. Authors warrant that that their paper has neither been published elsewhere nor is it under review for publication anywhere.

PDC’s Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines available at,  and requirements for peer-reviewed journals, elaborated by the Elsevier Publishing House (in accordance with international ethical rules of scientific publications).



  • MGIMO University


Author fees

Publication in Professional Discourse & Communicationis free of charge for all the authors.

The journal doesn't have any Article processing charges.

The journal doesn't have any Article submission charges.


Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.

Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


Plagiarism detection

“Professional Discourse & Communication" use native russian-language plagiarism detection software Antiplagiat to screen the submissions. If plagiarism is identified, the COPE guidelines on plagiarism will be followed.


Preprint and postprint Policy

Prior to acceptance and publication in “Professional Discourse & Communication", authors may make their submissions available as preprints on personal or public websites.

As part of submission process, authors are required to confirm that the submission has not been previously published, nor has been submitted. After a manuscript has been published in “Professional Discourse & Communication" we suggest that the link to the article on journal's website is used when the article is shared on personal or public websites.

Glossary (by SHERPA)

Preprint - In the context of Open Access, a preprint is a draft of an academic article or other publication before it has been submitted for peer-review or other quality assurance procedure as part of the publication process. Preprints cover initial and successive drafts of articles, working papers or draft conference papers.

Postprint - The final version of an academic article or other publication - after it has been peer-reviewed and revised into its final form by the author. As a general term this covers both the author's final version and the version as published, with formatting and copy-editing changes in place.