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Author Guidelines

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to Professional Discourse & Communication. These instructions will ensure we have everything required so your paper can move through peer review, production and publication smoothly. Please take the time to read and follow them as closely as possible, as doing so will ensure your paper matches the journal's requirements.

Manuscript Submission

PDC invites authors to submit manuscripts that have not been published before and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The authors assume all responsibility for publication approval by the institution where the work has been carried out, and in case of co-authorship – by all co-authors. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

You can submit your paper by sending it to or via the website 

Language of the Manuscript 

PDC publishes papers written in either English or Russian

Author information

Indicate each author’s name, academic title(s) and position(s) if any, affiliation, spheres of scientific interests, contact data (affiliation postal address, present residence address, contact phone number(s), e-mail)

Peer Review

Submitted manuscripts will usually be peer reviewed by at least two anonymous reviewers. The editors reserve the right to reject papers that do not meet the scope, subject areas or other basic requirements of the journal. The editors aim to provide contributors with a first decision on their papers within 4 weeks of submission. Editorial changes to accepted manuscripts may be done for the sake of style or clarity; with substantive changes authors will be involved.

Plagiarism: The authors are obliged to ensure that submitted papers do not contain plagiarized material copied from any other publications without proper references.

Manuscript structure and format

PDC accepts manuscripts prepared in a Microsoft Word file (from 97-2003 versions onwards) and following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. ( ), with presentation in Times New Roman 12pt; 1,5 line spaced. Uniform margins of 1 in. (2.54 cm) should be set on the top, bottom, left, and right of every page, and every paragraph indented ½ in. (1.25 cm). The manuscript should be double-spaced between lines of body text and titles, headings and block quotations, the Reference list and figure captions.


The article length is recommended to be 5000 words or more, including all parts and sections, tables, references, figure captions, endnotes; reports on events and book reviews should be within 1500-2000 words. Nevertheless, the editorial board considers all the manuscripts irregardless of their length. 

Manuscripts should be structured and formatted as follows:

1. title (bold type, upper case and centred; no abbreviations if possible);
2. author’s (authors’) name(s), affiliation(s), e-mail(s) (italics, centred);
3. abstract (no less than 150 and no more than 350 words: the subject matter, the aim of the paper, methods and main results; justified alignment hereinafter);
4. keywords (5 to 7 units);
5. main text (see instructions below);
6. end-notes (numbered consecutively by order of appearance in the text, if any);
7. references (APA style, see instructions below);
8. appendices (identified as A, B, C, if any);
9. acknowledgements (if any).


Headings and subheadings should be as follows:


Level 2: 1.1. Arabic  number + Arabic number, bold.

Level 31.1.1. Arabic number+ Arabic numbers, bold and italics.

Level 41.1.1.a. Arabic number+ Arabic numbers + letter, italics.

If an article is written in English, either American or British spelling should be used consistently (without mixing up) throughout the text. Abbreviations should be defined at their first mention and also used consistently.

Main text instructions


The article should be divided into clearly defined sections and subsections (numbered 1.1, 1.2, ... , and 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ... , correspondingly). Section and subsection headings should appear on separate lines.

Recommended sections


State the study topicality, objectives, subject matter and the problem under consideration, other research premises.


Highlight the material to be analysed, and state the methods of analysis from the angle of their expedience for the particular topic. Make a review of works related to the article topic, with a special note of disputable and/or undeveloped issues.


Describe the research procedure which reveals the analysis results. Focus on new findings. Present the results in concise and clear statements.


Estimate the significance and contribution of the study results, the prospects for their practical implementation and for further research on the topic. A combined RESULTS AND DISCUSSION section may be appropriate depending on the nature of the study.


Briefly sum up what has been analyzed and the conclusions you have eventually come to.

Illustrations: We regret we cannot include illustrations but are prepared to consider black and white charts and graphs if necessary.


Cite in the text by author and date: [Zhu, 2014]; in case of direct quotation the specific page(s) should also be indicated: [Zhu, 2014, pp. 15-16]. If you need to mention several works in the text: [Zhu, 2014; Brow & Collins, 2019]. Use [Op. cit.] if you have to cite a previously mentioned work.

If there is no author, use the title (or a short form of the title, if it is lengthy) and the year. If there is no date, use “n.d.” (without quotation marks) instead.

Book Review Guidelines

Book review should present an objective critical assessment of the books revealing their merits and/or drawbacks in terms of their contribution to the relevant field of science within the range of areas stated above.

Book reviews should follow the same format and style requirements as articles, the length being 1,500 to 2,000 words.  


A reference list comprises all sources cited in the text of a paper, listed alphabetically by authors’ surnames in size 12pt in conformity with the following APA style requirements:

Journal article

Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets) and title of article, followed by italicised name of journal, where published, issue (number) and pages (no italics). If DOI (digital object identifier) is available, it is placed at the end of the reference (no period at the end of it). Titles of journals should not be abbreviated.

e.g. Malyuga, E., & Tomalin, B. (2014). English Professional Jargon. Economic Discourse, Journal of Language and LiteratureAzerbaijan, 5 (4), 172–180. doi: 10.7813/jll.2014/5-4/38

journal article in languages other than English

Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets), original title of article followed by title translated into English (in square brackets). Then comes italicised original name of journal, issue (number), and pages (no italics). Then in brackets indicate the original language. If DOI (digital object identifier) is available, it is placed at the end of the reference (no period at the end).

e.g. Guimard, P., & Florin, A. (2007). Les évaluations des enseignants en grande section de maternelle sont-elles prédictives des difficultés de lecture au cours
préparatoire? [Are teacher ratings in kindergarten predictive of reading difficulties
in first grade?]. Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez
l’Enfant, 19, 5–17 (in French).

Chapter in an edited book or entry in a reference book

Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year (in brackets) and chapter title. Then type ‘In’ editor’s (author/s’) name, date, italicised book title, pages (in brackets, no italics), place of publication, country colon and publisher. If DOI (digital object identifier) is available, it is placed at the end of the reference (no period at the end of it)

e.g. Tomalin, B. (2010). India Rising. In G. Forey & J. Lockwood (Eds.).  Globalization: Communication and the Workplace (pp. 41-57)London, UK: Continuum Publishing.


Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets), italicised book title, place of publication, country, colon and publisher.

e.g. Zhu, H. (2014). Exploring Intercultural Communication-Language in Action. London, UK: Routledge.

Proceedings published regularly online

Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets) and title of article, followed by italicised name of journal, where published, issue (number) and pages (no italics). If DOI (digital object identifier) is available, it is placed at the end of the reference (no period at the end of it).

e.g. Rule, A., Cointet, J.-P. & Bearman, P. S. (2015). Lexical shifts, substantive changes, and continuity in State of the Union discourse, 1790–2014. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 112 (35), 10837-10844. doi:10.1073/pnas.1512221112

Proceedings published in book form 

Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets) and title of article, Then type ‘In’ editor’s (author/s’) name, italicised book title, pages (in brackets, no italics), place of publication, country colon and publisher.

Solomennik, A., Cherentsova, A. (2013). A method for auditory evaluation of synthesized speech intonation. In M. Železný, I. Habernal, & A. Ronzhin (Eds.), Speech and computer: 15th International Conference, SPECOM 2013Pilsen, Czech Republic, September 1–5, 2013: proceedings (pp. 9–16). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.


Author’s(-s’) surname(s), comma, initial(s), year  (in brackets) and title (in italics), type of thesis (in brackets). Name of institution (capitalised), comma, location.

e.g. Sabbagh, S. A. (2009). Investigating oral presentation skills and non-verbal communication techniques in UAE classrooms: A thesis in teaching English to speakers of other languages (Master’s thesis). American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

Web references

As a minimum, the full URL should be given and the date when the reference was last accessed. Any further information, if known (DOI, author names, dates, reference to a source publication, etc.), should also be given.

e.g. Burchell, N. (2016). Linguistic Challenges. Diplomat Magazine, May/June 2016, UK, London. Retrieved from (accessed: 15 September, 2016)

For any further information consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. ( )

If your paper is in Russian 

Если статья подготовлена на русском языке, текст должен содержать два библиографических раздела - Список литературы и дублирующий его References (оформленный в соответствии с правилами, приведёнными выше).

Пример оформления источников для Списка литературы:

1.Карасик В.И. Языковой круг: личность, концепты, дискурс. Волгоград: Перемена, 2002. 

2.Бейлинсон Л.С. Профессиональный дискурс как предмет лингвистического изучения // Вестник Волгоградского государственного университета. Сер. 2. Языкознание. 2009. No 1(9). С. 145-149.

3.Маргания Е.В. Особенности функционально-прагматической адаптации терминологических единиц в научно-популярных текстах медицинского содержания (Автореферат дисс. ... д-ра н.). Белгород, 2011.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The manuscripts are accepted if has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  2. The materials should be prepared in a format OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or World Perfect.
  3. Internet links are provided as a complete URL. 

  4. Text should be typed with an interval of one and a half line spacing, font Times New Roman, 14 pt; to highlight the accents it is recommended to use italics rather than underlining (except Internet links). All images, graphics and tables are placed within the text according to the meaning of the particular part of text  (and not at the end of the document).
  5. Text should follow the stylistic and bibliography requirements as stated in  Regulations  located in the Part "About Us." 

  6. Please, remove the authors' names from the title of the article and other parts of the document to ensure the  anonymity of reviewing.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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