Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Revista de Estudos da Linguagem is a peer reviewed quarterly journal,  sponsored by the Faculty of Letters and the Graduate Program in Linguistics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais since 1992.  Its mission is to promote scientific advancement in the area of Linguistic Theory and Analysis, allowing researchers from Brazil and abroad to disseminate their original, unpublished research and contribute to scientific debate and progress in the area. Revista de Estudos da Linguagem is an open access journal and receives electronic submissions on an ongoing basis for its regular issues and within pre-established time frames and themes, publicly announced, for thematic issues.


Section Policies

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2019 International Thematic Issue: New Ways of Analyzing Sociolinguistic Perception

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the examination of speaker’s feelings and beliefs about, and reactions to language variation. With the development of the third wave of variation studies (Eckert 2012), a framework which places sociolinguistic meaning at the center, language variation can be tied through indexical links to social structures such as social categories, interactional roles, stance taking, etc.

The focus on indexical meaning has brought sociolinguistic perception studies, particularly of speaker evaluation (Giles & Billings 2004), to the forefront. The current focus on sociolinguistic perception in variation draws on a number of well established traditions, including language attitudes (Cargile & Bradac 2001), language ideologies (Schiefflin, Woolard & Kroskrity 1998) and folk linguistics (Niedzielski & Preston 2000). 

In order to provide a comprehensive understanding of the different ways in which the social meaning of variation is currently being studied, this thematic issue calls for papers focusing on the social meaning of linguistic variation, with a special interest in those that deal with perception, attitudes and ideologies.

Guest Editor: Ronald Belini (USP)

Submission deadline: January 31st, 2019

Language: English

  • Ronald Beline
  • Heliana Mello
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2020 International Thematic Issue: Metaphor and Multimodality

Metaphor and Multimodality

Submission deadline: December 20th, 2019

Language: English

Guest Editors: Maíra Avelar Miranda and Alan Cienki


The year 2020 will mark the 40th anniversary since the publication of the book Metaphors We Live By. Particularly in the last ten years, there has been increasing attention to how metaphors can be expressed in different modalities of production and perception (e.g., through means that are audible or visible) and via different semiotic systems (language, images, gestures, etc.). The term “multimodal metaphor” is now commonly used to encompass a wide variety of phenomena, but questions still remain as to how metaphoric expression takes place in various forms through simultaneous combinations and sequential patterns. This special issue of the journal RELIN will include original theoretical and empirical studies devoted to this subject. We invite researchers in Metaphor Studies, Multimodal Communication, and the study of particular modalities and semiotic systems to submit papers addressing the following topics:

Metaphor and gesture in face-to-face or mediated communication;

Metaphor and social media; Metaphor in advertisement and commercials;

Metaphor in film and television;

Metaphor and games;

Pictorial metaphor in newspapers and maga

  • Alan Cienki
  • Maíra Miranda
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Thematic Issue 2020_4: Verbal violence in contemporary political and media discourses

Articles written exclusively in English will be accepted; deadline March20th, 2020.

Guest Editor: Isabel Reboredo Seara (Universidade Aberta, Lisboa, e Universidade Nova de Lisboa, CLUNL)

Topics of interest:

Which are the factors that foster verbal violence?

Opposition, indignation, exasperation, accusation, polarisation: how are they conveyed discursively?

What are the dominant argumentative strategies in the construction of controversial and confrontational discourses?

What are the social and political conditions that encourage verbal violence?

What is the strength of the ideologies that support radical and dichotomous positions?

How are these phenomena enhanced on social networks, forums, blogs and other online interactions?

  • Isabel Seara
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Thematic issue 29:2 (2021): Corpus Linguistics: achievements and challenges

Articles written exclusevely in English will be accepted.

The submission deadline is: September 10th, 2020.

Guest Editors:

Stella Esther Ortweiler Tagnin (Universidade de São Paulo - USP)

Maria José Bocorny Finatto (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS)

Guilherme Fromm (Universidade Federal de Uberlândia - UFU)

For almost sixty years (based on the publication of the first large corpus, Brown Corpus, in 1964), corpora-based works have become more prominent when dealing with linguistic description. From a small amount of corpora and works based on them to the mega-corpora (based on billions of words) available on the Internet and the infinity of research that can be generated from them, this edition of RELIN proposes to scrutinize the past, present and future of this approach and methodology (or even theory, for some) that works with empirical data from real examples of language use. In order to do so, we are considering receiving texts that use corpora to develop research on the following topics: linguistic description, teaching, terminology and terminography, lexicology and lexicography, translation, software development and training, etc.

  • Gustavo Cunha
  • Maria José Finatto
  • Guilherme Fromm
  • Stella Tagnin
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Peer Review Process

Every submission that meets the submission standards of the journal and the Code of Conduct and Good Practices will be initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief, who will assess potential problems of authorship (such as plagiarism, republishing etc.). Cases of possible misconduct will be analyzed according to COPE’s flow chart . The Revista de Estudos da Linguagem adopts the double blind peer review system.

Papers are assigned initially to  two reviewers. In case there is a tie in reviewers' assessment, the paper will be assigned to another reviewer for a third assessment. Reviewers are expected to submit reviews within three weeks after the assignment. 

Reviewers are required to follow COPE Guidelines for Peer Reviewers.


Publication Frequency

This is a quarterly journal. Articles are published collectively as part of an issue with its own table of contents.


Open Access Policy

Revista de Estudos da Linguagem is an open access journal. We support free sharing of information, research methodology and data.  Readers and authors have free access to all sections of the journal. There are no submission nor processing fees.


We encourage authors to disclose data sources, statistical methods as well as any coding used in their papers. 



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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement


The Revista de Estudos da Linguagem follows the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE) Guidelines.

Editors' responsibilities

Publication decisions: The editor is responsible for deciding which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published. The editor will evaluate manuscripts without regard to the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy. The decision will be based on the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and the study’s validity and its relevance to the journal's scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism should also be considered.

Confidentiality: The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted paper will not be used by the editor or the members of the editorial board for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent.

Reviewers' responsibilities

Contribution to editorial decisions The peer-reviewing process assists the editor and the editorial board in making editorial decisions and may also serve the author in improving the paper.

Promptness Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and withdraw from the review process.

Confidentiality Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be disclosed to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Disclosure and conflict of interest 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 associated with the papers.

Authors' duties

Reporting standards: Authors of original research reports should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Data access and retention: Authors could be asked to provide the raw data of their study together with the paper for editorial review and should be prepared to make the data publicly available if practicable. In any event, authors should ensure accessibility of such data to other competent professionals for at least ten years after publication (preferably via an institutional or subject-based data repository or other data center), provided that the confidentiality of the participants can be protected and legal rights concerning proprietary data do not preclude their release.

Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources Authors will submit only entirely original works, and will appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work should also be cited.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: In general, papers describing essentially the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same paper to more than one journal constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Manuscripts which have been published as copyrighted material elsewhere cannot be submitted. In addition, manuscripts under review by the journal should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. However, by submitting a manuscript, the author(s) retain the rights to the published material. In case of publication they permit the use of their work under a CC-BY license [http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/], which allows others to copy, distribute and transmit the work as well as to adapt the work and to make commercial use of it. 

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Articles that originate from thesis and dissertations must make it explicit in order to avoid self-plagiarism. 

The corresponding author ensures that all contributing co-authors and no uninvolved persons are included in the author list. The corresponding author will also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All authors should include a statement disclosing any financial or other substantive conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor  and to cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper in form of an erratum.


Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from http://https://publicationethics.org/files/u2/New_Code.pdf

Accessed on November 12th, 2017.