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Journal of Politeness Research

Language, Behaviour, Culture

Ed. by Grainger, Karen

2 Issues per year

IMPACT FACTOR 2013: 0.800
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 1.686
Rank 58 out of 169 in category Linguistics in the 2013 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Report/Social Sciences Edition

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 1.628
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): 0.740

ERIH category 2011: INT2


Aims and Scope

Contributions to the Journal of Politeness Research focus on various aspects of politeness as a complex linguistic and non-linguistic phenomenon. The multidisciplinary journal broadens and sharpens the understanding of the nature of politeness by providing a much-needed forum for synergies to develop between researchers approaching politeness from different disciplinary angles. The journal also strengthens and widens the existing cross-cultural and intercultural body of politeness research by encouraging new contributions from lesser-studied cultures and languages. Journal of Politeness Research is associated with the work of the international Linguistic Politeness Research Group (LPRG).

Instructions for Authors

1. Submitting an article for publication

Manuscripts should be submitted online to: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jplr

Manuscripts of articles (approx. 50,000-60,000 characters, including punctuation, spaces, etc.) should be in English. Authors whose native language is not English are asked to have their article carefully checked by a native speaker.

2. Peer review
The journal operates a double-blind peer review that usually takes four months. Submissions are sent to 2 reviewers.

3. Formatting and style
Once accepted for publication, the author(s) will be required to submit the final version electronically conforming to journal style. Please see the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet for details regarding journal style. If possible, a common wordprocessing program such as WORD should be used. Any special characters used should be labeled and clearly identified at their first occurrence. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to reject any articles that do not conform to the requirements.

4. Permissions
Copies of any letters granting permission to reproduce illustrations or tables from other sources, or lengthy quoted passages, must be included with the manuscript.

5. Proofs
Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays and extra costs at proofing. Authors will receive PDF proofs for correction which must be returned by dates given in the publication schedule.

6. Offprints
Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution. Guest editors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue.

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Karen Grainger
Department of Humanities
Sheffield Hallam University
Owen Building
S1 1WB
e-mail: Politeness.Research@degruyter.com

Review Editor

Bethan Davies
University of Leeds, UK
e-mail: B.L.Davies@leeds.ac.uk

Editorial Assistants

Wendy Patterson
Newark, UK

Isabelle Van Der Bom
University of Sheffield, UK
e-mail: i.vanderbom@sheffield.ac.uk

Editorial Board

Christine Christie (Loughborough University, UK)
Bethan Davies (Leeds University, UK)
Andrew Merrison (York St John University, UK)
Sara Mills (Sheffield Hallam University, UK)
Louise Mullany (Nottingham University, UK)

Advisory Board

Robert Arundale (University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA)
Penelope Brown (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands)
Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University, UK)
Sandra Harris (Nottingham Trent University, UK)
Michael Haugh (Griffith University, Australia)
Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Thomas Holtgraves (Ball State University, Indiana, USA)
Juliane House (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Richard Janney (Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich, Germany)
Daniel Kadar (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Luanga Kasanga (University of Bahrain)
Gabriele Kasper (University of Hawai’i, USA)
Abdennour Kharraki (University Mohammed 1, Morocco)
Miriam Locher (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Sinfree Bullock Makoni (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Rosina Marquez-Reiter (University of Surrey, UK)
Yoshiko Matsumoto (Stanford University, California, USA)
David Morand (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Jim O'Driscoll (University of Huddersfield, UK)
Yuling Pan (United States Census Bureau, USA)
Barbara Pizziconi (SOAS, University of London, UK)
Sukriye Ruhi (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
Maria Sifianou (University of Athens, Greece)
Helen Spencer Oatey (University of Warwick, UK)
Marina Terkourafi (University of Illinois, USA)

I welcome a new journal dedicated to politeness studies as it is difficult to think of a recent research space in which more has been contributed to our understanding of interpersonal communication. An editorial team of the highest quality has been assembled to give direction to this new venture and the journal will undoubtedly provide even greater impetus to the expansion of ever more powerful and influential research in the field."
Professor Ronald Carter, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham

"This is a much needed new journal which will provide a focal point for research exploring politeness and impoliteness. Researchers and students can now read about work detailing the latest advances in theory and methodology as well as the latest findings from empirical studies, all in one coherent publication. The journal will be invaluable to anyone working in the field."
Jennifer Coates, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Roehampton University

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