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Multimodality & Society

Multimodality & Society


eISSN: 26349809 | ISSN: 26349795 | Current volume: 2 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly
Multimodality & Society consolidates and advances the development of multimodal research theory, methodologies, and contributes to empirical understanding of how multimodality shapes the social landscape of interaction and communication.

Multimodality & Society is an inter-disciplinary journal that understands communication and representation to be more than about language. The field of multimodality has been developed over the past 20 years to systematically address much-debated questions about changes in society, for instance in relation to new media and technologies. It provides concepts, methods and a framework for the collection and analysis of visual, aural, embodied, material, and spatial aspects of interaction and environments, and the relationships between these. Multimodality & Society consolidates and advances the development of multimodal research theory, methodologies, and contribute to empirical understanding of how multimodality shapes the social landscape of interaction and communication. It welcomes high-quality research with a commitment to multimodality, with a scope that emphasizes:

  • Accounting for a full range of modes, moving beyond the visual and language
  • Foregrounding multimodal interaction and texts-in-action, rather than texts or objects
  • Interrogating the digital, and how its use reshapes multimodality
  • Investigating the role of material, social and cultural resources in multimodal interaction and Communication
  • Critiquing, mapping, consolidating, and advancing multimodal theory, concepts and methods
  • Exploring the potentials of interdisciplinary innovative multimodal research

The journal engages with the social landscape of interaction and communication, drawing on multimodal work undertaken within a range of fields of application (e.g. health and well-being, work, formal and informal learning, leisure, governance and politics), and with respect to a range of topics (e.g. identity, social justice). Multimodal theory has significant international reach and the journal focuses on the international social landscape of interaction and communication.

Editors
Elisabetta Adami University of Leeds (United Kingdom)
Arlene Archer University of Cape Town, South Africa
Anders Björkvall Örebro University, Sweden
Clarice Gualberto Universidad Federal do Minas Gerais, Brazil
Carey Jewitt University College London, UK
Lalitha Vasudevan Teachers College, Columbia University
Fei Victor Lim Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Editorial Advisory Board
Ahmed Abdel-Raheem University of Bremen, Germany
Adeyemi Adegoju Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Danielle Almeida Universidade Federal da Paraiba, Brazil
Felix Banda University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Jeff Bezemer University College London, UK
Mehul Bhatt Örebro University, Sweden
Wendy Bowcher Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China
Christopher Brown Minnesota State University, USA
Kristina Danielsson Linnæus University, Sweden
Zhang Delu Tongji University, China
Sophia Diamantoupoulou University College London, UK
Emilia Djonov Macquarie University, Australia
Nina Eidsheim University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
William Feng Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Vaike Fors Halmstad University, Sweden
Øystein Gilje Oslo University, Norway
Anna Harris Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Anna Hickey-Moody RMIT University, Australia
Tuomo Hiippala University of Helsinki, Finland
Markus Höellerer UNSW Sydney Business School, Australia
David Howes Concordia University, Canada
Hsuan l. Hsu University of California, USA
Annelies Kusters Herriot-Watt University, UK
Theo Van Leeuwen University of Southern Denmark
Fredrik Lindstrand University of Arts, Crafts, and Design, Sweden
Deborah Lupton University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia
David Machin Zhejiang University, China
Arianna Maiorani Loughborough University, UK
Dominique Manghi Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
Simon McKerrell Newcastle University, UK
Ilaria Moschini University of Florence, Italy
Nina Nørgaard University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Kay O’Halloran University of Liverpool, UK
Mark Paterson University of Pittsburgh, USA
Amiena Peck University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Bruna Petreca Royal College of Art, UK
Gitte Rasmussen University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Jennifer Rowsell University of Sheffield, UK
Rose Satiko Hikiji University of São Paulo, Brazil
Sachi Sekimoto Minnesota State University, USA
Ulrike Schroeder Universidade Federal do Minas Gerais, Brazil
Ciao-I Tseng Universität Bremen, Germany
Phillip Vannini Royal Roads University, Canada
Lalitha Vasudevan Columbia University, USA
Dylan Yamada-Rice Royal College of Art, UK
Michele Zappavigna University of New South Wales, Australia
Yiqiong Zhang Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China

Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Multimodality & Society

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mmas to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

SAGE Publishing disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Multimodality & Society will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this Journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere. Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that Multimodality & Society will consider submissions of papers that have been posted on preprint servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the Journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the Journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

If you have any questions about publishing with SAGE, please visit the SAGE Journal Solutions Portal.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.5 Research Data
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplemental material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information
    7.1 Appealing the publication decision

 

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to Multimodality & Society, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope Multimodality & Society is an inter-disciplinary approach that understands communication and representation to be more than about language. It has been developed over the past 20 years to systematically address much-debated questions about changes in society, for instance in relation to new media and technologies. It provides concepts, methods and a framework for the collection and analysis of visual, aural, embodied, material, and spatial aspects of interaction and environments, and the relationships between these. Multimodality & Society consolidates and advances the development of multimodal research theory, methodologies, and contribute to empirical understanding of how multimodality shapes the social landscape of interaction and communication. It welcomes high-quality research with a commitment to multimodality, with a scope that emphasizes:

  • Accounting for a full range of modes, moving beyond the visual and language
  • Foregrounding multimodal interaction and texts-in-action, rather than texts or objects
  • Interrogating the digital, and how its use reshapes multimodality
  • Investigating the role of material, social and cultural resources in multimodal interaction and Communication
  • Critiquing, mapping, consolidating, and advancing multimodal theory, concepts and methods
  • Exploring the potentials of interdisciplinary innovative multimodal research

The journal engages with the social landscape of interaction and communication, drawing on multimodal work undertaken within a range of fields of application (e.g. health and well-being, work, formal and informal learning, leisure, governance and politics), and with respect to a range of topics (e.g. identity, social justice). Multimodal theory has significant international reach and the journal focuses on the international social landscape of interaction and communication.

1.2 Article Types

Multimodality & Society accepts the following article types:

Research papers: These will include an even balance of theoretical/methodological papers and empirically grounded research papers (6-8,000 words)

Practitioner Reflections: These engage with the ideas, practices and concerns of practitioners (e.g. architects, designers, educators, crafts people) working in fields where multimodality and multimodal tools and practices are central (1-2,000 words)

Multimodal Sensations: These will extend the notion of the visual essay, utilising the digital potential of the journal (4-8 pages)

Book Reviews: These include reviews of books, exhibitions, analytical multimodal research tools, and online resources (1-2,000 words)

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

Multimodality & Society operates a strictly anonymized peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed.

As standard practice, SAGE does not permit the use of author-suggested reviewers.

Multimodality & Society is committed to delivering high quality, fast peer-review for your paper, and as such has partnered with Publons. Publons is a third-party service that seeks to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for [Journal] can opt in to Publons in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s decision and the content of their review is not published on the site. For more information visit the Publons website.

The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the Journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

  • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
  • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
  • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests

Multimodality & Society encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

2.5 Research data

The journal is committed to facilitating openness, transparency and reproducibility of research, and has the following research data sharing policy. For more information, including FAQs please visit the SAGE Research Data policy pages.

Subject to appropriate ethical and legal considerations, authors are encouraged to:

  • share your research data in a relevant public data repository
  • include a data availability statement linking to your data. If it is not possible to share your data, we encourage you to consider using the statement to explain why it cannot be shared.
  • cite this data in your research

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

Multimodality & Society and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

Multimodality & Society offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. A LaTex template is available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplemental material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

4.4 Reference style

Multimodality & Society adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the Journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

Multimodality & Society is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mmas to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the Journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.1 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this Journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. The affiliation listed in the manuscript should be the institution where the research was conducted. If an author has moved to a new institution since completing the research, the new affiliation can be included in a manuscript note at the end of the paper. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit or by email, and corrections should be made directly or notified to us promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. 

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Multimodality & Society editorial office as follows:

Evy Al-Adhami Samuelsson: e.samuelsson@ucl.ac.uk

 

7.1 Appealing the publication decision

Editors have very broad discretion in determining whether an article is an appropriate fit for their journal. Many manuscripts are declined with a very general statement of the rejection decision. These decisions are not eligible for formal appeal unless the author believes the decision to reject the manuscript was based on an error in the review of the article, in which case the author may appeal the decision by providing the Editor with a detailed written description of the error they believe occurred.

If an author believes the decision regarding their manuscript was affected by a publication ethics breach, the author may contact the publisher with a detailed written description of their concern, and information supporting the concern, at publication_ethics@sagepub.com

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