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Instructions for contributors

NEW: CJL/RCL has moved to online submissions. All articles should now be uploaded through our ScholarOne system.

The ScholarOne system can be accessed here.

1. Editorial policy

The Canadian Journal of Linguistics publishes articles of original research in linguistics in both English and French. The articles deal with linguistic theory, linguistic description of natural languages, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, first and second language acquisition, and other areas of interest to linguists.

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Following acceptance of a paper, the author will be asked to assign copyright (on certain conditions) to the Canadian Linguistic Association/l'Association canadienne de linguistique. Please visit for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository. Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

2. Contact details

The editors of the journal are:

-Elizabeth Cowper, University of Toronto, Canada

-Heather Newell, Université du Québec à Montréal

Any queries about editorial policy should be submitted to the following email address:

The review editor is:

Catherine Léger, University of Victoria, Canada

Unsolicited reviews and review articles are not accepted but offers can be made to the review editor, to whom all other queries about reviews or review articles should also be directed, using this email address:

The review editor's postal address, which may be used to submit volumes for review, is:

Catherine Léger
Department of French
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 1700, STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

3. Submission of Articles and Squibs

Submit articles through the CJL/RCL ScholarOne system.

a. Anonymity: Do not include your name on the first page of the manuscript or in an acknowledgement note. Do not cite your work in a way that identifies you.

b. Contact Information and Confirmation of Original Research: In an accompanying document, give the following information:

  1. (i) Your full name and contact information, as well as your academic affiliation (e.g., university name) and status (e.g., professor, doctoral student).
  2. (ii) Explicit confirmation that the research reported in the manuscript has not been published or accepted for publication in any other journal, and that the paper is not under consideration by any other journal If an earlier version of the paper has been published or presented elsewhere, or has been reviewed by another journal, please disclose this.

c. Articles only: Manuscripts are to be a maximum of 50 double-spaced A4 or US letter pages, including notes and references. Provide a one-paragraph abstract (150 words, no references) in English or French, and five keywords that relate to the content of the manuscript.

d. Squibs only: Squib manuscripts should be no more than 12 double-spaced A4 or US letter pages long. Squibs are short commentaries that bring attention to a new data set or explore a specific theoretical or methodological point.

A squib should address one or more of the following points:

  1. • empirical phenomena that challenge accepted generalizations;
  2. • empirical phenomena that are problematic for some aspect of a theory or method;
  3. • empirical phenomena that confirm predictions of a theory in an area where the theory has not previously been tested;
  4. • empirical phenomena that fall outside the scope of any existing theory or method;
  5. • inconsistencies in a theory or method;
  6. • inconsistencies in a set of frequently adopted theoretical or methodological assumptions;
  7. • unnoticed assumptions underlying a theory or method;
  8. • supplementary assumptions that a theory needs in order to make desired predictions;
  9. • little-known or forgotten literature that discusses issues of immediate theoretical or methodological relevance.

Formatting requirements for articles and squibs

a. Margins: At least 2.5 cm (1 in.) on all sides.

b. Line-spacing: double-spaced throughout (including footnotes and references).

c. Font: Use a 12-point font.

d. Footnotes: Place at the bottom of the page.

e. Paragraphs: Except for the first paragraph under a heading, indent each new paragraph. After an example, when the text is the continuation of the text preceding the example, the first line must be flush left; otherwise indent.

f. Special formatting: At the submission stage, tree diagrams, figures, and special characters (phonetic symbols, symbols from non-Latin alphabets, etc.) must be clearly readable. Figures may be placed in the text at the appropriate place, or at the end of the article.

g. Abbreviations: To the extent possible, follow the abbreviations given in the Leipzig Glossing Rules, available at Provide a complete list of all abbreviations used in the manuscript, along with their meanings, as a footnote on the first abbreviation used.

4. Submission of Book Reviews

Make arrangements with the book review editor before submitting a book review.

Submit manuscripts of book reviews electronically to the book review editor. Book reviews should be 1000–1500 words in length.

Find a list of books available for review here.

Book Review formatting requirements

a. Begin review with the reference of the book, following the format used in the list of books received of a previous issue or the online list of available books. Follow with the name of the author of the review, with affiliation or place of residence.

b. Place references to pages in the body of the review between parentheses and include "p.''or "pp.'': (p.6) or (pp.34–36). Otherwise, the style for articles and reviews is identical.

c. Provide a properly formatted list of references for all works cited other than the book under review (see the guidelines in the Reference section in the Style Guide).

5. Formatting of accepted articles and squibs for typesetting

Please see the detailed style guide for specific formatting requirements.

6. Proofs

The corresponding author will initially receive a 1st proof (PDF) on which all corrections and amendments should made, carefully following the instructions included with the proof.

7. Image files

If you are supplying figures with your article, please follow these guidelines whenever possible:

Please use Tiffs or Jpegs for work containing tones such a scanned artwork and photographs, setting the resolution at 300dpi for the figure at its finished size. If creating graphs and line diagrams please supply any original line or line-and-tone work in eps or pdf format to preserve the original line work at its highest quality.

If you require a more comprehensive guide to artwork please visit our Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide.

8. English Language Editing Services

Authors, particularly those whose first language is not English, may wish to have their English-language manuscripts checked by a native speaker before submission. This is optional, but may help to ensure that the academic content of the paper is fully understood by the editor and any reviewers. We list a number of third-party services specializing in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate.

Please note that the use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense. Use of these services does not guarantee that the manuscript will be accepted for publication, nor does it restrict the author to submitting to a Cambridge published journal.

9. Offprints

In lieu of offprints, contributors will be supplied with a PDF file of their contribution upon publication.

(Last updated 12 January 2017)