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Instructions for contributors

Published for the Society for Germanic Linguistics and the Forum for Germanic Language Studies by Cambridge University Press

The Journal of Germanic Linguistics (JGL), the journal of the Society for Germanic Linguistics (SGL), carries original articles, reviews, and notes on synchronic and diachronic issues pertaining to Germanic languages and dialects from the earliest phases to the present, including English (to 1500) and the extraterritorial varieties.Contributions are invited on the phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic analysis of these languages and dialects, as well as their historical development, both linguistic and textual. Especially welcome are contributions which address questions of interest to a broad range of scholars concerned with general issues in formal theory, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. The JGL places no restrictions on the subject or method of contributions submitted, quality as judged by anonymous peer review being the sole criterion of acceptance. Membership in the SGL is not required for publication; contributions from non-SGL members and from all countries are invited. The language of publication is normally English, though high-quality manuscripts in German will be considered. The JGL is published quarterly, in March, June, September, and December.

Editorial Addresses

Manuscripts for submission should be sent to the Chair of the Editorial Committee, Prof. Tracy Alan Hall, Department of Germanic Studies, Global and International Studies Building 3103, Indiana University, 355 North Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-1105, USA; e-mail:

Books for review and review manuscripts should be sent to Prof. B. Richard Page, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, The Pennsylvania State University, 311 Burrowes Building, University Park, PA 16802; e-mail

Applications for SGL membership should be sent to Prof. Robert B. Howell, Department of German, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 818 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706, USA; e-mail:

  1. 1. Manuscripts of articles should be submitted electronically in PDF format to the Chair of the Editorial Committee. They are refereed by at least two competent scholars in a double-blind evaluation process. Authors should not identify themselves in the text. identification should be provided in a separate file or on a separate sheet giving the title, name of author(s), affiliation, preferred mailing address, telephone number(s), fax number, and e-mail address. Authors will be informed of a decision within two to four months.
  2. 2. When submitting a manuscript, authors should also send by electronic mail an abstract of about 100 words to the Chair of the Editorial Committee. This abstract should also be typed (double spaced) and included with the submitted manuscript.
  3. 3. Contributors should make every effort to prepare their manuscripts cleanly an neatly. Manuscripts should be typed double spaced throughout (including abstracts, block quotations, and references) using an 8.5 x 11-inch (or DIN A4) page setting, with no less than 1-inch margins on all four sides.
  4. 4. Charges apply for all color figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in color in the online version only, or whether they should appear in color online and in the print version. There is no charge for including color figures in the online version of the Journal but it must be clear that color is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request color figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.
  5. 5. All manuscripts should carefully follow the style sheet of the Linguistic Society of America (as used in Language), except that the JGL uses double quotation marks to introduce quotes that are run into the text. Single quotation marks are used only for glosses and for quotes within quotes. The LSA Style Sheet is printed annually in the December issue of the LSA Bulletin and in abbreviated for on the inside back cover of Language; it is also available online through the LSA website at Manuscripts not conforming to this style may have to be revised by their authors, especially with regard to references and notes.
  6. 6. Contributions written in English are welcomed from all countries. 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. Cambridge offers a service which authors can learn about here. 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.
  7. 7. For accepted manuscripts it will be necessary to submit a final electronic version in a commonly used word-processing program.
  8. 8. Receipt of manuscripts will be promptly acknowledged. Fax submissions will not be accepted. Manuscripts will not be returned unless postage and a self-addressed envelope are supplied.
  9. 9. Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not been previously published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere. A Copyright Transfer Agreement, with certain specified rights reserved by the author, must be signed and returned to the Chair of the Editorial Committee by senior authors of accepted manuscripts, prior to publication. This is necessary for the wide distribution of research findings, and the protection of both the author and the Society under copyright law.
  10. 10. Please visit for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

Last updated 19th October 2015