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Instructions for contributors

Please note that the Journal of Linguistics has now moved to an online submission system. All new submissions are to be submitted through JL's ScholarOne Manuscripts site: Prior to submission, please ensure you consult the revised Instructions for Contributors information below.

Papers which are being resubmitted after revisions should be sent directly to the Managing Editor, by e-mail.

Instructions for contributors and the LaTex template files for submission can be found following the links below:

Instructions for contributors

Style Guide

LaTeX template files for submission

Journal of Linguistics

Editorial policy

The Journal of Linguistics is concerned with all branches of theoretical linguistics. Preference is given to RESEARCH ARTICLES which make a clear contribution to current debate in theoretical linguistics. The language of submission and publication is English.

In a new development, Journal of Linguistics’ Editors are pleased to invite well-developed proposals for occasional GUEST-EDITED SPECIAL ISSUES. Special issue papers will have strong theoretical content and be accessible to the broad JL readership. Potential Guest Editors are asked to submit a synopsis of the proposed special issue (up to three pages), outlining how – in line with the aims of the Journal of Linguistics – the collection as a whole would contribute to current debate in theoretical linguistics and how each paper would fit into the volume as a whole. Proposals will be subject to editorial consideration and approval. The papers will undergo the standard JL refereeing procedure (three external referees per paper) and one of the JL Editors will be dedicated to collaborate with the Guest Editors during the process. The space available for a special issue is up to 232 printed pages. Special issue proposals can be submitted to the Journal's Managing Editor, Ewa Jaworska (

With regard to RESEARCH ARTICLES, only papers of no more than 60 double-spaced pages/15,000 words, including references and footnotes, should normally be submitted for consideration for publication in the Journal. This applies to new submissions, papers revised and resubmitted after refereeing, and final version of papers accepted for publication. If a longer manuscript is submitted for some reason, the covering letter must include a note making a case for an exception to this limit.

The editors are pleased to announce a new occasional section of articles, LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD. Articles in this section are to examine some notion, concept, assumption or theoretical position, to assess its role in the development of theoretical linguistics and to consider its current status and the key questions it raises for future theoretical research. The theme, scope and accessibility of the papers should be consistent with the Journal’s editorial policy. The papers are subject to the JL's standard refereeing procedure. In the inaugural article in this section, Larry Hyman examines underlying representations in generative phonology, the importance of the concept and its continued usefulness as a theoretical notion.

A NOTES AND DISCUSSION contribution is appropriate in particular for comments on articles published earlier in JL and for squibs.

A BOOK REVIEW is a short summary and evaluation of the content of the book, which also contextualises it in terms of current debate. Reviews in JL are generally no more than 2000 words in length, as commissioned by the Reviews Editor. Manuscripts which substantially exceed the word limit may be cut or sent back to the author to be shortened. If neither is acceptable to the author, the Reviews Editor may ask for the book to be returned so that another reviewer can be found. Unsolicited book reviews are generally not accepted but offers can be made by contacting the Reviews Editor.

A REVIEW ARTICLE is a more substantial piece of work than a book review. Apart from clearly summarising and evaluating the book, it should seek to take up some of the ideas in the book and take the debate forward either by extending them in some way or by taking issue with them. The review article should also seek to place the book in its wider linguistic context by referring to other literature within the sub-field. Potentially, a review article is as important a contribution to the field as an ordinary article. For this reason, all review articles will be refereed before publication, so, as an author, you should expect to receive comments and suggestions for changes, and should be prepared to revise your initial draft before publication, and do so within a reasonable time-frame. Unsolicited review articles are not accepted but offers can be made by contacting the Reviews Editor.

Submission of an article is taken to imply that it has not previously been published, and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. If the paper has been refereed previously as submission to some other publication, please ensure that any reasonable input from the referees has been incorporated so that those referees’ efforts are not neglected.

Following acceptance of a paper, the author will be asked to assign copyright (on certain conditions) to Cambridge University Press. Details can be viewed at

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.

Papers accepted for publication in JL are published online, in FirstView, ahead of their print publication. Following publication, authors receive a PDF file with their contribution.

Cambridge University Press’s policy on author self-archiving applies to JL. For full details, please see In short, permissions for author self-archiving under this policy are as follows:

Personal Webpage

Departmental / Institutional Repository

Non-commercial Subject Repository

Commercial Repository / Social Media Sites

Submitted Manuscript Under Review

At any time

At any time

At any time

At any time

Accepted Manuscript

On acceptance

On acceptance

On acceptance

Abstract only

Version of Record

Abstract only plus link to Cambridge site

Abstract only plus link to Cambridge site

Abstract only plus link to Cambridge site

Abstract only plus link to Cambridge site

This policy is compliant with all known funding mandates and applies no embargo period to the non-commercial posting of the Accepted Manuscript. Under this policy Cambridge will remain a SHERPA/RoMEO ‘Green’ Open Access publisher. On the other hand, the policy acts to protect the exclusivity of the final Version of Record by prohibiting the posting of this version. By securing the Version of Record, we secure the value of a journal subscription and thus the revenue source on which the ‘Green’ model of Open Access relies.

Contact details

General correspondence and offers to contribute to the notes and discussion section should be sent by email to the Editors:

Professor Kersti Börjars

Professor Helen de Hoop

Dr S. J. Hannahs

Dr Hans van de Koot

Submissions of articles and related correspondence, general enquiries and questions about the form of the manuscript not covered in the ‘Submissions’ section below should be sent by email to the Managing Editor:

Dr Ewa Jaworska

Book reviews and offers of book reviews and review articles should be sent by email to the Review Editor:

Dr Laura Bailey

Books for review should be sent to the Review Editor at the following address:

Dr Laura Bailey
Reviews Editor, Journal of Linguistics
English Language & Linguistics
School of European Culture and Languages
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF


In order to minimise delays to refereeing and publication, authors are encouraged to follow the journal’s Style Guide in the preparation of their manuscript.

With the exceptions spelled out in the Style Guide, JL’s style for References follows the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals (

JL welcomes submissions in LaTeX. Please see the Style Guide for further information.

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. Several third-party services specialising in language editing and/or translation are listed at Authors can contact them directly 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 journal published by Cambridge.

Authors submit their papers through an online system ScholarOne Manuscripts at If the paper has been refereed as submission to some other publication, please ensure that any relevant input from the referees has been incorporated so that those referees’ efforts are not neglected. All papers will normally be read by three anonymous referees. All abstracts are sent to potential referees and the published version of an article always includes an abstract and keywords/key phrases.

For the purpose of refereeing, the paper and the text in any additional files submitted for refereeing must be anonymous. This means that the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) should not be included in the file(s) and that, as far as possible, the author(s) should not be identifiable from the references in the text; acknowledgements should be omitted. The file itself should not reveal the author’s identity through the information that may be present in the file’s Properties To anonymise a PDF file in Adobe Acrobat, for example, follow the steps via: Tools > Protection > Remove Hidden Information.

Updated 14 February 2018