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Instructions for contributors

Please note that the Journal of Linguistics will soon be moving to an online submission system, ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please ensure you consult the most recent information for contributors available at the time of submission.

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 ARTICLES which make a clear contribution to current debate in theoretical linguistics. The language of submission and publication is English.

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 email must include a note making a case for an exception to this limit.

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

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 Review 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 Review 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 Review Editor.

A REVIEW ARTICLE should be a more substantial piece of work than a book review. It should not just summarise and evaluate the book. Rather 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 to do so within a reasonable time-frame. Unsolicited review articles are not accepted but offers can be made by contacting the Review 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 will 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 Melanie Green

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

Dr Melanie Green
Review Editor, Journal of Linguistics
Arts B250
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QN UK


In order to minimise delays to refereeing and publication, authors are encouraged to follow the instructions below, and the journal’s Style Guide, in the preparation of their manuscript. The Style Guide will be accessed at

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. We list a number of third-party services specialising 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.

Authors should submit to the Managing Editor an anonymous electronic copy of the paper in an anonymised PDF file email attachment. The email message must include (i) the name(s) of the author(s) and full contact details; (ii) the full title of the paper; (iii) an abstract of up to 200 words summarising the content of the paper; (iv) a list of about five keywords or key phrases; (v) a statement of the entire length of the paper in word/page numbers (up to 15,000 words/60 double-spaced pages); and (vi) a statement that the paper is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere and if it has already been refereed as a submission elsewhere, that it has been revised in the light of reasonable referee feedback. If the paper has been refereed as submission to some other publication, please ensure that any plausible 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. Please ensure that the abstract and keywords/key phrases are included in the file with the paper as well as pasted separately into the submission email.

For the purpose of refereeing, an article should be anonymous. This means that the name(s) and address(es) of the author(s) should not be included in the file and that, as far as possible, the author(s) should not be identifiable from the references in the text and the acknowledgements. The file itself should not reveal the author’s identity through the information that may be present in the file’s Properties when accessed from within the file. (Properties will be found under the File tab.)

Updated 22 May 2017