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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to all of the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Editorial instructions, which is found in "For Authors".
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Copyright: Authors are responsible for observing the laws of copyright when quoting or reproducing material. Submissions should be made electronically as e-mail attachments at the following address:

All submissions should be made electronically (in Word for Windows .doc files or compatible).

Document setup: The main body of the text is 118 mm x 170mm which does not include running headers and footnotes (the full physical page size including all margins will be 148mm x 210mm).

The page size is A5 (14.8cm x 21cm), margins as follows:
Top: 2.5cm
Bottom: 1.5cm
Left: 2.1cm
Right: 2.1cm
Header: 1.5cm
Footer: 0

Font: Times New Roman
Main text 10 point
Notes and Quotations 9 point (quotations both side-indentation 5mm, single empty line before and after)
Primary headings 16 point, title case
Secondary headings 12 point, bold

Paragraph indentations .5mm
References hanging indentation .5mm

Ensure that each chapter of your text, as well as frontmatter (dedication, title, preface, forward, introduction or introductory note, contents ) and endmatter (appendixes, endnotes, bibliographies, index) begins on a new page.
Use Times New Roman: 10 pts fonts for the main text and all additional parts except endnotes and index (where you should use 9pts), and chapter headings (where you should use 16pts). All text should be single-spaced.

Chapters: Begin a chapter with the word ‘chapter’ followed by a number, centred, font size: 16pt, small caps:
Leave an empty line (font size: 10pt) and follow it by the entire title formatted in the same way (with no full stop at the end). Add three empty lines (font size: 10pt) before the first line of text. Remember that each chapter begins on a new page.
Parts: If you would like to gather chapters into a number of parts in the book, then use a new page for the title of the part, which you should position somewhere in the top half of the page (make sure that all parts headings are positioned in exactly the same way). Use capitalised Roman numerals for the part number as follows:
Part I

Part IX
Subheadings within chapters: For A-level subheadings, use 12pts, in bold. Leave two empty lines before, and one empty line after the subheading. For B-level subheadings, use 11pts in bold (same as remainder of the text). Again, leave two empty lines before and one empty line after the subheading. Make sure all empty lines are 10pt.

Appendixes: Treat as chapters, replacing the number by a letter:

Number your pages with font size 9pts. For even pages place the number flush left, while for odd number pages, flush right. All material before the introduction should be numbered using Roman numerals, all material after, using Arabic numerals.

Place a running header in the centre of every page except the first (title) page of each chapter, appendix, or preface, acknowledgement, foreword, table of contents, illustrations, notes, index, etc. Even numbered pages should read ‘Chapter (Number spelled out)’ and odd numbered pages the title of the chapter. If the title is too long, use an abbreviated version (there are no hard and fast rules – use your judgement for how best to abbreviate it). Use 9pts for all headers, and capitalise.

References should conform to the following examples:

Allerton, D. J. 1982. Valency and the English Verb. New York: Academic Press.
Hale, K. and S. J. Keyser (eds). 1993. The View from Building 20: Essays in Linguistics in Honour of Sylvain Bromberger. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
Joyce, P. W. 1979. English as We Speak it in Ireland. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. [Originally published in 1910 by Gill & Son, Ltd, Dublin].
Lakoff, G. and M. Johnson. 1980. Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Article in journal:
Kemmer, S. and A. Verhagen. 1994. The grammar of causatives and the conceptual structure of events. Cognitive Linguistics 5: 115–156.

Article in collection of articles:
Chomsky, N. 1993. A minimalist program for linguistic theory. In K. Hale and S. J. Keyser (eds) The View from Building 20: Essays in Linguistics in Honour of Sylvain Bromberger. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press: 1–39.