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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.
  • I/we have read the Notes to Contributors section of the webpage, and have followed the guidelines given on that page.
  • I/we have used this tool to confirm that the pdf manuscript conforms to the limits on manuscript length.

  • I acknowledge that I may be responsible for covering the additional costs associated with printing for an article that contains color images. See the Notes to Contributors for more information.
  • 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).
  • The submission does not contain any personally identifying information, as this is a double-blind peer-review process. See this page for more information about how to ensure anonymity.
  • This submission conforms to the LSA's guidelines with regard to inclusive language, both in terms of general writing style and in terms of examples.
  • I/we understand that at least one author must be a current member of the Linguistic Society of America at the time of publication.
  • The author or authors understand that submission of an item to this journal constitutes acceptance of the policies on personal data collection and use mentioned in the Privacy Statement at the bottom of this page.
  • At STEP 3 of the submission process (metadata entry), only the SECTION selected for this submission is to be entered in the SUBJECTS field.
  • The field or fields of linguistics that best characterize this submission have been indicated on the form embedded here. Note: submission of this form does not constitute completion of the submission process. There are several additional steps.

Author Guidelines

Articles submitted for review do not have to follow the Language style sheet. In fact, it is best if articles that are still in the reviewing stage are formatted and presented in a way that makes them easy to read and understand. This means, for instance, keeping figures and tables where they most appropriately belong in the text, and using footnotes rather than endnotes. We encourage you to keep ease of reading in mind when preparing your manuscript for initial submission.

All manuscripts must be submitted as a single file in PDF format. Submissions in a different file format, or that consist of multiple files, may be returned to authors without review.

Upon acceptance for publication, submissions will have to be revised to conform strictly to the Language style sheet, and will need to be provided both in PDF format and as a basic word processing file in .docx, .tex, .rtf, or a similar format.

See Notes to Contributors for further information about submitting to this journal and Sections of Language for descriptions of sections and their polices that may assist you in selecting a section for your submission. The name of the section you choose should be entered in the SUBJECTS field that your are required to fill out in the submission process.

Book Reviews (Invited Only)

Book reviews are 1200-2000 word pieces that summarize the content of the volume, assess its quality, and note its contribution to the field.  Book reviews appear in the journal Language. Submissions for this section are exclusively solicited by the book reviews editor; unsolicited book reviews will be rejected upon receipt. 

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