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Author Guidelines

Contributors are requested to submit their manuscripts as Word documents (.doc or .docx) in the following format:

  • Paper size: A4.
  • Top and bottom margins: 3 cm.
  • Left-hand side and right-hand side margins: 2.5 cm.
  • Line spacing: single (no additional space before or after paragraphs or headings).
  • Font: Times New Roman.
  • Font size: 12.
  • The manuscript must be accompanied by an Abstract (max. 300 words) and up to five appropriate key words. If the article is in a language other than English, an English translation of the abstract must accompany the manuscript (for certain special issues an extended English abstract of 1500 words may be required).
  • No authors' names or affiliations should appear on the manuscript itself.
  • A single page with the following information must be uploaded as a supplementary file (in Step 4 of the submission process):
    Title of the manuscript (in sentence case)
    Authors' names (as they will appear on the manuscript)
    Authors' affiliations (departmental affiliation, university, country and e-mail address)
  • Sections of text must have numbered headings (starting with the Introduction which must be numbered 1).
  • One line must be left open between all paragraphs, and between headings and the preceding and following paragraphs.
  • Paragraphs must be justified, with no indentation of the first line.
  • Notes must take the form of footnotes (not endnotes).
  • An alphabetical, unnumbered list of sources, under the heading References, must follow the concluding section of the article.
  • References in the reference list must have the following format:

    Chomsky, N. 1995. The minimalist program. Cambridge and London: MIT Press.

    Poplack, A., S. Wheeler and A. Westwood. 1989. Distinguishing language contact phenomena: Evidence from Finnish-English bilingualism. In K. Hyltenstam and L.K. Obler (eds.) Bilingualism across the lifespan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    White, L. 1991. Adverb placement in second language acquisition: Some effects of positive and negative evidence in the classroom. Second Language Research 7(1): 133-161.
  • References in the text must have the following format:

    Kageyama and Willows (1989:74) claim that words have special morphological properties that distinguish them from syntactic phrases and sentences.

    Words have special morphological properties that distinguish them from syntactic phrases and sentences (Kageyama and Willows 1989:74).
  • For guidelines/suggestions regarding the conventions for interlinear morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, please see the Leipzig Glossing Rules.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  3. As SPIL is a peer-reviewed journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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