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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Manuscripts should be 7,000 to 10,000 words in length, all parts included. A manuscript should be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word (.doc) file to langint@indiana.edu. Please attach any figures as separate .jpg or .gif files and also include them in the manuscript, in the position you would like to see them appear.

Before submission, remove any information in the manuscript that could reveal your identity, including self-citations that point to the author(s). These should be cited as Author ([year]) in the body text and listed as Author ([year]) only, alphabetized under 'A', in the References at the end of the manuscript.

In the cover email, authors should provide their name, address, title of the paper, and a short abstract (100 to 200 words). Authors are expected to follow the standard academic practice of not submitting an article to more than one publication venue at a time. Manuscripts may be submitted at any time. Accepted and finalized articles are published individually when they are ready.

Citations and references should follow APA style (American Psychological Association, currently in its 7th edition). In addition, please observe the following:

  • Include any available DOIs in your list of references.
  • Do not use Endnote or other reference software when preparing your manuscript.
  • Do not number sections. To distinguish levels of heading, use 14 pt bolded font for Level 1, 12 pt bolded and italicized font for Level 2, 12 pt italicized font for Level 3, and 12 pt italicized font followed by a period and the text of the subsection starting on the same line for Level 4. Level 1-3 section headings should use Title Case, and Level 4 section headings should use Sentence case.
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Use plain quotation marks ("x" or 'x'), rather than smart quotes. Use double quotation marks (“x”) for quotations within the running text. Quotations inside quotations should be enclosed in single quotation marks (‘x’). Quoted text of more than 3 lines should be set off as a quote paragraph and should not be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • Emphasis should be marked by italics (not bold face, underlining, or capitals) and should be used sparingly.
  • Acronyms should be written out in full when they are first presented.
  • Table and figure labels should appear under their respective tables and figures. The labels should be in normal text and formatted as follows: Table 1. Description of table
  • Avoid very wide tables and figures.
  • Avoid very long article titles.
  • You may follow either U.S. or British English spelling conventions, as long as you are consistent in whichever you use.

Formatting Examples in Languages Other than English:

  • Special characters should be expressed in Arial Unicode MS.
  • Translations must be provided for all non-English examples.
  • Translations in glosses and in the body text should be enclosed in single quotation marks (‘x’).
  • Italics should be used for non-English examples within the body text and in indented/numbered examples: e.g., Bücherwurm (‘bookworm’).
  • If morpheme-by-morpheme glosses are provided, please format them as in the following Russian example:
















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