Submission Preparation ChecklistAs 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 includes an abstract, a list of keywords, and a list of references used in the text.
- The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
- Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
- The text layout is reasonably legible.
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
- No information identifying the author(s)—including self-citations, first-person references, headers with names, acknowledgements, etc.—remains in the text if submitted for blind review (when necessary, these references can be restored at the copy-editing stage).
A focus article should present a well-argued and original thesis furthering our understanding of language and/or challenging widely-held beliefs about it. Each focus article finally accepted for publication will be published online as a new issue of the journal. Each issue will remain open for a period of one year, in which discussion notes responding to the focus article will be added to it. The author(s) of the focus article will be welcome to write a response to the arguments raised in the discussion notes, after which the issue will be closed. A focus article may be of any reasonable length. All focus articles undergo rigorous peer-review prior to publication.
Roundtable issues consist of a group of articles in which several authors jointly debate and discuss a topic of importance for the study of language. The precise format of discussion and the length of individual contributions to it are flexible. Each proposed roundtable issue will be first reviewed by the editors for the general quality of its contribution and then each article making up the round-table discussion evaluated by external peer reviewers for the soundness of the arguments raised. Once published, each roundtable issue will remain open for one year to additional contributions in the form of discussion notes, weighing in on the subject under discussion.
Discussion notes are shorter papers offering an argued response to a focus article (or to portions of the contents of a roundtable issue). Discussion notes may agree, partly agree, or disagree with the focus article (and possibly also with other discussion notes in the issue), but should always add something to the perspective presented in it. Discussion notes undergo peer review to determine the basic soundness of the argument. We consider discussion notes to be a form of post-publication peer review for the focus article they respond to (coming on top of the pre-publication peer review). However, each discussion note is also a publication in its own right.
Response to Discussion Notes
Before an issue is closed, the author(s) of the focus article or round-table discussion articles are invited to publish their responses to the points made in the discussion.
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. If the submission is accepted and published, the article will include a contact e-mail address for each of the authors.