Submit for Publication

  • By preference, all submissions to the Occasional Papers and Popular Papers Series should be made electronically, by e-mail attachment, in Word format. Graphics, tables, figures, etc. should be sent in PDF format in separate files. Submissions should be sent to the Publications Officer <> and copied to the Secretary <>.
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  • All electronic documents (Word and Acrobat) should be saved with the author's name and month of submission included, e.g. SCL_OP_Submission_Carrington_Mar_10.doc for Word files or .pdf for Acrobat files.
  • For phonetic fonts, contributors are encouraged to use either the Doulos SIL font (downloadable from or the Lucida Sans Unicode font (available on most systems). If the file includes any special fonts or formats, please check with the SCL Publications Officer <>regarding the best way to handle this prior to submission.
  • If not available electronically, four (4) clearly legible copies of the article must be submitted. Articles should be typed, double-spaced, with ample left- and right-hand margins, on one side of the paper only, with every page numbered consecutively. Normally, such submissions will not be returned to the author.
  • In all cases, TWO title pages should be submitted as follows:
    - a full title page giving the complete title of the paper, the author's/authors' names and full addresses, including e-mail, indication of the main contact author, a short version of the title (maximum 45 characters) for the paper's running title, a biographical statement of not more than 50 words, and the total number of words in the paper (excluding graphics, tables, references).
    - a cover page giving only the complete title of the paper, and the total number of words. This is to be sent to the reviewers.
  • Authors should realise that although our policy is two-way anonymous review, it may be possible for reviewers to recognize the author from having heard the submission as a conference presentation, etc. Authors may wish to take precautions to avoid textual references which would identify themselves to the referees. In such cases, the authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to include any such omitted material before the paper is published. Any reviewer may decline to review a particular manuscript.
  • An abstract in English must be included. This should not exceed 200 words, and should not contain any references. If desired, the author may provide abstracts in additional language(s), including the language under analysis.
  • The author of a paper accepted for publication will receive a summary of the reviews of the paper, as well as a list of recommended changes where necessary. The Track Changes tool in Word should be used to indicate all final changes made by the author in response to recommendations received.
  • The author of an article accepted for publication will normally receive page proofs electronically for final review. Note that this stage must not be used as an opportunity to “revise” the paper, as extensive changes are costly and cause delays.
  • There are no page charges for authors. When print runs are done, each author will receive ten (10) copies of the Occasional or Popular Paper, free of charge, or three (3) copies of a book.

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