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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.
  • 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 and also in pdf.
  • 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, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors (Arial 14)

Studies in African Linguistics publishes articles, either descriptive or theoretical, in which the primary data come from African languages.

Submitting an article to SAL means that it is not under active consideration with another journal. The submitted manuscript must be available for peer review without restriction. If any version of the paper has appeared, or will appear, in any other publication, the details of such publication must be made known to the Editor at the time of submission.


Manuscripts should be submitted electronically as both a PDF and a Word file.


The title of the article without the author’s name should appear on the first page, and other identifying information should be minimized. All electronic identifying marks should also be removed. Include an abstract of 150-200 words summarizing the article as a part of the manuscript at the beginning, and also as a separate document with no identifying information. Submit as another separate document identifying information including the names of all authors, affiliations, and contact information. If the manuscript is divided into sections, use numbering following the model below, up to two levels of heading:

1.     (Major heading)


1.1. (Sub-heading). (text)

1.2. (Sub-heading). (text)

2.      (Major heading)


Please number pages in the upper right-hand corner. Authors must use a Unicode-compliant font, several of which are available for no cost at the following website>. Recent versions of Word contain a Unicode-complaint Times New Roman font.

List all and only those references explicitly cited in the article. For each reference include (a) the full name of author(s); (b) the date of publication; (c) for books, place of publication and name of publisher; (d) for articles, volume number for journals and page numbers for both journals articles and papers in collections. When citing references in the text, give only the last name of the author(s) followed by the date of publication in parentheses, e.g. Welmers (1968). Do not use footnotes for simple citation of references.


To ensure that papers that are submitted are reviewed anonymously, authors should NOT include their names and institutional-affiliation information in paper. The following should be uploaded in their properly separated places:

a. Author(s) names & affiliation

b. Abstract

c. Keywords

d. Paper in Word & Pdf format

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