For Contributors

Guidelines for Contributors

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

Manuscript preparation: Material should be submitted electronically as a PDF file, or typed and submitted in duplicate. Include an abstract of 100-125 words summarizing the article. The title of the article without the author's name should appear on the first page. If the manuscript is divided into sections, use numbering following the model below:

1.     (Major heading)


1.1 (Sub-heading). (text)

1.2 (Sub-heading). (text)

2.      (Major heading)


Please number pages at the top. Printed manuscripts are mailed to the Editor, and electronic submissions are emailed to studiesafrlx@gmail.com. Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Examples: Linguistic examples should be numbered consecutively throughout the text. "Sub-examples" should be referred to by lower case letters, e.g., (1) a., b., etc.

Footnotes: Footnotes should be numbered consecutively, as footnotes and not endnotes. Use footnotes only for substantive information, not for simple citations.

References: List all and only those references explicitly cited in the article. For each reference include (a) full name of author(s); (b) 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.

Submission: Studies in African Linguistics is produced on a Windows PC using Microsoft Word® 2010. For initial submission we require electronic or paper copies as described under Manuscript preparation above. To facilitate preparation of the journal, we will ask authors to prepare the final version of their paper in accordance with the full style description, published in volume 32.1 which is available online here. A brief model presentation is given here, and this link contains a Word file with margins and spacing set up according to that specification. The initially submitted version may follow those specific formatting guidelines.