Information for Contributors

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Last revised January 2023


1. English Linguistics is the journal of the English Linguistic Society of Japan.  It is published once a year.  All articles will be in English.  In principle only members of the ELSJ and of any society with which the ELSJ has entered into a mutual agreement are qualified to contribute.  In case of co-authored papers, at least one of the coauthors must be a member of the ELSJ (or of any society with which the ELSJ has entered into a mutual agreement).  English Linguistics is primarily concerned with English linguistics (either synchronic or diachronic), linguistic theory, and the comparison of English with other languages (especially Japanese).  Each volume of the journal consists of three sections: Articles, Notes and Discussion, and commissioned Review Articles.  A contributor cannot submit a paper to a section for which his/her previous contribution is still under review.

2. Articles are restricted to unpublished work, but papers delivered at meetings or published in JELS or as working papers, doctoral dissertations deposited on the website and the like that have been appropriately revised are eligible when that fact is noted.  Articles to be presented at the Conference of the English Linguistic Society of Japan may not be submitted until after the presentation.  The deadline for submission of Articles and Notes and Discussion is April 1, and the deadline for submission of Review Articles is March 1.

3. A manuscript should be submitted electronically. EL uses Editorial Manager (EM) to deal with submissions. A contributor should visit the homepage of the ELSJ and log in to EM for EL.  The contributor should input the necessary information including the section (Article, Notes and Discussion, or Review Article), the title, the contributor’s name, his/her affiliation, his/her email address, the word count of the main text, and acknowledgments on the author’s (contributor’s) page of EM, and then upload the PDF version of the manuscript.  Contributors should follow the instructions in the “Information Concerning Electronic Submissions to EL.”

4. Manuscripts should be formatted for A4 or letter size paper with margins of 2.5 cm (1 inch) on all sides. 12-point type should be used, with 25 lines per page.

The maximum length of Articles and Review Articles is ca. 13,000 words including references and footnotes.  An abstract of about 100 words should be placed below the title of the paper in the main text.  The maximum length of Notes and Discussion is ca. 4,000 words, and no abstract is necessary.

The first page of the main text should carry the title of the article without the name or affiliation of the author (contributor).  Footnotes should be placed on separate pages following the main text and references.  Diagrams and tables should be included on the pages where they are to appear. Acknowledgments should not be included in the main text.  Starting with the first page of the main text, all pages should be numbered serially, including references and footnotes.  Page numbers should be centered at the bottom of the page.  Three to five keywords indicating the contents of the paper should be given below the abstract (when there is no abstract, below the title).  Authors (Contributors) should follow the latest version of the EL style sheet, which is available at the ELSJ website. (Click here.)

5. An Accepted manuscript should be formatted in accordance with the “Instructions for the final version” and the PDF version should be uploaded on EM for EL.

6. Authors are responsible for the first and second proofreading. Corrections should be limited to typographical errors.

7. Authors will be required to pay for any extra costs incurred by color reproduction and other special printing effects.

8. Authors will receive a PDF version of their article in place of offprints.

9. It is strongly advised that a contributor whose native language is not English have his/her manuscript proofread by a reliable native speaker of English, or by a trustworthy (domestic or overseas) proofreading agency. In the second round of the reviewing process, all revised and resubmitted manuscripts by non-native English contributors must be carefully read by a credible native speaker of English, or by a dependable proofreading agency.

10. Contributors/Authors are subject to the Guidelines for Deterring Misconduct in Research Activities of the ELSJ.  If misconduct is identified, article 3 of the Guidelines applies.

11. Contributed Articles that are accepted in EL will be candidates for an annual EL research paper award, with the awarded paper selected by the editorial board.  An awarded paper can be submitted for the ELSJ Junior and Senior awards of the following year.

 (Revised March 2008, June 2008, June 2012, March 2014, December 2014, January 2023)


(1) When submitting a revised or extended version of (part of) a work published in JELS or as a working paper, information about the author’s (contributor’s) relevant work should be noted for the screening to be fair.  When the relevant work is referred to in the text, a third person expression should be used in consideration of the fact that the screening is done anonymously.

(2) If a manuscript was originally prepared in anything other than doc format, the editorial board or secretariat should be consulted.


EL Style Sheet