Information for Contributors

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Last revised December 2014

  1. English Linguistics is the journal of the English Linguistic Society of Japan. It is published twice a year. All articles will be in English. In principle only members of the ELSJ or of a 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 co-authors 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 issue of the journal consists of five sections: Articles, Brief Articles, Notes and Discussion, and commissioned Review Articles and Reviews. 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 Articles are restricted to unpublished work, but papers delivered at meetings or published in JELS or as working papers, doctoral dissertations deposited on the website and the like that have been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 annual Conference or the International Spring Forum of the ELSJ may not be submitted until after the presentation. The deadlines for submission are April 1st and September 20th.
  3. Manuscripts should be on 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 40 pages (ca. 12,000 words), and that of Brief Articles is 20 pages (ca. 6,000 words), including references and footnotes. An abstract of about 100 words should be placed below the title of the paper in the main text. For Notes and Discussion and Reviews, the maximum length is 12 pages (ca. 3,600 words), and no abstract is necessary. 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. 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 should follow the latest version of the EL style sheet, which is available here.
  4. A manuscript should have a separate title page which includes the author’s name, his or her affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, specification of the section to which the author is submitting the manuscript ((Brief) Article, Notes and Discussion, or Review (Article)), and the word count of the main text. Acknowledgments, if any, should also appear on the title page, not at the head of the footnotes. The first page of the main text should carry the title of the article without the name or affiliation of the author.
  5. A manuscript should be submitted as a pair of files in pdf (or doc/docx) format (title page and main text, as in articles 3 and 4 above, not including the contributor’s name), attached to an e-mail directed to <ar-toko☆>*. Authors should follow the instructions in the Information Concerning Electronic Submission.
  6. Accepted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with the “Instructions for the final version” and sent as attachments in both pdf and doc/docx format to <ar-toko☆>*.
  7. Authors are responsible for the first and second proofreading. Corrections should be limited to typographical errors.
  8. Authors will be required to pay for any extra costs incurred by color reproduction and other special printing effects.
  9. Authors will receive a pdf version of their article in place of offprints.
  10. It is advisable that, prior to submission, manuscripts be corrected and edited by a qualified native speaker of English.
  11. 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.
  12. Contributed papers ((Brief) Articles/Notes and Discussion) 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 academic year.
Notes: (1) When submitting a revised or extended version of material or any part of that material that has been published in JELS or published as a working paper, a book chapter, or part of a collection of papers information about the author’s relevant research and publications to date should be noted to ensure the fairness of the review process. When the relevant work is referred to in the text, a third person expression should be used in accordance with the anonymity of the review process.
(2) If a manuscript was originally prepared in anything other than doc/docx format, the editorial board or secretariat should be consulted.

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