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Author Guidelines

Language Under Discussion is committed to promoting discussion on language between scholars from different disciplines and theoretical backgrounds. This means our style requirements are, at the same time, both pluralistic and demanding.

Insofar as formatting citations and other technical aspects of style are concerned, LUD will publish papers in any consistent style (we recommend using one of the major standards, such as the APA style, the MLA style, the Chicago Manual of Style, as appropriate within your discipline). A list of references should appear at the end of each paper. An abstract (preferably 75–150 words long) and a list of no more than ten keywords are required for all submissions, including discussion notes and replies to discussion notes. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain and present permissions for reproducing copyrighted materials in the paper, if any.

But style is not confined to the list of references. A multidisciplinary academic readership requires from authors a combination of lucidity and accessibility with scholarly rigor. In this respect, LUD insists that any text finally accepted for publication conforms to the highest standards.

In particular, we expect authors to state their argument clearly and be explicit about their assumptions, their conclusions, and the implications of their work for our understanding of language. Write in a way that would explain your ideas, not hide them, and provoke your readers to respond.

Please remember that your paper’s readers come from different disciplines. This means you should explicitly state, and if necessary, explain, the theoretical framework (or frameworks) within which you are working. Assuming everybody knows does not work. Also, please avoid using jargon and keep the use of abbreviations and acronyms only for those rare occasions on which it would improve the readability of your text. Remember that the same term or abbreviation often has conflicting uses in different disciplines and fields and remember to define key terms according to the ways in which you use them.

Finally, please bear in mind that language is a complex object of study and that there are many valid perspectives from which it can be examined. If your opponent in a discussion does not share some of your assumptions or preoccupations, that does not mean s/he is stupid or vicious. And while LUD is meant to be a forum for heated scholarly debate, please do not let your view of your opponent’s claims cross the line and turn into an attack on your opponent’s person. That said, do feel free to use humor and other rhetorical devices in your writing. An engaging and lively style of writing is always welcome on the (web) pages of Language Under Discussion.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text layout is reasonably legible (we recommend using 1.5 line spacing and 12pt fonts).
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal and ends with a list of references.
  6. No information identifying the author(s)—including self-citations, first-person references, headers with names, acknowledgements, etc.—remains in the text if submitted for blind review (when necessary, these references can be restored at the copy-editing stage).

Copyright Notice

As a matter of general policy, authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

All submissions to the journal will be published under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution License by default. However, we will respect authors' requests to use a different Creative Commons license.


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