Guidelines

Guidelines for Contributors

1. Authors are invited to submit their contribution through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

2. Manuscript submissions should be accompanied by a biographical note (50–75 words), an abstract (100–150 words), key words, and the author(s)’ full name, address and email address.

Manuscripts should be max. 7500 words (notes, references and front/end matter included) Book reviews can be up to 2,000 words in length and should otherwise follow the same guidelines as specified above.

3. Upon acceptance the author will be requested to submit the final version of the manuscript, saved in a standard word processing format and in ASCII.

4. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, sub-sections.

5. Contributions should be in English. Spelling should be either British or American English consistently throughout. If not written by a native speaker of English it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker.

6. Line drawings (figures) and photographs (plates) should be submitted in camera-ready form or as TIFF or EPS files. They should be numbered consecutively, with appropriate captions. Reference to any Figures or Plates should be made in the main text and their desired position should be indicated.

7. Tables should be numbered consecutively and provided with appropriate captions. They should be referred to in the main text and their desired position should be indicated.

8. Quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 4 lines should be indented with a blank line above and below the quoted text.

9. Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals in parentheses and set apart from the main body of the text with a blank line above and below. Examples from languages other than Modern English should appear in italics with a translation in single quotes im- mediately below each such example. If required, a word-by-word gloss (without quotes) may be provided between the example phrase and the translation.

10. Notes should be kept to an absolute minimum. Note indicators in the text should appear at the end of sentences or phrases, and follow the respective punctuation marks. Notes should preferably be submitted in the form of end notes; these will however be turned into footnotes in the publication version. 

11. Funding information should be provided if funding was received through a grant for the research that is discussed in the article, including funder name and grant number, in a separate section called "Funding information" before (an Acknowledgment section and) the References.

12. Acknowledgments (other than funding information, see above) should be added in a separate, unnumbered section entitled "Acknowledgments", placed before the References.

13. References

It is essential that the references are formatted to the specifications given in these guidelines, as these cannot be formatted automatically. This journal series uses the ‘Author-Date’ style as described in the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
References in the text: These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Clahsen 1991, 252) or: as in Brown et al. (1991, 252). All references in the text should appear in the references section.
References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only!) references that are actually mentioned in the text.
A note on capitalization in titles. For titles in English, CMS uses headline-style capitalization. In titles and subtitles, capitalize the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, some conjunctions). Do not capitalize articles; prepositions (unless used adverbially or adjectivally, or as part of a Latin expression used adverbially or adjectivally); the conjunctions and, but, for, or, nor; to as part of an infinitive; as in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text; the second part of a species name. For more details and examples, consult the Chicago Manual of Style. For any other languages, and English translations of titles given in square brackets, CMS uses sentence-style capitalization: capitalization as in normal prose, i.e., the first word in the title, the subtitle, and any proper names or other words normally given initial capitals in the language in question.

Examples

Book:

Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):

Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in journal):

Claes, Jeroen, and Luis A. Ortiz López. 2011. “Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish].” Spanish in Context 8: 50–72.

Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.

12. Book reviews

JLP publishes short Book notes (no more than 500 words, including references) and traditional Book reviews (1000 to 1200 words, including references).

Please note that JLP only publishes book notes/reviews which have been formally commissioned. We are unable to accept unsolicited reviews. If you would like to nominate yourself as a reviewer, please contact the journal’s <a href="https://benjamins.com/catalog/jlp">Book Review Editor.

Book notes/reviews should follow the below mentioned guidelines:

  • Book notes/reviews should provide a comprehensive overview of the text in question and point out both strengths and weaknesses of the book. This should be presented in a professional and constructive manner!
  • Book notes/reviews should make the aims and goals of the reviewed book clear.
  • Book notes/reviews should consider the book’s place within its field. This should also include assessing the book against its competitors.
  • Book notes/reviews should address potential ways in which readers might use and benefit from the book, and how the reviewer’s own views might have changed because of reading the book.
  • Book notes/reviews must follow JLP’s reference style requirements.

In turn, book notes/reviews should avoid the following:

  • Poor writing style and/or an overly negative, unconstructive approach to the book in question as well as unsubstantiated claims.
  • Approaching the respective book simply through the lens of the reviewer’s preferred theories and/or writing about a book the respective author should have written (from the reviewer’s point of view) without engaging with the aims and claims raised by the reviewed book.
  • A solely descriptive approach to the reviewed book, e.g. merely a chapter-by-chapter summary, lacking a critical perspective and failing to situate the reviewed book within the field.

13. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays and extra costs at the proof stage. Page proofs will be sent to the (first) author by email in PDF format and must be corrected and returned within ten days of receipt. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author at the publisher’s discretion.

14. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue.

15. For editorial correspondence please contact the Executive Editor:

Michal Krzyzanowski

Örebro University
Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Media and Communication Studies
Forum Building
SE-70182 Örebro
Sweden

E-mail: jlanpol.editor at gmail.com