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Author Guidelines

Only original works, not submitted elsewhere, which are related to the thematic framework of the Studies in African languages and cultures will be accepted for publication. They should not be resubmitted elsewhere while the review process is ongoing. Contributions are expected to be in English, exceptionally also in French or in German. Authors should obtain permission to publish any material under copyright.

The Authors are recommended to send their papers via a submission form accessible at after registration of a user’s account in which their affiliation, the orcid number, and e-mail address are placed separately from the text. The name and institution should be given in the form in which Author wishes it to appear on the first page of the article. For any editorial questions you can also contact us via e-mail

The Author will receive a current issue of the journal and a pdf file containing the article. All articles published are given doi on-line identifier and are available for free at


Formatting requirements

The manuscript file sent should be in .doc or .dox (or other format supported by Microsoft Word). It should be prepared in the way that allows to keep the anonymity of the Author, i.e. Author’s personal data such us name, initials, etc. must not appear in any part of the text (including references and footnotes) nor in the file’s metadata.

The Authors are requested to keep the rules of formatting accepted for the journal:

1. The total length of the article does not exceed 12 000 words, including footnotes and references. Please do not use any automatic formatting except for the footnotes.

2. Page size A4, all margins 2.5 cm. The main text of the manuscript is 1.15 spaced lines, 12 points size (using Times New Roman or Arial font), 12 point space between paragraphs and headlines.

3. Headings of sections and subsections in the main text should be in bold and numbered consecutively starting with “1. Introduction” up to the last numbered section “Conclusion(s)”. It is recommended that numbering of subsections should not go beyond three figures. Do not use automatic numbering. Linguistic examples, tables and figures should each have a separate numbering system. No indentation at the beginning of a paragraph.

4. The article must have a title consisting of max. two sentences followed by an abstract (max. 100 words) and five keywords. Abstract to be in 12 point, footnotes in 10 point, single line spaced; 12 point and 1.15 line spacing for everything else.

5. For data and all words in language different than the language of the article use the same font in italics (except for commonly used Latin abbreviations “i.a.”, “i.e.” “e.g.” and so on). Translations are to be given in single apostrophes (‘’) while double apostrophes (“”) are used to mark quotation and any other special setting of the text. Examples should be glossed according to the Leipzig glossing rules (gloss font: Times New Roman or Arial, 10 point, single spaced). All examples must be written with the usage of an appropriate scientific notation or in transcription (with or without original text in respective non-Lain script system, e.g. Arabic, Amharic or Berber).

6. Footnotes (not endnotes) are used. Please do not use footnotes for citation. For citation, the author’s name followed by the date (and page number, if relevant) of the publication are put in round brackets and used in the main text, for example (Heine 1997: 25). A full alphabetical list of references used in the text should appear at the end of the article. It should only contain works that are referred to in the body of the text. Please be sure to include and check page numbers.

7. The style of references should conform with the Unified style sheet for linguistics journals and follow one of the following templates (all with indentation 0.5 cm of the second line):

  • a book:

Heine, B. 1997. Cognitive Foundation of Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


  • a chapter in the book:

Schuh, R. G. 1983. “The Evolution of Determiners in Chadic”. Studies in Chadic and Afroasiatic Linguistics, ed. by E. Wolff & H. Meyer-Bahlburg. Hamburg: Buske Verlag. 157-210.


  • an article published in the journal:

Adegbija, E. & J. Bello. 2001. “The semantics of ‘okay’ (OK) in Nigerian English”. World Englishes 20(1). 89-98.

Holliday, A. 1999 .“Small Cultures”. Applied Linguistics 20(2). 237-264.


  • a degree dissertation:

Dornyo, P. 2010. Nicknaming Practices among University Students: A Case study of the University of Cape Coast. Unpublished BA Thesis. University of Cape Coast, Ghana.


  • references to the sources accessed via the Internet should provide the full link and date of access in square brackets:

Derat, M.- L. 2018.  “Du lexique aux talismans: Occurrences de la peste dans la Corne de l’Afrique du XIIIe au XVe siècle”. Afriques 9. Online: [25.03.2019].

8. If the title of cited work is in language different than English, French or German please provide its translation into language of the article in square brackets.


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. Make sure that your manuscript meets thematic requirements of SALC.

  2. Delete all information in the manuscript that could indicate who is the author (this includes also your name in bibliography, footnotes as well as in the file details).
  3. Very carefully edit your mauscript in accordance with SALC's formatting requirements. Lack of formatting or formatting diffrently than asked will result in sending back the manuscript untill the formatting is done.

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Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of the first publication, the work is 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).

Authors are required to sign and send copies of Article Publishing Agreement and Fields of Exploitation statement prior to article's publication.


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