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

  • 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).
  • Very carefully edit your manuscript in accordance with SALC's formatting requirements. Papers that do not conform to formatting guidelines will be returned to the author.

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 (British spelling), 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 which allows to insert their affiliation, the ORCID number, and the e-mail address 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 have the Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) and are available for free at

Formatting requirements

Every author submitting a manuscript to Studies in African Languages and Cultures must follow the formatting requirements. Manuscripts which do not meet the formal requirements shall be send back to the author(s) for corrections before substantive evaluation. A manuscript file submitted to the Journal should be in .doc or .docx 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 automatic heading numbering.
  2. The article must have a title consisting of max. two sentences followed by an abstract (max. 100 words) and five keywords (a “keyword” must not consist of more than three elements). In the title use capital letters only in the beginning, for names and fixed terms. Abstract should be in 12 point; footnotes in 10 point, single line spaced; 12 point and 1.5 line spacing is recommended for everything else.
  3. Page size A4. The main text of the manuscript is recommended to be typed in Times New Roman font. Use an indentation at the beginning of a paragraph but do not put spacing between the paragraphs.
  4. 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.
  5. Linguistic examples, tables and figures should each have a separate numbering system. For the presentation of examples use bracketing, e.g. (1), (13), (62a) etc. Data should be typed in italics 12 point. Examples’ translation into the language of an article should be provided below in 12 points size font. Glossing text should be 10 points size font. Please use capitalisation (not capital letters!) for glossing abbreviations.
  6. 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 such as “i.a.”, “i.e.” “e.g.”). 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 a respective non-Latin script system, e.g. Arabic, Amharic or Berber).
  7. When self-referring to the article in its text call it “article”, not “paper”. 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, e.g. (Adegbija & Bello 2001: 238; 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.
  8. The style of references should conform with the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals and follow one of the following templates (all with indentation of the second line). In the titles, except for the journals, use capital letters only in the beginning, for names and fixed terms:
  • 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: afriques/209 [25.03.2019].

  1. 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.

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