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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published nor has it been submitted elsewhere (or an explanation has been provided in the "Comments to editors" section).
  • The text meets the bibliographic and style requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The names of ALL the authors are entered in the submission data (not just in the metadata)
  • The file is in .PDF format.
  • Web addresses/DOI have been added in the references list whenever possible.
  • All data associated with the submission are made available through:
    - Linkers to data repositories/archives/databases, or
    - Explicit description of the methodology followed for data collection, or
    - Open Acces to stimuli and task design
    In the case in which these can't be disclosed, we ask the authors to write a not and clarify why that is the case.
  • The metadata are entered fully on the system (names, reference list, abstract, keywords). Observe that while the file must be anonymous, the names of ALL authors must be entered on the submission page.
  • The text is single-spaced; the font size is 12 points; italics are used instead of underlining (except for URL addresses); all illustrations, figures and tables are within the text where they belong and not at the end.
  • If you are submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, you need to ensure that the instructions in Ensuring a blind review have been followed.
  • Final submission guidelines: once your article has been accepted, please use the latest template to submit the camera-ready copy; please make sure you follow the guidelines for proofs check.

Author Guidelines

Submissions are accepted in English only.
Abstract. Please provide an abstract of approx. 200 words
Keywords. Please provide 4 to 8 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes
Articles should be submitted in .PDF  and compiled  using this template (for WORD). Latex submissions are not supported. If you really can't do without it, please contact the editors.

Appendix and additional data file should be submitted as separate files, using this template.

Replies should be submitted in .PDF and compiled using this template.

Manuscripts should be anonymous to allow double-blind peer review. First submissions can also not use the template; final submissions must.

For WORD/PDF submission:

  • The text must be written in English. British English or American English spelling and terminology may be used, but either one should be followed consistently throughout the article. 

  • Use a 12-point Times Roman font for main text (11-point for footnotes and captions)

  • Use italics for emphasis. 

  • Use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages.

  • Please use the template and do not tamper with the margins or the headers

  • Use the decimal system (1, 2, 3, etc.) of headings with no more than three levels.

  • Abbreviations should be defined at first mention and used consistently thereafter.

  • Quotations of more than three lines should be set off clearly, either by indenting the left-hand margin or by using a smaller typeface. Use double quotation marks (“”) for direct quotations and single quotation marks (‘’) for quotations within quotations and for words or phrases used in a special sense. 

  • Do not use endnotes, only footnotes, which must be numbered consecutively.

  • Acknowledgments of people, grants, etc. should be added in the Acknowledgment section after the text and before the References

  • All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. 

  • Tables should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order. 

  • For each table, please supply a table heading. The table title should explain clearly and concisely the components of the table. 

  • Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference below the Table. 

  • All figures and maps are to be numbered using Arabic numerals.

  • Figure parts should be denoted by lowercase letters. 

  • Figures should always be cited in the text in consecutive numerical order.

  • For each figure, please indicate the source below it.

  • References are listed at the end of the paper (not in footnotes).

  • Cite references in the text by name and year in parentheses: “As Labov (1969) points out, . . .” and “(cf. Labov 1969, Kayne 2000, Chomsky 1981, etc.).”

  • Quotes should also contain the indication of the page: “Chomsky (1981: 230) states that QUOTE”. 

  • Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last names of the first author of each work. Include full first names for all authors. Please make sure you leave a blank space between references. DOIs and URLs should not go on a separate line. Examples:

Baker, Mark C. 2008. The macroparameter in a microparametric world. In T. Biberauer (ed.), The limits of syntactic variation, 351-373. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Cinque, Guglielmo. 1999. Adverbs and functional heads. A cross-linguistic perspective. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press.

Kayne, Richard S. 2012. Comparative Syntax. Ms., New York University

Labov, William. 2007. Transmission and diffusion. Language 83: 344-87.

Legate, Julie A. 2002. Warlpiri: Theoretical Implications. Ph.D. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tsimpli, Ianthi, Sorace, Antonella, Heycock, Caroline, & Francesca Filiaci. 2004. First language attrition and syntactic subjects: A study of Greek and Italian near-native speakers of English. International Journal of Bilingualism 8(3): 257-277.

Vlach, Frank. 1993. Temporal Adverbials, Tenses and the Perfect. Linguistics and Philosophy 16: 231-283. 

Isogloss offers no proofreading service. Authors are required to ensure that their English meets good scientific standards.

PROOFS CHECK /for final version: You can find the guidelines for copyediting the final version here.

Keynote articles

Keynote articles are invited articles that will be openly reviewed or receive open replies. They do not require peer review.


A squib is a short article (max 500 words) that presents some interesting observation or unexpected data generalization, but does not provide an analysis for them.

RLLT 20 Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory - Romania Nova

Selected papers from Romania Nova 2021, Brazil

BHL: Theoretical and Experimental Approaches

Selected papers from BLH4, Puebla

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