Information for Authors

Submissions to the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology should be based on original research and should engage substantively with contemporary issues (theoretical, analytical, methodological, etc.) in linguistic anthropology and allied fields of study. Submissions should not exceed 9,000-10,000 words (inclusive of notes but not bibliography). Other kinds of submissions, such as critical essays, interviews, and commentaries, may also be considered for publication.

The Journal of Linguistic Anthropology follows the Chicago Manual of Style for most matters of style (including hyphenation, capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, etc.), and Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2003) for matters of spelling.

The journal is managed through an online submission and editorial system, ScholarOne. Authors who wish to submit manuscripts should use this system. Any pre-submission queries should be sent to the editors at Post-submission queries can be sent to the same address or through ScholarOne.

Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, using Times New Roman 12-point font for the main text as well as for quotations, excerpts, notes, references, tables, and captions. Margins throughout the manuscript must be at least one inch, and the right margin must not be justified. Submissions that require special fonts should include the materials that make use of those fonts as attachments to the main document.

All pages of the manuscript should be numbered consecutively. Notes should be formatted as numbered endnotes and should be placed after the main text of the manuscript, followed by the references.


All items that appear in the list of references must appear (i.e. must be cited) in the main text of the manuscript, and vice versa. Within the main text, references should appear in parentheses, showing the author’s surname, the year of publication, and, if applicable, the page numbers, e.g. (Smith 1997:19-21). The reference list should be in the style of the journal American Anthropologist.  


Tables should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text. Each table should have a caption. All text in the body of the table and in the caption should be double-spaced.


Figures must be camera-ready—that is, in the form of a digital file. All files should be at least 300 dpi and should be in TIFF, EPS, or Photoshop format. For initial submissions, digital files in jpeg or similar formats are acceptable. The author should be prepared to secure written permission for the use of any image.

Phonetic characters

Any phonetic characters used should be limited to those of the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Send correspondence to:

Paul Kockelman, Editor

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