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:

Alexandra Jaffe, Editor
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

JLA Website:

13 Responses

  1. resmi prakash
    resmi prakash December 24, 2011 at 12:20 am |

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to know if there are any charges for publication applicable?!
    Thank You!

  2. SLA Web Guru
    SLA Web Guru December 28, 2011 at 10:29 am |

    Our editor-in-chief confirmed that submissions are free. The only possible costs are if an author wants to publish
    copyrighted material (such as a third-party photo), but that rarely happens.

  3. Ana
    Ana February 21, 2012 at 3:48 pm |


    I was wondering if the journal requires a scholar to hold a graduate degree in order to submit the paper. If I am an undergraduate student finishing my BA in anthropology, is it possible to submit a chapter (granted that it follows all the guidelines of the journal) of my Honors Thesis to the journal?

    Thank you!

  4. SLA Web Guru
    SLA Web Guru February 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |

    You could contact the editors about this:

  5. Chad Nilep
    Chad Nilep February 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm |

    Hi Ana.

    As far as I know, there are no restrictions on authors. Specific questions can be sent to the editor at:

  6. SLA Web Guru
    SLA Web Guru February 25, 2012 at 7:11 am |

    Response from the editor:

    There’s no policy in this particular regard, either formal or informal. Anyone can submit a manuscript, and all manuscripts go through the same selection procedures.

  7. maliheh
    maliheh January 17, 2013 at 6:40 am |

    How much time does it take to inform us that a paper is accepted or not?

    [The time required to review a submission varies. You can ask about the status of manuscripts you have submitted through ScholarOne. -CDN]

  8. mnoor
    mnoor January 25, 2013 at 9:06 am |

    I want to send a paper based on my master’s thesis research. The title is ” Verbal Irony and the Flouting of Grice’s Maxims:An analysis of Pakistani Television Comedy Show”. The area of research lies in the domain of Pragmatics. Please tell me if it would be acceptable? thanks.

  9. Chad Nilep
    Chad Nilep January 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    I would like to offer a general piece of advice that may be helpful to many people asking questions in this comment thread. It is always a good idea to read a journal before deciding whether to submit your work there. You can find the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology in a library, on Anthrosource, or in the Wiley Online Library.

  10. Oona
    Oona January 29, 2013 at 6:30 am |

    Chad offers good advice. You should always research a journal before submitting. Authors may only submit to one journal at a time and, if you choose unwisely, your work can end up languishing or worse. I offer some advice about publishing at:

  11. Khafiza
    Khafiza December 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm |

    I would like to know if you have impact factor? How many percents does it exceed? Thank you in advance!

    [According to ISI Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports, JLA’s 2012 impact factor is 1.538. -cdn]

  12. Gurbanova Ilahe
    Gurbanova Ilahe September 24, 2015 at 10:00 am |

    I want to send an article on the topic of the distinguishing feature of the expression of time in the grammar of Turkic languages in comparison with European languages. How long does it take to check the posted articles. Thank you

  13. Chad Nilep
    Chad Nilep September 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm |

    Please email questions to or submit manuscripts via ScholarOne. This comment section is not an appropriate venue for questions about your submission or the submissions process.

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