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Author Guidelines

Format specifications

1. Length
Generally, there is no page limit on manuscripts; however, it is recommended that papers do not exceed thirty pages, including trees, tables, charts, references, etc.

2. Paper layout
(a) Paper: US-Letter (i.e. 8.5 x 11 inches)
(b) Margins: Top and bottom - 1", Left and right margins - 1.25"
(c) Spacing: Double-space

3. Fonts
Any fonts are fine (Times or Times New Roman are recommended) but be aware that there could be some issues in PDF-ifying certain other fonts (Please see the PDF guidelines for more information). The main text should be written in 12-pt. and footnotes should be written in the 10-pt. size of the same font. We strongly recommend that you use SIL IPA 93 fonts if needed. SIL IPA 93 fonts are available via the World Wide Web and can be downloaded from:

4. Page numbering
Page numbers should be placed on the bottom of each page with the center alignment.

5. Formats
All other formatting should follow the standards of a refereed journal to which your paper might be submitted.


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. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, WordPerfect, or PDF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

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