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Author Guidelines

We welcome submissions devoted to the sociolinguistic study of within-speaker variation. All articles must have been written by authors who, at the time of conducting the research, were working at an undergraduate level. The work must have been primarily the effort of the undergraduate student(s), and course instructors should not appear as co-authors.

We accept papers of 4000-6000 words (references, figures and tables excluded). Submissions should be single-spaced and in a single .docx or .doc file. If special fonts are used, .pdf documents should also be submitted for checking. All illustrations, figures, and tables should be placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

All submissions should adhere to the journal's formatting specifications:

Bibliographies should adhere to journal's referencing guidelines:

All papers will undergo a thorough peer-review process.

Each first author will be asked to peer-review one other submitted paper for the same volume, and each member of the Editorial Board will also review a portion of the submitted papers for each issue. The editor also reads and comments on all submissions. Each paper therefore gets three separate reviews. After authors address the comments in all the reviews, the revised draft will be copyedited and a proof is sent to the lead author(s) for approval prior to publication.

The journal aims to publish two issues per year, in March and in June. The submission process follows this timeline each year:

  • 30 June: Deadline for submission of first drafts.
  • July: Reviewers are allocated papers for reviewing.
  • August: Reviews are returned to authors.
  • Sept-Oct: Authors revise and resubmit based on reviewer feedback.
  • November: Revised papers are submitted for copyediting.
  • Dec-Jan: Authors check and approve proofs.
  • March: Issue 1 is published.
  • Summer: If there are enough submissions for two issues, Issue 2 is published.

This schedule has is a bit of cushion time built in to deal with any unavoidable delays, but the one deadline that is not flexible is the 30 June submission deadline. Any paper submitted after 30 June in any given year will be considered for the following issue (e.g., a submission in July 2017 would be considered for the 2019 issue).


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. Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe 3rd party copyright. More information from the Intellectual Property Office here:

  3. The submission file is 4000-6000 words and is in a Microsoft Word document file format. If special fonts are used, a PDF document has also been submitted for checking.
  4. Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 UK: Scotland (CC BY 2.5 Scotland) license that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

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b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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