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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 is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • Authors are required to make sure submitted content does not infringe 3rd party copyright. More information from the Intellectual Property Office here:


  • 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.
  • Where available, DOIs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic¬†and bibliographic requirements.
  • Authors who make a submission to this journal must ensure they have read our Privacy and Consent Policy, and agree to its terms.

Author Guidelines

As of March 2018, we welcome submissions on any topic in sociolinguistics. 

Please note that there are no longer any deadline for submission; we accept all submissions on a rolling basis.

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. Each submission must be accommpanied by:

(1) a statement from the student's course instructor or supervisor (with a contact email address) vouching that the submission reflects work conducted primarily by the author and while the author was an undergraduate student, and that the validity of the data and analysis is not in any doubt, and,

(2) evidence, where relevant and appropriate, that the project obtained the approval of an institutional research ethics review board.

All initial submissions should be emailed directly to Lifespans.Styles@ed.ac.uk

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 or in a separate document. 

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. 

Papers may be submitted for review at any time. Initial submissions will be reviewed by the Editor and one member of the Editorial Board, with one for the following four possible outcomes: accept with minor revisions; accept with major revisions; revise and resubmit; reject.

The journal endeavours to reply to all contributors within three months of receipt of the submission. Once a paper is accepted, each paper will be peer-reviewed by a fellow contributor and a different member of the Editorial Board. To make this possible, each lead author of an accepted paper will be asked to peer-review one other submitted paper. Publication of any paper is subject to the lead author's completion of a peer review.

The editor also reads and further comments on all accepted submissions. After authors address the comments in all three of these reviews (peer, Editorial Board, Editor), 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 one to two issues per year, typically in the Spring and the Summer. 

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Before you make a submission to this journal, please ensure you have read our Privacy and Consent Policy, and agree to its terms.

Updated May 2018