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Submissions to the Journal

Status: OPEN
Reopen Date: 16th August 2021
Email submissions to: [email protected]

The Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain is open for submissions! Please see the following information for details on eligibility, what and how to submit, formatting and styling, rolling submissions, reviewing timeline, the review process, and criteria for acceptance.

Eligibility

Anyone is eligible to submit to JoULAB so long as their work was carried out (or the bulk of it was carried out) when they were an undergraduate student and so long as their undergraduate studies were completed no more than three years prior to submitting.

Any undergraduate research that falls within the discipline of linguistics, or associated subfields, will be considered for acceptance to JoULAB.

Works in review at or previously featured in peer-reviewed publications are ineligible for consideration, but non-peer-reviewed pre-prints, such as those placed in a repository, are eligible. Papers published in ULAB's Conference Proceedings are also ineligible for consideration.

How and What to Submit

All submissions to the Journal should be sent via email to [email protected].

Please note: You must anonymise your submission before you send it to us. This includes removing your name, institution, and any other identifying information from your manuscript (both in-text and from the metadata). Any submission containing personal information will be sent back to authors for anonymisation before being reviewed.

Your (anonymised) manuscript should include:
  1. Title
  2. Up to six keywords
  3. Abstract (maximum 250 words)
  4. Main body of text
  5. Page numbers
If your paper had multiple authors, you must include a signed Undergraduate Authorship Agreement with your email to [email protected].

Formatting and Styling

All manuscripts must be formatted and styled in accordance with the Journal's Formatting and Styling Guide.

Rolling Submissions

For its second round of submissions, the Journal has opted to use a rolling submissions model. This means that authors may submit a manuscript at any time and no deadline for the receipt of papers is set. As such, any author who previously received the designation 'Revise and Resubmit' (see the page on the Journal's Review Process), or receives it in future, may resubmit their paper whenever they wish.

Reviewing Timeline

Academic reviewing is a lengthy, in-depth process in which the contents of an article are scrutinised by two experts in the field. Consequently, it can take many months for authors to receive their first and subsequent rounds of feedback on a manuscript. Each paper takes a different amount of time depending on the availability of members of the Board of Reviewers and the correlation of their expertise with a given paper's content, along with the time taken to actually review a paper with sufficient scrutiny. 

The Review Process

Every submission to the Journal is peer-reviewed over several rounds by two doctoral students in linguistics (or related fields) from the Board of Reviewers. For more information on how reviewing works at JoULAB, please see our page on the Journal's Review Process.

Criteria for Acceptance

While there are no strict criteria mandating what is and isn't suitable for acceptance for the Journal, the Board of Reviewers are requested to keep the five following broad criteria in mind during reviews, which may be helpful for authors to consider:

  1. Novelty, originality, or utility of approach, analysis, or methods
  2. Importance of the research’s impact
  3. Relevance of the paper to pressing issues in its field
  4. Scope for future work following the article’s conclusions
  5. Impressiveness, given undergraduate authorship
Authors should also note that replication studies, studies finding null results, and shorter contributions that still indicate substantial scholarship may all be considered for publication in JoULAB.

Questions

If you have any further questions about submissions, or require particular advice or support with your manuscript, please address your query to Associate Editor Cliodhna Hughes via [email protected].