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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.
  • Cover letter
  • Anonymized manuscript in one of the following formats: PDF (Adobe Acrobat), DOC(X) (Ms Word) or RTF (rich text format).

Author Guidelines

Instructions to authors

Finnish Journal of Linguistics welcomes unpublished original works from authors of all nationalities and theoretical persuasions. Although manuscripts from all fields of linguistics are most welcome, authors should take into consideration the general linguistic audience of the journal and ensure that papers also remain readable and comprehensible to non-specialists.

FJL publishes original research articles, squibs, rejoinders and book reviews.

  • Original research articles present novel linguistic research. Their maximum length is 10,000 words (excluding references). Original research articles are peer-reviewed, and their deadline is 31 January.
  • Squibs, or short essays, present novel observations or small-scale analyses. Their maximum length is 4,000 words (excluding references). Squibs are peer-reviewed, and their deadline is 31 January.
  • Rejoinders are responses to articles previously published in FJL. Their maximum length is 4,000 words (excluding references). Rejoinders are peer-reviewed, and their deadline is 31 January.
  • Book reviews summarise and evaluate one recent academic book in the field of linguistics. A book review should contextualise the volume, summarise its contents and provide an overall evaluation of its merits for the academic linguistic community and/or some other intended readership. Authors who wish to contribute a book review for FJL should contact the editors beforehand, preferably before starting to write the review. Their maximum length is 4,000 words (excluding references). Their deadline is 31 March.

Contributions should be written in English, French, German, Finnish or Swedish. By submitting a manuscript for review in FJL, the author(s) acknowledge(s) that the manuscript has not been submitted simultaneously to another publication, and that it will not be submitted to another publication during the review process.

Each submission must include a separate cover letter containing the following information: the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), the title of the manuscript, a brief description of the contents as well as the impact of the research, applicability (i.e. how the manuscript fits the scope and audience of Finnish Journal of Linguistics), and a statement as to the originality of the manuscript (see above and below).

Finnish Journal of Linguistics is published by the Linguistic Association of Finland, at a pace of one issue per year. Membership is not required for contributors.


A note on research ethics:

Please note that Finnish Journal of Linguistics only accepts previously unpublished and original work. The editors will check the originality of the manuscript submission before sending it out to peer review. In case the paper is partly or entirely based on the author(s) previous work (e.g. unpublished or published dissertation), please contact the editors before submitting the paper.


Finnish Journal of Linguistics adheres to the principle of anonymity in the review process. In order to retain the anonymity of the submissions, we ask you to remove your name(s) and contact information from your initial submissions. We also ask you to format your citations and references in such a way that they do not reveal the authors' identities.

However, please remember to provide your name(s) and contact information in the body of the email message.


Style Sheet:

Finnish Journal of Linguistics follows the Generic Style Rules for Linguistics (henceforth, GSR). Please not that the GSR may be occasionally updated.

Authors who wish to publish in Finnish Journal of Linguistics should follow the GSR by default, taking into account the complementary house rules listed below. We also recommend consulting the most recent volume of the journal, especially in terms of formatting the list of references.

Contributions deviating from these instructions will be sent back to the author(s) for corrections.


House rules


The GSR rule "A hallmark of many linguistics articles is the use of numbered examples. Unless they are from English (or more generally, the language of the article), they must be glossed and translated." (GSR 2014: 6) is replaced by the Finnish Journal of Linguistics house rule:

Any examples or items of linguistic analysis in a language other than the language of the article should be translated and, whenever relevant, also glossed. Glosses are required when it is essential for readers to understand the grammatical structure of the examples.

In exceptional cases, a glossed example may appear in the body text, without numbering. When this happens, the gloss should appear in square brackets, e.g. Chuvash: numay kalaś-akan śïn [much talk-PRS.PTCP person] ‘the person that talks [too] much’ (Savelyev 2020: 462).

Multilingual examples

The following house rule complements the GSR: Examples or items of linguistic analysis in more than one language in the main body of the text should be formatted as follows: 1. language is italicized; 2. language is underlined; 3. language is bold.

For example:

  1. Basque
  2. Spanish
  3. German

Leku guztietatik zeuden Munichen las películas de Pedro Almodovar, ez dakit zer, Spanisch lernen in Spanien.

'Everywhere in Munich there were the movies of Pedro Almodovar, don't know what, learning Spanish in Spain'.


Parts of the text

Articles are preceded by an abstract in the same language as the article itself. Articles written in English may optionally include a second abstract written in any of the other languages of publication. Articles written in French, German, Finnish or Swedish must include a second abstract written in any of the other languages of publication. The second abstract should be included in the final submission; it is not required in the first submission.

Optional sections following the last numbered section are ordered as follows: Acknowledgements, Abbreviations, Appendices (A, B, C etc.), and References.

Note that although capitalization is used after the colon in the title of the paper, the colon is not followed by a capital letter in section headings.


List of references

The GSR recommendations are complemented by the following Finnish Journal of Linguistics house rules:

Each full reference ends with a period. When additional information is provided within brackets, the period is placed outside of them. For example:

Native Languages of the Americas. 1998–2014. Vocabulary in Native American languages: Salish words. ( (Accessed 2014-12-02).
Yu, Alan C. L. 2003. The morphology and phonology of infixation. Berkeley: University of California. (Doctoral dissertation).

If a book includes a volume number followed by a subtitle, the volume number is treated as part of the title and thus italicized. If there is no subtitle, the volume information is not italicized. For example:

Langacker, Ronald W. 1991. Foundations of cognitive grammar, vol. 2: Descriptive application. Stanford University Press.
Dahl, Östen & Koptevskaja-Tamm, Maria. 2001. Circum-Baltic languages, vol. 1. John Benjamins.

References to books should include the name of the publisher, but the city in which it operates is optional. For example:

Sperber, Dan & Wilson, Deirdre. 1995. Relevance: Communication and cognition. 2nd edn. Blackwell.

Whenever URLs are provided, they must be accompanied by an "accessed" date (or a "published" or "last updated" date). This also applies to URLs provided in the main article text (usually in footnotes).

DOI-identifiers should be provided, if available, after the standard part of the reference. DOIs should be formatted as URLs as in the following example:

Cogill-Koez, Dorothea. 2000. Signed language classifier predicates: Linguistic structures or schematic visual representation? Sign Language & Linguistics 3(2). 153–207.

Whenever a publication has been re-published/re-printed, use the information from the version you have consulted. If needed, information about the original publication may be included as a non-standard part within parentheses as follows: "(Originally published in YEAR; reprinted from REFERENCE).". The "REFERENCE" part should follow the same format as the relevant part of similar sources in the list of references (except that the final period is placed after the closing parenthesis). For example:

Halliday, M. A. K. 2003. The functional basis of language. In Webster, Jonathan J. (ed.), On language and linguistics, 298–322. Continuum. (Originally published in 1973; reprinted from Bernstein, Basil (ed.), Applied studies towards a sociology of language, vol 2: Class, codes and control, 343–366. Routledge).

1. First Submission

Initially, manuscripts should be submitted electronically as attachments in one of the following formats: PDF (Adobe Acrobat), DOC(X) (MS Word) or RTF (rich text format). We ask MAC users to convert their files so as to be in PC-readable form.

Remove your name(s), affiliation(s) and contact information from the first submission, including from the document properties.


2. Final Submission

Authors writing in a non-native language should have their manuscripts proofread by a professional in that language.

Add your name(s) and affiliation(s) in the manuscript as instructed in the GSR. Also add your contact information at the end of the manuscript (please consult the most recent volume for illustration).

The format of the final submission should be either DOC(X) or RTF. All tables will be redrawn during the production stage; they should therefore be presented in a format which allows the relevant information to be easily extracted (e.g. editable tables as part of the DOC(X) file; separate Excel sheets or CSV files). It is also possible to redraw at least some types of figures. This should be checked in advance before submitting the final files. If any figures are redrawn, all the necessary information (e.g. numerical data for a bar chart) needs to be provided separately. If publication-ready versions of figures or images are provided by the authors, they need to be of high enough resolution (300 dpi).

Contact Information:
All correspondence (including submitted papers) should be directed to the editors of the journal.

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