- Suomeksi -
The Linguistic Association of Finland
Suomen kielitieteellinen yhdistys

SKY Journal of Linguistics

Instructions to authors

SKY Journal of Linguistics welcomes unpublished original works from authors of all nationalities and theoretical persuasions. In addition to full-length articles, SKY JoL accepts short (approx. 3-5 pages) 'squibs', discussion rejoinders as well as book reviews. Contributions should be either in English, French, or German.

SKY 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.

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

Mark Kaunisto - mark.kaunisto (at) abo.fi
Åbo Akademi University
English Language and Linguistics
Fabriksgatan 2
20500 Åbo

Rea Peltola - rea.peltola(at)helsinki.fi
Section d'études finnoises
104-106 quai de Clichy
92110 Clichy

Erika Sandman - erika.sandman (at) helsinki.fi
Department of World Cultures
East Asian Studies
P.O. Box 59 (Unioninkatu 38B)
00014 University of Helsinki

Heli Tissari - heli.tissari (at) helsinki.fi
Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English
P.O.Box 24 (Unioninkatu 40 B)
FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Katja Västi - katja.vasti (at) oulu.fi
Finnish language
P.O. Box 1000
FIN-90014 University of Oulu

Please note that you can correspond with all editors regarding submissions written in English:

A note on research ethics:

Please note that SKY Journal of Linguistics only accepts previously unpublished and original work. In case the paper is partly or entirely based on the author(s) previous work (e.g. unpublished or published dissertation), please contact the editors before submitting the paper.

Style Sheet:

SKY Journal of Linguistics has slightly different procedures in handling initial and final submissions. Initial submission refers to the first version of a paper sent to the journal, which will be sent to two anonymous referees for review. If the paper is accepted for publication (either as-is or with revisions), the necessary additions should be made according to section 2 below. The style sheet is intentionally vague, and its main rationale is to ensure that papers are initially submitted in a format which makes them easy to read for our referees and the final submissions are easy to process for the editors.

Please avoid using complicated stylesheet templates or styles. Preferably use the same style (e.g. 'Normal' or 'Body Text') throughout the article.

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

1. First Submission

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


The SKY 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 so that the identity of the author(s) remains hidden throughout the review process.

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

The paper should be formatted according to the following guidelines (the guidelines are also available in pdf-format.

a) Font style, size and text

Times New Roman, size 12pt.

Use 1.5-spacing throughout the article and add an extra line between paragraphs.

b) Margins and paper size

3 cm margins on all sides.

Paper size A4 or the closest US equivalent.

c) Headings

In chapter and section headings, use running numbering, and bold typeface (Times New Roman 12pt) and add an extra line before and after the headings.

d) Footnotes

Use footnotes instead of endnotes.

e) Tables and figures

Tables, figures and drawings should be referred to in the main text and numbered consecutively. They can be either incorporated in the text at their desired locations, or submitted as separate files. In the latter case, their location in the main text should be clearly indicated.

If your paper makes use of non-Western alphabets in examples, the relevant fonts should be made available to the editors. If you are unsure about compatibility questions regarding any of the issues mentioned in this section, please contact the editors before submitting the final version.

f) Examples

Examples or items of linguistic analysis in the main body of the text should be italicized: the first person singular form of mennä '(to) go' is menen. Examples separated from the main body of the text should be sequentially numbered with each number in round brackets. Any data in a language other than the language in which the article is written should be translated and preferably glossed. Glosses should be aligned with the correct items in examples, and the translation should be enclosed in single quotes and begin on a new line:

(1) ji-ta swa-ya-gu bas wala
I-dat flower-gen-cls smell came
'I smelled the flower'

Glosses should all be in lowercase. Non-standard abbreviations should be explained in either a footnote or an appendix.

g) Citations

(A special style template for citations and references is available for users of Endnote.)

Citations in the text should mention the name of the author(s) and year of publication (as well as page numbers where relevant) in parentheses: "... since Bakhtin (1930) ...", "It has been argued (Bakhtin 1930: 234-236) that ...".

Quotes that are 2 or more lines in length should be indented and separated from the main text by one blank line before and after the quote.

h) References

All works cited should be listed fully under the heading 'References' at the end of the paper. References should conform to the following format:


Chomsky, Noam (1986) Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin and Use. New York: Prager.

Journal articles:

Fairclough, Norman (1985) Critical and descriptive goals in discourse analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 9: 741-763.

Edited books:

Gumperz, J. J. and Levinson, S. C. (eds.) (1996) Rethinking linguistic relativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book sections:

Halle, Morris & Vergnaud, Jean Roger (1982) On the Framework of Autosegmental Phonology. In Harry van der Hulst & Norval Smith (eds.), The Structure of Phonological Representations, pp. 65-82. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.

or in case more articles are used from the same book, list the book and refer to individual articles as follows:

Halle, Morris & Vergnaud, Jean Roger (1982) On the Framework of Autosegmental Phonology. In Harry van der Hulst & Norval Smith (eds.), pp. 65-82. Dordrecht: Foris Publications.

2. Final submission

In the final submissions add at the top of the first page, author name(s), affiliation, followed by the title of the paper and an abstract of approx. 150 words. The Linguistic Association of Finland publishes the abstracts on its website.

At the end of the article add your contact information.

We also ask you to send a hard copy of your final submission.

Otherwise the same principles apply to the format as with the first submission.

3. Proofreading

Authors should carefully proofread their contributions before submitting the final version.