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SKY Journal of Linguistics welcomes unpublished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.
Mark Kaunisto - mark.kaunisto (at) abo.fi
All correspondence (including submitted papers) should be directed
to the editors of the journal. The current editors are
Åbo Akademi University
English Language and Linguistics
Rea Peltola - rea.peltola(at)helsinki.fi
Section d'études finnoises
104-106 quai de 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
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unpublished and original work.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or entirely based on the author(s) previous work (e.g. unpublished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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
||'I smelled the flower'
Glosses should all be in lowercase. Non-standard
abbreviations should be explained in either a footnote or an appendix.
(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.
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.
Fairclough, Norman (1985) Critical and descriptive goals in discourse
analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 9: 741-763.
Gumperz, J. J. and Levinson, S. C. (eds.) (1996) Rethinking
linguistic relativity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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
At the end of the article add your contact information.
We also ask you to send a hard copy of your final
Otherwise the same principles apply to the format
as with the first submission.
Authors should carefully proofread their contributions
before submitting the final version.