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SKY Journal of Linguistics welcomes unpublished original works from authors of all nationalities and theoretical persuasions.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:


Style Sheet:

SKY Journal of Linguistics has separate style sheets for 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 final version should be formatted according to section 2 below. The style sheet for the initial submission 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. The style sheet for final versions is more strict, and contributions deviating from these instructions will be sent back to the author(s) for corrections.

1. Initial Submission

Initially, papers should be submitted in 3 (paper) copies, only one of which should contain the name(s) of the author(s) and contact address (including e-mail, if available). The papers should be printed on a standard-size paper (A4 or the closest US equivalent), double-spaced, with generous margins. Tables, figures, and drawings should be numbered and either included in the text or given on a separate page with their approximate location indicated in the text. Footnotes should be used instead of endnotes. For the format used in citing examples and references, see the instructions given for final submissions. Please do not send your submissions on disk at the initial stage.

2. Final Submission

After the contribution has passed peer review, final versions of the paper should be sent in both paper (2 copies) and electronic format (3.5" disk). The disk version should be in PC-readable form, either in MS-Word (ver. 6 or later) or WordPerfect (ver. 5.1 or later). Mac users are required to convert their files into PC-readable form. The paper should be formatted according to the following guidelines:

2.1. Text, Paragraphs, Headings etc.

Times New Roman 12 pt font and single spacing should be used throughout the text (including examples, quotes, section headings, footnotes and references). Footnotes, not endnotes, should be used throughout the paper.

At the top of the first page, the author's/authors' name(s) should be given first, followed by the title of the paper and an abstract of approximately 150 words. Section headings should be separated from the main text by one blank line before and after the heading. (The Linguistic Association of Finland reserves the possibility to publish the abstracts on it's internet pages.)

With the exception of the first paragraph of each section, paragraphs should be separated by indenting the first line of each paragraph without leaving a blank line between paragraphs. The first paragraph of each section should start from the left margin.

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 appendix.

2.2. Citing and references

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 Setälä (1912) ...", "It has been argued (Setälä 1912: 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.

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.

2.3. Figures, Diagrams, Tables, and Non-Western Alphabets

Figures or line drawings should be submitted both in hard copy and electronic format. The electronic version should be compatible with either MicroSoft PowerPoint 97 or Corel Presentations 7.0. Figures 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 approximate location in the main text should be clearly indicated. Tables should also be submitted both in hard copy and electronic format. Acceptable electronic formats include MicroSoft Excel 97 and Corel Quattro Pro 7. Otherwise, the rules that apply to figures also apply to tables. 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.

2.4. Proofreading

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

3. Offprints

Authors will receive 20 offprints of their contributions free of charge.



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