Top Tips for Publishing in Linguistics Journals



Want to get your research published?
We’re here to help Here are some tips to help you with your publishing
journey 1. Supply something of added value
“In reviews it is important to supply something of ‘added value’, whether it is critical
commentary, a bigger picture, different perspectives, or a dialogue between reviewers.” – Zhu
Hua, Reviews Editor of Applied Linguistics 2. Don’t be afraid to explore challenging
or new avenues “Try to do things where you don’t know
the outcome beforehand; don’t stop yourself from exploring unexpected blips in the data” – Dan Dediu & Bart Boer, Editors of the Journal of Language Evolution 3. Use a citation manager and record things as you go “Citation managers allow you to get your mind off the boring detail that computers
do best, and focus on the actual content. They save you a lot of time and virtually
eliminate errors in citations and bibliography” – Robert Lew, Editors of International Journal
of Lexicography 4. Do methodologically sound work
“Don’t oversell your findings beyond what the data actually supports” – Dan Dediu
& Bart Boer, Editors of the Journal of Language Evolution 5. Make it simple Make sure your writing is clear, simple, and straightforward. The easier it is to read, the more people it could reach. 6. Find the right journal Examine the aims and scope of the journal, and read some sample papers, to make sure your research finds the right home. 7. Be as self-critical as possible “Be your own worst reviewer” – Dan Dediu
& Bart Boer, Editors of the Journal of Language Evolution 8. Remember the importance of clean formatting “Use paragraph styles, especially if the
journal offers a template. They help you keep the formatting consistent and make for an aesthetically pleasing manuscript” – Dan Dediu & Bart Boer, Editors of the Journal of Language Evolution 9. Write your abstract last Do the work first, the abstract should be an interesting, attention-grabbing overview of your research Make an impact in linguistics
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