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Author Guidelines

Submissions should be made electronically through this website.

Manuscripts for the Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies should comply with the following stylesheet. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your submission.


Manuscripts should be no longer than 9000 words, inclusive of title, abstract, references, notes, tables and figure. Shorter articles are also welcome.

The abstract should not exceed 300 words.


Manuscripts submitted for peer review must contain a title page presenting the title and abstract. The names of all authors and the corresponding author details such as affiliations, contact details and biography (optional) should be completed online as part of the submission process, but should be omitted from the submitted manuscript to make blind peer review possible.

A list of up to six keywords may be optionally presented below the abstract (optional). Abstract and keywords should also be completed online as part of the initial online submission.

The main body of the submission should be structured in a logical manner according to the conventions of the genre. A typical manuscript will contain separate introduction, methodology, results and discussion sections, divided in subsections as appropriate.

Acknowledgements may optionally be included as a separate paragraph after the main body but before the list of references.

If the research has been funded through a grant or scholarship, the funding body and reference should be detailed immediately after the acknowledgements.

If any of the authors have interests that could appear to compromise, conflict or influence the validity of the publication then these must be declared immediately after the funding acknowledgement. Guidelines for evaluating and reporting competing interests can be found here. If there are no competing interests to declare, then an explicit statement to that effect should be made.


Manuscripts must be written in English. Any of the major spelling standards is acceptable, as long as it is employed consistently throughout the manuscript.

Whenever possible, commonly-understood terms or phrases should be used in preference to those specific to a diatopic variety.

Manuscripts should consistently use language that is inclusive and fair towards all genders, sexual orientations and behaviours, races, nationalities, ages and disabilities. This includes avoiding the generic use of masculine terms such as ‘he’ or ‘man’; using non-gender-specific terms for roles and occupations; avoiding making up examples that perpetuate stereotypical or biased views; and maintaining sensitivity towards community preferences for identifying terms.

Journal style

Numbers between zero and nine should be written out in letters unless they are part of a mathematical expression, date, cross-reference or label. Numbers higher than nine, negative numbers and numbers containing decimals should always be written in numerical digits. Please avoid beginning a sentence with a number written in digits.

Abbreviations should be spelled out in full the first time they appear in the manuscript, with the abbreviated form following immediately in parenthesis, e.g.: 'critical discourse analysis (CDA)'. Do not use full stops after such abbreviations.

Latinate abbreviations other than 'etc.', 'e.g.', 'i.e.', 'cf.' and 'et al.' should not be used. Only the last of these should be italicised. Always use full stops after these abbreviations.

Dates and times should be given according to the ISO 8601 standard, using YYYY-MM-DD format for Gregorian calendar dates, e.g.: 2018-07-01 for the first of July, 2018.

Linguistic examples

All illustrative and exemplificatory excerpts longer than a clause should be set out in a separate line and numbered sequentially throughout the text.

Examples should be presented in the original language. Attested examples should use the original spelling; invented ones should use the orthographic norms currently employed in a region where the language is officially recognised, or the prevailing scholarly notation in the case of dead languages.

Materials in a language other than English must be immediately followed by a gloss in single quotes within parenthesis, e.g.: deberíamos ('we should'). If the original language does not employ the Roman alphabet, a transliteration according to the established scholarly norms for that language should be included in the parenthesis before the gloss, e.g.: δέον (déon, 'what is proper').

If more detail is necessary, interlinear glosses can be provided instead according to the Leipzig glossing rules.

Tables, figures and concordances

Information presented in tabular format should be labelled as 'Table'. Succinct descriptive headings should be provided for each column and, if necessary, row.

Photographs, screen captures, maps, plots, charts and other illustrations should be labelled as 'Figure'. If a figure is not easy to understand or does not appear to be of a suitable quality, the editor may ask to re-render or omit it. Any figures not originally created by the authors must provide a full reference to their source, along with any relevant copyright information and a statement of authorisation if needed.

Concordances extracted from a corpus should be labelled as 'Concordance'. Concordance lines should be numbered. The concordance node should be vertically aligned.

Tables, figures and concordances should be numbered consecutively throughout the text using Arabic numerals, and include a descriptive caption. Do not use by-section numbering.

Tables and concordances should be included at the end of the manuscript. Their desired placement can be indicated by the legend 'INSERT TABLE/CONCORDANCE X HERE', but typesetting might require modifications to this request.

Figures may be inserted in the manuscript file at the submission stage, but separate files should be supplied for final typesetting. Use TIFF or PNG with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for bitmap images. Vector-based formats (EPS or SVG) are preferred for plots and charts. Their desired placement can be indicated by the legend 'INSERT FIGURE X HERE', but typesetting might require modifications to this request.

Audio and video

Audio and video clips can be provided as supplementary materials. See the data sharing guidelines for further details.


Notes should be used sparingly, and only for substantive content that would compromise the flow of the main argument if integrated into the running text.

Do not use notes to provide bibliographical information. See the section on Citations for further details.

Please use footnotes, not endnotes. Note numbers in the running text should directly follow punctuation marks, with no intervening space.


References to material covered elsewhere in the manuscript should be made by section number and include the capitalised word 'Section', e.g.: 'see Section 2.3'. Do not make cross-references to specific page numbers, as pagination may change during the typesetting process.

References to linguistic examples should be made by number and include the capitalised word 'Excerpt', e.g.: 'see Excerpt 1.a'.

References to tables, figures and concordances should be made by number and include the capitalised word 'Table', 'Figure', or 'Concordance', e.g.: 'see Table 3'.

References to supplementary materials should be made by file number and include the capitalised word 'File'. See the data sharing guidelines for further details.


Quotations less than 60 words in length should appear in the running text, set out by single quotation marks. Use double marks for quotations included in the main quotation.

Extended quotations over 60 words should be set out as an indented block without quotation marks.


Citations should follow APA style, 6th edition. Please include the digital object identifier (DOI) whenever available.

In line with the Austin Principles of Data Citation in Linguistics, any existing datasets used in the article (such as published corpora) should be cited. Any software tools employed should be cited as well. When the creators of the dataset or software ask that a specific publication be cited to make reference to it, follow this recommendation.

Bare web addresses should never be used. A full citation in the appropriate format should be provided instead.

The reference section should include only those works cited in the text. Texts that are analysed rather than cited as sources should be identified and described in the deposited dataset; see the data sharing guidelines for further details.

Typeface variants and punctuation

Graphical emphasis should be indicated by italic type. Boldface, underlining or all capitals should never be used, except when reproducing the original formatting of an attested example. If emphasis is added to part of a quotation, this should be noted by adding the phrase 'emphasis mine' at the end of the source citation.

Literal strings as entered into a computer system (such as search queries or programming code) should be typeset in a fixed-width font.

Lemmas should be typeset in small capitals. Small capitals should also be used for metaphoric mappings.

Use em dashes (—) for parenthetical interpolations, and en dashes (–) to indicate numerical ranges.

Round brackets can also be used for parenthetical interpolations, but any citations contained within them must then employ square brackets, e.g.: '(for an opposing argument, see Smith [2007, p. 123])'.

Quantitative evidence

Inferential statistics and other forms of quantitative evidence should be reported according to the generally-accepted standards in the social sciences.

For all null hypothesis tests, always report the exact p value to at least three decimals rather than the critical cut-off. If the value is less than .001, report it as ‘p<.001’.

Keyness tests should report both effect size (such as Dice coefficient, odds ratio, %DIFF) and significance (g² or χ²). If the measure is not a commonly-employed one, please make sure to cite the source where it is described.

Collocation tests should report both effect size (such as MI) and significance (such as g² or t).

Correlation measures should report the exact coefficient used (such as Pearson's r), together with the values for coefficient and significance (p).

T-tests should report the means and standard deviations for each sample, the t value, the degrees of freedom, the effect size (such as Cohen's d or Hodges' g, with the appropriate corrections in the case of small samples) and the significance level (p).

ANOVA tests should report the means and standard deviations for each sample, the f value, the mean-square error, the degrees of freedom for the effect and the error term, the effect size (ƞp²) and the significance level (p). Multi-factor ANOVA should report all main effects and interactions.

Regression analysis should report the coefficient of determination, the f value, the degrees of freedom, the significance level and the complete regression function. For multiple regression, the beta coefficient and significance level must be reported for each predictor.

Cluster analysis should report the type (such as hierarchical), the method (such as agglomerative), the metric for (dis)similarity (such as Euclidean distance), the method used to assign items to clusters (such as average group linkage), and (if applicable) the method used to standardise values (such as z-score).

Ethics and consent

Research involving human participants must have been performed in accordance with the Recommendations on Good Practice in Applied Linguistics of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Where applicable, studies must have been approved by an appropriate ethics committee and the authors should include a statement within the article text detailing this approval, including the name of the ethics committee and reference number of the approval.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF file format.
  3. Where available, DOIs and URLs for the references have been provided.

  4. All tables, figures and concordances are at the end of the document.

  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. Where possible, data has been appended according to the data sharing guidelines.
  7. Any third-party-owned materials used have been identified with appropriate credit lines, and permission obtained from the copyright holder for all formats of the journal.
  8. All authors qualify as authors, as per the authorship guidelines, and have given permission to be listed on the submitted paper.
  9. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the submitted files (including file properties) have been anonymised.

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