Journal of Sociolinguistics

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Edited By: Allan Bell

Impact Factor: 1.087

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 32/162 (Linguistics)

Online ISSN: 1467-9841

Author Guidelines


The editors of the Journal of Sociolinguistics receive many, many more submissions than they can publish. Over the past year, the editorial team have surveyed their experience of incoming papers and have put together a list of features that will maximize your chances of having a paper accepted for publication with the journal.

Papers should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you have any difficulty using the site, email Andy Gibson (

Submissions should be limited to a maximum of 45 manuscript pages (double-spaced, wide-margined, 12-point type), including all references, tables, figures, appendices, etc. The Journal's language of publication is English. Submissions will be peer-reviewed unless in the editors' opinion a paper falls outside the journal's scope or is not of adequate scholarly standard. Reviewing will be anonymous as far as practicable, so please avoid undue self-identification in the manuscript.

Submission of a paper is assumed to mean that it is original work which has not been previously published and is not simultaneously in press or being considered for publication elsewhere (in either electronic or hard copy). Articles which are related or contain overlapping content and are being published or considered elsewhere should be acknowledged in the submission, and explained in a covering letter to the editors.


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.


Journal of Sociolinguistics conducts blinded peer-review. When uploading your manuscript you will need to upload a manuscript file with no identifying author information (designate as Main Document) and a separate title page (designate as Supplementary File not for Review) with author details. Any acknowledgements or other self-identifying material should be removed from the main document and included on the title page.

The title page should carry the title of the paper, name/s and affiliation/s of author/s, and full contact addresses for correspondence - postal, email, fax and telephone. Correspondence will be sent to the first-named author unless otherwise indicated. Please note, the title should not be entered in upper case, please capitalise only the first letter of all content words in the title.

The 1st page of the (anonymised) main document should carry the title (but no author identification), a single- paragraph abstract of up to 150 words, a list of up to six key words, a short running title for use as a page header, and the word count for the main text only of the paper (excluding abstract, notes and references).

The main text of the article begins on the 2nd page. After the end of the main text, there follow in order: Notes, References, Appendices, Tables and Figures. Number all pages except those with tables and figures.

Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout (including abstract, quotations, transcripts, notes, references, tables, etc.), with a right margin 5 cm (2 inches) wide. Do not justify the right margin or hyphenate within words.

Avoid more than two levels of subheadings. Use all upper case letters for the first level of heading, lower and upper case for the second level. After a heading, start text on the line next below. Begin paragraphs with an indent except after headings.

Lists or numbered examples should use arabic numbers on the margin, followed by a stop but without parentheses, with the text indented throughout. Long quotations, whether citations or data, should be separated from the text and indented, and in full-sized type.

Spelling and punctuation
Use single quote marks for 'quotations', double quote marks for 'quotations within quotations'. Give page number of reference for direct quotations. Translations or glosses should appear in single quotes. Cited forms should be italicised.

Ensure that phonetic or other non-orthographic symbols are clear, especially diacritic marks.

Either British or American spelling and punctuation conventions may be used, but they should be applied consistently throughout the paper.

For extracts of transcribed spoken data, keep conventions to the minimum necessary for the points to be made. Short lists of transcription conventions should be given in the text preceding the extract or in an endnote; lengthy lists of conventions should be given as an appendix to the paper.

Use a heading for each extract or transcript such as 'Extract 1:'.

Avoid the use of notes where possible - authors will be asked to reduce excessive numbers of notes
Notes will appear as endnotes. Use superscript numbers (not too small) in the text. Number notes consecutively and gather them immediately after the end of the main text. Start them on a new page, and use the heading 'NOTES'. Place note numbers on the left margin, with the text indented throughout. Leave an extra space between each note.

Use Note 1 for acknowledgements, etc., and attach it to the title on the cover page.

References should use the author/date system, e.g.: '(Hymes 1974)'. When the author's name appears in the text, use: 'Gumperz (1983) argues that ...'. Page numbers appear after a colon (plus space) following the date: 'Labov (1972: 269-270)'. Do not use additional parentheses for the date of a reference contained in text that is already enclosed in parentheses. Use semicolons between each reference in a sequence of references by different authors.

For works with three or more authors, either use all authors' names at each citation: 'Fishman, Ferguson and Das Gupta (1968)'; or use et al. after first mention: 'Fishman et al. (1968)'.

All works cited must appear under the title 'REFERENCES' following any notes and preceding any tables or figures. Start the references on a new page. Check thoroughly that all works cited in text and notes appear in the list of references, and that authors and dates match between citation and references.

The references appear in alphabetical order. Use authors' names as they appear on the published sources, with full first name unless author uses only initials. Reverse first and last names only for the head name of the reference.

Same-author references appear in date order. Same-date references by the same author should be identified as: Labov 1972a, 1972b, 1972c, etc. Multiple-authored works follow all sole-authored works by the first author, in alphabetical order of second (and subsequent) authors. Do not use the convention of an underline before the date for subsequent works by the same author.

Indent the second and subsequent lines of each reference. Capitalize main words in book and journal titles. Use minimal capitalization in article titles, but capitalize the first letter after a colon within the title. Do not use quotation marks around article or chapter titles. Italicise the titles of books and journals.

Give volume number for journal references, and publisher plus place of publication for books. Spell out U.S. state names in full. Use 'and' not '&' (ampersand). Give full page numbers for articles in journals and books.

Use the following styles for citing monographs, edited volumes, articles in edited volumes, journal articles, conference or other oral presentations, and unpublished works such as dissertations:

Androutsopoulos, Jannis. 2004. Towards a typology of language contact in computer-mediated communication. Paper presented to Sociolinguistics Symposium 15, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

Benor, Sarah, Mary Rose, Devyani Sharma, Julie Sweetland and Qing Zhang (eds.). 2002. Gendered Practices in Language. Stanford, California: CSLI Publications.

Heller, Monica. 2003. Globalization, the new economy, and the commodification of language and identity. Journal of Sociolinguistics 7: 473-492.

Herbert, Robert K. 2002. The sociohistory of clicks in Southern Bantu. In Rajend Mesthrie (ed.) Language in South Africa. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. 297-315.

Modan, Gabriella. 2000. The struggle for neighborhood identity: Discursive constructions of community and place in a U.S. multi-ethnic neighborhood. Unpublished PhD dissertation. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University.

Winford, Donald. 2003. An Introduction to Contact Linguistics. Malden, Massachusetts and Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell Publishing.

Check thoroughly the accuracy, completeness and order of references before submission.

Tables and figures
Mark the approximate positioning of tables and figures in the text. Tables appear after the references, followed by figures, with each on a separate page. They should be numbered consecutively and typed widely spaced. Supply a brief caption above each table and below each figure, including a gloss on any abbreviations used. Keep detail on tables and figures to the minimum needed to substantiate the points made in the text.

Ensure all figures are of sufficient quality to reproduce adequately. Use a type size large enough to allow for reduction at publication. Figures should be prepared using an artwork package such as Freehand, Illustrator or Photoshop, and supplied as an EPS or TIF file. Use of colour and tints should be avoided.

After acceptance
Final versions of accepted articles will be expected to conform to these guidelines, and may be returned to the author if they do not. All material accepted for publication is subject to editing for length and in other respects by the editors, although this will be done, as far as practical, in consultation with authors.

Authors of accepted papers are invited to provide, in addition to their English-language abstract, a second abstract of approximately 150 words in an appropriate language of their choice. Especially if the paper deals with a language other than English, we encourage authors to include an abstract in that language or an appropriate regional or international language. The author will be responsible for ensuring that the content of the other-language abstract is equivalent to the English abstract, and for proofreading it before publication. The other-language abstract should appear on a separate page after the English abstract in the revised manuscript.

Copyright Transfer Agreement

Authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement (CTA) for all papers accepted for publication. Signature of the CTA is a condition of publication and papers will NOT be published unless a signed form has been received. After submission authors will retain the right to publish their paper in various media/circumstances (please see the CTA for further details).
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:
CTA Terms and Conditions For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit
If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license: Creative Commons Attribution License OAA To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

Further information
For further detail on styles, scan current published issues of the Journal. Direct any remaining queries to Allan Bell at the address below.


Please contact the Reviews Editor to enquire about undertaking a review, as unsolicited reviews are not accepted.

Length: book reviews should be approximately 1500 - 2000 words long unless otherwise agreed with the Reviews Editor.

Deadline: book reviews should normally be sent to the Reviews Editor within three months of the receipt of the book to be reviewed.

Please send book reviews to as email attachments (not through the website). Occasionally, a hard copy may be requested in case of special fonts that need to be re-inserted into the book review. All submitted reviews must be accompanied by a signed copyright assignment form (see above), which will be sent with a review copy of the book.

Reviews should follow the guidelines for authors of articles outlined above, with the following exceptions: do not divide the text of reviews into sections and subsections; keep referencing to a reasonable minimum and avoid (end)notes, if possible.

Within a review use full last name/s of the author/s of the book under review and the book's title, not initials or abbreviations, as well as full names of the languages and locations discussed in the book.

Head the review with the details of the book, followed by your own name, in accordance with the format below (any missing information will be added by the Reviews Editor):

Stanton Wortham. Narratives in Action: A Strategy for Research and Analysis (Counseling and Development Series). New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University. 2001. 183pp. Hb (0-8077-4076-4) 47.50/$56.00 / Pb (0-8077-4075-6) 22.95/$31.95.

Penelope Eckert and John R. Rickford (eds.). Style and Sociolinguistic Variation. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. 2001. 341pp. Hb (0-521-59191-0) 45.00/$65.00 / Pb (0-521-59789-7) 15.99/$23.00.


Place your name and full address/affiliation at the end of the review:

Name of Institution

The reviews may be lightly edited for style. Any major changes will be agreed with the reviewer.

Further queries about the format of review manuscripts should be addressed to the Reviews Editor, Rakesh Bhatt



Allan Bell
Institute of Culture, Discourse and Communication
AUT University
New Zealand


Dave Britain
Institute for English Languages and Literatures
University of Bern

Bonnie McElhinny
Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies
University of Toronto

Devyani Sharma
School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Queen Mary, University of London

Lionel Wee
Department of English Language & Literature
National University of Singapore


Rakesh Bhatt
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois


Andy Gibson
Institue of Culture, Discourse and Communication
AUT University
New Zealand