Mind & Language

Cover image for Vol. 32 Issue 3

Edited By: Executive Editor: Gregory Currie. Editors: Stephen Butterfill, Ruth Campbell, Robyn Carston, Stephen Fleming, Samuel Guttenplan, Francesca Happé, Guy Longworth, Michael Martin, Sarah Patterson, Ian Phillips, Louise Richardson, Neil Smith and Deirdre Wilson

Impact Factor: 0.962

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 65/180 (Linguistics); 79/84 (Psychology Experimental)

Online ISSN: 1468-0017

Author Guidelines

Mind & Language publishes original and accessible articles in linguistics, philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, and cognitive anthropology.

Manuscript submissions

Mind & Language has now adopted ScholarOne Manuscripts, for online manuscript submission and peer review. The new system brings with it a whole host of benefits including:

• Quick and easy submission
• Administration centralised and reduced
• Significant decrease in peer review times

From now on all submissions to the journal must be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mila. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the ‘Get Help Now’ link at the top right of every page, connecting directly to the online support system at http://mchelp.manuscriptcentral.com/gethelpnow/.

If you cannot submit online, please contact the Editorial Office at:

Editorial Assistant
Mind & Language
University of York
Department of Philosophy
YO10 5DD
United Kingdom
email: mind-lang-journal@york.ac.uk

Getting Started

1. Launch your web browser and go to the Mind & Language ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mila).

2. Log-in or click the “Create Account” option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.

3. If you are creating a new account:

• After clicking on “Create Account”, enter your name and e-mail information and click “Next”. Your e-mail information is very important – please ensure it is correct.
• Enter your institution and address information as appropriate, and then click “Next.”
• Enter a user ID and password of your choice (we recommend using your e-mail address as your user ID), and then select your area of expertise. Click “Finish”.

Returning user

1. If you have an account but have forgotten your log in details, go to “Password Help” on the M&L ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage and enter your email address. The system will send you an automatic user ID and password reminder.
2. Log-in and select “Author Center."

Submitting Your Manuscript

1. After you have logged in, click the “Submit a Manuscript” link in the menu bar.
2. Enter data and answer questions as appropriate.
3. Click the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
4. You are required to upload your files.

• Click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer.
• Select the designation of each file in the drop down next to the Browse button.
• When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

5. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) before sending to the Journal. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished reviewing.

You may suspend a submission at any phase before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also access ScholarOne Manuscripts any time to check the status of your manuscript. The Journal will inform you by e-mail once a decision has been made.

Any paper submitted to Mind & Language must not be submitted elsewhere while it is under review. The journal will only consider submissions which have not been partly or wholly published elsewhere.

Papers, not longer than 12,000 words and preferably shorter (including abstract, references, and any tables and/or figure captions), should be submitted electronically, preferably in Word. Text should be double spaced throughout. An abstract of 60-100 words should be included. Footnotes should be kept to a minimum, and references should be incorporated into the text in (author, date, page) form. An alphabetical list of references should follow the text. The list of references should be presented in the style used in Mind & Language from volume 15 onwards.

We aim to give a decision on a submitted paper within three to four months of submission, but on occasion there is a delay in the time it takes to secure referees, meaning that the decision will take longer.

Please note that unsolicited book reviews are not considered for publication.


The submission system will prompt submitting authors to use their ORCID ID (a unique author identifier) to help distinguish your work from that of other researchers. The ORCID ID is required for submitting authors but is optional for the listed co-authors of a manuscript. To create an ORCID profile takes around 2 minutes. Click here to find out more.

Referees are asked to comment on both a paper's intrinsic quality and its accessibility to the interdisciplinary readership of Mind & Language. Whilst authors names are withheld from referees, it is the responsibility of the author to prepare the manuscript in such a way that after detachment of the title page there remains no indication of authorship.

Each contributor will receive a free PDF offprint of his or her article. Additional offprints may be purchased from Wiley-Blackwell, 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford, OX4 2DQ, UK.

Mind & Language
Style Sheet

Please make sure that your typescript conforms to the following:

(i) double-spaced throughout—including reference list—and the pages numbered;

(ii) single quotes throughout, except for quotes within quotes (outer quotes to be single);

(iii) citations in author-date format (i.e.’...the argument in Jones, 1990...’) to be incorporated into the text so as to minimize footnotes;

(iv) footnotes (at the bottom of each page), not endnotes;

(v) a consolidated alphabetical list of References at the end of the article which follow the format given in the sample below (note that article titles have initial capitals only, but book titles have main word capitals):


There are several software packages available to help authors manage and format the references and footnotes in their journal article. We recommend the use of a software tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

References should be in alphabetical order by author, and, if there is more than one entry for an author, in date order for that author (using ‘a’, ‘b’ etc, if there is more than a single reference for that author in a given year) . Below are some examples of difference types of reference.

Dummett, M. 1973: Example of a Book Reference.  London: Duckworth.
Burge, T. 1979: Example of a journal article reference. Synthese, 40, 265-81.
Kripke, S. 1979: Example of an article in an edited collection.  In A. Margalit (ed.), Meaning and Use.  Dordrecht: Reidel.
Margolis, E. and Laurence, S. (eds) 1999: Example of an Edited Book Reference. Cambridge, MA.: MIT Press.

(vi)  numbered sections and sub-sections with headings (capital letters for main words in these headings) with layout as in the sample below:

1. In Dublin's Fair City

Note the extra line space after heading and the fact that this first paragraph is not indented and is separated from heading by an extra line space.  All headings should be in bold, but do not use bold for any other purpose. Citations are incorporated in the text in the author-date style (Guttenplan, 2000). Single quotes throughout.
  Later paragraphs are indented.  The paper should be double-spaced throughout.

1.1 And Furthermore
Sub-section headings also have capital letters for the main words, and—as above—with no extra line space between heading and text.

1.1.1 Finally  If a sub sub-heading is absolutely necessary, the associated text should appear on the same line as the heading. 

(vii)  In addition to the above, your contribution should have:

  (1) an Abstract of 60-100 words on the first page;

  (2) a short form of affiliation, right justified, at the end of article, i.e.:

  (3) an un-numbered note at the foot of the first page which should include acknowledgements and on separate lines:
       Address for correspondence:

 (4) a word count.


Copyright Transfer Agreement: 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 License 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 http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production, and, when published online access the article for free. Authors may also nominate up to 10 specialists to receive free access as well. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.