Instructions for Authors

Registration Procedure

You first need to register here as an author for this publication. You can do this either by logging in with your existing username and password if you registered previously for another proceedings publication of the LSA, such as PLSA, BLS, AMP, or SALT. Otherwise, fill out the full registration form and create your profile, making sure to check the author box at the bottom before submitting.

Article Submission Procedure

Having created the final version of your article in PDF format (up to 15 pages in length), following the specifications in the style sheet (Word template here; for LaTeX, the template for the Proceedings of the LSA should work), and having registered and logged in, you can start the submission process by clicking on the link for doing so either from your user home or from your author directory.

At submission step one: Check the box associated with each of the items from the submission checklist, including the box at the bottom of the copyright notice, which constitutes an agreement with the LSA to have your work published under terms and conditions of the same kind as are employed with Language and Semantics and Pragmatics. You may, but need not, add comments for the editorial team to see. And then, move to the next step by clicking on the save and continue button.

At submission step two: Click on the open file button, locate the PDF file that you have prepared for submission, and then click on upload. When the file name shows up on this page, click on save and continue to go to the next step.

At submission step three: Add the metadata that will be displayed on the landing page for your published article and will be used for search-engine indexing and for bibliographical cataloguing with agencies such as CrossRef. The submitting author will have their personal information automatically appear, populated from the information provided in their user profile. Click on add author as many times as needed to open up fields to add at least full names and email addresses for each additional author. You can also re-order the list of authors and select one of the additional authors to be the corresponding author. You need to also enter the title of the article and a brief abstract and may enter keywords and a general subdiscipline identifier, such as syntax or sociolinguistics. The abstract should probably match what is in the PDF itself, although a condensed version might also be used, if that one deviates significantly in length or complexity from this example. In any caseit’s best to use plain text without whatever might come along with paragraphs copied and pasted from a Word or PDF file, for example. You can use the HTML editor or the other supplied editing tools for basic formatting and adding links. For IPA representations and examples in languages other than English, unicode characters pasted in as glyphs from online character lists or entered in code via the HTML editor should display properly for most users.

Skip submission step four, as supplementary files that you may want to make available to readers are to be handled by links in your PDF to items that you may place in institutional repositories or on social media sites, as detailed in the style sheet. Simply click on save and continue to go to the final step.

At submission step five: You should click on finish submission and then on the link on the next page to submit your article to the publishing queue and return to your user home.

You should receive an email from the system acknowledging that your submission was received and should also be able to see that it’s in the queue from your user home. After that, as long as you followed the guidelines, the next message is likely to be a notification that your article has been published.