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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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). See our Conflict of Interest Policy for details.
  • The anonymous submission file is in Portable Document Format (PDF).
  • The submission file's formatting adheres to the journal's style guide (i.e. the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics). Notice that this is not applicable if you are submitting a Registered Report for Stage 1 review.

Author Guidelines

The online journal BIOLINGUISTICS is a full-fledged, bona fide academic publication with its own ISSN and thorough review process. However, resources do not allow for hiring editorial staff. We thus request from authors of manuscripts to adhere to the journal's stylesheet and the instructions on this page as carefully as possible. Consequently, authors are requested to follow the Submission Preparation Checklist as part of the submission process.

Please consider if your submission is suitable for the scope of BIOLINGUISTICS and ensure that your manuscript fits one of the different types of articles that we publish. Please also see our Conflict of Interest Policy prior to submission. If your initial submission is a Registered Report in Stage 1 of the review process, please see below.


Being a platinum open-access journal, BIOLINGUISTICS has no article processing charges (APCs) and no submission charges for authors.

Stylesheet & Templates

Stylesheets and templates are available for Microsoft Word and LaTeX. Initial submission must be anonymised and Portable Document Format (PDF). Articles that have been accepted for publication should be submitted in PDF and either
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf),
  • Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx), or
  • LaTeX (.tex. and .bib files) format.
At this point, we cannot accept any other formats.

A detailed stylesheet and guidelines can be found in the template files which are available for download:If you are using a reference manager, select the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics (USSfL) from the list of different citation styles when creating your bibliography. This will ensure that your references adhere to the style of BIOLINGUISTICS as closely as possible. In case your reference manager does not support USSfL, we provide the following style files for your convenience:

Registered Reports

Registered Reports are peer-reviewed in a two-stage process and therefore require a slightly different editorial procedure. Submissions for Stage 1 of the review process for Registered Reports need not adhere to the journal's style guide but should nevertheless use a consistent formatting and referencing style. Adherence to the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics and usage of the BIOLINGUISTICS Word or Latex template is still recommended but not required.

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