Submission Guidelines

Studies in Language and Capitalism will produce up to three issues a year and occasional issues devoted to a special topic. Persons wishing to organize a special issue are invited to submit a proposal which contains a three hundred-word description of the special issue together with a list of potential contributors and paper subjects. Proposals are to be accepted only after review by the journal editors.

A primary concern of the journal is to provide open access to knowledge on a global basis. Therefore, Studies in Language and Capitalism will accept previously published papers, or drafts and revisions thereof. Items previously published must still undergo the same peer review process as all other submissions and will not necessarily be accepted for publication by SLC. Please state if your submission has been previously published, where, and whether the paper is a draft, an update, or a piece you have permission to republish. Where required, copyright clearances are the author’s responsibility and the journal accepts no liability for any work published by the journal contrary to existing copyright agreements between authors and publishers.


Manuscripts in either MS-Word or Wordperfect format should be submitted to info at languageandcapitalism dot info
The final format of published manuscripts will be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). Receipt of a manuscript will be acknowledged by the editors and entered into the review process. Submission of a manuscript to the journal will be taken to imply that it is not being considered elsewhere for publication.


The recommended length is 8,000 words, including footnotes and references, with an abstract of 1-200 words and 5-10 keywords.

U.K. spelling and mechanicals are to be used. The Oxford English Dictionary is our arbiter of spelling. SLC uses the Harvard or Author-Date System of referencing source material. Authors may find good primers for this reference style at the following URLs:

We encourage the use of major subheadings and, where appropriate, second-level subheadings. Manuscripts submitted for consideration as an article must contain: a title page with the full title of the article, the author(s) name and address, a three-sentence biography for each author, a 1-200 word abstract and 5-10 keywords relating to the content of the article. Do not place the author’s name on any other page of the manuscript.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts must be electronically formatted as follows: double-spaced (including quotations, notes, and references cited), one side only, with at least one-inch margins on standard paper using a typeface no smaller than 12pts. Lengthy quotations (over 40 words) should be indented in the text, without quotation marks.


Authors are advised to limit rigorously all noted material whenever possible, but, when used, should appear as endnotes rather than footnotes. Notes are to be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and are to be typed double-spaced at the end of the text. Notes should not be used for citation purposes.


The list of references should only include those items actually cited in the text. References are to be cited in the body of the text in parentheses with author’s family name, the year of original publication, and page number—e.g., (Smith 1964: 27). Titles and publication information appear as “References” at the end of the article and should be listed alphabetically by author and chronologically for each author. Names of journals and publications should appear in full. The References section should appear double-spaced on a separate page. References not presented in the style required will be returned to the author for revision.


All tabular material should appear as a numbered series of Tables and identified by a short descriptive title —e.g., Table 1: Descriptive Title. Tables should be embedded in the document as they would appear in the final format.


All illustrative material (drawings, maps, diagrams, and photographic images) should be designated as Figures. They must be submitted in a form suitable for web publication without resampling. All figures should be clearly numbered and identified by a short descriptive title —e.g., Figure 1: Descriptive Title. Figures should be embedded in the document as they would appear in the final format. It is the author’s responsibility to secure written copyright clearance on all tables, photographs and drawings that are not in the public domain. Copyright should be obtained for worldwide rights and on-line publishing.

Criteria for Evaluation

Studies in Language and Capitalism is a refereed journal. Manuscripts will be accepted only after review by the co-editors and reviewers deemed competent to make professional judgments concerning the quality of the manuscript.