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Author Guidelines

RiCL invites original, previously unpublished research articles and book reviews in the field of Corpus Linguistics. Submission implies that the manuscript has not been published previously, and is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Submission also implies that the corresponding author has consent of all authors.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright, to be used in both print and electronic media, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscript.

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In order that submissions remain anonymous for reviewing purposes, the name(s) of the author(s) and full contact details should not be provided in the document, and the author(s) should not be identifiable from the references in the remainder of the text and the acknowledgements including any pre-submission comments received or other clues to their identity.

Before submitting an article, please make sure that your text observes the following guidelines. Articles that do not comply with the Atlantis style sheet will be returned for resubmission before being sent out to referees.


Length. Only papers of no more than 10,000 words, including references and footnotes, should normally be submitted for consideration for publication in RiCL.

Spelling and language. Manuscripts should be written in English. Every effort should be made by non-native speakers of English to have their final draft checked by a colleague who is a native speaker of English. Either British English or US English conventions for spelling and expression should be followed consistently.

Spacing and fonts. Double-space throughout. Except for the first paragraph of a new section or subsection, the first line of every new paragraph is indented. Please use Times/Times Roman size 12pt font throughout the manuscript.

Abstract and keywords. The first page of each article must include a 100-200 word summary or abstract. Just after the abstract append a list of up to six keywords so that your contribution can be accurately classified by international reference indexes.

Section headings. Section and subsection headings should be typed on separate lines, numbered and punctuated as in the following examples:

1. Introduction

1.1. Methodological considerations

1.1.1. A summary of the theoretical frameowork

Examples. Examples will be numbered as follows:

                 (1)            xxxxx

                 (1a)          xxxxx

Notes. Notes should be in the form of footnotes (rather than endnotes). Notes should be avoided and limited to authorial commentary that cannot be easily accommodated in the body of the text.

References. In-text references must be inserted as follows:

                 see Smith and Wilson (1993: 481–483)

                 ... and elsewhere (see Smith 1993: 481–483)

As for the ‘References’ section, the style follows that of the Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics Journals (http://celxj.org/downloads/USS-NoComments.pdf):


Blevins, Juliette. 2004. Evolutionary phonology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Casali, Roderic F. 1998. Predicting ATR activity. Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS) 34/1: 55–68.

Johnson, Kyle, Mark Baker and Ian Roberts. 1989. Passive arguments raised. Linguistic Inquiry 20: 219-251.

On-line resources

Franks, Steven. 2005. Bulgarian clitics are positioned in the syntax. http://www.cogs.indiana.edu/people/homepages/franks/Bg_clitics_remark_dense.pdf (17 May, 2006.)

Collective volumes

Webelhuth, Gert ed. 1995. Government and Binding theory and the Minimalist Program: Principles and Parameters in syntactic theory. Oxford: Blackwell.

Chapters in collective volumes

McCarthy, John J. and Alan S. Prince. 1999. Prosodic morphology. In John A. Goldsmith ed. Phonological Theory: The essential readings. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 238–288.

Dictionaries and primary resources

Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edn. 1989. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Stewart, Thomas W. Jr. 2000. Mutation as morphology: bases, stems, and shapes in Scottish Gaelic. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University dissertation.

Other typographic conventions. Quotations of under 25 words should be included in single quotation marks in the running text.

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