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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Papers submitted should be reports of the documentation efforts of the author(s) as much as possible. The submission should be both a word and PDF electronic files.
  • Include the following: an abstract of about 300 words; the name of the dialect and name of the speakers; the name of the language and the name of the speakers; the Local Government Area(s) where spoken; the State(s) where spoken; the Geopolitical Zone(s); and the countries.
  • The title cover title with the author's name, affiliation and email address should be followed by the title without the name and the rest of the article.
  • A SINGLE CONSECUTIVE NUMBERING SYSTEM should be used for linguistic examples, rules, figures and tables. Except in the case of noticeably short examples, it is recommended that examples and figures should not break up sentences.
  • PARAGRAPHS should be in tabs, not line space.
  • SIZE OF PAPER AND PAGE MARGINS - Papers should be typed in single space on letter paper on 12-point Times New Roman font with the following specifications: Paper size is the letter, left and right margins should be 1.25in, while the top and bottom margins should be 1.4in.
  • Complicated TABLES, DIAGRAMS, FIGURES, and MAPS should be presented by the author in neat copy, computer-printed or drawn. Tables, diagrams, figures, and maps should be made to fit into the margins recommended above.
  • NUMBERING should start with 1 for the Introduction, proceed to 2, 3, etc. for main sections, 1.1, 1.2, etc. for sections, and 1.1.1, 1.1.2, etc. for subsections. It is recommended that the numbering of subsections should not go beyond three figures.
  • FOOTNOTES should be numbered consecutively, and they should appear at the foot of the page.
  • DATA should be numbered neatly and should be indented with one tab. Linguistic data (phonetic/phonological/orthographic) should be numbered, with the gloss in single quotation marks.
  • REFERENCES should be noted in the text, using the author, date, and page system. Multiple authors should be separated with commas, e.g. (Udoha 1970a:8–9) or (Green 2000, Udoh 2015, Okon 2000).
  • A full list of references used in the text should appear at the end of the article. The list of references should only contain works that are referred to in the body of the text. Please be sure to include and check page references (the editor cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of references). Arrange the entries alphabetically by the authors’ last names. Multiple works by one author should be listed chronologically (with the most recent appearing last). Use a suffixed letter a, b, c, etc. to distinguish different items published by the same author in the same year. Each entry should contain the following information: author’s last name, followed by initials; co-authors (if any) last name followed by initials, year of publication title of work, city of publication and the publisher. In the case of journal articles, give the name of the journal, volume number, and page numbers of the article. In the case of an article in a collection, give the title of the collection, the editor’s name and the page numbers of the article.


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