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Author Guidelines

Before submitting any work to the journal, please read the author guidelines.

Please pay particular attention to our length guidelines: Main articles should have a target length of 20-45 journal pages, including references, appendices, and footnotes, with a word count of 8,000 to 18,000. (See the full guidelines for further details.)

Note that the focus of S&P is on papers that include new results of interest to those working in semantics and pragmatics, and that demonstrate clear significance for theoretical development of those areas. As a rule of thumb, if your paper does not engage with works published in the leading journals in semantics (Linguistics & Philosophy, Natural Language Semantics, Journal of Semantics, and S&P itself) and/or work in the proceedings of the major semantics conferences (SALT, Amsterdam Colloquium, Sinn und Bedeutung), it is unlikely that we will judge it to be in our scope.

All submissions need to be submitted through the online system on this site. You'll need to register as an author before you can do that.

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For initial submissions, we do not require any particular style. Please submit a pdf of your manuscript, with ample margins for reviewer notes. Please do not submit a Microsoft Word file (doc or docx format); convert it to pdf first!

If you have any questions about whether a particular manuscript might be appropriate for S&P, please send us an email.

If you want to anticipate something close to the final typeset look of S&P, you are welcome to use the LaTeX stylesheet of the journal and follow the LaTeX guidelines. Both are available at http://info.semprag.org. Please direct questions about the LaTeX styles to latex@semprag.org.

If your submission is accepted after the peer review process, we will provide you with detailed guidelines for the preparation of the final version. S&P hopes that authors can provide a considerable amount of the labor needed for the final copy-editing and typesetting process.

Author's Agreement



If your article is accepted for publication, you will have to sign the S&P author agreement, which allows the LSA to publish your paper in S&P. The paper will be published under a Creative Commons CC-BY License. You can download a PDF of the agreement (with instructions).

 

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.

  1. The Author has read the Author Guidelines on this site and the supplemental author guidelines.
  2. The Author has included the word count on the first or last page of the manuscript. The Article conforms to S&P length guidelines, specified in the Author Guidelines. Main articles have a target length of 20-45 journal pages, including references, appendices, and footnotes, with a word count of 8,000 to 18,000. Authors are required to state the word count with their submission; please use the Monterey PDF word count service. Submissions in excess of 18,000 words will be considered especially carefully by editors, and authors may be requested to shorten submissions before they will be sent out for review. We may also ask reviewers to comment on ways of tightening long papers. Although S&P is an online-only journal, and thus not limited by restrictions on the number of published pages, we nevertheless strongly discourage longer submissions, for several reasons. First, long papers place an undue burden on reviewers, who give their time freely and who we ask to provide a review within four weeks. It is also more difficult to find reviewers for a long paper, which leads to a longer time to decision, which is not in the interest of the author, the journal and the discipline. Finally, long papers slow down the production process for the relevant paper and everyone else as well. Submissions longer than 24,000 words (60 journal pages) are very likely to be rejected without review. [Please note that these stringent guidelines are newly in place as of 2016 and previously published papers therefore may be much longer than we now target.] Squibs have a target length of 2–8 journal pages (including references, appendices, and footnotes), and should be no more than 10 journal pages (less than 4,000 words). Remarks and replies have a target length of 5–15 pages (including references, appendices, and footnotes), and should be no more than 20 journal pages (less than 8,000 words).
  3. The author believes that the paper is within the scope of S&P. The paper includes new results of interest to those working in semantics and pragmatics, and demonstrates clear significance for theoretical development of those areas. [As a rule of thumb, if your paper does not engage with works published in the leading journals in semantics (Linguistics & Philosophy, Natural Language Semantics, Journal of Semantics, and S&P itself) and/or work in the proceedings of the major semantics conferences (SALT, Amsterdam Colloquium, Sinn und Bedeutung), it is unlikely that we will judge it to be in our scope.]
  4. The Author has created and owns the copyright to the Article.
  5. The Article has not been published previously, is not under submission elsewhere, and will not be submitted elsewhere while under submission at S&P.
  6. The author agrees to grant a non-exclusive license to S&P and the LSA to publish and archive their article. [Background: In accordance with the open access ethics of the journal, authors retain full copyright for their work. Readers can use the article under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which gives them unrestricted rights to copy, distribute and transmit the work, provided the original author and source are credited. A PDF of the agreement can be downloaded. The editorial team will contact you once your paper has been accepted.]
  7. We do not require that submitted papers be anonymous, since this is frequently an unattainable goal. However, the author of a paper has the right to remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the review process. In that case, the author should take care to anonymize the paper, and should include in a clearly visible position on the front page the text "Submitted to Semantics and Pragmatics for anonymous review." The reviewers are then considered under obligation not to attempt to discern the identity of the author.
  8. The Journal allows and strongly encourages posting of the manuscript to the Author's website and to the Semantics Archive. (Of course, this step should not be taken if the Author desires an anonymous review process.)
  9. The submitted file is a pdf file. Do not submit a Microsoft doc(x) file; convert it to pdf first!
 

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Articles appearing in Semantics and Pragmatics are published under an author agreement with the Linguistic Society of America and are made available to readers under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

 

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