The journal comes out annually and the Call for Papers is open all year round. In order to be considered for publication in the 2024 issue, the manuscript should reach us for evaluation before the 15th of December 2023.

Please review the instructions on this page before you submit your manuscript to JALaLit. By submitting an article to JALaLit, the author ensures that the manuscript is original and not already published, and that it is neither in whole nor in part under evaluation in other journals. The author also ensures that he or she has not submitted competing proposals (i.e. proposals that discuss and analyse the same specific issue or topic in the same terms) to multiple journals.

All submissions are to be sent to the Editorial team’s email address Special issue proposals are welcome and can be submitted to the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Gian Claudio Batic (

1) Before you submit

  • make sure you are submitting to the right journal
  • make sure your manuscript is accurate and readable
  • make sure you have followed the editorial guidelines indicated on the journal's website 

2) Ready to submit
JALaLit publishes the following article types:

  • research articles
  • review articles
  • notes
  • discussions
  • fieldwork reports
  • book reviews

When preparing your manuscript for submission, please comply with the Journal’s guidelines (see Instructions for Authors below).

3) Submit
Send your manuscript (.doc/.docx and pdf files) to

Prospective authors are kindly invited to comply with the following instructions when preparing the final version of their manuscript.

Each manuscript should consist of two parts: 1) a page including the information about the author(s), and 2) the text of the article with all references to the Author(s) removed.

  • the first page will contain, in sequence, the following information:
    – Author’s name
    – Author’s affiliation (if any)
    – title of the article
    – 5 key words
    – contact email address
    – ORCID number (if existent)
    – Author's biography (100-150 words max.)
  • the text of the article will start at page 2 and will consist of:
    – title of the article
    – abstract (between 200 and 250 words)
    – body of the article

Should the article be accepted for publication, the editors will take care of the final layout. However, there is a set of straightforward formatting rules that need to be complied with before submitting to JALaLit:

  • page margins: top 2cm, bottom 7 cm, left 4.25 cm, right 4.25 cm;
  • line spacing: single;
  • fonts: Times New Roman, 12 pt.;
  • special characters: when using special characters, please make sure they are UNICODE;
  • notes: use footnotes, not endnotes. Footnotes are not meant for citations (see below);
  • examples: use tables, not tabs;
  • linguistic examples: they should be given in bold with interlinear glossing based on the Leipzig Glossing Rules;
  • page numeration: do not insert page numbers;
  • sections and paragraphs: the article will be divided into numbered sections and sub-sections. The maximum number of levels is 4, e.g. 1, 1.1, 1.1.1,;
  • paragraphs: do not use empty lines within paragraphs;
  • citations: use the system (Author Year: Page). Do not use footnotes for citations;
  • reference section: it will contain only the works cited in the text.

Fowles, John, Harry Smithson, Diana Kemmer, and Gaia Lopreno (2001). “Where have all the linguists gone?”, Journal of Misunderstanding 4: 45-79.
Hollow, Deptonius (1998). “I am here, what about you?”, in Sara Finch (ed.), A rose is a rose is a rose, Atlanta: Rage Press, 220-243.
Petrollov, Vladimir and Virginio Rossi (1977). The Art of Describing the Meaninglessness of Life, London: Camway University Press.

The Journal only accepts contributions written in English. The Author is free to choose between British and American English, provided that the choice is implemented consistently throughout the manuscript.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided when submitting to the Journal)
  • The submission files are: one .doc/.docx file, one .pdf file, and a .jpg/.tiff file for any picture or illustration;
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided;
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point UNICODE font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figure, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication.

Submission guidelines, PDF file