Authors’ guide

Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the authorities responsible where the work was carried out.

Peer review Policy

The International Journal of Arabic Linguistics operates a double-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author and vice versa. Once the journal receives an article, the editors hold the right to submit it to reviewers or to reject it on the basis of their judgment; in both cases, the author will be notified in less than 2 weeks. If the article is submitted to reviewers, notification of acceptance (with or without changes) or rejection will be sent to the author in a period of 3 months.

Article Features

The length of articles should not exceed 10 000 words, including endnotes and references with an abstract in English and another in Arabic of up to 250 words and 5 key words for each of them.

Manuscript Submission

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

A ‘cover sheet’ with the following information: full name, institutional and email address, a biographical note should be submitted in a form separately from the main manuscript file.

The manuscript should be submitted to the email in the “Submission” section, in a WORD file (formats .doc or .docx) including the full title, abstract, figures, tables, and appendices.

Manuscript Preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 2.5 cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be in Times New Roman 12 point.

The title, keywords, and abstracts are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Make sure to make the best choice of words.

Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email,( mailing address and telephone numbers if possible). Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article in the cover sheet to facilitate anonymous peer review. Tables and figures should have short descriptive titles and all artwork should be at least 300 dpi.

Title Page

The title page should be a separate page before the main body. Provide the following information on the title page (in the order given). It should include:


Times New Roman; Size-20; Line Spacing: Double; Paragraph Spacing: Before paragraph-1 line; After paragraph-1 line; Center

The title should be concise and informative. Titles are often used in information-retrieval systems. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible, and do not exceed 15 words.

Author names and affiliations

Please indicate the given name and family name clearly. The given name should be in front of the family name. Present the authors’ affiliation (where the actual work was done) below the names. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name. Then, list the e-mail address, and, if available, the telephone and fax number of each author.

Corresponding Author

Clearly indicate who is willing to handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Please add the words “corresponding author” into parentheses after his/her name.

Main Body of Manuscripts

Subdivision of the article

Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1., 2., (then 1.1, 1.1.1, 1.1.2; 1.2, etc.) (the abstract, acknowledgement, references, glossary and appendix are excluded from the section numbering). Use this numbering also for internal cross-referencing: do not just refer to ‘the text.’ Authors are urged to write as concisely as possible, but not at the expense of clarity.


Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place descriptions of tables below the table body. Avoid vertical rules. Tables should be:

Integrated into the submitted document.

Captioned above the table.

Should NOT be submitted as an image, but as MS Word-Table.

Borders setting: all; width: 1/2 pt.

Cited in the text as e.g. Table 1.


Responsibility for the accuracy of bibliographic citations lies entirely with the authors. We use the APA style citation system (American Psychological Association). You are referred to the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association”, and you may find relevant details at:

Details concerning the APA-style citation system can also be found at

Citations in the text

Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). Avoid citation in the abstract. Unpublished results and personal communications should not be in the reference list, but may be mentioned in the text. Citation of a reference as ‘in press’ implies that the item has been accepted for publication.