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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). See our Conflict of Interest Policy for details.
  • The initial format-free submission file's formatting adheres to basic principles of scientific writing, meaning that the manuscript: (i) includes page and line numbers, (ii) is double spaced, and (iii) lists references in a consistent style.
  • The submission file is in Portable Document Format (PDF). Alternatively, the submission file is in DOC, DOCX, or RTF format. In any case, the file is not locked or protected.

Author Guidelines

Prior to submission, please consider if your manuscript is suitable for the scope of BIOLINGUISTICS and ensure that your submission fits one of the different types of articles that we publish. Also see our Conflict of Interest Policy.


Being a platinum open-access journal, BIOLINGUISTICS has no article processing charges (APCs) and no submission charges for authors.

Format-free Initial Submission

At BIOLINGUISTICS we use an easy format-free initial submission process for all article types, including Stage 1 review of Registered Reports. This is supposed to help you save time and effort.

Submission & Evaluation Process

Schematic of the BIOLINGUISTICS submission and evaluation process.

  1. Initial submission. For this initial step there are no strict formatting requirements, we only ask you to adhere to some basic principles of scientific writing so that your manuscript:
    • Includes page and line numbers.
    • Is double spaced.
    • Lists references in a consistent manner.
    This initial submission processes takes most authors less than 10–15 minutes to complete.
  2. Editorial evaluation. The Editor-in-Chief will evaluate your submission within about a week. In this process, they may consult with the Editorial Team. If your manuscript is selected for external peer review, your submission will be assigned to an Associate Editor handling the review process.
  3. Peer review. Next, your manuscript will undergo one or possibly several rounds of peer review. Please see "peer review process at BIOLINGUISTICS" for further details of how external peer review is implemented at this journal.
  4. In case of acceptance:
    1. Advance online publication. In case of acceptance, the peer-reviewed manuscript will be made available online on the BIOLINGUISTICS web site immedeately to ensure rapid communication of scientific resutls. This so-called advance online publication of the manuscript will be replaced with the typset article once it is ready.
    2. Collaborative typsetting. While BIOLINGUISTICS is a full-fledged, bona fide academic publication with its own ISSN and thorough review process, our resources do not allow for hiring editorial or supporting staff. Upon acceptance, authors will thus be required to submit a formatted version of their manuscript that adheres to the journal's article template as closely as possible. This collaborative typesetting process will be guideded by a member of the Editorial Team.
    3. Online publication. After the successful collaborate typsetting process, the final production of the typset article will be performed by BIOLINGUISTICS. Once the authors have approved the typeset version for publication, the advance online publication on the journal web site will be replaced with the typset PDF of the article.

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