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Author Style Guide

NOTE: Effective January 1, 2008, manuscript submissions to LANGUAGE@INTERNET should follow APA style (American Psychological Association, currently in its 7th edition). This style specifies a standard format for citations, references, punctuation order, and other features. In addition, please observe the following:

  • Do not number sections. To distinguish levels of heading, use 14 pt bolded font for Level 1, 12 pt bolded and italicized font for Level 2, 12 pt italicized font for Level 3, and 12 pt italicized font followed by a period and the text of the subsection starting on the same line for Level 4. Level 1-3 section headings should use Title Case, and Level 4 section headings should use Sentence case.
  • Use endnotes, not footnotes.
  • Use plain quotation marks ("x" or 'x'), rather than smart quotes.
  • Use double quotation marks (“x”) for quotations within the running text. Quotations of more than 3 lines should be set off as quote paragraphs and should not be enclosed in quotation marks.
  • Quotations inside quotations should be enclosed in single quotation marks (‘x’).
  • Emphasis should be marked by italics (not bold face, underlining, or capitals) and should be used sparingly.
  • Acronyms should be written out in full when they are first presented.
  • Table and figure labels should appear under their respective tables and figures. The labels should be in normal text and formatted as follows:
    Table 1. Description of table
  • Avoid very wide tables and figures, as these cannot be accommodated in our display formats.
  • Avoid very long article titles, as these do not display attractively in our online interface (we reserve the right to abbreviate long titles in the sidebar).
  • Please do not use Endnote or other reference software when preparing your manuscript.
  • You may follow either U.S. or British English spelling conventions, but be consistent in whichever you use.
  • Include an abstract of 100-200 words with your final manuscript submission.

Spelling Conventions for Internet-Related Terms:

    The following spellings are used in LANGUAGE@INTERNET (please note use/non-use of capitalization and hyphens): computer-mediated communication, email, homepage, internet, offline, online, web, web page, weblog (or blog), website, World Wide Web

Formatting Examples in Languages Other than English:

  • Translations must be provided for all non-English examples.
  • Translations in glosses and in the body text should be enclosed in single quotation marks (‘x’).
  • Italics should be used for non-English examples within the body text and in indented/numbered examples: e.g., Bücherwurm (‘bookworm’).
  • If morpheme-by-morpheme glosses are provided, please format them as in the following Russian example:
  • (1)
    My s Marko poexa-l-I avtobus-om v Peredelkino.
    we with Marko go-PST-PL bus-by to Peredelkino
    ‘Marko and I went to Peredelkino by bus’
  • Special characters should be expressed in Arial Unicode MS.

LANGUAGE@INTERNET is published as an open-access journal under a Digital Peer Publishing License (DPPL). It is recommended that you include the following reference to the license agreement at the end of your manuscript:


Any party may pass on this Work by electronic means and make it available for download under the terms and conditions of the Digital Peer Publishing License. The text of the license may be accessed and retrieved via Internet at http://www.dipp.nrw.de/lizenzen/dppl/dppl/DPPL_v2_en_06-2004.html