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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 submitted to another journal for consideration (unless an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The author guarantees that the submitted article will not be submitted elsewhere until the review process has been completed in this journal.
  • Authors have disclosed potential conflicts of interest at the time of submission.
  • All co-authors have agreed to this submission.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • We accept submissions even when the author has made a pre-submission version of the article available in some repository (eg., LingBuzz). However, the author acknowledges that having a preprint publicly available means that the journal cannot guarantee the anonymity of the author during the review process, even if they anonymise the submitted files.
  • If the paper is built over a data set coming from fieldwork or from a corpus, and not all data used in the research are contained in the article, the author has added as supplementary material the file with the data set, so that reviewers consider them during the reviewing process.
  • The author guarantees that, if the article is published, the experimental data set used in the research – if any – will be made publicly available through a certified data repository platform such as Trolling (, The Language Archive ( or Fedora Commons (
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Copyright issues in materials used have been cleared.

Author Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to consult the following webpage for guidance in how to register and submit through this journal - Authoring workflow.

Data sets

If the research is built over a data set involving fieldwork, corpus searches or any other procedure such as that not all data considered in the research are present in the article text, upon acceptance of the manuscript, the author is required to store the data set in an open access, accessible site. The published version of the article will link to those stored files.

Style requisites

Please, read everything here!


All in Times New Roman, Margins set top-bottom 2,54 cm.; left-right 3,17 cm.


TITLE OF YOUR PAPER: TRY TO MAKE IT SHORT(ISH) {centered, 14, small caps}
{one line empty}
Your Name in & Like This if there is another
Your affiliation. The first submission is anonymous {italics}

ABSTRACT. This one abstract should be in the language your chose to write your paper. Aim for around 250 words. Note that abstracts are in Times New Roman 10 and that we have left one cm. extra margin in each side.

Keywords. Include at least 4; and no more than 7; separated as shown; here

ABSTRACT. This second abstract should be in the other official language of the journal; if you wrote the paper in English, this one is in Spanish, and viceversa. If you wish to add a third abstract in another language, feel free to do so. We particularly encourage authors, if they wish so, to include an abstract on any other language spoken on the Hispanic world, like Catalan, Basque, Quechua, etc. If you do this, keywords will have to appear again, then, in that language. And sorry: the maximum number of abstracts is three in total.

Keywords. Translate the keywords you used before to the relevant language. Leave two lines before you start with the section heading
{two empty lines before the text starts}

1. This is the heading of a section: there is no section 0 {bold}
This is a paragraph following a heading. It has an indent of 0.5 and no empty lines are left after the heading. This will always be the case; we like keeping things simple.
Again, keep an indent in all paragraphs. Note: when this paragraph ends you will have to leave an empty line if it is followed by another heading.

1.1.    This is a sub-heading {italics}

1.1.1. And this is a sub-sub-heading
Note two things: if you have two headings following each other without any text in between, then you need to leave a line between them; you keep same indent in all levels of embedding.
What follows now is an example in a foreign language and another example in the same language as the article is written. Note that in both cases the number does not have an indent, and the example itself (or the letters a., b., c…) starts at 1.25. By the way, be careful that the examples are numbered consecutively.

(1)    a. To the extent that it is possible, use the Leipzig convention rules for glosses.
    b. And always give us a list of abbreviations in the first footnote if you use     other conventions.

(2)    Aceptamos artículos de cualquier marco teórico.
    accept.1pl  articles    of any          frame  theoretical {italics}
    ‘We accept papers in any theoretical framework’ 

Note that instead of letting the example and the gloss be in different pages, we left extra lines so that the example, the gloss and the translation fall in the same page. This is a paragraph after the examples. Note that it has the same indent. The same if it followed a table, a graph, etc.
Try not to use more than three levels of headings; if you really need a fourth level, use letters: a), b), etc. But we do not recommend it.
Let us now move to the issue of how to include bibliographic references. If you want to quote someone in the text, do it like this (Chomsky 1995: 21). If the name of the author is mentioned in the text, like Bosque (1999: 123), do it as you just saw. If there is more than one author, use the following sign (Gallego & Uriagereka 2009), and if you quote several unrelated works by the same author (Cinque 1999, 2005, 2010) or by different authors (Arche 2006; Bosque 1991; Brucart 2003), that is how you do it. Note that we have used alphabetical order to determine how these works are quoted in the last example, but this is not required; use whatever ordering you wish, by name, by year, by relevance, etc.
Assume you want to introduce a longish citation from another author. Keep in mind that this might have copyright issues; we will assume you have cleared them if necessary and that you are citing appropriately so that there is no plagiarism. In any case, this is how you do it:

You have started the citation one cm. inside the text, but you do not add any extra margin to the right and you don’t indent the text. The font is Times New Roman 10pt. We do not encourage very long citations; to give a summary is better in such cases.

And you start the next paragraph with the indent.
About tables and graphs not done in word format: include them in the text, and during the edition process we will contact you to check that they came out right. The same with phonological fonts: there are many in the market and not all of them are immediately visible. To the extent that is possible, use standard fonts, and, again, we will ask you during the edition process to check it went fine. The same applies to morphological or syntactic trees.

Finally, about footnotes. Use footnotes, not endnotes, and place the number after any punctuation sign. Feel free to add a first footnote after the title of your paper with acknowledgements, project references, disclaimers, etc., but do not do it in the first submission so that we ensure anonymity. You can include abbreviations also in that first footnote. All footnotes are written in Times New Roman 10.
We do not use indents in the footnotes. Examples inside the footnote are numbered with (i), (ii), (iii)… internally to each footnote; you can also use letters: (a), (b), (c). The same glossing rules apply.

Here without heading you
Add an extended contact information
<Including the e-mail@you.use>
And your work address where people can
Contact you. Of course, don’t add
This info in the anonymous submission

References [Referencias if you write in Spanish] {12 pt}

{references have an indent of 1cm. in the second and third lines}
Bosque, I. (1984). Sobre la sintaxis de las oraciones exclamativas. Hispanic Linguistics 1, pp. 283-304.
Bosque, I. (1989). Las categorías gramaticales. Madrid, Síntesis.
Bosque, I. (1999). El nombre común, en I. Bosque & V. Demonte (dirs.), Gramática descriptiva de la lengua española. Madrid, Espasa, pp. 3-77.
Fábregas, A. (2012). Explaining affix combinations through syntax: from nouns to adjectives and viceversa. Ms., University of Tromsø.
Hernanz, M. Ll. & J. M. Brucart. (1987). La sintaxis, I: Principios generales. La oración simple. Barcelona, Crítica.
Kayne, R. (1994). The Antisymmetry of Syntax. Cambridge (Mass.), MIT Press.
Starke, M. (2011). Towards elegant parameters: Language variation reduces to the size of lexically stored trees. Ms., University of Tromsø. Available at
Williams, E. (1978). Across-the-board rule application. Linguistic Inquiry 9, pp. 31-43.

Articles on the monographic topic

In this section we accept papers of up to 70 pages on the issue that has been singled out as the main topic of the current volume in the announcement section.


In this section, we accept papers of between 10 and 70 pages on any issue related to the grammar of contemporary Spanish in any of its varieties.


In this section we accept papers of up to 10 pages on any topic of the grammar of contemporary Spanish in any of its varieties.

Remarks and replies

The journal also accepts papers that argue againts previous articles appeared in it, or point out possible extensions of the analysis, other data that were overlooked, etc. Replies should be short and cannot exceed 8 pages.

Puentes entre trincheras / Bridges across trenches

This section publishes constructive debates between two recognised scholars on one issue, using the format of proposal-reply. The topic of the debate and the scholars involved in the debate are preapproved by the Editorial Board, and the published articles are editorially reviewed.

Authors participating in the debate are allowed as many replies as they want within the same volume, and the journal is open to continue the debate across volumes. All replies are published sequentially.


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