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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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts submitted to Målbryting should not have been previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscripts should be submitted in Word-format and should not contain any author information.


When referencing own work, use "NN (year)" in running text and a similar entry without the title in the references.

Manuscripts should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font with double line spacing. The title should be as short and informative as possible, in Times New Roman with 14-point font. Right and left margins should be 2,5 cm and justified. The recommended upper limit for manuscripts is 8,000 words including tables, illustrations, figures, notes and references (for book reviews and review-articles, see separate entry below).

Use indentation for new paragraphs.

There are two levels of section headings: the first level is bold 12-point font and the second level is italics 12-point font. Section headings should be numbered. Do not use a full stop between the section number and the text of the heading. Emphasis should be marked with italics, not bold. Do not use comments, text boxes, or track changes.

Manuscripts should have an abstract in English and a Scandinavian language of 200–300 words that should be placed between the title and the introduction.

Manuscripts should include 5–8 corresponding keywords in English and a Scandinavian language that should be placed below the abstract.

Citations and notes
Shorter citations (shorter than 40 words) should be enclosed in double quotes: “…”. Citations longer than 40 words should not be enclosed in double quotes, but be indented with a blank line above and below the citation followed by the reference.

Use footnotes, not endnotes. The use of notes should be limited. Number the footnotes consecutively and place the number after any punctuation. If a footnote is required for further information, place it directly after the article heading.

In-text references and bibliography
From the 2021-volume onward, Målbryting uses the APA6 standard for in-text references and bibliography. Further reference formatting information can be found here. Note that EndNote styles are available in this manual.

URL addresses
Full URL addresses for every web-based reference should be provided. The URL addresses should have a hyperlink (e.g.

If available, every text reference must include the DOI as part of the entry in the references. If applicable, make sure that the DOI refers to the referenced chapter in the edited volume and not the whole edited volume.

Peer review
Contributions are read by at least two reviewers using double blind review. The reviewers have about 4 weeks to complete their work.

Book reviews and review-articles

From the 2021-volume onward, Målbryting publishes book reviews. Book reviews have an upper recommended limit of 2,000–2,500 words. A book review should mainly be an evaluation of the different qualities of the book with particular reference to sociolinguistic research and/or teaching and not just be a neutral description of the content.

Review articles have an upper recommended limit of 6,000 words and will be subjected to peer review.

Please contact the editors if you are planning to write a book review or a review-article.

Copyright Notice
Authors retain copyright and grant Målbryting irrevocable and non-exclusive right of publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). This means, among other things, that anyone is free to copy and distribute the content, as long as they give proper credit to the author(s) and the journal. For further information, see Creative Commons website for human readable or lawyer readable versions.
Authors can enter separate, non-exclusive agreements for another distribution of the journal’s published version of the content (e.g. self-archiving in an institutional archive or publishing in a book) as long as the initial version of the work in Målbryting is credited.
Authors are permitted and encouraged to make the work accessible on the Internet (e.g. in an institutional archive or on other webpages) before and under the publishing process as this can lead to useful exchanges of knowledge and to earlier and more citations of the published work. (See The Effect of Open Access).



Reviews of books, dissertations etc. (non-peer-reviewed).

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