Instructions to Authors

Instructions to Authors

JAALGS papers are exposed to the widest possible readership. Electronic submission of manuscripts is strongly encouraged, provided that the text, tables, and figures are included in a single Microsoft Word file (preferably in Times New Roman Font). Submit manuscripts as e-mail attachments to the Editorial Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A manuscript number will be mailed to the author on the same day or within 72 hours.

The covering letter: This should include the author's full address and telephone/fax numbers and should be in an e-mail message sent to the Editor, with the file, whose name should begin with the first author's surname, as an attachment. The authors may suggest two to four reviewers for the manuscript (JAALGS may designate other reviewers).

Review Process: All manuscripts are reviewed by an editor and members of the Editorial Board or qualified outside reviewers. Decisions will be made as rapidly as possible. The journal strives to return reviewers' comments to authors within four weeks. The Editorial Board will review manuscripts that are accepted pending revision. It is the goal of the JAALGS to publish manuscripts within four months of submission.

Original Articles: All portions of the manuscript must be typed double-spaced and all pages numbered, starting from the title page.

The Title: should be a brief phrase describing the contents of the paper. The title page should include the authors' full names and affiliations, the name of the corresponding author, along with phone, fax and E-mail information. Present addresses of authors should appear as footnotes.

The Abstract: This should be informative and completely self-explanatory, briefly present the topic, state the scope of the research, indicate significant data, and point out major findings and conclusions. The abstract should be 100 to 200 words in length. Complete sentences, active verbs, and the third person should be used. The abstract should be written in the past tense. Standard nomenclature should be used and abbreviations should be avoided. No literature should be cited.

Key Words: Following the abstract, about 3 to 10 key words that will provide indexing references should be listed. JAALGS publishes articles of between 4000 and 8000 words.

Abbreviation: A list of non-standard abbreviations should be added. In general, non-standard abbreviations should be used only when the full term is very long and used often. Each abbreviation should be spelled out and introduced in parentheses the first time it is used in the text. Acknowledgments of people, grants, funds, etc; should be brief.

Tables: These should be kept to a minimum and be designed to be as simple as possible. Tables are to be typed double-spaced throughout, including headings and footnotes. Each table should be on a separate page, numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and supplied with a heading and a legend. Tables should be self-explanatory, without reference to the text. The details of the research methods should preferably be described in the legend instead of in the text. The same data should not be presented in both table and graph form, or repeated in the text.

Figure legends: These should be typed in numerical order on a separate sheet. Graphics should be prepared using applications capable of generating high resolution GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint, before pasting in the Microsoft Word manuscript file. Tables should be prepared in Microsoft Word. Arabic numerals should be used to designate figures and upper case letters for their parts (Figure 1). Each legend should begin with a title and include sufficient description, so that the figure is understandable without reading the text of the manuscript. Information given in legends should not be repeated in the text.

References: In the text, a reference identified by means of an author's name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author's name should be mentioned, followed by et al. In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter, such as 'a' and 'b', after the date, to distinguish the works.

For in-text citations, the author’s name and date in parenthesis should be inserted before the final punctuation. Example, (Allatson, 2007:24).

Publications by the same author(s) in the same year: add a, b, c (e.g. 1984a, 2009b) to the year. For two authors for a publication, use both names, separated by ‘and’ (not ‘&’). For more than two authors, use the name of the first author followed by et al. Example: Mojapelo and Masoga (2004).

Book Hlakola, R. 2010. Labor Migration in Southern Africa. Mbabane: University of Swaziland Press.

Journals Binns T, Lynch K. 1998. “Feeding Africa's growing cities into the 21st century: the potential of urban agriculture”. Journal of International Development 10 (6): 777-793. DOI: 10.1002/jid.123 Dahlman CJ. 1991. “The role of government: education policy, technical change, R&D, and competitive advantage.” In International Competitiveness. Interaction of the Public and the Private Sectors, Haque I (ed.). EDI Seminar Series; World Bank: Washington DC; 1-16.

Edited collection Gutierrez, D.G., (ed). 2006. The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chapter in book Coutin, S.B. 2005. “The Formation and Transformation of Central American Community Organizations in Los Angeles.” In Latino Los Angeles: Transformations, Communities, and Activism, eds. Gilda Ochoa and Enrique Ochoa, 155-177. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Chapter in edited collection Rivera, R.Z. 2007. “Between Blackness and Latinidad in the Hip Hop Zone”. In A Companion to Latino Studies, 351-362, ed. Renato Rosaldo and Juan Flores. Massachusetts: Blackwell.

Journal article Hernandez, D. 2008. “Pursuant to Deportation: Immigrant Detention and Latinos”. Latino Studies 6:35–63.

Journal article on the internet Botha, JM. 2008. Governance proposal for the developing world, African Journal of Governance and Development, [online] Available at: http://www.ajogovdev1234/html> [Accessed 22 April 2012]. Conference paper Rodríguez-Muñiz, M. 2008. Rearticulating Latinidad: Puerto Rican Solidarity in the Immigration Rights Movement. Paper presented at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference: Cartographies of Identities: Puerto Rico (ans) in the XXIst Century. San Juan, Puerto Rico: October 1-4.

Thesis Pérez, G.M. 2000. The Near Northwest Side Story: Gender, Migration, and Everyday Life in Chicago and San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. PhD dissertation, Northwestern University.

Government documents President’s Commission on Migratory Labor. 1951. Migratory Labor in American Agriculture. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.

Newspaper article Hill, G. 1951. Million a Year Flee Mexico Only to Find Peonage Here. The New York Times, 25 March: 1. Manifestación Independentista Borinqueña. 1935. La Prensa, September 3, p.45.

Interviews Amtaika, A. Professor of Political Science, University of the Free State, Interview, Bloemfontein, 14th April 2012.

Internet Citations Include author’s last name and year in text; full citation should be placed in the references, including full URL and access date. Example: The Sentencing Project. 2006. “New Incarceration Figures: Growth in Population Continues,” December. (http://www.sentencingproject.org/PublicationDetails.aspx?PublicationID=430), accessed 14 April 2012. Critical Reviews, Surveys, Opinions, Commentaries and Essays Submissions of critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays and perspectives covering topics of current interest are welcome and encouraged.

Proofs and Reprints Electronic proofs will be sent (e-mail attachment) to the corresponding author as a PDF file. Page proofs are considered to be the final version of the manuscript. With the exception of typographical or minor clerical errors, no changes will be made in the manuscript at the proof stage.

Proof Reading All articles submitted to JAALGS for consideration should be proof read by a language practitioner before submission.

Copyright Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors agree to automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher.

Preparations/Submissions of Papers This guide will help you prepare your paper. Following the instructions will help us to attain consistency, and reduce the volume of correspondence. Please submit your paper via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. All notes, citations, etc., must be complete and in proper form. Incomplete notes and citations will delay editorial decisions. Please name your file so that the contents can be determined easily. If tables, etc., are in separate files, please merge them into the paper, if possible.


Style Sheet

Spelling – Please use US spellings, rather than British.

Punctuation – Please use US style punctuation. The main difference between British and US punctuation that you will need to know are the following:

Commas in series – in a series of three or more elements, commas are placed after each element (except the last), including before the conjunction joining the last element. Example: a, b, and c – not a, b and c.

Quotation Marks, Single and Double – American usage calls for double quotation marks, with single quotation marks for quotes within quotes. Certain other instances also call for single quotation marks.

Punctuation with Quotation Marks – punctuation that is part of the material quoted is placed inside the quotation marks (inside both single and double, if they are used together). If the punctuation is not part of the quote, periods and commas are generally placed inside the quotation marks; question marks, exclamation points, colons, and semi-colons outside.

Periods with Abbreviations – special note should be made of the following titles such as Mr., Paper., Dr., Prof., etc., are followed by a period.