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Al-'Arabiyya Journal

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Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts should be submitted through Scholastica platform in duplicate. Please upload both a PDF version and the original file (e.g., an MS Word document). Manuscripts should be double-spaced throughout. Leave at least one-inch margins on all four sides. Number the pages in the upper right-hand corner. The author’s identity should not be revealed in the manuscript or electronic files; instead, a cover sheet or the body of the email message should include: the author’s name, address (post and email), telephone number, academic affiliation, and the title of the article.

Articles will not be returned to contributors. An abstract in English of approximately 100 to 150 words should appear at the beginning of the article to be followed by 7-10 Key words relevant to the content of the article.


Typeface:  Use italics only for cited linguistic forms, for titles of books and journals, and for subsection headings. 

Endnotes: Wherever possible, limit use of endnotes to simple and brief statements. Do not use footnotes and do not use endnotes for citing references. To cite references, use in-text citations (see “References” below). 

Cited forms: Cited forms (letters, morphemes, words, phrases, or sentences) should appear in italics, e.g. the prefix bi-, the word dars. Italics are not used for forms marked as being in phonemic or phonetic transcription, e.g. /sabt/, [sapt]. The meaning of cited forms should appear in quotation marks with no comma before it, e.g. walad "boy."

References: Full citation of references should be given at the end of an article. Within the text give the author’s surname, year of publication, and page number(s), where relevant, e.g. Said (1978:31). Such citations should be given in the body of the text, unless they refer specifically to a statement made in an endnote.

The bibliography should be double-spaced, under the heading: REFERENCES. Only works cited in the text should be listed. Use the following examples as a guide:

Barlow, Michael, and Charles A. Ferguson, eds. 1988. Agreement in Natural Language: Approaches, theories, descriptions. Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information.

Blanc, Haim. 1960. Stylistic Variations in Spoken Arabic: A sample of interdialectal educated conversation. In Contributions to Arabic Linguistics, Charles Ferguson (ed.), 79–161. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Blau, Joshua. 1977. The Beginning of the Arabic Diglossia: A study of the origin of Neo-Arabic.
Afroasiatic Linguistics 4 (4):1–28.

Bloch, Ariel. 1967. Morphological Doublets in Arabic Dialects. Zeitschrift der deutschen
morgenländischenGesellschaft 117:53–73.

Transliteration/Transcription. Use an accepted or conventional system for transliteration or transcription, as appropriate, and use it consistently. If you use transliteration with any special characters, such as ħ or š, please use Doulos SIL font for each word of transliteration (free download: http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?item_id=DoulosSIL_download).

Arabic font. Please use Scheherazade (download free): http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&id=scheherazade#1fd0063a.

Proofs and copies: Proofs of accepted manuscripts will typically be sent to the author(s) for careful review, with the response deadline indicated. Proofreading is the author’s responsibility. No extensive alterations are possible once a manuscript has been accepted for publication. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the copyright holder to quote extracts or to translate a work, and for forwarding a copy of this permission to the editor.

The author (or lead author) of an article or book review receives one copy of the issue in which the contribution is published.

Submission dates: Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis.

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