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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, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman 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, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Per Linguam is an accredited journal which welcomes previously unpublished articles on topics of interest to teachers, researchers, academics, language practitioners or any people involved in applied language studies. The journal focuses on topics related to language learning and applied linguistics, as well as issues related to multilingualism and educational psychology.

Per Linguam accepts articles that are data-driven, using qualitative and quantitative analytical tools. We will also consider conceptual articles if they are based on the analysis of documents (like curricula, policies, etc). Literature surveys or purely argumentative articles will not be considered.

Page fees are R250 per page. The average length of articles in printed issues varies between 10 to 12 pages.

The journal does not seek to promote particular orthodoxies.

All contributions will be evaluated by at least two referees. The editor reserves the right to make the final decision.

Presentation of texts / Guidelines for contributors

 1.  The text should preferably not exceed 5 000 words, excluding bibliographic details.

 2.  Texts should be submitted online at . Texts should be prepared using MSWord or a similar word-processing program.

 There should not be any direct indication of who the author is in the text, nor in the Reference List. In the reference list, simply write Author (date) or Author & Co-author (date), without article or book titles or institutional affiliations.

3. The following layout should be used:

3.1    Times New Roman, font size 12 (except for the title of the article which should be in font size 14).

3.2    Single spacing.

3.3    Margin justification.

3.4    Margins of 2,5 cms.

3.5    Italics for emphasis and book and journal titles.

3.6    All main headings (e.g. Literature Review, Theoretical Framework, Methodology, Results, etc.) should be in upper case. Subheadings should be in sentence case. Do NOT number headings.

3.7    Acronyms should be used sparingly, and then only after the full reference has been made to the relevant term (e.g. ‘cognitive academic learning proficiency’ (CALP)).

3.8   The Harvard system should be used for references in the text, for example (Davids, 1992: 45). The complete citation must appear at the end of the text (after the end notes, if any) under the caption 'REFERENCES'. Please note the use of capital letters, punctuation marks and italics in the following examples:

RICHARDS, JC & T RODGERS. 1986. Approaches and methods in language teaching. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.

RIVERS, WM. 1973. From linguistic competence to communicative competence. TESOL Quarterly, 7(1):25-34.

CANALE, M. 1983. From communicative competence to language pedagogy. In Richards, JC & RW Schmidt (Eds), Language and communication. London:  Longman. 25-33.

OXFORD, RL, M NYIKOS & M EHRMAN. 1988. Vive la difference? Reflections on sex differences in the use of language learning strategies. Foreign Language Annals, 21(4):321-329.

BBC NEWS. 2008. Factory gloom worst since 1980. Available from [Accessed: 19 June 2012] 

3.9   References in the text need to be to the original source of citations; i.e., no secondary citations are accepted. E.g. Cummins claims that “cognition in a second language develops over time” (in Smith 2010:4). The citation must be to Cummins and not to another author citing Cummins.

3.10    Superscript numbers to the right of any punctuation marks should number notes serially throughout the text. The notes should appear at the end of the manuscript, but before the references, under the caption 'END NOTES'.

3.10 Paraphrased quotations need to include page numbers too, particularly when prefaced by statements like Cummins claims that cognition develops over time (2009:34). Introductory verbs like state, indicate, allege, disagree, agree etc indicate that something appeared on a particular page and in the interests of tracing and verifying references, page numbers need to be included. Unless a paraphrase refers to several pages (i.e. more than five pages), or to a study as a whole, a page number or range of pages needs to be included in the in-text reference. 

3.11    Single quotation marks are to be used.

3.12    Authors should include a 250 word (maximum) abstract.

3.13    Authors should include a short biographical statement (maximum 50 words) and indicate any special areas of interest or major publications. Please do NOT add this note to the version of the article being submitted for review. Please add the biographic note to your author details online.

3.14    Copyright: The Editorial Committee, PER LINGUAM.

3.15    Authors of articles receive one complimentary copy of the journal.

3.16    Contributions must be submitted online at  and follow the directions for authors. Other correspondence can be directed to:

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