General information

Authors should submit their article online via Editorial Manager.

Please use a minimum of page settings. The preferred setting is 12 pt Times New Roman, double line spacing.

Articles should be around 8000 words long (including references)

Title page

The document should start with a title page with the following information:

  • First comes the title (in bold),
  • Then please insert the abstract (maximum 150 words, without a title) and a list of up to 10 keywords after the word ‘Keywords’ in bold (but not in italics)

The main text of the article should start on the following page.

Please make sure that the manuscript does not include any identifying information, such as the authors' names or affiliations, as the journal uses double-blind review.

General lay-out of the manuscript

Headings: Articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into subsections. None of these headings should be numbered. Please mark the hierarchy of subheadings as follows:

Heading A = bold, two lines space above and one line space below.
Heading B = regular font, one line space above and one line space below.
Heading C = italics, one line space above, text on new line
Heading D = italics, one line space above; period; run on text.

Please give your first section the heading ‘Introduction’.

Indenting: The first line of all new paragraphs should be left indented, except for the first paragraph following a heading or subheading.

Quotations:Text quotations in the main text should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines should have a blank line above and below and a left indent, without quotation marks, and with the appropriate reference to the source. For terms or expressions (e.g., “context of situation”) please use double quotes. For translations of cited forms use single quotes.

Listings: Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:
1. ..................... or a. .......................
2. ..................... or b. .......................
Listings that run on with the main text should be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.

Examples and glosses
Examples: should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.) in parentheses and indented.

Emphasis and foreign words: Use italics for foreign words, highlighting, and emphasis. Bold should be used only for highlighting within italics and for headings. Please refrain from the use of FULL CAPS (except for focal stress and abbreviations) and underlining (except for highlighting within examples, as an alternative for boldface).

Symbols and special characters: Please use Unicode fonts.

All notes should be footnotes. Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be in 10 pt Times New Roman.

Format the references following the APA-style (7th Edition).
References in the text: References in the text should follow the Name (year) format. Use et al. for three or more authors right from the first citation (include up to 20 authors in the reference list). All references in the text should appear in the references section.

When both the name and the year are placed in parentheses replace ‘and’ with ‘&’. When page numbers are required, follow the format year + comma+ p./pp. + page number(s). Separate multiple references with commas. The in-text citation for works with three or more authors is now shortened right from the first citation. You only include the first author’s name and “et al.” Examples:

(Smith, 2005)

(Smith, 2005, pp. 56-58)

(Smith, 2005, Harding & Jones, 2007)

(Johnson et al., 2014, p. 43)

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include all (and only) references that are actually mentioned in the text.
Authors/contributors are encouraged to supply – with a reference, not instead of – the DOI if they happen to have that information readily available.The full reference list should follow guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association (7th edition).

The publisher location should not be included in the reference.

Rose, K. R., & Kasper, G. (Eds.). (2001). Pragmatics in language teaching. Cambridge University Press.

DOIs should be formatted the same as URLs.

URLs should not be preceded by “Retrieved from,” unless a retrieval date is needed. The website name is included (unless it is the same as the author), and web page titles are italicized.

Psaltou-Joycey, A. (Ed.). (2015). Foreign language learning SI: A teacher’s guide. Saita Publications. http://www.saitabooks_eu/2015/ebook.162.html

A few examples follow; please consult the APA manual for full details.


Blum-Kulka, S., House, J., & Kasper, G. (1989). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Requests and apologies. Ablex.

Leech, G. (2004). Meaning and the English verb (3rd ed.). Routledge.

Journal Articles

Matthiessen, C. (2015). Register in the round: Registerial cartography. Functional Linguistics, 2(9), 1-48.

Nelson, G. L., Carson, J., Batal, M. A., & Bakary, W. E. (2002). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Strategy use in Egyptian Arabic and American English refusals. Applied Linguistics, 23, 163-189.

Book Chapters

Bialystok, E. (1993). Symbolic representation and attentional control in pragmatic competence. In G. Kasper & S. Blum-Kulka (Eds.), Interlanguage pragmatics (pp. 43-58). Oxford University Press.

Please order author names that consist of several words by the first word. Van De Mieroop; should thus be ordered under V instead of M.
Please also check whether forthcoming articles or articles in press have been published and update the reference before submitting the article.

Tables, figures and plates
1. Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and provided with concise captions (max. 240 characters).
2. All figures and tables should be referenced in the text, e.g. (see Figure 5). Please do not use relative indicators such as “see the table below”, or “in this table: ...”.
3. If the table or figure is not enclosed in the text file, please indicate the preferred position of the table or figure in the text by inserting a line “Insert (file name) here” at the appropriate position. It will be placed either at the top or the bottom of the page on which it is mentioned, or on the following page.
4. In tables, keep shading to a functional minimum and for individual cells only, not for entire rows or columns.

Appendices should follow the references section. Please refer to the appendix in the main text and, if using more than one appendix, distinguish them from one another by using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.).