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Submission Guidelines

Who Can Submit

Crossroads of Language, Interaction and Culture is an outlet for selected conference proceedings of CLIC GSA at UCLA and the UC Santa Barbara Language, Interaction and Social Organization (LISO) graduate student group. In line with the objectives of the conference, which alternates between the UCLA and UCSB campuses each year, the journal promotes interdisciplinary work on the intersection of language, culture and conversational activities and gives priority to publishing graduate student work.

Overview of Process

Submission of a paper for review implies that the manuscript has neither been previously published nor submitted elsewhere for publication. If a related article has been published in another journal, this should be clearly noted. Acceptance of a manuscript will be contingent on a signed author’s agreement. [See agreement]

All submissions will be subject to a peer review process. The authors of papers selected for publication may be required to make appropriate revisions. Authors are requested to make revisions very carefully. Revisions to final proofs will be limited to typographical alterations. All revisions should be submitted according to timelines set by the editorial board.

After final proofing, manuscripts will be published on the CLIC GSA at UCLA website and on e-scholarship. Authors will be notified by email when the UC Press print-on-demand journal version is available.

The deadline for submitting a paper is August 15. The review/revision process is projected to be completed by January 31 (with subsequent revisions no later than February 28). The online journal is projected to be available March 31, with the print-on-demand version to follow shortly thereafter.

How to Submit a Paper

  1. Papers should be submitted directly to eScholarship, CLIC GSA at UCLA’s digital publishing partner, at (Submitters must create an eScholarship account and mail a signed CLIC GSA’s author’s agreement before submitting.)
  2. Submissions must be in Times New Roman 12pt and must not exceed 40 double- spaced pages, including the bibliography, figures (see below for different font size) and essential notes.
  3. Please use ample margins and double spacing. It is not necessary to add running heads, or to implement full justification or hyphenation. It is sufficient to characterize elements such as examples, quotations, tables, headings etc. in the formatting in a clear and consistent way, so that they can be identified and formatted in the style of the journal. Formatting that should be included before submitting for production is the formatting of references and font enhancements (such as italics, bold, caps, small caps, etc.) in the text itself. Whatever formatting or style conventions are employed, please be consistent.
  4. Tables and figures. All tables, trees and figures must fit within the following page size (if necessary, after – limited – reduction) and should still be legible at this size:

    Font setting for tables: Times New Roman 10 pts (absolute minimum: 8 pts). Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively, provided with appropriate captions and should be referred to in the main text in this manner, e.g., “in table 2”, but never like this “in the following table: ...” .
  5. Running heads. It is not necessary to include running heads with the articles. However, in case of a long title please ask the author to suggest a short one for the running head (max. 55 characters) on the cover sheet of their contribution.
  6. Emphasis and foreign words. Use italics for foreign language, 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), unless this is a strict convention in your field of research. For terms or expressions (e.g., ‘context of situation’) please use single quotes. For glosses of citation forms use double quotes.
  7. Sections and headings. Articles should be reasonably divided into sections and, if necessary, into sub-sections. If you cannot use electronic styles, please mark the headings as follows:

    Text immediately below.
    Level 2 = italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left.
    Text immediately below.
    Level 3 = italics, 1 line space before, section number flush left.
    Heading ends with a full stop, with the text following on the same line.
    Numbering should be in Arabic numerals; no italics; no dot after the last number, except for level 1 headings.
  8. Quotations: In the main text quotations should be given in double quotation marks. Quotations longer than 3 lines should be indented left and right, without quotations marks and with the appropriate reference to the source. They should be set off from the main text by a line of space above and below.
  9. Listings: Should not be indented. If numbered, please number as follows:

    2. ..................... or b. .......................
    Listings that run on with the main text can be numbered in parentheses: (1).............., (2)............., etc.
  10. Examples and glosses. Examples should be numbered with Arabic numerals (1,2,3, etc.) in parentheses.
  11. Notes. Notes should be kept to a minimum and should be submitted as endnotes, before the references. Note indicators in the text should appear as superscript at the end of sentences and follow punctuation marks.
  12. References, citations, and other stylistic matters should conform to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition.