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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, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point 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.

Author Guidelines

Contributions to Research in Pragmatics should be in English.  If you are not a native speaker of English, it is advisable to have your text checked by an expert in English or a native speaker before submission.  Spelling in articles should consistently be either British English or American English. All pages should be numbered throughout.

Manuscripts should be about 6,000-10,000 words long (including abstract and references). Abstracts should consist of 100- 150 words. Keywords should be up to 6 words.


Please use ample margins and 1.5 line spacing. Suggested font setting for main text is Times New Roman 12 point. For tables and footnotes: Times Roman 10 pts.

Do not use running heads. Titles should not be too long. Please do not format your article or use any complex style conventions.



This journal uses the APA Referencing Style

References in the text:  These should be as precise as possible, giving page references where necessary; for example (Görlach 2003, p.152-154) or: “as in Brown et al. (1991, p. 252).” All references in the text should be matched by items in the references section.

References section: References should be listed first alphabetically and then chronologically. The section should include only references that are actually mentioned in the text.

A note on capitalization in titles. In titles and subtitles, capitalise the first and last words, and all other major words (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and complex prepositions). Do not capitalise: articles; simple prepositions; the conjunctions and, but, for, or, norto as part of an infinitive; as in any grammatical function; parts of proper names that would be lower case in normal text



Görlach, M. (2003) English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear, N. E., & R. R. Miller (eds). (1981) Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article in Book

Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981) “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In: Norman E. S. and R. Miller (eds.) Information Processing in Animals: Memory p.143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article in Journal

Claes, J. & Luis A. L. (2011) “Pragmatic and Social Restrictions in the Expression of the Future in Puerto Rican Spanish.” Spanish in Context 8, 50–72.

Chiluwa, I. (2015) “War against our Children: Stance and Evaluation in #BringBackOurGirls Campaign Discourse on Twitter and Facebook.” Discourse & Society, 26(3), 267-296.


Contributions to Research in Pragmatics should not bear the names of or identifying information about authors. A title page that includes names, phone numbers, email address, institutional affiliations and bio-note of authors should be submitted as a separate document. A biographical note should not exceed 100 words.

Please indicate in your letter to the editor that your submission is an original article not previously submitted to another journal or is being considered for publication in another journal.

The manuscript and title page should be submitted as email attachments in Word document to: Manuscripts go through rigorous blind peer-reviews within 3 months of submission. Accepted manuscripts are published as quickly as possible.


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