Guidelines for Contributors


  • Editor in Chief University of Ghana - Institute of African Studies





PLEASE follow these guidelines closely when preparing your paper for submission. The editors reserve the right to reject inadequately prepared papers. All areas of linguistics are invited – the journal is not limited to articles on languages of or in Ghana or Africa.

ALL CONTRIBUTIONS must be submitted in English, in electronic format to the current Editor-in-Chief, via our website at Authors should be sure to keep hard and soft copies for their own future reference. Articles should not exceed 10,000 words in length. They should be written in a text format or a recent version of Word (.docx format is preferred). PDF format is not acceptable.

TITLE PAGE: The article – anonymised in Word or similar word-processing program – should have a separate title page including the title and the author’s name in the form it should appear in print, with full contact information including mailing address, phone numbers and email address.  This page should also include a brief biographical note giving current academic or professional position and field of research interest.

THE FIRST PAGE of the article should contain the title but not the author’s name. It should begin with an ABSTRACT of the paper, in English. A French version of the abstract in addition is very welcome.

LANGUAGE EXAMPLES: All examples must be in a Unicode font and Bold. Times New Roman that comes with Word 2010 (but not earlier versions) is Unicode and may be used for occasional words cited in the text, if diacritics are few. More extensive examples with glossing and translation should be in Doulos SIL, although Unicode Times New Roman may again be used if diacritics are not needed, and Charis SIL is acceptable. Doulos SIL and Charis SIL can be downloaded from All such examples should be indented and numbered.

Glossing should follow the Leipzig Glossing Rules. These may be found at

Translations of examples should be in single quotation marks.

QUOTATIONS from other authors should be used sparingly. Any quotation less than two lines long should be within double quotation marks (“…”) and not separated from the text. Quotations within quotations should be within single quotation marks (‘…’). Longer quotations may be set out as a paragraph, indented .5” on both sides.  The source reference should come immediately after the quotation or in the sentence immediately before it. Paragraphs should be spaced at Exactly 14 pt and the first line of paragraphs should be indented .5”.

FIGURES, TABLES AND DIAGRAMS should be created in such a way that they will fit legibly into a print space of 7.5” by 5.9”, and the same for PHOTOGRAPHS. Margins of the paper should be 1” from Top, 3” from Bottom, and 1.25” on the left and right.

FOOTNOTES (not endnotes) should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.  They should not contain full references.

CITATIONS of references in the notes or in the text (citations within the text are preferred) should include author’s last name, the date of publication and the relevant page numbers, eg. (Chomsky 1972:  63-5). There should be a separate list of References, in which all items cited in text and notes are listed in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first author.  For further information on format please see the Format for References.

Author Biography

Editor in Chief, University of Ghana - Institute of African Studies

Ọbádélé Kambon completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ghana in 2012 winning the prestigious Vice Chancellor's award for Best PhD Thesis. He also won the 2016 Provost's Publications Award for best article in the Humanities. He is currently a Research Fellow in the Language, Literature and Drama section of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ghana. He is also Editor-in-Chief for the Ghana Journal of Linguistics. He is interested in diverse areas of research related to African Studies, Linguistics and the nexus of the two. His website is

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How to Cite

Chief, E. in. (2017). Guidelines for Contributors. Ghana Journal of Linguistics, 6(2).