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General Information and Submission Guidelines


About SIL Forum for Language Fieldwork

SIL Forum for Language Fieldwork (SILe-Forum) is a series of fairly brief articles on the broad range of topics that inform SIL’s work. They are produced by SIL staff and associated fieldworkers and are released to the public in the hopes that others, too, will find them helpful in preparing studies on language and culture.

Will these be considered "official" publications?

Works published in SIL Forum for Language Fieldwork will be given a formal citation with series name and issue number. SIL will treat publications in the series as having formal status by listing such publications in its corporation bibliography.

Submission process

Who may submit manuscripts?

Any SIL staff member may submit manuscripts for publication in the series. Manuscripts from non-SIL personnel may also be accepted, on a case-by-case basis. Authors must include an abstract with their manuscripts.

How do I submit a manuscript for the series?

Send submissions to the Editor-in-Chief of SIL Forum for Language Fieldwork

What happens after I submit a manuscript?

The editor will verify that the submission falls within the scope of the series and then send the document for peer review before making the final decision to accept it or suggest that it be revised and resubmitted.

Style and format requirements

What style must manuscripts use?

Papers may be submitted which conform to any of these style standards:

In other words, there is no fixed style for the series. The only requirement is that the manuscript be internally consistent in following some standard academic style.

What format must my manuscript use when I submit it?

All of these styles are subject to the limitations of electronic publication. Microsoft Word .DOC format is the preferred file format for manuscripts.

Authors of manuscripts containing non-Roman text (such as Devanagari, Hebrew, Greek, IPA, or any other non-Roman script) must submit a printed copy along with the electronic version of their manuscript. The preferred font for Hebrew text is Ezra SIL; for Greek, Galatia SIL; and for IPA, Doulos SIL. Other non-Roman scripts should be encoded with Unicode fonts.