SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description
General Information and Submission Guidelines
- About SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description
- Submission process
- Style and format requirements
SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Descriptions (SILLCDD) are published by SIL International (Dallas, Texas). The series includes not only primary data but also products of fieldwork such as wordlists, interlinear text collections, and descriptive papers. The goal of the series is to make a greater corpus of data available on lesser-known—and often endangered—languages and cultures.
Will these be considered "official" publications?
Works published in SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description 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.
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 Language and Culture Documentation and Description
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.
What style must manuscripts use?
Papers may be submitted which conform to any of these style standards:
- Major professional journal, publisher, or society;
- General style such as The Chicago Manual of Style or Copy-Editing: The Cambridge Handbook for Editors, Authors, and Publishers.
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.