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General Information and Submission Guidelines



What are SIL Electronic Survey Reports?

SIL Electronic Survey Reports (or SILESR) are published by SIL International (Dallas, TX). The issues of this series will be published only in electronic format and not in print. The primary means of distribution will be the SIL public website.

Will these be considered "official" publications?

Papers published in SILESR 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. Publication in the survey reports does not preclude revision and later publication in another outlet.

What is a survey report?

Language survey reports provide initial basic data about a group of more-or-less closely related linguistic varieties. In addition to basic linguistic data, most SIL language surveys also collect information about intelligibility between varieties, societal bilingualism, language use and language attitudes, language vitality, and general cultural and sociolinguistic features of the area surveyed. The data included will range from lists of lexical items, to short texts used for testing intelligibility, to answers to interview questions, to notes regarding observed linguistic behavior and language use.

Submission process

Who may submit papers?

Any SIL staff member may submit a paper for publication in the series. Papers from non-SIL members whose work is closely related to SIL or who have worked with an SIL consultant may also be accepted.

How do I submit a paper for the series?

Before submitting a paper to the series, it should be reviewed by a qualified consultant in the subject area or one of the Consulting Editors. After revising it to the satisfaction of the consultant, submit an electronic copy of the paper to the editor of the series along with a letter of recommendation from the consultant who reviewed it. If you have no access to a consultant, then you may send your submission without a recommendation and the editor will obtain a consultant review.

By post, send submissions to:

Ted Bergman, Editor-in-chief SILESR
7500 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas, TX 75249

By e-mail, send submissions to:

Style and format requirements

What style must papers use?

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

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

All of these styles are subject to the limitations of electronic publication.

What format must my paper use when I submit it?

When submitting a document, send

  1. your original document file, preferably in Microsoft Word .DOC or .RTF format
  2. if your report uses fonts other than Unicode, include all non-Unicode fonts. When it is necessary to use other fonts, be sure to embed them into your document.
  3. a PDF file or a printed copy may be necessary in some cases

Wherever possible, use only Unicode fonts. We strongly recommend using these: