LESLI Author Instructions

These instructions provide authors with the following information:

Timeframe
Fees
What LESLI Publishes
Ensuring A Blind Peer Review
Specific Instructions for Manuscript Preparation
Specific Instructions for Manuscript Submission

TIMEFRAME

LESLI publishes on a rolling basis. Your submission is immediately reviewed and, if accepted, published immediately in the current annual volume. Typically, publication of accepted manuscripts can be completed within 6-8 weeks. Reviewers will respond to the author within 4 weeks.

FEES

Authors are charged a formatting fee of $3 per page. Authors who are without institutional support, such as independent scholars or students, can request a fee waiver by emailing the Editor at cchaski@LinguisticEvidence.org and explaining why a fee waiver is justified. Please make your article as concise, informative, and succinct as possible.

WHAT LESLI PUBLISHES

LESLI publishes Research Articles, Policy Discussions, Requests for Research, and Reviews of Software and Books.

Research Articles

LESLI utilizes double-blind peer review by two reviewers with expertise in both theoretical and practical aspects of linguistic evidence. Reviewers evaluate research articles for fundamental aspects of science (description of data, strong and ethical data collection practices, analytical techniques grounded in linguistics, replicability of analytical procedure, appropriate quantitative analysis, etc.).

Since LESLI is read by linguists and non-linguists, it is essential that articles define terminology and methods clearly and point readers to references for such information.

Reviewers reject articles based in literary criticism or other non-scientific analyses of language. Articles merely recounting a case will also be rejected by reviewers.

Policy Discussions

LESLI utilizes double-blind peer review by two reviewers with expertise in both theoretical and practical aspects of linguistic evidence. Reviewers evaluate policy discussions for fundamental contributions to the field of forensic linguistics that meet normal standards of scholarship and scholarly communication. While it is expected that policy discussions will focus on controversial issues and perhaps take unpopular stances, ad hominem attacks, defamatory implications, and misrepresentation of scholarship will immediately cause a submission to be rejected.

Since LESLI is read by linguists and non-linguists, it is essential that articles define terminology and methods clearly, and point readers to references for the terminology and methods. Especially in policy discussions, the author must make controversial issues very clear.

Requests for Research

LESLI utilizes double-blind peer review by two reviewers with expertise in both theoretical and practical aspects of linguistic evidence. Reviewers evaluate requests for research articles for fundamental understanding of the field of forensic linguistics and innovative ideas, as well as the scholarly and scientific concepts within the article.

Since requests are often written by non-linguists, it is essential that the request articles define the goal of the research, justification of the requested research, and applicability of the requested research.

Reviewers reject request articles that are unaware of current literature or methods which address the issue.

Reviews of Software and Books

LESLI utilizes double-blind peer review by two reviewers with expertise in both theoretical and practical aspects of linguistic evidence. Reviewers evaluate reviews for normal standards of scholarship and scholarly communication. While it is expected that reviews might include controversial issues, ad hominen attacks, defamatory implications, and misrepresentation of scholarship will immediately cause a submission to be rejected.

Since LESLI is read by linguists and non-linguists, it is essential that articles define terminology and methods clearly and point readers to references for the terminology and methods. Especially in reviews, the author must make controversial issues very clear.

SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Prepare the manuscript in this way:

Title Page:

Type of Submission: Research Article, Policy Discussion, Request for Research, Review

Title of the article

Names and Affiliations of Author(s)

Lead Author Contact Information

Abstract (for Research Article and Policy Discussion):

In 300-500 words, state the main points of your article.

Keywords (for Research Article and Policy Discussion):

List five keywords/key phrases describing the content of your article.

Document:

Use a word processor, such as Word, to create a document that is single-spaced with 1″ margins and 12-point font in Times New Roman or Cambria; the article must employ 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. Ensure that grammar and spelling are correct before submitting for review.

Sections and Paragraphs:

Use a consistent heading system for section and paragraph numbering, as in options below:

Option A: No numbering of section headings or paragraphs; section headings are bolded

Section Heading
Paragraph one leads into paragraph two, three, four, etc.
Paragraph two follows paragraph one.
Section Heading
Paragraph three is in this section. Nothing is numbered.

 

Option B: Section headings are bolded and numbered but no paragraph numbering

1. Section Heading is Bold and Numbered
Paragraph one leads into paragraph two, three, four, etc. Each paragraph runs in consecutive order without numbering.
2. Section Heading is Bold and Numbered
Paragraph two leads into paragraph three, four, etc.
Paragraph three follows paragraph two.

 

Option C: Section headings are bolded and numbered and paragraphs are numbered

1. Section Heading is Bold and Numbered
1. Numbered paragraph one leads into paragraph two, three, four, etc. Each paragraph is numbered in consecutive order.
2. Section Heading is Bold and Numbered
2. Numbered paragraph two leads into paragraph three, four, etc.
3. Numbered paragraph three leads into paragraph four, five, etc.

 

References and Footnotes

Use the APA stylesheet for bibliography and footnotes, following examples below. You can find many resources for the APA stylesheet such as here for an online guide from Purdue University, or here for a downloadable pdf from Kent University .

Following APA guidelines, use in-text citation with bibliographic information according to stylesheet, as in examples below:

  • Linguists have questioned the status of forensic stylistics as linguistics, and evaluated it as not grounded in linguistics (Crystal 1996; Chaski 1997)
  • Crystal (1996) has questioned the status of forensic stylistics as linguistics, and evaluated it as not grounded in linguistics. 

ENSURING A BLIND PEER REVIEW

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents to the LESLI website or attach documents to email as part of their review). All should check to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  1. The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with “Author” and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc.
  2. With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file. For Microsoft 2003 and previous versions, and Macintosh versions of Word:
    • Under the File menu select: Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

    For MacIntosh Word 2008 (and future versions)

    1. Under the File menu select “Properties.”
    2. Under the Summary tab remove all of the identifying information from all of the fields.
    3. Save the File.

    For Microsoft 2007 (Windows):

    1. Click on the office button in the upper-left hand corner of the office application
    2. Select “Prepare” from the menu options.
    3. Select “Properties” for the “Prepare” menu options.
    4. Delete all of the information in the document property fields that appear under the main menu options.
    5. Save the document and close the document property field section.

    For Microsoft 2010 (Windows):

    1. Under the File menu select “Prepare for sharing.”
    2. Click on the “Check for issues” icon.
    3. click on “inspect document” icon.
    4. Uncheck all of the checkboxes except “Document Properties and Personal information”.
    5. Run the document inspector, which will then do a search of the document properties and indicated if any document property fields contain any information.
    6. If the document inspector finds that some of the document properties contain information it will notify you and give you the option to “Remove all,” which you will click to remove the document properties and personal information from the document.
  3. For PDF files:
    • With PDFs, the authors’ names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat’s main menu.

SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Checklist

Be sure that you have completed all items in this list:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it being considered at another journal at the same time as LESLI is reviewing or formatting it.
  • The manuscript is in both .pdf format and in a word processing format such as Microsoft Word (preferred) or LATEX.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font of Times New Roman or Cambria; 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 above, using APA style.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Sending the Manuscript to LESLI

There are two ways to submit a manuscript:

  1. Email the Managing Editor Melissa Wright at mwright@LinguisticEvidence.org with Subject Line: LESLI Submission, with both versions of the manuscript attached to the email.
  2. Visit the LESLI journal website and follow the instructions to upload your manuscript. Remember that you must first be registered as an author and then you can upload a submission.