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All submissions are handled electronically. Papers should be submitted via the online submission website . Any editorial or submission queries should be sent to the Managing Editor who will forward them to one of the Editors. The latter will be responsible for selecting referees and making an editorial decision. Receipt of a submission is systematically confirmed. The Journal aims to make editorial decisions within 10 weeks of submission.

A copy of the standard invitation letter to prospective Journal of Semantics reviewers is available here

Papers are accepted for review only on the condition that they have neither as a whole nor in part been published elsewhere, are elsewhere under review or have been accepted for publication. In case of any doubt authors must notify the editor of the relevant circumstances at the time of submission. It is understood that authors accept the copyright conditions stated in the journal if the paper is accepted for publication.


The following style requirements of the Journal of Semantics are binding for the final version to be prepared by the author after acceptance of the paper for publication.

  • After acceptance, the final version must be provided both as a PDF or Postscript file and a MS-Word file or Latex file with the required supplementary files.
  • The page size should be A4.
  • The paper must be headed by its title and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s).
  • The author's correspondence address (post office street address and email) must appear immediately at the end of the paper's main text under the separate heading "Author's address", before any Acknowledgements, Appendices, Notes, or References.
  • The paper starts, after its title and the author's name and affiliation, with an abstract of approximately 200 words, headed "Abstract".
  • Full bibliographical references must appear under the heading "References" at the very end of the paper, after the Author's address and any Acknowledgements, Appendices, or Notes, alphabetically ordered by author's surname and chronologically ordered per author. Each reference takes the form of surname of author, first name of author [, middle initial], year of publication in round brackets (in case of more than one publication per year, add small letters to the year), for books: title (in italics), publisher, place of publication; for journal papers: title of paper, name of journal (in italics), volume number (in boldface), colon, page numbers; for papers in collections: title of paper, In, editor's name, (ed.), title of collection (italics), publisher, place of publication, page numbers; for unpublished theses: title of thesis (in italics), type of thesis, name of department, name of university, place.


    • Burzio, Luigi (1986), Italian Syntax: A Government-Binding Approach. Reidel. Dordrecht.
    • Armstrong, Sharon L., Lila R. Gleitman, & Henry Gleitman (1983), What some concepts might not be. Cognition 13:263-308.
    • Dahl, Östen (1981), On the definition of the telic-atelic (bounded-nonbounded) distinction. In Philip J. Tedeschi and Annie Zaenen (eds.), Tense and Aspect. Academic Press. New York. 79-90.
    • May, Robert (1977), The Grammar of Quantification. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy. MIT. Cambridge, MA.
    • Smith, John (1999a), The Complete Tszabashi Grammar. Beevier University Press. Beevier.
    • Smith, John (1999b), A Learner's Guide to Tszabashi. Unpublished MS.
  • All bibliographical references in the text must be given by author's surname and year of publication enclosed in round brackets (e.g., "... as Smith (1999b) argued..."or "...as was shown already in the Seventies (cf. May 1977).")
  • Notes must appear as footnotes rather than endnotes. They are identified by consecutive superscript Arabic numbering. Please avoid excessive use of notes.
  • Acknowledgements appear immediately after the main text of the paper and the Author's address and before any Appendices, Notes, and References in a separate paragraph headed "Acknowledgements". Acknowledgements should not appear in footnotes.
  • Appendices may be used for the presentation of detailed material supplementing the text. They appear under the separate headings "Appendix 1", "Appendix 2", etc. after the main text and Author's address and any Acknowledgements and before Notes and References.
  • The text of the paper should be structured in sections, decimally hierarchically numbered (i.e., 1, 1.1, 1.1.1, etc). No more than three levels of numbering should be used. Each section should bear a section title. The section numbering does not cover the Abstract and starts with the first section of the main text of the paper. Appendices, Acknowledgements and References are not numbered sections.
  • Linguistic example sentences and formulas should be numbered on the left start of the line for cross reference by Arabic numbers enclosed in round brackets.
  • Linguistic example sentences from languages other than English must be accompanied by a literal word-by-word English gloss as well as an English translation.
  • Linguistic examples from languages not using the Latin alphabet must be given in an appropriate standard transliteration.
  • Diagrams and Figures should be submitted as electronic files.
  • Tables, Diagrams, or Figures of any kind should be numbered for cross reference consecutively and are named "Table 1", "Table 2", "Figure 1", "Figure 2", etc.
  • Colour illustrations: authors will be expected to pay a fee for any colour illustrations appearing in the print version of their article (£350 per figure). Alternatively, figures can appear in black and white in the printed version with colour versions appearing online (for which there is no charge). Please indicate your preferred option (i.e. agreement to pay £350 per figure for print and online colour or preference for online-only colour with no charge) when prompted during the online submission process.

Language Editing

Particularly if English is not your first language, before submitting your manuscript you may wish to have it edited for language. This is not a mandatory step, but may help to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication.


Journal of Semantics authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Journal of Semantics can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £2150 / $3400 / €2800

Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £1075 / $1700 / €1400

Free Developing country charge* - £0 / $0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


Offprints may be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

Upon publication authors will be given free online access to their papers.


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here .

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