[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Research Groups
Research Projects
Research Staff
Working Papers in Linguistics
Speech, Hearing and Language
Annual PhD Day
Seminars, Workshops, Lectures
Current Events
Past Events
Speech Science Forum
Reading Groups

UCLWPL Style Sheet

Format of submissions

Send your contribution to us in the form of (a) a text file (either on diskette or as an e-mail attachment) and (b) hard copy. The document should be in WordPerfect or Microsoft Word or some other IBM-compatible word-processor that can easily be converted to Word or WordPerfect. Make sure you send us only one version of your paper.


Every paper will be reviewed by at least one anonymous referee, who in the case of a submission by a student will be someone other than the supervisor. Additional advice will be sought from supervisors. Beyond a simple yes-no verdict, we can only guarantee to pass on review comments if your paper reaches us before the submission deadline.


Include an abstract of your paper -- maximum 100 words.

Document length

The final edited version of your paper should not exceed 25 pages, including abstract, diagrams and bibliographical references.

Formatting guidelines

To help us keep copy-editing down to a minimum, please follow these guidelines as closely as possible. Significant deviation from the guidelines will result in your paper being returned to you with an invitation to resubmit. The simplest way of meeting the style requirements is to insert your text into a copy of the UCLWPL template file which contains codes implementing all of the following formatting instructions. WordPerfect and Word versions of this file can be downloaded from the UCLWPL website.

Page and text layout

Page size: A4

Font size (main text): 13.5 pt.

Font face: Times New Roman (or similar).

Left/right margins: 2.5 cm.

Top/bottom margins: 3cm.

Highlighting text: italics; small caps for technical terms (first use only); no underlining.

Paragraph breaks: indent the first line of a new para; do not leave blank lines between paras.


Numbered examples (sample sentences, phonological forms, formulae,...) should be indented by means of left tab or left indent, not spaces. If non-English examples are supplied with word-by-word glosses, line these up using tabs, not spacing.

Bibliographical references

For references in text and at end, use the model described in one of the Cambridge University Press linguistics journals (e.g. Journal of Linguistics, Journal of Child Language, Phonology,...). Provide full bibliographical details.

Quotation marks

Follow the guidelines described in one of the Cambridge University Press linguistics journals.


Use footnotes, not endnotes.


Use a checker!

Section titles and numbering

Leave two blank lines above each section heading and one blank line below; embolden section headings, but do not capitalise. Sub-sub-sections (if you must): title and number in bold; no hard return (i.e. run on text). All text must be properly included in a numbered (sub-)section. Don't start a section with stray text unaffiliated to a numbered section head. If you have a short introductory paragraph without a title, number it as zero.


Only use phrase-structure trees when absolutely necessary. Labelled bracketings save a lot of editing effort and space. If you must include trees, use graphics. As a less satisfactory alternative, set the trees as text. In this case, change to a fixed-space font such as Courier and locate category labels with tabs (not spacing). Avoid extra inserted codes such as tab resets or font-size changes.