General submission guidelines

  • Submission address: Please submit your electronic contribution to the editorial collective at or Book reviews may be submitted to the reviews editor, Quentin Williams at
  • Language: Contributions may be submitted in any language, provided that it is copy-edited by a language expert prior to submission and again before final submission if the changes suggested by the reviewers are substantial (this also applies to English submissions). Please note that the availability of peer reviewers competent in languages other than English may delay publication of non-English articles. Non-English contributions must be accompanied by an abstract in the relevant language as well as one in English.
  • Original work: Submission will be taken to mean that the work submitted is the author’s original work and that all material not the author’s own has been acknowledged and that permission has been obtained for the use of any such material in any form (including print and electronic media). See the sections on copyright and permissions for more.
  • Style guide
  • Basic format: Only electronic submissions in MS Word format will be considered. Format your manuscript as A4 with 1.5 line spacing and 12 pt Times New Roman font.
  • Graphic material:
    • Contributions should generally be submitted as a single file with tables and figures correctly placed.
    • Where photographs or graphic material other than graphs generated in MS Word is used, authors are requested to indicate clearly were these figures are to be inserted in the text and then to provide each image as a separate file. Pictures should be submitted as printable (300 dpi) jpeg or pdf files. MS Excel files may be submitted as such. Please clearly mark each file with a keyword from the title of your paper, your surname and initial, and the table or figure number, for example: Peripheries Jackson S Fig 3.1.doc.
    • Please note that graphic images may result in inordinately large email messages. Very large files may be sent via a file transfer protocol (FTP) site such as
    • Please note that all graphic material will only be rendered as grayscale.
  • First page: The first page of your contribution should carry the title, name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) and full contact details for the corresponding author, including a telephone number and an email address. These contact details will be included in the final print.
  • Second page: The second page should carry the title, but no other information, as well as an abstract of fewer than 200 words, up to 6 keywords and the word count (excluding words in tables and figures). Non-English contributions should be accompanied by an abstract in the relevant language as well as one in English.
  • Length: Articles should not exceed 7000 words and book reviews should be between 1000 and 1500 words long.
  • Permissions: Permission to use copyrighted material should be submitted with the paper. Please see the section on permissions for more.

After submission

  • Peer review:
    • After submission your contribution will be checked by the editorial collective. Submissions that are of sufficient scholarly standard, fall within the scope of the journal, and comply with the guidelines, will be sent for blind peer review.
    • Contributions will be reviewed anonymously.
    • Peer review reports will be sent to authors with editorial comments for possible revision. At this stage only changes requested by the editorial collective should be made.
  • Complementary copies and electronic files: The corresponding author will receive 1 copy of the printed journal as well as a pdf file of the final article for distribution. This file may be used for depositing in institutional repositories or elsewhere. If this contribution is to be submitted for publication elsewhere, we request that first publication in Multilingual Margins be acknowledged as indicated below under Copyright Agreement.


  • Limit notes to the minimum and group all notes together at the end of the article and on a new page. No footnotes, please.
  • Use note 1 for acknowledgements.
  • Please use the automatic notes generator of your word processing program.

Tables and figures

  • It will be taken that all statistical and other formulae have been applied correctly and that numbers and figures given in tables and other illustrative materials have been checked for accuracy.
  • Please see the section above on submission format for details related to file requirements for illustrative material.
  • Also see the permissions section below for permission requirements related to copyrighted material and the use of photographs, including those taken by yourself.

Copyright agreement

  • Retention of copyright: Authors whose work is accepted for publication in Multilingual Margins retain the copyright to their individual articles. All requests from third parties to copy or reuse any individual article will therefore be referred to the corresponding author.
  • Rights granted to the journal publishers:
    • By submitting an article for publication authors grant the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape the right to publish the article in its journal Multilingual Margins.
    • Authors also grant the Department of Linguistics non-exclusive world-wide rights to distribute or make copies of individual articles, whether in print or electronic form and to deposit such articles in databases or repositories.
    • Authors, however, do not grant the department permission to alter or adapt an article, or to republish it in another volume.
  • Reprinting or republication: When reprinting or republishing the article in its entirety or substantial portions of it, authors are requested to acknowledge its first appearance in Multilingual Margins by adding the following legend (or another appropriate version of it):

This article/chapter first appeared in [insert year of publication] in the journal Multilingual Margins [insert volume number] ([insert issue number]): [insert page number or page range].

  • Rights to the compilation: The Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research (CMDR) at the University of the Western Cape holds exclusive copyright to the compilation in which an article appears.


  • Good practice: Good scholarly and publishing practice requires one to give credit whenever and wherever borrowed work is used. Giving credit, however, is not enough when work that requires permission is used.
  • Compliance: Authors are responsible for complying with copyright laws and must provide proof of permission for using any copyrighted material in their submissions. Please submit these proofs with your paper. Also please note that the guidelines provided here do not constitute legal advice and if there is any doubt, authors should rather obtain permission or seek legal advice.
  • Permission required: Works that may require permission include, but are not limited to, photographs, illustrations, and literary works, like poems or lyrics, produced by other people; work you may have redrawn from previously published instances, like models, charts, and maps; and photographs you may have taken of existing works of art.
  • Rights to request: When obtaining permission, please request non-exclusive world-wide rights to publish in any medium (print or electronic).
  • More information: For more helpful information, you may visit the websites of the following institutions:
    • Publishers’ Association of South Africa <>: Download their Copyright Information Guide.
    • DALRO, the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (Pty) Ltd. <>
    • Cape Higher Education Consortium <>: If you are a member of faculty at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Stellenbosch University, the University of the Western Cape or the University of Cape Town, you may find the Copyright Clearance Centre of the Publishing Liaison Office useful.
    • Australian Copyright Council <>: for a useful section on frequently asked questions.

Photographs taken by yourself

  • Photographs of human subjects. For the sake of protecting the privacy of research subjects, it is advisable to obtain free and informed written consent from any person (or from the parents of a minor) to be photographed for research purposes and whose photograph is to be published with the research findings. (In some cases audiovisual recordings of oral consent may be more practical). Furthermore, it is recommended that subjects be rendered unidentifiable as far as possible through various means, including such means as setting up the photograph so that subjects have their faces away from the camera and digital cropping or editing.
  • Photographs of private property. It is advisable to obtain permission from owners of private property to be photographed.
  • Photographs of copyrighted material for review or criticism. Photographs of material like advertising billboards and notices that carry copyrighted material are generally allowed without permission, as long as the advertisement or notice is to be reviewed or criticized as such. If in doubt, please obtain permission.