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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; 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 in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Please send an electronic copy of your manuscript in MS Word as an email attachment to the editor at the following email address: matiki@mopipi.ub.bw. Those who are unable to send their manuscripts electronically can send a double-spaced hard copy. We will still need an electronic copy, however, once the manuscript has been accepted for publication.

 

Manuscripts that contain special symbols, such as IPA fonts, should have the fonts embedded in the document or authors should send their manuscripts in both MS Word and pdf format. Alternatively, contributors can send an electronic copy as well as a hard copy by postal mail to: The Editor, Marang, Department of English, P/Bag 00703, Gaborone, Botswana.

 

Book reviews, along with the books, should be sent to: The Reviews Editor, Marang, Department of English, P/Bag 00703, Gaborone, Botswana. Email: pongweni@mopipi.ub.bw

 

COVERING LETTER

Please attach to every submission a letter (email) confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

 

FORMAT OF MSS

Manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, with ample margins and bear the title of the contribution and the name(s) of the author(s) on a separate page. The full postal address/phone/fax/email details of each author plus short biographical notes should also be included. All pages should be numbered. Contributions should include an abstract of not more than 200 words and up to six key words. The abstract should cover the overall purpose or research problem, stated early in the abstract, the methodology used, including the research design, sample, and data collection methods, a concise discussion of a few significant research findings and an overview of the main conclusions of the paper.

 

The journal uses footnotes where necessary. These should, however, be kept to the minimum. Footnotes are signaled in the text by superscript numbers. References in both the text and in any footnotes should follow APA style, which requires brief parenthetical references identifying each work referred to: author, (date: page) and or (author, date: page). At the end of your paper, provide an alphabetized ‘Works Cited’ section containing complete citations for all works cited or referred to in your paper. Titles of journals should not be abbreviated. Sample end references:

 

Brians, P. (n.d.). Chinua Achebe: Things fall apart study guide. Retrieved October 25, 2006, from http://www.wsu.edu:8000/~brians/anglophone/achebe.html.

Crystal, David. (1997). A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

Matiki, A. J. (2006). Literacy, ethnolinguistic diversity, and transitional bilingual education in Malawi. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 9 (2), 239-254.

Nagourney, E. (2003, October 28). Impatience, at your own risk. The New York Times, p. F6.

The disability gulag [Letter to the editor]. (2003, December 14). The New York Times Magazine, 28.

Verdoodt, Albert F. (1997). The demography of language. In F. Coulmas (Ed.), The handbook of sociolinguistics (pp.33-43). Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers.

 

TABLES

Tables should be typed (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position indicated by a marginal note in the text. All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes and their source(s) typed below the tables.

 

STYLE

Articles must be written in English. Use a clear readable style, avoiding jargon. If technical terms or acronyms must be included, define them when first used. Use non-racist, non-sexist language and plurals rather than he/she.

 

PUNCTUATION

Use single quotation marks with double quotes inside single quotes. Dates should be presented in the form 1 November 2006. Do not use points in abbreviations, contractions or acronyms (e.g. AD, USA, Dr, PhD).

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