ISSN 0002-5216 printed version
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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

 

Scope and Policy

The Alfa: Revista de Linguística (São José do Rio Preto) – the linguistics journal of the São Paulo State University (UNESP), sponsored by the Research Pro-Vice-Chancellorship, publishes papers authored by teachers, researchers, and PhD students from national and international institutions of learning, teaching and research. Papers by undergraduates or MS students are not eligible for publication in the journal.
Four categories of contribution are welcomed: paper, retrospective, book review, interview, and translation which make substantial contribution to any of the various branches of Linguistics. The following restriction applies to book reviews: only reviews of books published in Brazil in the last 2 years and abroad in the last 4 years should be submitted for publication in the journal.
All submissions are read by two anonymous referees. Authors’ identities are not revealed to the referees. Should the judgments of the two referees be inconsistent, a third referee should be called in. Once the refereeing process is concluded, the review copies are sent to the author, or to the first author of co-authored papers, with the appropriate instructions.

Invited papers are peer-reviewed by the members of the Editorial Board.

Papers should be written in one of the following languages: Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, or Italian. In papers written in Portuguese, TÍTULO, RESUMO, and PALAVRAS-CHAVE should come before the paper text body, and their English versions, TITLE, ABSTRACT, and KEY-WORDS, after it. In papers written in one of the other languages, the corresponding elements that come before the paper text body should be written in the language the paper is written; the corresponding elements that come after the paper text body should be written in Portuguese for papers written in English and in English for papers written in French, Spanish, or Italian.

The journal editor reserves the right to return a manuscript if it departs from the style requirements. When applicable, a personal letter will be sent to the author, asking for improvements and adaptations.

Authors are responsible for the data and concepts worked out in the paper as well as for the correctness of the references and bibliography.

 

Form and preparation of manuscripts

1. Presentation

 Authors should ensure that their electronic copy is compatible with PC/MSWord®, and use Times New Roman fonts, 12-point size. The page size should be set to A4 (21cm x 29.7cm), and the text body should be one-and-a-half spaced throughout. Leave 3 cm from the top of the page and on the left margin, and 2.0 cm from the bottom of the page and on the right margin. The number of pages of the paper should not exceed 30 pages, including references, bibliography, appendixes, and annexes.

2. Paper outline

The outline below should be followed:

1. Title. The title should be centered and set in bold capitals at the top of the first page. Runover titles should be single-spaced. The name of each author follows the title and should be given in full with the surname in Capitals and aligned to the left margin. There should be two blank single-spaced lines before and after the name(s) of the author(s).

2. Paper abstract. The paper abstract, which must summarize the contents of the paper (goals, theoretical framework, results, and conclusion), should conform to the following: it should follow the name(s) of the author(s), contain at least 150 and at most 200 words, be single-spaced, and, with no indentation for the first line, be preceded by the word ABSTRACT in capitals in the same language of the paper,

3. Keywords. Each keyword (at most seven) is followed by a period. They should be preceded by the word KEYWORDS in capitals. Runover keywords should be single-spaced. There should be two blank single-spaced lines before and after the keywords. The Editorial Board suggests that the keywords should match general concepts of the paper subject domain.

4. Paper text body. The paper text body should be one-and-a-half-spaced throughout.

5. Subsection titles. The subsection titles should be typeset in bold and aligned to the left margin. They should not be numbered. There should be two one-and-a-half-spaced blank lines before and one one-and-a-half-spaced blank line after each subsection title.

6. Acknowledgements. Acknowledgements should conform to the subsection title layout, and should be preceded by the word “Acknowledgments” set in bold.

7. The title in English.For papers written in Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian, the title in English (with no capitals and no bold) should be placed two blank single-spaced lines after the paper text body. Runover titles should be single-spaced.

8. The abstract in English. For papers written in Portuguese, French, Spanish and Italian, the abstract in English should be typeset in italics, be preceded by the word ABSTRACT, typeset in italics and in CAPITALS, with no indentation for the first line, be single-spaced, and be placed two blank single-spaced lines after the title in English.

9. The keywords in English. For papers written in Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Italian, the keywords in English should be typeset in italics, be preceded by the word ABSTRACT, typeset in italics and in CAPITALS, and be placed two blank single-spaced lines after the abstract in English. Runover keywords in English should be single-spaced. NOTE: For papers written in English, the title, abstract, and keywords referred to in 7, 8 and 9 above, respectively, should be written in Portuguese.

10. References. The subtitle REFERENCES should be set in bold, with no indentation for the first line, and placed two blank single-spaced lines after the keywords. The reference list should be single-spaced and ordered alphabetically and chronologically (see 3.3.1). Note that all and only works mentioned in the paper or its footnotes should be included in the reference list.

11. Bibliography. The bibliography list (if any) should come after the reference list. The subtitle BIBLIOGRAPHY should be set in bold, with no indentation for the first line, and placed two blank single-spaced lines after the reference list. Note that all and only works not mentioned in the paper or its footnotes should be included in the bibliography list.

3. Further instructions

3.1 Reference guidelines Both reference and bibliography lists should be ordered alphabetically by the last name of the first author. A single space should separate one reference item from the other. Translators should be specified.

Examples:

Books

AUTHIER-REVUZ, J. Palavras incertas: as não coincidências do dizer. Tradução de Cláudia Pfeiffer et al. Campinas: Ed. da UNICAMP, 1998.

LAKATOS, E. M.; MARCONI, M. A. Metodologia do trabalho científico. 2. ed. São Paulo: Atlas, 1986.

CORACINI, M. J.; BERTOLDO, E. S. (Org). O desejo da teoria e a contingência da prática. Campinas: Mercado das Letras, 2003.

Book chapters

PECHEUX, M. Ler o arquivo hoje. In: Orlandi, E. P. (Org.). Gestos de leitura: da história no discurso.Tradução de Maria das Graças Lopes Morin do Amaral. Campinas: Ed. da UNICAMP, 1994. p.15-50.

Thesis and dissertations

BITENCOURT, C. M. F. Pátria, civilização e trabalho:o ensino nas escolas paulistas (1917-1939). 1988. 256 f. Dissertação (Mestrado em História) – Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, 1998.

Papers in journals

SCLIAR-CABRAL, L.; RODRIGUES, B. B. Discrepâncias entre a pontuação e as pausas. Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos, Campinas, n.26, p.63-77, 1994.

Online papers

SOUZA, F. C. Formação de bibliotecários para uma sociedade livre. Revista de Biblioteconomia e Ciência da Informação,Florianópolis, n.11, p.1-13, jun. 2001. Disponível em: <http://www.periodicos.ufsc.br/index.php/eb/article/view/1518-2924.2001v6n11p39>. Acesso em: 30 jun. 2001.

Newspaper articles

BURKE, P. Misturando os idiomas. Folha de S. Paulo,São Paulo, 13 abr. 2003. Mais!, p.3.
EDITORA plagiou traduções de clássicos. Folha de S. Paulo,São Paulo, p.6, 4 nov. 2007.

Online publications

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA. Coordenadoria Geral de Bibliotecas. Grupo de Trabalho Normalização Documentária da UNESP. Normalização Documentária para a produção científica da UNESP: normas para apresentação de referências. São Paulo, 2003. Disponível em: <http://www.fclar.unesp.br/Home/Biblioteca/abnt_referencias.pdf>. Acesso em: 15 jul. 2004.

Paper in edited volumes, conference proceedings, and working papers

MARIN, A. J. Educação continuada. In: CONGRESSO ESTADUAL PAULISTA SOBRE FORMAÇÃO DE EDUCADORES, 1., 1990. Anais... São Paulo: UNESP, 1990. p.114-118.

3.2. Citação no texto

3.2 In-text references and quotations

For references in the text, the surname of the author should be in capitals, enclosed in parentheses; a comma should be placed between the author’s last name and year, e.g. (BARBOSA, 1980). If the name of the author is part of the text, only the year is enclosed in parentheses: “Morais (1955) argues...”
Page numbers follow the year and are preceded by “p.”; note a comma and a space between year and “p.”, e.g. (MUNFORD, 1949, p.513).

References of the same author with the same year should be distinguished by using lower case letters in alphabetical order, e.g. (PESIDE, 1927a), and (PESIDE, 1927b). For references with one author and up to two co-authors, semi-colons are used to separated the surnames, e.g. (OLIVEIRA; MATEUS; SILVA, 1943); for references with more than two co-authors, the expression “et al.” substitutes for the surnames of the co-authors, e.g. (GILLE et al., 1960).

Quotations longer than three text lines should be set in 11-point font size, and set out as a separate paragraph (or paragraphs) on a new line. The paragraph (or paragraphs) should be inset 4.0 cm from the left margin throughout, without any quotation marks. Quotations shorter than three text lines should be included in double quotation marks in the running text.

3.3 Footnotes

Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and placed at the bottom of the page. The superscript numeral used to refer to a footnote follows the punctuation sign (comma, semicolon, or period).

3.4 Figures

Figures comprise drawings, graphs, charts, maps, diagrams, formulas, models, photographs, x-rays. Figures should be numbered and have a caption (centered) which should always be positioned under the figures. The figures, drawings, graphs, tables, diagrams, formulas and models should be sent in separate files in the program that were generated. The maps, photographs and radiographs should be also sent in separate files in high resolution (300 dpi).

3.5 Tables and text frames

Tables should be used to present statistical information, and text frames should be used to summarize and organize textual information. Numbering starts from number 1, and should have captions (centered) which should always be positioned above the tables and text frames. When applicable, data sources should be positioned underneath the table or text frame, aligned to the left margin. Tables should display the horizontal lines only.

3.6 Appendixes and Annexes

When absolutely necessary to the text comprehension, and in the limit of 30 pages, Annexes and / or appendixes, following the subsection style, should be included in the end of the paper, after the references or bibliography.

3.7 Copyright transfer – publication authorization

Following acceptance of the paper, the AUTHOR AGREES PROMPTLY TO ASSIGN COPYRIGHT to UNESP, which is granted permission to reproduce it and publish it in the journal. The terms “reproduce” and “publish” are understood according to their definitions in the Sections VI and I, respectively, of the Article 5 of the Law 9610/98. The PAPER is permanently available to be used in both print and electronic media, and readers have FREE-OF-CHARGE ACCESS to read, download, copy, or print the FULL TEXTS of the PAPERS. This publication authorization is permanent, and UNESP is responsible for keeping the identification of the PAPER AUTHOR(S).

 

Send of the manuscripts

Online submissions

To submit a paper, authors must be registered on the journal’s website. To register, create a login name and a password by clicking Acesso (Access) on the journal’s website. After logging in, fill in the profile by clicking Editar Perfil (Profile Editing) and start the submission process by clicking Autor (Author) and then CLIQUE AQUI PARA INICIAR O PROCESSO DE SUBMISSÃO (Click here to start the submission process). Follow the five-step submission process below:

Step 1. Confirm the agreement to the Journal Policies (Condições de submissão) and the Copyright Terms (Declaração de Direito Autoral) by checking the appropriate boxes. Select either Artigo (Paper) or Resenha (Review paper). Save the form and go to step 2.

Step 2. Enter metadata: first name, last name, e-mail, bio statement, and paper title are obligatory. Save the form and go to step 3.

Step 3. Upload the paper file. Go to step 4.

Step 4. If necessary, upload the supplementary files such as appendixes and annexes with research tools, data sets and tables, which should conform to the ethical standards of assessment, sources of information usually unavailable to readers, and pictures or tables that cannot be inserted into the text itself. Go to step 5.

Step 5. Confirm the submission.

After confirming the submission, authors will receive a confirmation e-mail from the journal editor. After submission, authors can follow up the process, from submission and acceptance, through assessment and final version preparation request, to on-line publication.

All papers are read by two anonymous referees. The journal’s Editorial Board and Editors are responsible for the policy of paper selection, which is available at the link Sobre a Revista>Processo de Avaliação por Pares (About the Journal>Peer Review Process).

 

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