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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 adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

PART A. Authors’ Guide to Submitting Articles for Publication 

  1. General Information

1.1. TEANGA: Iris Chumann na Teangeolaíochta Feidhmí in Éirinn/The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics is published annually in November.

1.2. Papers should normally be written in Irish or English. Papers not in English must include an abstract and title in English, as well as the language of publication. Where there are two abstracts in Irish and English, the English abstract should be in italics. Where there is an Irish title with an English translation, the English version should be in square brackets immediately following the Irish version not in italics. For papers presented in signed languages, please contact the editors in advance. 

1.3. Papers for TEANGA are subject to anonymous peer review by two reviewers. Final decisions to accept a submission for TEANGA are made by the editors.

1.4. Research should be approved by an appropriate body (e.g. research ethics committee, institutional review board) where one exists and the approval noted in the submission. See also Journal Code of Ethics.

  1. The Manuscript

2.1. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically with all author information removed. This includes manually deleting the author’s name and affiliation data in Word. Please contact the editors if this is not something that you have done before. In the body of the email, the author(s) should include the title of the paper, the name(s) of the author(s), and each author’s institutional affiliation.

2.2. Papers for TEANGA are usually a maximum of 6,000 words, including references and footnotes. Longer papers may be possible under certain circumstances, by prior arrangement with the editors. However, where this is not the case, the editors reserve the right to edit/revise/reject articles submitted 5% longer or shorter than specified. Book reviews are usually a maximum of 2,000 words. Manuscripts should use Times New Roman (12pt) font, should be double spaced, and should be left aligned. Quotations longer than 40 words should be indented and single spaced with a line left above and below them and no quotation marks used. Shorter quotations in the body of the text should use double quotation marks with single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. Paragraphs should be indented with no line left between them. The first line under a heading should not be indented. Table and figure numbers and title should be a line above the table/figure, title capitalised and in bold. The table/figure title should be a double spaced line below italicised and bold. The N dash (-) should be used for page numbers (e.g. pp. 2-5), the longer M dash for clarifications. The APA style for referencing should be used for all references both in the text and at the end of the paper.

  1. Abstract

Each paper should begin with a single spaced abstract of no more than 350 words also written in Times New Roman (12pt.). The word Abstract should appear above the abstract centred and in bold. The abstract should state the aims of the paper, give an outline of the methodology used, and present the principal findings or conclusions. It should not be indented and should not include references, statistics, or paragraph divisions.

      4. Keywords

Authors should supply three to five key words after the abstract. These should not be capitalised. Where key words are supplied in Irish, the English translation should also be included and enclosed within square brackets.

      5. Title and Section Headings

5.1. As a general rule, papers should include no more than two levels of section division: main sections and subsections. These sections and subsections may be numbered. The title heading and all first level headings should be centred and bold and all, including the title, should be Times New Roman, 12 pt. Second level headings should be bold and left aligned. Third level headings should be in italics and left aligned. All headings should capitalise the main words. A line should not be left between any headings and the text that follows. The name of the author(s) and their affiliation should appear one double spaced line below the title of the article, should be centred and should not be in italics.

     6. Multimedia Files and Tables

6.1 Maps or other well-recognised types of illustrative material may be given separate designations (e.g. 'Map 1: The Gaeltacht'). If in doubt, please consult the editors in advance. Audio or video files should be sent separately as well.

   7. Footnotes and endnotes

As a general rule, footnotes and endnotes should be avoided. Significant information or discussion should be integrated into the body of the paper. Where absolutely necessary, footnotes should be used. These should also be in Times New Roman font. (10 pt). 

8. Linguistic examples

8.1. Enclose transcriptions either within square brackets for phonetics or within phonemic slashes, e.g. [tÓaIp}] versus /tAIp/. Do not italicize such transcriptions.

8.2. Use angle brackets for reference to graphemes or letters of the alphabet, e.g. 'the manuscript shows spellings with both <colour> and <color>'.

8.3. Provide transliterations of any examples from writing systems which do not use a roman alphabet.

8.4. Single words which function as linguistic examples should be treated as follows.

If the word is in the language of the paper, it should be italicized, e.g. 'children regularly delete the infinitive marker to in embedded clauses'.

If the word is not in the language of the paper, it should be italicized and a gloss given within single quotation marks immediately following the word. No other punctuation should intervene, e.g. 'we find this in the Hungarian fésülkökik 'comb oneself', although törülközik 'dry oneself' presents a different pattern'.

8.5. In papers on syntax, syntactic examples in the language of the paper should be numbered and presented on a separate indented line with the number given in parentheses. For several closely related examples, use lowercase letters to form a group. Note the following:

    (1)    I wonder were the horses well fed.

    (2)    a.    He crackered my soup

  1.     I'm going to passenge this girl
  2.     Mummy trousered me

8.6. In the text, refer to numbered items as (2), (2a), (2a-b), (1)-(3), and so forth.

8.7. Sentences which form linguistic examples and which are not in the language of the paper must be italicized and translated or glossed as appropriate. Sample sentences which are used in the running text in the language of the paper should also be italicized. For further instruction, please contact the editors.

8.8. If the example is too complex for running text but where syntactic structure is not the focus of the example, a free translation on the following line may be appropriate, as seen in the example:

    (3)    Kotxeak pasatzeko kateak ipini behar zaizkie, eta guk ez dugu


            'Cars, in order to pass (get through), must have chains put on, and

            we don't have any chains'

8.9. Where the paper is focused on syntax, a three-line system which uses the original example, a word-for-word or morpheme-by-morpheme gloss, and a free translation should be used, as seen in the example:

    (4)    Itheann an   buachaill seo   úll ag am  lóin.

        eats       the boy     this apple at time lunch

            'This boy eats an apple at lunch time'.

    (5)    Itheann      an buachaill seo            úll ag am    lóin.

        eat-PRES  the-SG boy         DEMONST apple at time lunch

            'This boy eats an apple at lunch time'.

If grammatical abbreviations are used as in (5), a key to these abbreviations should be given in an endnote.

8.10. Tree diagrams should be numbered as linguistic examples, but the diagrams themselves should be treated as illustrations, since it may not be possible to print them from electronic versions of papers.

Aguisín: treoracha breise faoi ábhar Ghaeilge

Chomh maith leis na treoracha ginearálta thuas, ba chóir na pointí seo thíos a thabhairt faoi deara agus ábhar i nGaeilge á aighniú:

  1. Cloítear le Caighdeán Oifigiúil na Gaeilge 2016 tríd síos (sleachta athfhriotail as an áireamh).
  2. I gcás dátaí, cloítear leis an múnla seo: ‘ar an 12 Márta 2017,’ ‘ar an 31 Eanáir 1968,’ srl.
  3. Úsáidtear digití le huimhreacha os cionn fiche (20) a chur in iúl: ‘trí ghluaisteán,’ ‘fiche gluaisteán,’ ‘21 gluaisteán,’ ‘63 gluaisteán,’ srl.

Úsáidtear na giorrúcháin seo a leanas agus tagairtí/liosta foinsí á gcur le chéile:

ainm údair

fág sa bhunteanga ach amháin i gcás eagraíocht a bhfuil teideal oifigiúil/aitheanta Gaeilge air, ar fáil ón eagraíocht féin nó ar Té (Feidhmeannacht na Seirbhíse Sláinte)


fág sa bhunteanga

dátaí (míonna)


ionad foilsithe

aistrigh (de réir chleachtais an Choiste Téarmaíochta)


fág sa bhunteanga







and: Johnson, I. and Caravina, M.

(Ball and Rummel 2007: 4–5)

agus: Johnson, I. agus Caravina, M.

(Ball agus Rummel 2007: 4–5)


cur i láthair






ar líne






ar fáil ag


9. Funding details. Please supply details required by any funding or grant-awarding body at the end of your article [directly before the list of references]


PART B: Guest Editors' Guide to Proposing and Publishing a  Special Issue

The editors of Teanga welcome proposals for special issues. Generally, no more than one special issue is published per year. Special issues 10, 11 and 12 can be viewed here.

Proposals for special issues can be emailed to the journal editors at any time. They should include an overview of the proposed theme and merit of the special issue as well as the nature and number of expected contributions.

Where a proposal has been accepted and a timeline agreed, the following division of roles and responsibilities between the journal editors and the guest editors applies. 

Journal editors:

1. Nominate one member of the Teanga editorial team as the main contact person for the editors of the special issue and register the guest editors on the Teanga OJS.

Guest editors:

2. Nominate a contact person who will communicate on their behalf with the nominated Teanga editor (where there is more than one guest editor).

3. Appoint two external reviewers for each article and guide their contributors through the double blind peer review process using the Teanga Open Journal System (OJS). 

4. Provide the journal editors with publication ready copy. The material (generally an introduction and a series of articles) will have successfully completed the double blind peer review process and will be, in the view of the guest editors, ready for publication. All material for publication must adhere strictly to all of the Teanga style and ethics guidelines as outlined on the Teanga website including the required referencing system. Where this is not the case, the material will be returned to the guest editors.

Journal editors:

5. Carry out a final read of the material in advance of publication to ensure that the guest editors have completed the process of preparation for publication in accordance with Teanga guidelines. Should revisions be requested at this stage, every effort will be made to limit these to what the journal editors consider to be essential changes. 

6. Publish the special issue using the Teanga OJS.

Guest editors:

7. Disseminate information on the special issue via their networks on publication. 

Journal editors:

8. Assist the guest editors in the dissemination of information in relation to the publication of the special issue.

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