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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.
  • This manuscript has not been previously published or it has not been sent elsewhere for publication.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text, all illustrations, figures, and tables were designed according to APA Manual 6th Edition.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Research Articles

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The articles submitted to this section are expected to either discuss a theory in language acquisition or to review the relevant literature in relation to theories of language acquisition. Reviews only listing the studies in the literature are not welcome.

Letter to Editor

Guidelines for writing and submitting your 'Letter to Editor'

1. Format and Structure:

  • Your letter should be formatted according to the guidelines provided by JCLAD. Ensure it follows the specific font, margin, and spacing requirements.
  • The letter should be concise and focused, typically not exceeding 1500 words.
  • Begin with a clear and informative title.
  • Include your name, affiliation, contact information, and any co-authors at the beginning of the letter.

2. Purpose and Content:

  • Clearly state the purpose of your letter in the opening paragraph. Explain why your letter is relevant to the field of child language acquisition and development.
  • The letter may address issues related to previously published articles in the journal or raise new and important questions in the field.
  • If you are responding to a specific article, cite it properly and provide a brief summary of its main findings or arguments.

3. Language and Style:

  • Write in clear, concise, and scholarly language. Avoid jargon that may not be familiar to a broad audience.
  • Ensure that your letter is well-structured with a logical flow of ideas.
  • Use references to support your points if necessary, and be sure to follow the journal's citation style.

4. Ethical Considerations:

  • Ensure that your letter adheres to ethical standards, including proper citation and the avoidance of plagiarism.
  • If you are critiquing or commenting on another author's work, maintain a respectful and constructive tone.

5. Submission Process:

  • Check the JCLAD website or contact the editorial office to find the specific submission guidelines and formatting requirements.
  • Prepare your letter in a format that is accepted by the journal, which is typically in Microsoft Word or LaTeX.
  • Submit your letter through the journal's online submission system. You may need to create an author account if you don't already have one.

6. Review Process:

  • Your letter will be subject to peer review, just like regular articles. Expect feedback from reviewers and be prepared to make revisions if necessary.
  • Reviewers may assess the relevance, clarity, and scholarly quality of your letter.

7. Publication:

  • If your letter is accepted, it will be published in a relevant section of the journal.
  • Promote your published letter within your academic network and on relevant platforms to increase its visibility.

8. Copyright and Permissions:

  • Be aware of the journal's policies regarding copyright and permissions. If your letter includes figures, tables, or extensive excerpts from other works, ensure you have the necessary permissions.

9. Timelines:

  • Keep track of submission deadlines and expected review timelines. The editorial office may provide information on the expected timeframes for each stage of the process.

10. Contact Information:

  • Maintain open communication with the journal's editorial office. If you have questions or need clarifications, don't hesitate to reach out for assistance.

By following these instructions, you will enhance your chances of having your "Letter to the Editor" successfully published in the Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development (JCLAD).

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