Guidelines for Authors

Length of Manuscript

  1. Articles should normally be in the range of 6000-9000 words.
  2. Book reviews should be in the range of 500- 750 words.
  3. Notes and Discussions should normally be no longer than 2000 words. No abstract is required for such pieces of writing.

A short abstract of up to 200 words should appear on the first page. The Abstract should be followed by a line showing Keywords (no more than 6 words, alphabetically arranged, each starting with a small letter unless a proper noun)

Submission of manuscript
Manuscripts submitted for publication in IJAES should not have been published previously, nor should they be under consideration for publication elsewhere in any form. An undertaking to this effect should accompany the manuscript.

To submit a manuscript, please send it as a word document attachment via email to the editor-in-chief on:

Once a submission has been completed, the manuscript will be screened by our in-house editorial committee. On the basis of the Committee's report, we usually respond with proceed for peer-review, or reject within two weeks; in case of 'proceed', we strive to make a decision within three months. The reviewers provide their feedback on the manuscript through filling in a review report followed by a narrative. While important consideration is given to reviewers' feedback, the final decision to publish articles in IJAES rests with the editor-in-chief.

Contributors are kindly requested to observe the following:

  1. Use Times New Roman regular font size 11 for the body of the article and font size 10 for the abstract. Headings and subheadings should appear in bold. Only the initial word should start with a capital letter except for proper nouns.
  2. Do not send your article in the body of an email. Send it only as an attachment.
  3. We can only accept attachments which are formatted as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name yourname.doc, e.g.
  4. Please send two attachments. The one called yourname1.doc, e.g. Hamdan1.doc should contain your full name, rank, affiliation, postal and email address, fax number, and the title of your article. The other attachment called yourname2 Anonymous.doc, e.g. Hamdan2 Anonymous.doc should contain only the article without any reference to you, the author. This is the text that will be used for our blind reviewing process.

Authors are requested to observe the conventions listed below.

1. References

Please give full bibliographical details of references and list them in alphabetical order, following the style of the examples given below. Only references mentioned in the text should appear in the list of references at the end of the article (References).


  • Author's surname is followed by a comma and first name by a full stop and they should be bolded, with a space between two or more first names/initials. Initials of first names are not allowed unless they appear as such on the original work.
  • Spell out first names of authors and editors where known.
  • For books with more than one author, the first names and/or initials come first then second, third, etc. authors.
  • Date is enclosed between parentheses followed by a full stop.
  • Authors with two books in the same year should be labeled a and b, on the basis of the alphabetical order of the title (immediately after date, no space, e.g. 1991a).
  • Book titles (in Roman) should be in italics; main words have initial capitals including subtitles.

Little, Arthur L., Jr. (2000). Shakespeare's Jungle Fever: National-Imperial Revisions of Rape, Race and Sacrifice. Stanford: Stanford UP.

Bloor, Thomas and Meriel Bloor. (1995).The Functional Analysis of English: A Hallidayan Approach. London: Arnold.

Note the sequence of the components of the second author, first name followed by family name.


  • Titles of journal articles appear in Times New Roman font with single inverted commas.
  • Only the first letter of the first word is capitalized except for names. Subtitles also start with a capital letter.
  • A Full stop is provided after the final inverted comma.
  • If an entry is a paper from an edited collection, put the title in Times New Roman font with single inverted commas.
  • Journal titles are in italics, followed by a comma; main words have initial capital letters.
  • Please check that all details have been included: volume, issue (if available) and page numbers.

Edmonds, Philip and Graeme Hirst. (2002). 'Near-synonymy and lexical choice'. Computational Linguistics, 28 (2):105-144.

Edited books
  • If an edited book is referred to several times, put the full details as a separate entry with just authors and dates elsewhere; however,
  • If it is referred to only once, put the full details with the entry for the paper.
  • Please check that all works referred to have their full details mentioned in the reference list.

Moon, Rosamund. (1998). 'Frequencies and forms of phrasal lexemes in English'. In Anthony Cowie (ed.), Phraseology: Theory, Analysis and Applications, 79-100. Oxford: OUP.

Sapir, Edward (1929). 'The status of linguistics as a science'. Language, 5:207-14. Reprinted in David Mandelbaum (ed.), Selected Writings of Edward Sapir, 160- 66. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1949.


Zabin, Aseel. (2013). The acquisition of metaphoric expressions by Jordanian EFL learners. Unpublished MA Thesis, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

Internet sources:

Little, David. (2009). The European Language Portfolio: Where pedagogy and assessment meet. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, Language Policy Division. Document DGIV EDU Lang (2009) 19. (Retrieved on 14 March, 2015)

Bibliographical references in the text
  • References are to be made in the text by giving the name of the author, year of publication, and, where relevant, the page(s) referred to in parentheses: (Setecka 2004:5-18). If the author’s name is part of the text, use the form: Setecka (2004:11) maintained that . . . .
  • No comma between author's name and date.
  • Separate works referred to in the same parentheses should be in chronological order: (Whitney 1967; Hymes 1981). Separate them with semicolons as follows: (Fisiak 1985; Wenden 1986; Swain 1995). Initials should be used before an author’s name only when an article refers to more than one author with the same surname.
  • When a work written by two or more authors is referred to, all names should be given in the first citation: (Weinreich,Labov and Herzog 1968). In later citations, use an abbreviated form: (Weinreich et al. 1968).
  • If more than one work was published in the same year, list these alphabetically by author's name as follows: (Farghal 1985; Fisiak1985; Asfour 1994; Bakir 1994; Atari 2004; Malzahn 2004)
2. Headings and subheadings
  • No more than three levels of heading below the title should be provided.
  • Headings should be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals and so should subheadings (e.g. 2.1.1; 2.2.1; 2.3.1; etc.)
  • In headings and subheadings only the first letter of the first word is capitalized.
3. Footnotes
  • Short notes can appear in the text within brackets.
  • There will be no footnotes on individual pages.
  • Longer notes should be collected together at the end of the article. Please number notes consecutively; use Arabic numerals and give clear superscript numbers in the appropriate places.
4. Paragraphs and long quotations
  • No line space should be left between paragraphs.
  • The first line of new paragraphs should be indented, except straight after a heading.
  • Quotations of more than three lines should be displayed and indented.
  • Check that page numbers of the source have been provided.
5. Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be inserted in the text. A separate file is also useful. Each figure and table should be clearly labeled with a number and a caption. They should be numbered Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc. The title of a table or figure should appear in regular font, with the first word capitalized in addition to proper nouns.

6. Proceedings
  • Only the first word has initial capital letters except for names. Subtitles also start with a capital letter.
  • A Full stop is provided after the final inverted comma.
  • Conference titles are in italics, followed by a comma; main words have initial capital letters
  • Please check that all details have been included (country, page numbers).

Hellmuth, Sam.(2011). 'How many levels of phrasing? Empirical questions and typological implications’. Proceedings of the 28th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.USA: Cascadilla Press, 258-266.

Levis, John. &LeVelle, Kimberly. (2012). 'Social factors in pronunciation acquisition'. In. J. Levis &K. Proceedings of the 3rdAnnual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference, Ames, IA: Iowa State University, 1-10. wp-content/ uploads/ sites/ 221/ 2016/06/ Proceedings_3rd_PSLLT .pdf (Retrieved on 10th Sep. 2017).

Transliteration symbols for Arabic vowels and some consonants