Colorado Research in Linguistics



Informational Statement

Colorado Research in Linguistics is the graduate student-led, peer reviewed working papers publication for the University of Colorado Department of Linguistics. Working papers are usually preliminary scientific papers, and may include:

  • Pre-publication versions of future academic articles
  • High quality research and survey papers
  • Book reviews

Working papers are submitted by their authors in the interest of scholarship, and publishing your working paper in CU Scholar does not disqualify you from having your paper published in a professional journal at a later stage. However, anything published in CU Scholar can still be referenced in a bibliography, enhance your curriculum vitae, and provide you with feedback on your academic work.

For more information, please see Colorado Research in Linguistics Aims and Scope page.

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Guidelines for Contributors

Please keep the following points in mind as you prepare to submit your paper:

  1. Papers should be accessible to a wide audience, and not already published/under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  2. Follow the CRIL style sheet as you prepare your paper for publication (see Formatting and Style Guide below).
  3. Proofread carefully for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  4. Make sure that the references and in-text citations are complete and correct.
  5. If your paper is accepted for publication, sign and submit the CRIL Publishing Agreement (which must be received prior to publication); include the source of the paper (or type of submission) (e.g., prelim exam, synthesis exam, book review, graduate or undergraduate level research paper (including advisor or professor of course), independent research, etc.).
  6. All papers must be no more than 5,000 words long (excluding references and appendices).
  7. Submit a .doc/.docx or .rtf document which conforms to the CRIL style sheet, using the Submit Article link on this site.
  8. We encourage all linguists to consider the possible reactions of their potential audience to their writing and, in so doing, to choose expository practices and content that is positive, inclusive, and respectful. Please see the Linguistic Society of America’s Guidelines for Inclusive Language for more information.
  9. The CRIL Editorial Board reserves the right to refuse publication of any submissions that do not conform to the CRIL style sheet, exceed the word limit, and/or require a significant amount of editing and revision.

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Formatting and Style Guide

Papers published in CRIL conform to the general formatting standards expected of authors in Language, the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Therefore, be sure to follow the CRIL style sheet (.pdf) available below as you prepare your submission. A CRIL template (.dotx) is also available below to facilitate the formatting process:

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Rights for Authors and CU Scholar

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to CU Scholar all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Authors give CU Scholar the non-exclusive, irrevocable right to edit, reformat, copy, distribute, display, and publish their work, and migrate it at a future date in order to maintain content in an accessible and/or online format, all of which are conditional upon acceptance.

Authors retain all copyrights, allowing them to publish, present, and/or utilize any or all material provided in their submission(s) to CU Scholar. Papers appearing in CU Scholar are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.

Important Advisories

Some journals may impose exclusive rights to publish research; authors are therefore strongly advised to investigate any such conditions of other journals in which they may wish to publish at a future date. In the event that a paper published in CU Scholar must be retracted, contact the current Managing Editor.

Contributions must be authentic and original, and proper attribution in quoting or referencing other scholars’ material must be provided. By submitting your paper to CU Scholar, the author(s) agree(s) to the above terms and assert(s) that all original data referenced in the paper is accurate and authentic. If a paper published in CU Scholar is found to be plagiarized, it will be retracted from the volume in which it appears along with a brief note detailing the cause for removal.

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of CU Scholar, requires credit to CU Scholar as copyright holder (e.g., CU Scholar © 2019).

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the CU Scholar website and/or software agree not to misuse the CU Scholar service or software in any way.

The failure of CU Scholar to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between CU Scholar and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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