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Journals that Accept TeX/LaTeX submissions
[I'm especially grateful to
for advice about this page].
I thought it would be a good idea to list academic journals that accept papers
in TeX/LaTeX form. Of course, this turns out not to be as simple a question as it
First, there is the TeX/LaTeX issue -- conceivably some journals might accept one
but not the other. This is probably not a big issue because conversion between them
is a relatively small matter.
The more difficult issue is what it means to `accept', and at what stage. Typically,
when an author submits an article to a journal, the journal sends it to editors and
reviewers for comment.At this stage, all anybody wants is something they can read
without too much trouble, so probably any of the standard portable document formats
(e.g. pdf) is the best thing. Its unreasonable to expect a journal or a reviewer to
hassle with TeX/LaTeX at this stage. If the reviews are favourable, the article will
be accepted for publication, normally subject to some corrections/changes. The author
makes these changes and is then ready to submit `properly'. This is when things get
interesting, because this is the stage at which electronic submission of a TeX/LaTeX
source may be sensible and attractive to the author. A journal which says it
`accepts' TeX/LaTeX submission at this stage might mean several things:
- You can send us TeX/LaTeX source if you insist, but it has to conform to
our house style, which is set up for very old fashioned typesetting. E.g. you must
supply us with figures on a separate sheet, and put `insert figure XX around here'
at the appropriate place in the text. Or they require some baroque system of
formats for section headings. You (the author) end up using TeX/LaTeX as a
- Okay, if you insist on sending us some TeX/LaTeX, we'll try to deal with
it, but what we will probably do is get someone to re-type most of it, with
inevitable mistakes, in (say) Word. Sometimes they won't even use the TeX/LaTeX for
this, but will copy and paste stuff from the pdf file that you also sent them to
show how things should look. This may be marginally better than insisting that you
do the conversion to Word (or whatever) yourself, but it is not going to help much,
especially if you have to make further changes -- if you want to make these
changes yourself, you are going to have get a copy of the Word document from the
journal and wrestle with that (imagine the change involves inserting an extra
example, hence re-numbering all following examples).
- We don't really use TeX/LaTeX in-house, but we are happy to receive it - we
mess about with it in various ways, but not in ways that impact on you the author;
e.g. if you have to add something you can send us some TeX/LaTeX code.
- We use TeX/LaTeX in-house, We will take your TeX/LaTeX file, pretty much as it
is, and do our best with it.
- We use TeX/LaTeX in-house, and we have public class/style files
for authors which you can/should use.
- There may even be journals that require TeX/LaTeX submission (or plain
- Recently, I have come across yet another attitude. This manifests
itself as welcoming TeX/LaTeX submission, and claiming to use it (even
insisting on authors using the Journal's house style), but when the
proofs are returned, it is clear from the number and variety of typos and other
mistakes that have been introduced that something very strange has gone
on with the submission. In fact, what has happened is consistent with the
submission having been re-typed. Why would a journal do this?
Perhaps because the re-typing is cheap, and the only person who suffers
is the author, who has to correct all these errors.
There is probably nothing the individual author can do about this, apart
from complaining loudly to the journal's editors (and perhaps `naming and
shaming' via the LingTeX mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org. I
mention it here only as a general warning. So far as I know, none of the
journals actually named below as `friendly' has ever indulged in this sort of
If you think I am being snide or snooty about journals here, you may be right. But
this is not because I underestimate the problems they can have dealing with arbitrary
TeX/LaTeX files - especially with individual authors' style files and macros. As one
editor puts it:
"...you can end up with examples of TeX use that range from newbies sticking in
\\ at the end of every paragraph to super-excessive experts who've
re-written and re-defined just about every macro in LaTeX..."
So, here are three lists of journals. Those which are known to be `TeX/LaTeX
friendly', those which are `neutral', and those which are `unfriendly'. Inclusion in either list is based on personal
recommendations/comments I receive (so it is in principle possible for a journal to
be in more than one list!). Please let me know if you have comments. Comments could also be
sent to the LingTeX mailing list: email@example.com
I'm not generally going to bother giving URLs or web links here -- any decent search engine
will bring them up very quickly.
- All the ex-Kluwer (now Springer) journals are thought to accept TeX/LaTeX, and
have a uniform class file; it is not entirely clear how much they all actually use
TeX/LaTeX in actual production. This includes:
- Natural Language Semantics
- Computational Linguistics
- Machine Translation
- Most journals published by Elsevier seem to accept LaTeX submissions
- Brain and Language
- Canadian Journal of Linguistics
- Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics
- Celtica (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)
- Cognitive Psychology
- Journal of Linguistics (style files can be downloaded from
or in case of difficulty from the managing editor
(firstname.lastname@example.org). JL say they welcome feedback from users
of the files.
- Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
- Journal of psycholinguistic research
- Journal of Phonetics
- Linguistica Atlantica
- Natural Language Engineering
- Semantics and Pragmatics
- Analisi linguistica e letteraria (Universita' Cattolica, Milano, Italy)
(they can handle LaTeX submissions, but prefer other formats)
I have no personal experience, but Robert Felty states that most journals
published by Oxford and Blackwell seem to strongly discourage LaTeX
LaTeX for Linguists,
January 23, 2010.