Yuen Ren Society

Call for Submissions | Style Sheet

for the Treasury of Chinese Dialect Data


Call for Submissions

The Yuen Ren Society welcomes submissions in all areas of Chinese linguistics in which data is the primary content. Our special mission is to publish reports of dialect field-work, but we will also consider works on regional standard languages, historical material, and other subjects. We can publish monographs as well as short papers. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or by regular mail at:

	David Prager Branner		R. VanNess Simmons
	   Attn. YRS			   Attn. YRS
	School of Languages		Asian Languages & Cultures
	3215 Jimenez Hall		Rutgers University
	University of Maryland		330 Scott Hall, 43 College Ave.
	College Park, MD  20742 USA	New Brunswick, NJ  08901-1164 USA


Style Sheet (for all future submissions)

  1. The Treasury is printed from camera-ready copy. Handwritten documents, unless they are remarkably neat (essentially of print-quality), are not ordinarily acceptable. The final copy that you send us should be the original document, not a xerox or stencil copy. The print must be black and as sharp as possible, especially any phonetic symbols and diagrams.

  2. For documents produced on a computer printer, a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch) should be used, and preferably higher. Type should be at least 12 point and preferably 14 point and single spaced or one-and-a-half-spaced. Common serif fonts such as Times should be used for Roman letter writing apart from IPA, and a sharply legible bitmap, or outline font such as Sung (Song ߺ) should be used for characters. Sharpness and clarity are the key things.

  3. Margins should be one inch on all sides, on American 8-1/2" x 11" paper. For people submitting documents on A4 paper, please note: the print-area should measure 6-1/2 inches by 9 inches, which is 16.5 cm x 22.9 cm.

  4. The final copy should be single-sided, with no page numbers. You may be asked write page numbers lightly on the back of each page in pencil, for convenience in proofreading, but they should not be visible on the front of the page.

  5. Data from original fieldwork must list the names of all sites represented, together with information about informants and the dates of fieldwork. Papers using any data not gathered by the author personally even a single syllable must indicate the provenance of each distinct set of data. There are no exceptions to these rules. It is a good idea to distinguish different sources, even if they represent the same site. The only dialect whose source does not need to be identified explicitly is standard Mandarin.

  6. In general, style should follow a recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

  7. The Society requires that all romanized Mandarin indicate tonal distinctions, whether by tone numbers, tone marks, tonal spelling, or some other trick. No romanized word should appear unless it includes tonal indications (except for direct quotations from another work that lacks tones).

  8. Submissions to the Treasury may be made in English or Mandarin. Both full-form and simplified characters are acceptable.

  9. The Treasury is chiefly a vehicle for data. No philosophical viewpoint is of itself in bad odor with us (nor are we hostile to the complete absence of any philosophical viewpoint), but we can only accept work that is primarily descriptive or taxonomic; there are plenty of journals that publish other things. We are especially interested in concrete, empirical descriptions of unknown dialects and fresh materials for known dialects.

  10. All submissions are reviewed anonymously. If in doubt, send a sample or draft of your material.


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