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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The submission has been checked for plagiarism using anti-plagiarism software, and the report will be uploaded as a supplementary file. If no such report is uploaded as a supplementary file or received by email, the editors reserve the right to do their own check for plagiarism.

  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review,have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The deadline for article submissions for Lexikos 33 is 30 April 2023.

Page fees of ZAR 120.00 per page applies for South African academics who qualify for government subsidy.  (In 2015, the average length of subsidy-generating submissions was 27.7 pages.)

Lexikos does not charge article processing charges or submission fees. 


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1. Type and content of articles

Articles dealing with all aspects of lexicography and terminology or the implications that research in related disciplines such as linguistics, computer and information science, etc. has for lexicography will be considered for publication.

        Contributions may be classified in any one of the follow­ing categories:

(1)  Articles: Fundamentally original scientific research done and the results obtained, or existing research results and other facts reflected in an original, synoptic, interpretative, comparative or critically evaluative manner.

(2)  Review articles: Research articles presented in the form of a critical review of one or more published scientific sources.

Contributions in categories (1) and (2) are subjected to strict anonymous evaluation by independent academic peers in order to ensure the international research quality thereof.

(3)  Reviews: An analysis and critical evaluation of pub­lished scientific sources and products, such as books and computer software.

(4)  Projects: Discussions of lexicographical projects.

(5)  Lexiconotes: Any article containing practice-oriented information, suggestions, problems, questions, commentary and solutions regarding lexicography.

(6)  Lexicovaria: Any of a large variety of articles containing announcements and press releases by lexicographic societies which are of particular value to the practising lexicographer.

(7)  Other: From time to time other categories may be in­serted by the editors, such as Lexicosoftware, Lexicosurvey, Lexicobibliography, Lexiconews, Lexicofocus, Lexico­honour, Lexicotribute, Reports on conferences and workshops.

Contributions in categories (3)-(7) must all meet the require­ments of academic writing and are evaluated by the editors with this in mind.

2. Academic standard and evaluation procedure

The Department of Higher Education of the South African Government has approved Lexikos as a subsidized, i.e. income-generating research journal. It is also included in the Institute of Science Index (ISI).

        Articles will be evaluated on the following aspects: language and style; conciseness and comprehensibility; prob­lem formulation, reasoning and conclusion; references to the most important and most recent literature; substantial con­tri­bution to the specific discipline.

        Manuscripts are considered for publication on the understanding that the editors reserve the right to effect changes to the style and presentation in conformance with editorial policy. Authors are responsible for the linguistic and stylistic editing of their contributions prior their submis­sion.

3. Language of contributions

Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French or German.

4. Copyright

Neither the Bureau of the WAT nor the African Association for Lexicography (AFRILEX) accepts any responsibility for claims which may arise from contributing authors' use of material from other sources.

        Copyright of all material published in Lexikos will be vested in the Board of Directors of the Woordeboek van die Afrikaanse Taal. Authors are free, however, to use their material elsewhere provided that Lexikos (AFRILEX Series) is acknowledged as the original publication source.

5. Originality

Only original contributions will be considered for publica­tion. Authors bear full responsibility for the originality and factual content of their contributions. If applicable, details about the origin of the article (e.g. paper read at a confer­ence) should be supplied.

Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author's own work, in whole or in part without proper citation is not tolerated by the journal. This includes publication of a translated version of the author's own work in whole or in part. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be accompanied by a report generated by anti-plagiarism software and uploaded as a supplementary file.  If no such file is received, the submission may be checked by the editors for originality using anti-plagiarism software.

6. Invitation and editorial address

All interested authors are invited to submit contributions, preferably in electronic format, for publication in Lexikos to:, or

The Editor: LEXIKOS

Bureau of the WAT

P.O. Box 245


Republic of South Africa


Manuscripts of articles must meet the following editorial requirements:

1. Format and length of articles

Manuscript should preferably be submitted in electronic format by email or on a disk, in software compatible with MS Word. The typeface used should preferably be 10-point Palatino or Times Roman. Contributions should not exceed 8 000 words.

Each article must be accompanied by abstracts of approxi­mately 200 words and approximately 10 keywords in the language in which it is written, as well as in English. Eng­lish articles of South African origin should carry an abstract and keywords in Afrikaans, whilst English articles of foreign origin should carry a second abstract and keywords in any of the other languages mentioned. In cases where this is not done, the editors will provide an Afrikaans version. Ensure that the abstract in the second language also contains a translation of the original title.

2. Graphics

Figures such as tables, graphs, diagrams and illustrations should be in an appropriate size to be well accommodated within the page size of Lexikos, namely 18 cm high by 12 cm wide. The locations of figures within the text must be clearly indicated. If orthographic marks or graphics used in the text prove problematic, a printout of the manuscript or an email in .pdf format may be requested.

3. Bibliographical details and references in the text

Examine recent issues of Lexikos for details.

Self-references to Lexikos should be limited to two or three per article, except in exceptional circumstances. Excep­tions should be cleared with the editor of Lexikos. This is done to preserve the status of Lexikos in various interna­tional indices.

4. Notes/footnotes/endnotes

Notes must be numbered consecutively by superscript numbers and grouped together at the end of the manuscript under the heading Endnotes.

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