ISSN 1684-4904 printed version
ISSN 2224-0039 online version



Scope and Editorial Policy

Lexikos (Greek for "of or for words") is a journal for the lexicographical specialist. It is the only journal in Africa which is exclusively devoted to lexicography.

Articles may treat pure lexicography or the implications that related fields such as linguistics, general linguistics, computer science and management have for lexicography.

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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviews: An analysis and critical evaluation of published scientific sources and products, such as books and computer software.
  5. Projects: Discussions of lexicographical projects.
  6. Lexiconotes: Any article containing practice–oriented information, suggestions, problems, questions, commentary and solutions regarding lexicography.
  7. 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.
  8. Other: From time to time other categories may be inserted by the editors, such as Lexicosoftware, Lexicosurvey, Lexicobibliography, Lexiconews, Lexicofocus, Lexico–honour, Lexicotribute, Reports on conferences and workshops.

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

Languages for contributions are Afrikaans, Dutch, English, French or German.


Manuscript Format and Layout

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 18cm high by 12cm 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.

  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.

For more information on the format requirement go to Submissions.



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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer–reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. 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.


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