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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 being considered by another journal (or please provide an explanation in the comments to the editor if this is the case).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice or Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • A brief abstract and 3-5 keywords are provided in the language of the article (maximum 800 characters, including spaces). Please paste them in the corresponding boxes during the submission process.
  • If possible, please include a translation of the abstract (maximum 800 characters, including spaces) in a further language (French, German, Italian, Romansh, or English) in the main text.
  • A picture of the author(s) is/are uploaded separately from the main text (portrait format, minimal resolution 300ppi for 5cm width).
  • A small, 5-6-line presentation of the author(s) is provided in the main text document (maximum 300 characters, including spaces).

Author Guidelines

General information

Clear, easily comprehensible language. Concrete examples - in the text or in boxes - are welcome.


About 4-5 pages, including illustrations, graphs etc. (1 page corresponds roughly to 3500 characters, including spaces) 

Presentation of the articles (layout)

  • Unnecessary formatting should be avoided
  • Bold type, italics, or quotation marks: please use them consistently throughout the text
  • Charts and diagrams are to be kept simple, special needs concerning the layout need to be indicated
  • Photos are to be sent separately (JPG or TIF, with a minimal resolution of 300 dpi), the part where they are to be inserted in the text needs to be specified
  • Each image/table/graphic has a title or a caption. References to tables/images/graphics inside the text are numeral (“in the table below” -> “in Table 1”) 

Bibliography, quotations and notes

  • Footnotes and the bibliography should be limited to what is considered essential (the reading audience is from the educational context)
  • Any texts quoted in the article must appear in the bibliography

Examples of a bibliographical reference within the text: (Rossi, 1989: 88) (Meissner & Reinfried, 1998) (Meissner & Reinfried, 1998: 88)

Examples for bibliographical references at the end of the text:

Perregaux, Ch. et al. [Dirs] (2003). EOLE. Education et ouverture aux langues à l'école. Neuchâtel: CIIP, 2 volumes.

Ellis, N. C. (1998). Emergentism, Connectionism, and Language Learning. Language Learning, 48 (4), 631-664.

Krechel, H.-L. (1998). Sprachliches Lernen im bilingualen Unterricht: Ein Vehikel zur Mehrsprachigkeit. In: F.J. Meissner & M. Reinfried (Hrsg), Mehrsprachigkeitsdidaktik. Tübingen: Gunter Narr, pp. 121-130.

Elements to be provided

  • Abstract - Every article needs to be accompanied by a brief summary of its content (maximum 800 characters, including spaces) - The summary is to be written in the language used in the article itself and, if possible, translated into another language (Fr./ Engl./ Germ./ Ital./ Romansh, preferably of a different language family) - If desired, the translation can be written by the editorial staff of BABYLONIA
  • Highlighted sentences: The author should select 3-4 sentence(s) or main idea that they would like to be highlighted alongside the article
  • Biographical information: A small, 5-6-line presentation of the contributor is desired (max 300 characters)
  • Picture: The author provide a picture of themselves (portrait format, minimal resolution 300ppi for 5cm width) 

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