Guidelines for Manuscript Written


General Guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be between 5000 and 9000 words in length (excluding references, author biodata, and appendices). Manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines will not be reviewed.
  • Authors must submit manuscripts in Word.docx
  • Please make sure that the authors' names do not appear anywhere in the paper or in the files to aid in the blind review process. The names, titles, and institutional addresses of the authors should be kept in a separate file.
  • Authors are to check manuscripts for accuracy of language before submitting to the journal. The Editorial Board will not edit submitted manuscripts for style or language.
  • Papers submitted to the Corporum Journal of Corpus Linguistics must not be in the process of being published elsewhere, either electronically or in print.
  • Manuscripts that do not adhere to any of the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES will not be considered for review.
  • The editorial board has the final decision to accept or decline papers.



  • Use 1" margins for the entire document
  • Use a 1/2" indent for every paragraph and footnote
  • Indent set-off quotations 1/2" from the left and right margin

Text fonts

  • Recommend 12pt Times New Roman for the whole draft except tables
  • Single spaced
  • Space before and after paragraph

Title Page

  • Title should be typed in title case, bold, centered and positioned in upper half of title page
  • Center the author's/authors' name directly under the title.
  • Format the name omitting titles (Dr, Prof, etc.) and degrees. Just mention First name, middle initial, last name
  • Center the institutional affiliation directly under the author's/authors' name.
  • After institution mention the contact details


  • Begin on the same page after the title and authors information page.
  • On the first line of the abstract page, center and bold the word “Abstract” (no italics, underlining, or quotation marks).
  • Beginning with the next line, write a concise summary of the key points of your research. It should include research problem, research purpose, methodological approach, key findings and implications.
  • Your abstract should be a single paragraph, single-spaced.
  • You may also want to list keywords from your paper in your abstract.
  • To do this, indent as you would if you were starting a new paragraph, type Keywords:(italicized), and then list your keywords.

Keywords: Corpus linguistics, Disease, Covid-19, Pakistani English newspaper

  • An abstract must not exceed 250 words.
  • The abstract should be clearly written and readily comprehensible.
  • The authors must provide the preferred minimum five key words for the study.

Headings and subheadings

  • Headings are used to help guide the reader through a document.
  • The levels are organized by levels of subordination, and each section of the paper should start with the highest level of heading.
  • There are 5 heading levels in APA.
  • Regardless of the number of levels, always use the headings in order, beginning with level 1. The format of each level is illustrated below:

Table 1

APA Format of Headings




Centered, Boldface, Title Case Heading

     Text starts a new paragraph. (Indent the first line of the paragraph)


Left, Boldface, Title Case Heading

     Text starts a new paragraph. (Indent the first line of the paragraph)


Left, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading

     Text starts a new paragraph. (Indent the first line of the paragraph)


     Indented, Boldface Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph.


     Indented, Boldface Italic, Title Case Heading Ending With a Period. Paragraph text continues on the same line as the same paragraph.



Results (Level 1)

Spatial Ability (Level 2)

Test One (Level 3)

     Teachers With Experience. (Level 4)

     Teachers in Training. (Level 4)

     Teaching Assistants. (Level 5)

Table and Figures

  • Visual material such as tables and figures can be used quickly and efficiently to present a large amount of information to an audience.
  • Because tables and figures supplement the text, refer in the text to all tables and figures used and explain what the reader should look for when using the table or figure.
  • Number all tables sequentially as you refer to them in the text (Table 1, Table 2, etc.), likewise for figures (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).


  • Tables must be submitted in Microsoft Word table format.
  • It should be created using Times New Roman text, 10 font size.
  • Single spaced
  • Number all tables with Arabic numerals sequentially. (Table 1, Table 2)
  • Do not use suffix letters (e.g. Table 3a, 3b, 3c); instead, combine the related tables.
  • Each table must have a clear and concise title.
  • Titles should be written in italicized title case below the table number, with a blank line between the number and the title.


Table 1 (bold)


A list of frequency words (Italicize the title)

  • Keep headings of the table clear and brief. The heading should not be much wider than the widest entry in the column.
  • All columns must have headings, written in sentence case and using singular language (Item rather than Items) unless referring to a group (Men, Women).
  • Each column’s items should be parallel (i.e., every item in a column labeled “%” should be a percentage and does not require the % symbol, since it’s already indicated in the heading). 
  • Subsections within the stub column can be shown by indenting headings rather than creating new columns.
  • Tables should only include borders and lines that are needed for clarity (i.e., between elements of a decked head, above column spanners, separating total rows, etc.).
  • Do not use vertical borders, and do not use borders around each cell. Spacing and strict alignment is typically enough to clarify relationships between elements.

Table 1 (bold)

 A generic example of a table formatted in APA 7 style.


  • All figures that are part of the main text require a number using Arabic numerals (Figure 1, Figure 2, etc.).
  • Numbers are assigned based on the order in which figures appear in the text.
  • Numbers are bolded and left-aligned.
  • Under the number, write the title of the figure in italicized title case.
  • The title should be brief, clear, and explanatory.
  • Both the title and number should be double spaced.
  • The title of the figures must be above the figure.

e.g. Caption Format

Figure 1 (bold)

A generic example of a figure formatted in APA 7 style. (Italicize the title)


In-text Citation:

  • Paraphrased citations have (Author last name, year) e.g. (Leech,1969)
  • Quotations include page number or paragraph # (Author last name, year, p. #/pp. #/para. #) e.g. ((Leech,1969, P.23)
  • Periods are AFTER the parentheses ().
  • For two authors: Use both author surnames in all in-text citations

e.g.      (Pears & Shields, 2010)

Pears and Shields (2010)

  • For Three or more than three authors: Use only the first author surname and then 'et al'. in all in-text citatons

e.g. (Iqbal, et al., 2017)

  • For online dictionary

e.g. Merriam-Webster (n.d.)

  • For online dictionary

e.g. Merriam-Webster (2003)

  • For works with an unknown author, the title and year of publication are included in the in-text citation as follows: (Interpersonal Skills, 2019)
  • When citing a secondary source, a reference list entry is provided for the secondary source is used. In the text, the primary source is identified and then the secondary source that is used is written as “as cited in” e.g. (Rabbitt, 1982, as cited in Lyon et al., 2014. 

 Reference List

  • References are in alphabetical order based on author last name
  • The
  • list includes last name and first/middle initials for all authors of a particular work up to and even if the work has 20 authors
  • Reference list corresponds with in-text citations
  • For book

Required elements:

Last name of author, Initials. (Year). Title of book. Publisher.


Book with a single author

Oliver, D. (2003). Constitutional reform in the United Kingdom. Oxford University Press.

Book with multiple authors

Slapper, G. & Kelly, D. (2006). The English legal system. Cavendish.

Book with multiple editors

Sullivan, D.H. & Fidell, E. R. (Eds.). (2002) Evolving military justice. Naval Institute Press.


  • For E-books or research articles reference, you must add DOI

Required elements:

Last name of author, Initials. Year (in brackets). Title of book (in italics). DOI


Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

  • For research articles

Required elements:

Family name of author, Initials. Year (in brackets) Title of article. Full Title of Journal (in italics), Volume number (Issue number), page number(s). DOI.


Batool, S. F., Majeed, H., & Zahra, T. (2019). An investigation of hedges and boosters in Pakistani opinion articles: A corpus-based study. Corporum: Journal of Corpus Linguistics–CJCL2(1), 1-12.

  • If a journal article has a DOI, include the DOI in the reference otherwise it is not required.


Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture8(3), 207–217.

Chapter from an edited book

Required elements:

Family name of author, Initials. Year (in brackets) Title of the chapter. In Initials, Family name of editor (Eds). Full title of edited book (in italics) (edition, pp. page no:). Publisher.


Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.

  • Conference proceedings


Duckworth, A. L., Quirk, A., Gallop, R., Hoyle, R. H., Kelly, D. R., & Matthews, M. D. (2019). Cognitive and noncognitive predictors of success. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 116(47), 23499–23504.

  • Published Dissertation or Thesis References


Kabir, J. M. (2016). Factors influencing customer satisfaction at a fast food hamburger chain: The relationship between customer satisfaction and customer loyalty (Publication No. 10169573) [Doctoral dissertation, Wilmington University]. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Miranda, C. (2019). Exploring the lived experiences of foster youth who obtained graduate level degrees: Self-efficacy, resilience, and the impact on identity development (Publication No. 27542827) [Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University]. PQDT Open.

  • Unpublished Dissertation or Thesis References

Harris, L. (2014). Instructional leadership perceptions and practices of elementary school leaders [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. University of Virginia.

  • Entry in an online dictionary

Required elements:

Name of the dictionary (n.d). Entry. In Webiste name. Retrieved Date, from link


Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Semantics. In dictionary. Retrieved January 4, 2020, from

  • Entry in a print dictionary

Required elements:

Name of the dictionary (year). Entry. In Full title of dictionary (Italicize) (edition, page).


Merriam-Webster. (2003). Litmus test. In Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary (11th ed., p. 727).

  • Magazine Article


Lyons, D. (2009, June 15). Don’t ‘iTune’ us: It’s geeks versus writers. Guess who’s winning. Newsweek, 153(24), 27.

Schulman, M. (2019, September 9). Superfans: A love story. The New Yorker.

  • Newspaper article


Stobbe, M. (2020, January 8). Cancer death rate in U.S. sees largest one-year drop ever. Chicago Tribune.

Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York Times.

  • Webpage or piece of online content

Required elements:

Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL


Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium.

  • If the resource was written by a group or organization, use the name of the group/organization as the author of the webpage.

Required elements:

Group name. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. (2019, November 21). Justice served: Case closed for over 40 dogfighting victims

  • In case author is unknown or cannot reasonably be determined, the title of the work is moved to the author position (followed by a period), before the date of publication.

(Journal, magazine article, webpage with no author)


Famine relief: Just a simple matter of supplying food? (2002). Nutrition Noteworthy, 5(1). Retrieved from


  • Only the first letter of the first word of the title and subtitle, the first word after a colon or a dash in the title, and proper nouns when referring to the titles of books, chapters, articles, reports, webpages, or other sources are capitalized.


Oliver, D. (2003). Constitutional reform in the United Kingdom. Oxford University Press.

  • The titles of longer works (e.g., books, edited collections, names of newspapers, and so on) are italicized.


Slapper, G. & Kelly, D. (2006). The English legal system. Cavendish.


Book reviewing is an important professional service of similar importance to that of peer reviewing manuscripts submitted for publication.         

Which books should be reviewed?

  1. Books must be in English.
  2. The books should be within the scope of Corporum: Journal of Corpus Linguistics
  3. The books that will be reviewed must have been published within the previous three years.
  4. Authors and publishers who would like their books reviewed are encouraged to send their books to the Editor.

Contents of book review

  1. Bibliographic details.
  2. A brief description of the contents of the book.
  3. An assessment of the author's authority/biases.
  4. An evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the book taking into account the author's objective/s in writing the book, and drawing on relevant evidence to support the reviewer's judgments.
  5. An overall assessment of the book.

Recommended word length

  1. Approximately 2000 to 3000 excluding references

Note: Editor reserves the right to amend, abridge or otherwise alter the contents of the paper to make it suitable for publication. However, every endeavour will be made not to affect the spirit or effectiveness of the paper.