The ELR Journal is published on-line in the native language of the web—HTML. For this reason we do not accept submissions in word processor formats or PDF. Reasons for not using word processor formats for text exchange (and other purposes) are on this page on Proprietary Binary Data Formats.

However, HTML is not a very easy mark-up language to use for word processing, and the HTML created by exporting from word processors is usually unsuitable. For that reason we have adopted a format called ‘Markdown’, which is also used in some blogging software. Markdown makes use of some easy conventions to indicate the layout of the text.

A full description of the Markdown Syntax is available at the Daring Fireball Site, and we also use the Markdown Extra Extension.


The top-level heading of an article should be marked with one hash symbol, and section headings with two:

# Corpus Linguistics: where I went wrong

Noam A. Chomsky, MIT

## Abstract

Predictions about the population of Dayton, OH, cannot be reliably
made from corpus data...

## 1. Introduction

Further levels of headings are marked by using more hash signs. Apart from the abstract and the references, all sections should be numbered.


For italics use underscores, as in _italics_, for bold use double asterisks as in **bold**.


Tables can either be written in HTML directly (Markdown accepts in-line HTML mark-up), or by formatting them like this:

| Header col 1 | Header col 2 |
| row 1/col 1  | row 1/col 2  |
| row 2/col 1  | row 2/col 2  |

Which will look like this:

Header col 1 Header col 2
row 1/col 1 row 1/col 2
row 2/col 1 row 2/col 2


Bibliographical references are held in a separate database; in your text mark them as in this example:

groups. Apart from using the patterns identified by [Hunston and Sinclair (2000)][HunstonSinclair2000] I have added a few new realizations and some new patterns found in my data. I will at first

The first part in square brackets will become the link text, which should be the author’s names and the year of publication. The second part in square brackets right after that is the reference key, which is used to retrieve the information from the database. This is typically the authors’ names run together with the year. The software will automatically generate the correct links from this format.

The actual list of references should simply be put at the end of the article as in any other submission; the entries will then be added to the database.

As a side-effect, there is a complete bibliography available automatically.

Further Issues

This styleguide will be extended as necessary. If you have any questions, just contact the editors at elr-journal(AT)