General principles

  • “The Annual of Ibero-Caucasian Linguistics” publishes papers regarding the issues of Ibero-Caucasian languages and general linguistics.
  • Papers should report the results of original research. The material should not have been previously published elsewhere, except in a preliminary form.
  • Papers are published in Georgian, English or Russian.
  • Papers should include a summary and a reference list presented according to the citation rules created by the editorial board.
  • All papers are read by anonymous reviewers.
  • Papers are sent as MS-Word document (size A4) along with their PDF version
  • Only papers of no more than 20 pages (including a summary and a reference list) should normally be submitted for publication.
  • If a paper consists of several chapters (or subsections), they should be indicated as follows:

Chapter 1



  • Pages should be numbered.
  • Tables, diagrams, illustrations, pictures, etc. should be numbered;
  • All sources referenced in a text should be included in a reference list.
  • At the top of a paper various components of a text are to follow in the order shown below:
    1. Author’s (authors’) full name; institution;
    2. Contact information (an email address);
    3. Title;
    4. Paper Type (Research, Review);
    5. Key words (no more than 5);
    6. Summary (no more than 250 words).

In-text references

 One author: (Chikobava 1936);

  • Two authors: (Gamkrelidze, Machavariani 1965);
  • Three or more authors: (Uturgaidze, etc. 2006);
  • Two or more works by the same author: (Chikobava 1936, 1938);
  • Two or more works by the same author in the same year: (Uturgaidze 2006(a), 2006(b))
  • Different authors: (Chikobava 1938; Shanidze 1953);
  • Revised edition: (Chikobava 2008 [1938]);
  • Newspaper article: (A name of a newspaper 2008);
  • Encyclopedia, vocabulary: (the first word of a title, Abbreviation… 2007: 145);
  • Pages: (Chikobava 2008: 28), (Chikobava 2008: 140-145).

Formatting requirements

  • All Fonts are Sylfaen with size 11, line spacing 1.0, all margins 25mm, unless stated otherwise.
  • Main title – font size 14, bold;
  • Subtitles – font size 12, bold
  • Author – font size 12, bold;
  • Symbols – font ICL_SYMBOL (used for Ibero-Caucasian examples if needed, see.

To avoid using double round brackets, square brackets should be used inside a parenthesized phrase: (as Chikobava [1936: 15-16] stated).

Language material in a text

  • Translations and explanations of examples are enclosed in single quotes immediately following the example, e.g. კოჩი მეურს (Chikobava 1936: 35) ‘A man is going’ (Georgian);
  • Examples are numbered with parenthesised Arabic numerals, e.g. (1), (2), (3), and where possible set off in a separate paragraph:

(1)  ბერეფექ ლაზუტი გამაჩეს (Chikobava 1936: 51,7) ‘The children sold their corn’;
(2)  ია ფარაშ მოგუშა იგზალუ (Kartozia 1965: 71,3) ‘He went to earn money’;
(3) a. მუღი სქანი მოგეი Фარაჲა! (Kartozia 1965: ) ‘Bring the money that you won’;
     b. მოგაფერი ფარა ქომუღი (Kartozia 1965: 139, 29) ‘Bring the won money’;

  • In the text, examples are given in the original alphabet following the Latin transcription;
  • Examples used in the text are referenced as follows: see (2), see (3a).

Tables, Diagrams, Illustrations

 Tables are numbered, given a caption above;

  • Illustrations (pictures, diagrams, figures, etc) are numbered, given a caption below.

Annex and Comments

 An annex is at the end of a paper preceding a comment section.

  • Comments precede a reference list;
  • Comments should be numbered as follows: text¹

Reference list

 .All and only works mentioned in the text must be included in the references;

  • Authors should be presented with full names;
  • Several works of the same author should be presented in a chronological order: old, new.
  • In English references, used sources should be presented in the original language of the source followed by the English translation in square brackets;
  • When referencing several authors, “etc.” should not be used as all of them should be presented with full names.

Reference list examples

  1. Book (one author):

Chikobava 2018: Arnold Chikobava. Scientific Works XIII. Tbilisi: TSU Press, 2018.
Book (several authors):
Gamkrelidze, Machavariani 1965: Tamaz Gamkrelidze, Givi Machavariani.  The System of Sonants and Ablaut in Kartvelian Languages. Tbilisi: Metsniereba, 1965.

  1. Electronic book: Testelets 2001: Яков Георгиевич Тестелец. ВВедение в общий синтаксис. Москва: 2001. htpp:// [Jacob Testelets. Introduction to general Syntax. Moscow: Publishing house xxx, 2001]
  2. A specific article from a multi-author volume:

Arabuli 2005: Avtandil Arabuli. Zoomorphism in Plant Denominations: Issues of the Kartvelian Language Structure, IX, pp. 21-29. Tbilisi: Publishing House “Kartuli Ena”, 2005.

  1. An article from an electronic journal:
    Dabrowska 2009: Eva Dabrowska. Cognitive linguistics comes of age. Cognitive linguistic. volume 20 Number 1, page 1-5. Berlin & NewYork: Mouton de Coruyter, 2009. htpp://
  2. Dedicated collected papers:
    Sharashenidze 1979: Tinattin Sharashenidze. On the Status of Math Linguistics: Collected papers [dedicated to Arnold Chikobava’s 80th birth anniversary], 5-12. Tbilisi: “Metsniereba”, 1979.
  3. Revised edition:
    Chikobava 2008 [1936]: Arnold Chikobava. Grammatical Analysis of Chan. Scientific Works, III, pp. 5-383. Tbilisi: “Meridiani”, 2008.
  4. Abstracts, conference proceedings, presentations: Chukhua 2008: Merab Chukhua, The System of Daghestanian-Georgian Sound Equivalences (Sibilants): Proceedings of 67th Scientific Session of Arnold Chikobava Institute of Linguistics, pp. 82-90. Tbilisi: “Universal”, 2008.
  5. Encyclopedia:
    The Georgian Language 2008: The Georgian Language. Encyclopedia: The Abkhazian Language, pp. 63-64. Tbilisi: Publishing House “Chveni Mtserloba”, 2008.
  6. Newspaper article:
    24 Hours 2008: Ex-reformers of the General Educational System. Newspaper “24 Hours”, July 29, Tuesday, 2008, #170, p: 4.