I'm preparing a manuscript to be submitted to a journal, but I'm struggling with the language used regarding the word count for this specific journal:

The ___________is a peer-reviewed publication. Articles between 4000-7000 words (double spaced pages) including tables, notes and references, are accepted for review. The Editors reserve the right to return papers to authors where they exceed this word limit.

My confusion is, does this mean that references/notes/tables contribute to the word count of the manuscript for this particular journal?

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    In this case, the journal is explicit in saying that the word count "includes tables, notes, and references". I suppose the more interesting question is what is meant when there is no such explicit statement. Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 3:13

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Yes, the references/notes/tables are to be included in the word count.

  • Cheers. Would this include the bibliography, or just in-text references do you think?
    – awsoci
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 3:06
  • This would typically include the bibliography.
    – Corvus
    Commented Jan 28, 2015 at 3:08

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