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From July 2012, our print monograph series Pacific Linguistics is published by De Gruyter Mouton.
The Studies in Language Change subseries is now an independent De Gruyter Mouton series.
Monographs accepted into those series will follow the publishing procedures of De Gruyter Mouton. The procedure for submitting book proposals is available here.
Procedures for preparing camera-ready copy for De Gruyter Mouton are on the website here. Authors should choose the style sheet and template which most closely matches their needs: if it is a grammar, then choose the Mouton Grammar Library style sheet and template. However, do not spend time formatting your texts before they have been accepted and you are requested to do so.
Before you prepare your manuscript, please check that your subject matter falls within our specialist area. We specialise in linguistic descriptions, dictionaries, atlases, bibliographies and other materials concerned with languages of the Pacific, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Southeast, South and East Asia, and in language learning materials in the region's major lingua francas.
Authors take responsibilty for copy editing and formatting of final copy, and must follow the directions of the responsible editor until s/he is satisfied that copy is ready.
Make sure that you are familiar with the following documents:
If a book is likely to be particularly demanding to typeset because of the complexity of its examples, tables, figures and the like, it may be appropriate to retain professional editorial services. These can be costly, so consider seeking a publication subsidy from your home insitution or elsewhere in order help defray costs. Note: we no longer provide typesetting or copyediting services as a matter of course.
The following files provides styles suitable for Asia-Pacific Linguistics on-line publicaitons. You can find Word templates in A4 and B5 in the following links (A4 and B5 are the preferred sizes for AP-L formats). Note that the following links go to Word documents formatted with styles, which can be downloaded and saved as templates. Styles will save you a great deal of time and effort in formatting, and it is a good idea to learn how to use them. There are quite a few different ways of organising styles in Word, and you should liaise with your editor on this. If you intend to publish as a primarily digital work, we recommend the A4 format. If you wish to also make your work available in print, such as through a print-on-demand service, you may prefer to use the B5 format.
APL A4 page format
If you intend to edit a volume of papers for publication, please contact the Managing Editor directly before you do anything.
In general, we do not commission works, nor do we enter into agreements with authors in advance of receiving the manuscript. However, a prospective author is always welcome to discuss with us whether we might be interested in publishing her/his work.
Royalties are not paid on our publications, nor are fees paid to editors.
Prospective editors of collections of papers (whether thematic collections, festschrift volumes or conference proceedings) should give early notice of their intention to submit their collection for publication, indicating what articles will be included in the volume. Under our new arrangements collections of papers will normally be accepted only for open access electronic publication.
There is a difference between the tasks of an editor and a copyeditor. The editor, whose name will appear on the volume, has academic responsibility for the volume, i.e. is responsible for every word that occurs in it. This includes ensuring that the authors' contributions are of publication standard, are well presented and are written in good English, that the submitted manuscript (hard copy and electronic) adheres to our guidelines. We often find, for example, that reference lists at the ends of the various chapters in a would-be volume are in different formats: it is the editor's job to ensure consistency. If you are planning an edited collection, you must consult with the Managing Editor as early as possible and to work out what you will require of your authors, in order to save yourself unnecessary labour later.
Staff will normally communicate only with the volume editor (and if there is more than one editor, with one nominated main editor), not with the authors of the articles in a collection.
If you are working on PL manuscripts please see the PDF notes.
Asia-Pacific Linguistics is committed to ensuring ethics in publication and quality of articles and monographs. We require that Authors, Editors, and Reviewers conform to high standards of ethical behavior in all aspects of publication.