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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.

If you wish to submit work to any Asia-Pacific Linguistics open access series, please consult the Book Proposal guide before contacting the Managing Editor.

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

APL B5 page format

If your intended publication is a dictionary, you should also download A guide for Pacific Linguistics dictionary makers and send us an advance sample prepared in accordance with the guide.

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.

For 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.

For copyeditors

If you are working on PL manuscripts please see the PDF notes.

Asia-Pacific Linguistics:
Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

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.
We endorse the Committee on Publication Ethics ( and their codes of conduct and best practice guidelines for journal publishers and editors where appropriate.
The authors will ensure that their work is original works, and the work and/or words of others they have been used are appropriately acknowledged. This requires a complete and accurate list of references in works submitted for publication.
Authors must present an objective discussion of the significance of research work as well as sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate data collection, experiments and/or analyses.
Authors must acknowledge all financial support received in connection with research activity contributing to their works submitted for publication.
All named authors must have contributed significantly to the research reported in works accepted for publication.
Authors must cooperate with the peer review process fully and in good faith, to the satisfaction of editors and the Editorial Board.
The corresponding author must ensure that there is a full consensus of all co-authors in approving the final version of the work and its submission for publication.
Authors must provide a signed statement that the work is their original output, that the work of others utilized by the author(s) has been acknowledged, that the data are authentic (sources of field data are acknowledged, and invented examples are indicated as such), and that primary data collected by the author(s) was done so in a manner consistent with their home institution’s rules for ethical research.
Malpractices, such as plagiarism and/or making fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.
Review articles should also be objective, comprehensive, and accurate accounts of the state of the art.
Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently without full disclosure to editors constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
Works are received in good faith in the expectation that similar works effectively describing the same research will not be submitted to more than one journal or series.
Editors are appointed/approved by the Editorial Board to take responsibility and exercise authority to approve or reject works offered for publication.
Editors should evaluate manuscripts objectively on the basis of their academic merit, having due regard to advice received from reviewers and/or the Editorial Board as appropriate.
Editors have a responsibility to reject a manuscript where they have reasonable doubts about its veracity or the author’s intentions.
Editors must take retrospective corrective action when malpractice has been identified. 
Editors must deal with manuscripts in a timely manner and take every reasonable opportunity to avoid unnecessary delays in the processing of manuscripts. 
An editor must not use unpublished information in the editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.
Editors should take reasonable responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.
In the event that malpractices are identified, editors will take appropriate actions. In the first place actions include issuing warnings and or rejection notices to authors, and in cases assessed to constitute deliberate malpractice, editors have the right to ban authors from further dealings. Where malpractice is detected after publication, works will be retracted and statements of retraction published in their place. All actions dealing with malpractice will be documented and reported to the Editorial Board, and decisions in respect of more serious cases will be taken only after discussion with the Editorial Board.
Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents.
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
Reviews should be conducted objectively, and observations should be formulated clearly with supporting arguments, so that authors can use them for improving the paper.
Reviewers should identify relevant published work which is not cited or appropriately taken into account in the work.
Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.
Reviewers should declare conflicts of interest and/or discuss possible conflicts of interest with editors before agreeing to taken on a manuscript.