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logoWelcome to Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia (SLIM),
a new open access series created in 2012.

Studies in the Languages of Island Melanesia (SLIM) is an academic series whose issues will be dedicated to peer-reviewed scholarly work on the languages of Island Melanesia. The target domain encompasses the eastern islands of Papua New Guinea (Bismarck archipelago, Bougainville, etc.), the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.


All languages spoken in the target area are included in principle, including non-Austronesian languages of PNG islands and Solomon Is; Polynesian outliers; or pidgins and creoles.

However, languages of mainland New Guinea and Australia, of Micronesia or the Polynesian triangle, are in principle excluded from the scope. Contributions from the fringe areas of our target zone (Fiji; Western Oceanic languages spoken on coasts of PNG) will be considered.

In terms of contents, the SLIM series will be open to scholarly writings whose nature or size would not make them compatible with the new Pacific Linguistics monograph series published by De Gruyter Mouton. Thus while reference grammars may form part of the main printed catalogue, our SLIM series will typically include:

  • multi-authored collections of papers
  • monographs focused on a particular topic
  • grammar sketches and shorter grammars
  • lexicons and dictionaries
  • text collections

Grammar writers wishing to publish their grammars as Open Access are also welcome to submit their work to our series.

Submission is open to all, and will be assessed, both internally and externally, based on their scholarly quality. Even though all volumes will be available as Open Access, they will be provided with ISBN/ISSN and full referencing. The standards for peer-reviewing will be the same as for printed publications: this will ensure the high academic status of the present series, following the scholarly tradition of Pacific Linguistics.

Editorial board

The SLIM Editorial Board is responsible for the day-to-day management of the series including the maintenance of academic standards, and reports to the Asia-Pacific Linguistics Managing Editor. The Board includes linguists specialised in various parts of Island Melanesia:

Advisory board

  • Paul Geraghty  (U.S.P.)
  • Frank Lichtenberk  (Univ. of Auckland)
  • John Lynch  (U.S.P.)
  • Andrew Pawley  (A.N.U.)
  • Malcolm Ross  (A.N.U.)
  • Nick Thieberger  (Univ. of Melbourne)

    Instructions for authors

    Authors, including editors of multi-authored volumes, are invited to submit manuscripts to the series, by writing to the Managing Editor Alexandre François <>. Manuscripts should comply with the general scope of the series, both in terms of geographical coverage and of contents.

    Authors are encouraged to make first contact with the Managing Editor to submit a formal proposal, in order to check its suitability. Submitted manuscripts should be written in English, and comply with formatting instructions detailed below. For the final version of the manuscript, authors will be asked to provide camera-ready copy according to the guidelines of the series.

    Authors are encouraged to use the stylesheets included in our Winword templates:

  • Word Template for articles, grammars and monographs.
  • Word Template for dictionaries and lexicons: available soon here.
  • Access to SLIM issues

    Contrary to e-journals, the SLIM e-series does not entail any commitment to regular issues: its publications will follow the rate of accepted manuscripts. SLIM issues will be available online at no cost from the present page, and from the Asia-Pacific Linguistics: Open Access homepage; they will take the form of downloadable Pdf files. Print on demand, at a cost (printing + shipping), will be available for each volume of this series subject to reasonable demand. Copyright will be retained by authors, and materials will be released under Creative Commons (Attribution) licenses.

    The first publications in this series are out now:
    Mali (Baining) dictionary
    by Tonya N. Stebbins with the assistance of Julius Tayul (A-PL 001 / SLIM 001)

    A grammatical description of Kara-Lemakot by Matthew S. Dryer (A-PL 009 / SLIM 002).