Manuscript Format

File types

Only electronic files conforming to JALA guidelines will be accepted. Acceptable formats for the manuscript text and tables are DOC, RTF, XLS. Please also view the additional guidelines on submitting artwork.

Authors can find templates on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of the Author Gateway.

Word Limits

Articles should not exceed 11,000 words, and should have a minimum of 6,000 words. The editors ask that writing is parsimonious, that arguments are tight, and that anything not clearly within the framing of the argument is eliminated.

Editing Style

The Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology conforms to the APA style of editing and manuscript preparation. Click here at  to review the editing guidelines.

Reference Style

The Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology adheres to the APA reference style. Click here at to review these referencing guidelines.

Manuscript preparation

The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 3cm at the header and footer. Text should evenly be between 10 to 12 point font.

Title, Keywords, Abstracts

The title, keywords, and abstract should significantly assist readers to locate the article through search engines. Please consider effective wording and selections so to strengthen these items.

Corresponding author details

Please provide full contact details for corresponding authors. These include email, mailing address, and telephone contact number. Academic affiliations are required for all authors, and here, details should be separated from the main text of the article, for reasons of anonymous peer review.

Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidelines on preparing illustrations, pictures, graphs, and other graphical items, please visit the APA Submission Guidelines at

If you submit appropriate color figures, these figures will appear in color on the online version of the JALA. If a charge applies you will be duly contacted by the Journal.

Tables should be provided (double line-spaced) on separate sheets and their position indicated by note or markers in the appropriate position in the main text. Further to this, all tables must have short descriptions below the tables.


All line diagrams and photographs should be labeled as ‘Figures’ (1, 2, 3 etc) in the manuscript, thus numbered sequentially and consecutively. Line diagrams should be presented as complete, and hence in a form suitable for immediate reproduction, at times when the Journal can not reproduce these. However, should authors require that the Journal reproduce these Figures, the journal may charge a fee for each item.

Submitted illustrations should be of an adequate resolution, that is, at least 300 DPI. Illustrations should be supplied as TIFF, EPS, or JPG files at this high resolution. Similarly, photographs should be submitted as high quality.

Authors must include relevant descriptive captions on a separate sheet, for each illustrative item.