Publication Ethics and Malpractice

In General

This JALA Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics). The JALA, The Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology, at al times upholds the highest standards of publication ethics, while ubiquitously acting against publication malpractices. As such, The JALA always acts ethically with regards to its publications, rejects plagiarism, preserves confidentiality of submitted work, to act against copyright issues of published material. Here, the JALA seeks to publish only original material. All articles submitted to The JALA are peer-reviewed. English language is a condition for all submitted content in papers, with the exception of necessary data in other languages and forms.


The JALA is the Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology, and publishes significant work on Asian Linguistic Anthropology, within the GLOCAL, The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics, at SOAS. University of London. 

Editor Roles

  • Predicated on suggestions by both the review report and the editorial board, the Editor in Chief can accept, reject, or request modifications to any manuscript.
  • The Editor can reject work without review if the Editor deems the quality insufficient or inappropriate for JALA required standards, or if the content violates ethical requirements, such as plagiarism, fraud, conflicts of interest, bias, or slander.
  • The Editor ensures that manuscripts are reviewed for their intellectual content without regard to sex, gender, race, religion, citizenship, ethnicity, and so forth, of authors.
  • Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper’s importance, originality, and clarity, and the study’s relevance to the remit of the journal.
  • All original studies should be peer reviewed before publication, taking into full account possible bias due to related or conflicting interests. 
  • The Editor ensures that information regarding manuscripts is kept confidential
  • The Editor will not use submitted manuscripts for the benefit of the Editor without author written consent.
  • Studies that challenge previous work published in the journal should be given an especially sympathetic hearing.
  • Studies reporting negative results should not be excluded.
  • Work must consider and balance the interests of many constituents, including readers, authors, staff, owners, editorial board members, advertisers and the media.
  • When a published paper is subsequently found to contain major flaws, editors must accept responsibility for correcting the record prominently and promptly.

Author Responsibilities

  • Authors must ensure that all manuscripts submitted comprise entirely original work.
  • Authors must account for their original research, and must objectively discuss its significance. Similarly, all authors must take responsibility for content.
  • Authors will not submit the same manuscript, or will not publish identically on the same research data, to more than one issue.
  • Authors will acknowledge all sources used and will cite all appropriate publications
  • Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the study, either as the main author, or as co-author.
  • All (co)authors will have have seen and agreed to the submitted version of the manuscript.
  • Authors should be prepared to provide raw data relevant and related to their manuscript for editorial review, and must retain such data for a period of (at least) five years after the publication.
  • Authors must clearly disclose sources of financial support.
  • If authors discover a significant inaccuracy in the manuscript, the authors must immediately act to remedy this through discussions with the Editor(s).
  • Authorship should balance intellectual contributions to the design, analysis and development of the study against the data and data collection.
  • Authors should carefully scrutinize the JALA policy prior to developing any written contribution.
  • Authors must be aware that The JALA does not and will not charge fees for any publication. Authors are advised to discuss editing requirements with any third parties. At times, and when clearly announced, The JALA does offer free editing, to selected authors, and will not at any time require remuneration for such work.
  • All manuscript processing and/or publishing of materials in The JALA shall be clearly announced prior to the acceptance of any papers.
  • Should Authors wish to be included in peer review processes, then The JALA warmly accepts proposals for such voluntary review work.


The JALA defines plagiarism as producing work by oneself that derives, past a fundamental unrecognizable unit, from the work of others, whom the author of the plagiarized work neglects or refuses to acknowledge as rightful owners of the original work, and hence without due, legal, and ethical acknowledgement.

The JALA will not under any circumstances accept nor tolerate any form of plagiarism, and will similarly not tolerate any collaborators engaging in such practice. JALA adheres to principles, throughout these guidelines, that stipulate originality and rigor in research and publishing in Linguistic (and Cultural ) Anthropology

By submitting work to JALA publications for consideration, all authors immediately transfer all authority to The JALA to practice jurisdiction over rightful ownership of this work, and as such, authors allow The JALA to exercise policy to act against plagiarism.

Authors of these plagiarized works will immediately be contacted to either promptly alter their submissions and any related work, or will be removed from JALA publications at once. Significantly, any libel material and legal repercussions of plagiarism will not be the responsibility of The JALA in any part or in full, and hence the authors of the work submitted to The JALA will be fully responsible for these actions.

The JALA holds in very high regard those parties who act against plagiarism, irrespective of the quality of the submitted work, and hence those who continuously seek to develop the standard of their original work. The JALA will work to assist those who attempt to raise the quality of their work through originality

We expect our readers, reviewers and editors to raise any suspicions of plagiarism, either by contacting the relevant editor or by emailing

Peer Review Processes

The Peer Review Process at JALA not only aims to maintain a high standard of work submitted to and published by JALA, but also to assist JALA to continuously seek ways in which to raise this standard, as a process of affirmative action research. The JALA defines peer-review as the garnering of critical input on work submitted.

  • All JALA publications are subjected to peer-review.
  • For the JALA Peer Review Policy, access the following link:
  • The JALA organizes the peer review procedure to ensure that multiple reviewers blind-review the submission, and in this way, The JALA editors maximize the objectivity of the review process. All JALA reviews should support their recommendations with concrete arguments.
  • The JALA Editors attempt to most effectively ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the reviewers and the authors.
  • Reviewers should maintain full confidentiality with work reviewed.
  • Manuscript reviewers ensure that authors acknowledge all data sources.
  • Any similarity or overlap between the manuscript and other publications will be immediately brought to the attention of the Editor.
  • The JALA seeks to increasingly strengthen its peer review practices, and to limit unethical practices, thus avoiding any biased review and selection practices.
  • The JALA encourages all authors and editors to comply with strict peer review requirements, as stipulated in these guidelines and in COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, or in the Association of American University Press’ Best Practices for Peer Review more appropriate;

Publication Ethics

    • The JALA will ensures that its Editors identify and avoid publishing papers that exhibit scholarly misconduct.
    • In the event that The JALA is made aware of any such misconduct, The JALA will immediately act to remedy such misconduct, either through discussion with Editors or Authors, and hence requesting alterations, or by removing the manuscripts from the submission procedure or publication.
    • The JALA has guidelines available that stipulate the retracting or altering of submissions in the event of misconduct.
    • At times of such misconduct, or at times when alterations are required after the publishing of papers, The JALA practices distributes  explanations, apologies, and the most serious of cases, retracts the papers.

Copyright and Access

    • All submissions to The JALA shall be copyright owned by The JALA.
    • All publishing and access to the JALA is free, as a free to publish and free to access journal.
    • All papers are available only on the JALA page, yet readers may download the papers at no cost.
    • The JALA, as does the GLOCAL, endorses a free to publish system, at all times.


The JALA publications will be archived indefinitely, as an open access journal. The JALA platform will be available indefinitely, with plans to strengthen its attention to both quality and purpose. Here, the proceedings will this be available to a general audience indefinitely. The JALA is thus fully free to publish and to access, download, and distribute, pending all necessary copyright, as stipulated throughout the publication.

Ownership and Management

The JALA, The Journal of Asian Linguistic Anthropology, is owned by the GLOCAL, The Global Council on Anthropological Linguistics, as a unit at SOAS, University of London. As such, the JALA publishing facility is situated within SOAS.

Publishing Schedule

The JALA publishes its issues every three months as a quarterly journal in Asian Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics, and Language and Society.. Papers accepted are usually organized approximately six months prior to their publication date.


The JALA and its published content always maintain high ethical and professional standards and endorse these throughout its networks.