• Submissions to JSEALS may be made at any time of year. Papers will go into the queue for review and will be published in the first scheduled issue after being formally accepted.

  • Please submit minimally formatted DOC/DOCX and PDF versions of your papers directly via email to Mark Alves (mark.alves AT, Paul Sidwell (paulsidwell AT, Sigrid Lew (sigrid_lew AT, or Nathan Hill (nh36 AT

  • All submissions must include an abstract (approximately 150 words) and keywords (we recommend providing 3 words). As a finding aid, one or more ISO 639-3 language codes and/or latitude/longitude points may also be provided.

  • Submissions should follow the recommendations of The Generic Style Rules for Linguistics, which "attempt a balance between conventionality, functionality, and simplicity," and are available in full as GenericStyleRules.pdf. Here are additional key files you consult.

  • Please set your paper in single spaced 12 point Times Roman or Times New Roman. Use an A4 page, and leave a 2.5cm (1 inch) margin on all sides. Please make every effort to use only one freely available Unicode font (such as Charis SIL) throughout the document if Times is not sufficient. For non-roman text, please note any additional Unicode fonts used, and if possible choose a standard font (such as Tahoma) that includes non-roman character sets.

  • You are invited to use this .docx template to format your papers. It is recommended that you do this only after formal acceptance is given.

  • In principle there is no length requirement, but papers of between 10 and 20 pages are preferred.


  • JSEALS accepts unsolicited books for review. Members may request books (see also the SEALS Facebook page). Reviews should be submitted within 3 months, at minimum of 1000 words for regular books, and 2000 words for large books, with no upper limit. Reviews are be expected to be more than long book notices, and offer some critical insight into the work. Unsolicited reviews are also welcome, as long as the books relate to our area of interest.


  • Beginning with issue 4-2 we are experimenting with a new section called JSEALS Forum, in which scholars are given a chance to freely discuss and challenge each other over a particular topic. The idea arose after Anne Daladier of CNRS (Paris) privately challenged Paul Sidwell's presentation concerning the history of Khasian languages given at this years SEALS meeting in Bangkok. Draft papers were exchanged with an invitation to respond to or incorporate incorporate critiques of each other's work. These are not externally peer reviewed, and are meant to facilitate timely robust debate and discussion with minimal restrictions.

  • We hope that this will stimulate others to take advantage of the opportunity to do something similar in future. Discussions on any topic within the scope of JSEALS are invited.