JSEALS - The Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society
(ISSN 1836-6821)

SEALS 32 (2023)


  • Since the beginning of 2017, JSEALS has been published by the University of Hawaii Press and posted on the JSEALS page of the UH Press website. All editions from 10.1 on are available at that site, and links are provided in this site as well, including Special Publications. JSEALS continues to be a free open-access journal, and the overall blind-review process and editorial board structure remain unchanged.


  • JSEALS is the peer-reviewed open-access electronic Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, devoted to publishing research on the languages of mainland and insular Southeast Asia. Covering a region of extraordinary linguistic diversity, JSEALS features papers on the languages of Southeast Asia, including Austroasiatic, Austronesian, Hmong-Mien, Tibeto-Burman and Tai-Kadai. JSEALS welcomes contributions written in English that deal with general and applied linguistic issues (as opposed to cultural or anthropological topics, and not acquisition or teaching methodology) which further the lively debate that characterizes the annual SEALS conferences since 1991.


  • Topics may include descriptive, theoretical, or historical linguistics, dialectology, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, and applied linguistics (e.g., language planning and policy, orthography development and testing, literacy development, etc. (but not pedagogy or acquisition)), among other areas of linguistics of languages of Southeast Asia. JSEALS also admits data papers, reports, and notes, subject to an internal review process.


  • Papers can be submitted electronically at any time. Please see the submission guidelines page. Also note the files and links on the left side of this page. If you have any queries about submitting your article, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at mark.alves AT montgomerycollege.edu.


  • Although we normally expect that JSEALS articles will have been presented and discussed at the SEALS conference, submission is open to all, regardless of participation in SEALS meetings. Each original article undergoes double-blind review by at least two scholars, usually a member of the Advisory Board and one or more independent referees. We are grateful for their voluntary assistance in ensuring the quality of our publications.


  • Formally established by decision of the SEALS 17 meeting in September 2007, JSEALS supersedes the former SEALS Conference Proceedings published by Arizona State University.

  • JSEALS is published continuously online, with each year's papers from Volume 10 onward are published via the University of Hawaii Press (previously Vol. 1 through 9 by Asia-Pacific Linguistics and archived by ANU Digital Collections. Published articles are indexed by Scopus.