Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of South Asian Linguistics is an open access online journal devoted to the linguistic study of South Asia. JSAL covers the areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and their interfaces, from all theoretical approaches, including formal, computational, historical, psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, cognitive, and acquisition.

JSAL welcomes submissions on the languages of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, and their diasporas, as well as submissions that take a comparative view within this region or across regions. An important goal of the journal is to showcase the vast range of variation within and across languages in the Subcontinent, with a special focus on underdocumented languages and their varieties.

Contributions to the journal can take the form of full-length articles, theoretically oriented descriptions of understudied languages, and book reviews. We also welcome proposals for occasional special issues edited by guest editors devoted to particular topics.


Section Policies


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Book Reviews

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Peer Review Process

We have a blind review policy. All papers are reviewed anonymously by at least two anonymous reviewers. Papers also undergo an initial review by the respective section editors. This initial review checks on the overall suitablilty of the paper to the journal, whether the paper is written in academically acceptable English and whether the paper is up to journal standards.


Publication Frequency

Beginning with Volume 8 (2018), articles and book reviews are published as soon as they are ready, and then are compiled at the beginning of the next calendar year into an annual issue.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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