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Author Guidelines


An electronic copy of the manuscript must be submitted in either .docx or .pdf format. All citations and formatting must follow APA Style (16th Ed.). The language examples used in the manuscript must be numbered, labeled, and parsed. Transcriptions of language data in the International Phonetic Alphabet must be in the Doulos SIL typeface <downloadable from>. Language names and abbreviations must follow the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 639 Code Tables <>. For the glossing of data, The Leipzig Glossing Rules <> will serve as the standard. It is highly recommended that the author includes a summary of abbreviations and acronyms used in the article, either at the beginning of the paper or as an appendix.


Full-length articles must be based on original research dealing primarily with Philippine languages or dialects. Typological and comparative studies that include languages and dialects outside the Philippines will also be considered. The article must be from 5,000-9,000 words, including the title, abstract, and references. An abstract consisting of 150-300 words with at least five (5) keywords must be included.

Squibs are brief research notes that forward observations or initial conclusions regarding a specific linguistic problem or aspect of linguistic structure of Philippine languages or dialects. The squib must be from 1,000-3,000 words. Abstract and keywords, while recommended, are not required.  

Linguistic data sets consisting of phonological and morphosyntactic (e.g. pronominal and case-marking systems) data from Philippine languages, dialects, or language groups will be considered.  Material such as wordlists and sentence lists which may serve as supplements to existing elicitation materials will also be considered. However, priority will be given to those Philippine languages or language groups with relatively little or no published descriptions. 

Field reports or linguistic ethnographies from areas and ethnolinguistic groups in the Philippines with relatively little or no published descriptions and research will be prioritized. The field report or linguistic ethnography must be from 3,000-5,000 words. Images may be included as long as they are appropriately labeled and of a high quality (700x400 pixel display). Explanatory text or captions must not exceed 200 words per image.

Interviews of scholars, field workers, cultural workers, and educators who work on Philippine languages, dialects, and ethnolinguistic groups will be considered. Authors must secure written consent from the interviewee before the interview is published in The Archive.

Review articles or commentaries on books, documentaries, films, or television programs tackling linguistics and Philippine language issues will be considered. Commentaries and replies to published research will also be considered. Reviews or commentaries must be from 1,000-5,000 words.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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