Journal of the IPA

JIPAThe Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA) is a forum for work in the fields of phonetic theory and description. As well as including papers on laboratory phonetics/phonology and related topics, the journal encourages submissions on practical applications of phonetics to areas such as phonetics teaching and speech therapy, as well as the analysis of speech phenomena in relation to computer speech processing. It is especially concerned with the theory behind the International Phonetic Alphabet and discussions of the use of symbols for illustrating the phonetic structures of a wide variety of languages. JIPA now publishes online audio files to supplement written articles.

Descriptions of the phonetic structures of individual languages are called Illustrations of the IPA. For more information about these, including how to access many Illustrations for free, click here.

JIPA is published by Cambridge University Press.


The JIPA has now moved to an online submission system for all new Research Articles and Illustrations, including production files, which are to be submitted through JIPA's ScholarOne Manuscripts site:

Prior to submission, please ensure you consult the revised Instructions for Contributors PDF documents available on the CambridgeCore (Cambridge University Press) website.

Reviews, as well as revised manuscripts of Research Articles and Illustrations already with the editorial team, are to be submitted via email:

  • Reviews are to be submitted to the Review Editor, Linda Shockey (
  • Revised versions of Research Articles and Illustrations, including final versions ready for production, are to be sent to the Editor, Amalia Arvaniti (

Instructions for contributors can be downloaded from CambridgeCore (Cambridge University Press).


Online access to the journal (volumes from 1971 to current) is a benefit of IPA membership (members need to log in to their IPA account in order to access this page).

In addition, for an annual supplement, members can receive print copies of the journal published during the current membership period. For more information, click here.

For institutional subscriptions, please contact Cambridge University Press (Cambridge UK or New York).

Illustrations of the IPA

As of September 2016, the Association and Cambridge University Press is making freely available the online versions of all the "Illustrations of the IPA" published in the Journal of the IPA since 2001. In 2016, publications from 2001-2013 are freely available; after that, each year's publications will become freely available three years later. Both the text of the article, and the accompanying audio recordings, are accessible from CUP's new portal for the Journal. To download a zip file of the audio recordings, first click on the article title and then on the “Supplementary materials” tab.

Illustrations of the IPA are concise accounts of the phonetic structure of different languages, accompanied by audio recordings. While the scope of Illustrations has been changing over the years, and will doubtless continue to change in the future, they generally share certain elements. Using the Association's International Phonetic Alphabet, an Illustration describes the consonant and vowel phonemes and the prosody of a language, with consonant and vowel charts and near-minimal sets of example words. An illustrative passage in the language, usually a translation of the fable "The North Wind and the Sun", supplements the example words. Audio recordings of all example words and the passage, spoken by one or more native speakers of the language, accompany the article and are phonemically (sometimes also phonetically) transcribed. Articulatory and/or acoustic analysis of some sounds is often provided.

Illustrations are extensively used by researchers, instructors and students seeking information on a wide range of languages. Instructors and students of phonetics and phonology use them for real examples of sounds of a wide range of the world's languages. Instructors and students of individual languages use them for a first glimpse of the language, and for a systematic presentation of real examples of its sounds. Illustrations provide a first insight into a language for a wide variety of researchers on individual languages (for instance, for field linguists who might be going to work in a particular geographical area). Speaker communities of individual languages, who may even have contributed to the illustration, use them with pride as a reference about their language, one element in helping to keep the language alive within the culture. For example, they could provide basic examples for language instruction within local communities.

Many of those who find the Illustrations useful are not members of the IPA and thus do not have members' access to the material published in JIPA. The Association hopes that by making them freely available, they will be more widely used.

A map showing locations of languages currently covered by Illustrations, with links to the text and audio of each Illustration, is available here. Thanks to Marija Tabain, Richard Breare, and Casey Tait for this marvelous resource.