Open Access Publishing in Linguistics

Open Access (OA) is great, it's good for you and it's good for academia in general.

With OA, people have an easier time accessing and actually reading your work, and you won't be feeding money into a potentially shady system that exploits academics as editors and reviewers for free, and then makes the same community pay to read the products. By selecting OA options that have a good reputation, you're not in danger of the standing of your work lowered.

We've compiled a list of OA alternatives in linguistics, both journals, book publishing etc. If you want to know more about what Open Access is and different kinds of it, read this blog post.

If we're missing something, or if you find any errors, or if you have other comments, please let us know. We aim to improve this list continuously.

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More lists for OA alternatives in Linguistics

Relevant blogs
These are relevant outlets to keep track of if your interested in Open Access in linguistics

Open Access Publishing houses
Publishing houses also publish monographs, edited volumes, dictionaries etc besides journal articles
No-fee open access journals (platinum)

We're not keeping this section updated,
because George Walkden is doing a great job with
a list of platinum OA in linguistics here.

Full financial support for this journal is provided by LingOA with long-term funding provided by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH). Sprung out of a disagreement between the linguists of Lingua and their publisher.

Language Documentation and Conservation (LD&C)
Journal sponsored by the National Foreign Language Resource Center and published exclusively in electronic form by the University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Language Documentation and Description (LDD)
Journal from Endangered Languages Publishing.

Journal from in African Studies and Egyptology from University of Cologne. Multilingual, abstracts are welcome in German, English, French, Arabic and larger African languages. Full articles only in German, English or French though.

Nordic Journal of African Studies
Journal in African studies from Nordic Association of African Studies. Articles welcome in English, French and Swahili.

eLanguage journals
Digital open access publishing platform of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). eLanguage distributes the following journals:
  • Constructions
  • Dialogue and Discourse
  • Journal of Experimental Linguistics
  • Journal of Historical Syntax
  • Journal of Mesoamerican Languages and Linguistics
  • Linguistic Issues in Language Technology
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Teaching Linguistics
Archived eLanguage journals (i.e. no longer new editions being published)
Linguistic Discovery 
Journal supported by Dartmouth College with a focus on primary linguistic data and endangered languages

SKY Journal of Linguistics 
Journal from the linguistic association of Finland. Articles welcome in English, French and German.

Journal de la Société Finno-Ougrienne
International journal from 1886 from the Finno-Ugrian society

Linguistica Uralica
Journal from the Estonian Academy of Sciences (Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia)

Cadernos de Etnolingüística
Journal for indigenous South American languages.

Journal of Amazonian Languages
PDFs of articles in this short-lived journal (1997-1998) can be found here.

Language and Linguistics in Melanesia
Previously known as Kivung. The journal of the Linguistics Society of Papua New Guinea.

Taiwan Journal of Linguistics
Based at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics, National Chengchi University. The language of publication is English.

Internationale Neerlandistiek
2002–2009 (vol. 40–47); 2010 (vol. 48) onwards. Journal of the Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek.

Taal en Tongval
Language variation in the Netherlands, Flanders and related languages/areas.
Open-access journals in humanities and social sciences, based in France (but many have articles in English and other languages as well). Journals include the following:
  • Anglophonia
  • Corela
  • Études finno-ougriennes
  • Modèles linguistiques
  • Συντακτικα
  • Lengas
  • Cahiers d'études romanes
  • Travaux interdisciplinaires sur la parole et le langage
  • Cahiers balkaniques
  • Études océan indien
  • Cipango
  • Linx
  • Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
  • Cahiers de praxématique
  • CogniTextes
  • Argumentation et analyse du discours
  • Mots. Les langages du politique
  • Recherches linguistiques de Vincennes
  • Corpus
De Gruyter Open
Open-access journals in many different fields. The following journals in linguistics and semiotics seem to be free of publishing fee:

  • Prague Journal of English Studies
  • Werkwinkel
  • Ars Aertena – Literary Studies and Humanity
  • Topics in Linguistics
  • ICAME Journal
  • Romanian Journal of English Studies
  • Linguaculture
  • Folia Scandinavica Posnaniensia
  • Ad verba Limberorum
  • Translationes
  • Journal of Linguistics/Jazykovedný casopis
  • Studia Anglica Posnaniensia
  • Research in Language
Fee-based open access journals (gold)

Journals where you as an author pay a fee to publish your work there, but readers read for free.

Language Sciences
Language Sciences is a specialty section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Publishing fees: US$1900 per full paper / U$ 875~250~0 for smaller things.

Sage Open
Journal covering social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
Publishing fees: $195 per paper.

Largest journal in the world (by number of of papers published). Covers different areas of science, including linguistics.
Publishing fees: US$1350 per article.

Open Linguistics
By De Gruyter Open. Publishing fees waived for the 2015 and 2016 issues.

Lingua Sinica
By Springer. Languages in China. Publishing fees waived for the 2015 and 2016 issues.

Language Testing in Asia
By Springer. Publishing fees: £630/ $980/ €800 per accepted article.

Functional Linguistics
By Springer. Focuses on Systemic Functional Linguistics. (Fees covered by M.A.K. Halliday Library, School of Foreign Languages, Sun Yat-sen University.)

By Elsevier. Publishing fees: US$1000. (Discounted to US$600 for submissions in 2015.)

Open Journal of Modern Linguistics
By Scientific Research Publishing. Publishing fee: $700/ $350/ $140 (depending on country)


Institutional repositories (green)
Universities, research schools and other organisations that lets researchers (PhD students, research staff etc) publish their work freely online (usually already reviewed and published material only)

LOT Publications
Dissertations from the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap)

Digitala Vetenskaps Arkiver (DiVA)
Publications from Swedish Universities and colleges, including fulltext PhD dissertations

Online free drafts of already published work (blue)
Online "social media"-like platforms where people share work in progress, slides, already published work and other material

This is the end of the list. If you think we should add anything, contact us.

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