LingOA will provide a framework for the smooth transition from the traditional journal subscription model to Fair Open Access publishing. LingOA aims at developing an affordable and sustainable business model for Open Access publishing.

Several leading, international linguistics journals are being transferred from their current traditional publisher to a new Open Access publisher. This open access publisher complies with the following conditions:

  • The editorial board owns the title of the journals.
  • The author owns the copyright of his articles, and a CC-BY license applies.
  • All articles are published in Full Open Access (no subscriptions, no ‘double dipping’).
  • Article processing charges (APCs) are low (around 400 euros),
    transparent, and in proportion to the work carried out by the publisher.

Because the community of linguists is relatively small and close-knit, this creates nearly ideal conditions for the project. Once the transition of the first journals including all of their editors, editorial board, peer reviewers, and authors has been completed, we expect that the linguistics community will soon realize that the journals have essentially remained the same. Authors and readership will not be affected, even in case of a name change. Citation-, ERIH- and H-indices – important quality metrics in this field – are therefore not expected to decline, or will at least recover quickly.

The reputed Center of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Leiden is monitoring the quality and reception of the journals during the transition. Radboud University Library provides editorial support, thereby also helping to keep APCs low.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has endorsed LingOA. The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO and the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) have recently pledged considerable financial guarantees to cover the article processing charges for the first five years.

The journals Glossa, Laboratory Phonology, and Journal of Portuguese Linguistics will be published (online only) by Ubiquity Press, but LingOA will work with any publisher who complies with the above Fair Open Access conditions. To ensure long-term sustainability, LingOA has partnered with the Open Library of Humanities. OLH, whose platform is also provided by Ubiquity Press, will guarantee the continued publication of the journals associated with LingOA after the first five years through its consortial library funding model. OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing Open Access scholarship with no author-facing APCs (https://www.openlibhums.org). This will provide long-term sustainability for Fair Open Access journals, ensuring that no researcher will ever have to pay for APCs out of their own pocket.

The support of these institutions has made the launch of LingOA possible, but the program will require additional funding to remain independent in the long term. LingOA has been launched at the EU workshop ‘Alternative and New business models for gold open access’ on the 12th of October 2015. We are also contacting organisations such as DfG and ERC via the various journal editors involved in the project, and also expect their endorsement and/or financial support.