LingOA broadens its scope to all Diamond journals in linguistics

Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA) was founded in 2015 to help 4 journals move from subscription to Open Access. By December 2020, that goal had been reached. The journals Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Laboratory PhonologyItalian Journal of Linguistics, and Journal of Portuguese Linguistics are now all published Open Access. These journals are scholar-led and owned by the linguistic community. Authors are not faced with obligatory publication fees, and are only asked to voluntarily contribute such a fee if they have access to institutional funds or grants for this purpose. 

The work at LingOA over the last 5 years showed that there was limited appetite among current subscription or hybrid journals in linguistics to transition to scholar-led open access. At the same time, it appeared that many existing Open Access journals that do not charge obligatory fees for reading or publishing were looking for advice and support. In 2020, LingOA also helped found a new sister journal to Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, called Glossa Psycholinguistics. These activities suggested that there is a need for an organisation dedicated to federating scholar-led Open Access journals in linguistics, where experiences and best practices could be shared.

Therefore, the Board of LingOA has decided to broaden its scope to meet this need. To signal this broadened scope, three new board members will join the foundation’s board: Sonia Frota (Editor in Chief, Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, University of Lisboa), George Walkden (Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Historical Syntax, University of Konstanz), and Lauren B. Collister (Director of Scholarly Communication, University of Pittsburgh Library System). They will join the current Board members Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam), Marc van Oostendorp (Radboud University Nijmegen / Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam), and Johan Rooryck (Editor-in-Chief Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, cOAlition S / Leiden University). Saskia de Vries (Sampan Publishing) is the project leader of the LingOA foundation.

Journals wishing to join LingOA should comply with the following criteria:

  • The journal is scholar-owned and -led in line with the Fair Open Access principles.
  • The journal does not charge obligatory fees for publication or for reading the journal 
    (voluntary author contributions are permitted).
  • The journal is willing to learn from and share best practices with other LingOA journals, and adapt its quality control and editorial processes to allow for eventual inclusion in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

LingOA would offer the benefits of a community of practice where questions, insights, and best practices in scholar-led open access publishing can be shared, including assistance with applying to DOAJ. Depending on the interest generated, we will organize informational sessions and a mailing list. For now, LingOA will not be able to offer financial assistance to journals, but as a hub for Open Access linguistics journals that aim at aligning their quality assurance practices, we may be able to attract financial support in the future. We will list the journals joining the foundation on the LingOA website. We will begin our outreach to the journals on the OALing list compiled by George Walkden, and we invite any linguistics journals that meet the above criteria to join by filling out a short survey.