New open access research in linguistics on ScienceOpen


To increase the discoverability of latest research in linguistics and support open access scientific publishing, ScienceOpen has partnered with the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) to integrate Glossa and two more OLH open access linguistics journals—Journal of Portuguese Linguistics and Laboratory Phonology—in the ScienceOpen discovery environment as featured collections.

In November 2015, the entire editorial staff of the top journal in linguistics Lingua resigned in protest over high subscription prices imposed by the journal’s publisher, Elsevier. With the aim of producing a fully open access publication in linguistics, Lingua’s editors founded a new journal: Glossa. Since its foundation, Glossa has been committed to general linguistics, publishing contributions from all areas of the field researching the nature of language and the language faculty. Published by Ubiquity Press and supported by the Open Library of Humanities and LingOA, this journal is produced for all linguists, independent of their specialization.

To ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in making research publicly accessible, Glossa articles are made available online as soon as they are ready. The journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

ScienceOpen is committed to open exchange of research as a road to more progressive and open scientific societies worldwide. This partnership with the Open Library of Humanities contributes to globally open science by placing the featured collection ‘Glossa: a journal of general linguistics’ in the research discovery environment of over 47 million articles that can be filtered and sorted using ScienceOpen’s customized search engine to ensure all users find exactly what they are looking for.

Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London and a CEO of the Open Library of Humanities said: “we have been delighted by the response of the linguistics community to the launch of Glossa. The study of language, across cultures, is an area in which open access makes eminent sense. By including these collections in ScienceOpen we hope to assist with the discoverability of this material and to ensure the broadest audience for the study of linguistics.”

The latest research presented in ‘Glossa: a journal of general linguistics’ includes an investigation of an understudied type of RTO construction in the Philippine-type Austronesian language Puyuma in ‘The raising-to-object construction in Puyuma and its implications for a typology of RTO’; a discussion on the use of big corpuses or databases as a first step for qualitative analysis of linguistic data in ‘Exploiting microvariation: How to make your best with incomplete data’; a focused analysis of subject extraction in Māori, the indigenous Polynesian language of New Zealand, in ‘Māori subject extraction’; an experiment to determine the extent to which concept pre-activation and the function of the definite and indefinite article affect referent activation during retrieval and integration as well as referent activation at the sentence level in ‘A Dual-Process Activation Model: Processing definiteness and information status’; and, among others, a thorough theoretical investigation of the sign language phenomenon in ‘The syntax of sign language agreement: Common ingredients, but unusual recipe’.

In addition to diverse scholarship in ‘Glossa: a journal of general linguistics’, ScienceOpen now indexes research on Portuguese linguistics and scientific study of phonological and phonetic aspects of language in the form of  featured collections ‘Journal of Portuguese Linguistics’ and ‘Laboratory Phonology’.

Journal of Portuguese Linguistics’ is concerned with all branches of linguistics and aims at publishing high-quality papers in the field of Portuguese linguistics, including the comparison between any varieties of Portuguese and any other language(s). This English-language online journal welcomes contributions from linguists in all countries, and from different linguistic theories and frameworks, including theoretically oriented work, comparative work, experimental studies, and interdisciplinary contributions.

Laboratory Phonology’ is the official open access journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. It publishes reports on the scientific study of all phonological/phonetic aspects of spoken and signed language through scholarly exchange across disciplines, including all domains of linguistics (phonology, phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics), as well as from related disciplines, including psychology, speech & hearing science, communication science, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, and other related fields.

ScienceOpen and the Open Library of Humanities believe that ‘Glossa: a journal of general linguistics’, ‘Journal of Portuguese Linguistics’, and ‘Laboratory Phonology’ will be a great asset to all users interested in linguistics, accommodating a range of research topics in this field. We invite you to browse, discuss, and engage with our three new collections of peer-reviewed, open access articles through the many tools available on the ScienceOpen interactive platform.