Welcome to the webpage of the Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals

This organization started informally in 2003 with a meeting at the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), where we have held yearly committee meetings since then. We also host an email discussion group. We are working to increase communication among journal editors, reviewers, authors and readers in our field. We have held symposia to that end, and materials presented at our 2009 event on journal rankings and citation indexes are available below. We have also developed a unified style sheet for linguistics journals (see link below) that is being adopted by numerous journals and publishers. The group is open to all editors (including associate and book review editors) of journals involved in the scientific study of language.

2015 LSA Annual Meeting Special Session on the Publishing Process
Jointly sponsored by the Committee on Student Issues, and the Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals

Thu, Jan. 8, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in Pavilion East

  • Welcome. Troy Messick (UConn) LSA Bloch Fellow
  • Introduction of Panel Members: Greg Carlson (Rochester), Editor, Language
  • Brian Joseph (Ohio State), Former Editor, Language, and present editor, Journal of Greek Linguistics
    From thesis (or term paper) to submission: I discuss the differences between a piece of work prepared as part of a student's requirements, e.g. a thesis or term paper, and a journal article, and how to navigate from the former to the latter. I concentrate on matters of audience, deciding what part(s) of the work to focus on in the article, and general stylistic/organizational issues.
  • Kai von Fintel (MIT), Co-editor, Semantics and Pragmatics
    Open Access: I discuss options for ensuring that your work is as appropriately placed and widely accessible as possible (open access repositories, open access journals, etc.).
  • Keren Rice (Toronto), Former Editor, International Journal of American Linguistics
    What is peer review: Peer review is considered the 'gold star' in publication. In this short presentation, I discuss what peer review is, how reviewers are chosen, the notion of double blind, and the value of peer review to authors.
  • Joseph Salmons (Wisconsin), Editor, Diachronica
    The review process: What happens after you submit a paper to a journal until you get an editorial decision? I sketch the stages of the editorial process typical for linguistics journals.
  • Jeffrey Lidz (Maryland), Editor, Language Acquisition
    Revise & Resubmit: Revising an article for resubmission requires careful attention to the comments of reviewers and the guidance of the editor. Here I discuss the importance of being responsive to reviews and learning to incorporate suggestions effectively. I also discuss strategies for disagreeing with reviewers and for writing an effective revision and response letter.
  • Open Question period
  • Materials from the 2013 LSA Open Access Symposium

    Materials from the 2013 LSA

    Materials from the 2012 LSA

    Materials from the 2011 LSA

    Materials from the 2010 LSA

    Materials from the 2009 LSA Symposium "The Impact of Linguistics Journals Rankings and Citations"

    Unified Style Sheet for Linguistics PDF

    CELxJ Listserv

    CELxJ mailing list


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