The eScholarship publishing program of the University of California is pleased to announce the launch of Glossa Psycholinguistics, a new journal publishing original research and theoretical reviews in psycholinguistics, broadly defined. The journal is committed to open access and open science. Published articles will bring together empirical and theoretical perspectives, illuminate our understanding of the nature of language, and make use of a broad range of behavioral, experimental, computational, and neuroscience approaches.

Glossa Psycholinguistics is a spinoff of Glossa: a journal of general linguistics. “The field of psycholinguistics has long recognized the need for a scientifically credible open access publishing outlet grounded in the values of accessibility and transparency and representing the scientific expertise of the community,” explains co-editor-in chief Fernanda Ferreira. Co-editor-in-chief Brian Dillon adds: “There wasn’t really a journal out there that privileged the publication of work at the intersection of theoretical linguistics and experimental methodologies.” Since a large volume of psycholinguistics papers with this profile were being published in Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, it made sense to set up a more specialized outlet organized on the Glossa model. Glossa Psycholinguistics is a community-led project that will respond to this need. 

Like Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Glossa Psycholinguistics engages in collective decision-making with its editorial team and board. Glossa Psycholinguistics is also committed to making the costs of journal publishing and the labor of editors and reviewers as transparent as possible. In accordance with principles of Fair Open Access, submission and publication are not conditional on the payment of any fees. Authors are asked upon submission to check whether they have access to funds earmarked for Author Processing Charges (via a research grant or through their institution), and to use those funds to cover the $500 APC for their publication in Glossa Psycholinguistics. Authors who do not have access to such funds merely affirm this at the time of submission. To ensure sustainability, Glossa also solicits contributions from university libraries, consortia, foundations, departments, and other prospective scholarly publishing funders who wish to support open access publishing. 

According to Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing, Archives, and Digitization at the California Digital Library, University of California, “The creative funding and community-led governance models of Glossa Psycholinguistics offer the academic community another pathway to sustainable open access journal publishing and fully align with the values of UC’s eScholarship publishing program. We have watched the growth of Glossa: a journal of general linguistics with great interest over the past few years and are proud to participate in the expansion of that effort to include this important new publication in the field of psycholinguistics.”

The editorial team and board particularly appreciate the generous financial sponsorship provided by UC Davis Libraries, MIT Libraries, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Cologne, as well as the management services provided by the foundation Linguistics in Open Access (LingOA). Michael Ladisch, Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead at the UC Davis Library, comments: “As big supporters of open access, we are delighted to be able to sponsor this important community-owned open access publishing initiative spearheaded by a prominent UC Davis scholar. This is a perfect example of academic libraries and scholars working together to provide high-quality alternatives to commercial academic publishing.”


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