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Journal of Portuguese Linguistics publishes high-quality papers in the field of Portuguese linguistics, including the comparison between any varieties of Portuguese and any other language(s). Published by the Open Library of Humanities and supported by the LingOA network.Focus and Scope
The Journal of Portuguese Linguistics is concerned with all branches of linguistics and aims to publish high-quality papers in the field of Portuguese linguistics, including comparison of any varieties of Portuguese and any other language(s). Contributions are welcome from linguists in all countries, and from different linguistic theories and frameworks, including theoretically oriented work, comparative work, experimental studies, and interdisciplinary contributions. Papers are selected for publication solely on the basis of scientific quality. The language of publication is English.
The journal is read by anyone interested in linguistics, especially in Portuguese linguistics in a broad sense (any variety of Portuguese, Portuguese-based Creole languages, Iberian languages, cross-language/variety comparisons): academic researchers, institutional libraries, students, and professionals in areas in which Portuguese linguistics may play a role.
With the goal of being a platform for discussion in the field, the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics welcomes papers, book reviews and dissertation abstracts in areas such as the European, Brazilian, and African varieties of Portuguese, Portuguese in Asia, Portuguese-based Creole languages, Iberian languages, and language acquisition, variation, contact and change. The broadening of the journal's scope is reflected by the composition of the board of consulting editors. Initiatives for thematic issues with guest editors are particularly welcome.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
All submissions are initially assessed by an Editor, who decides whether or not the article fits the scope of the journal and is suitable for peer review. Submissions considered suitable are assigned to at least two independent experts, who assess the article for clarity, validity, and sound methodology. The review period is expected to take around four weeks. Reviewers are asked to provide formative feedback, even if an article is not deemed suitable for publication in the journal.
The journal operates a double-blind peer review process, meaning that authors and reviewers remain anonymous for the review process. Based on the reviewer reports the editor will make a recommendation for rejection, minor or major revisions, or acceptance. Overall editorial responsibility rests with the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, who is supported by the Associate Editors and by an expert, international Editorial Board.
Reviewers are asked to provide comment on the below topics and guidelines:
Content: Does the article fit within the scope of the journal? Is the submission original, relevant and rigorous? Is the author’s depth of understanding of the issues researched adequate? Are the sources and references adequate? Has the existing knowledge base been explored and built upon? Are the chosen methodologies appropriate and have they and the evidential base been appropriately used? Does the conclusion reflect the argument in the main body text and bring something new to the debate?
Structure and argument: Does the abstract summarise the arguments in a succinct and accurate way? Is the manuscript logically structured and do the arguments flow coherently? Is there enough reference to methodology in the introduction and are the arguments fully evidenced and substantiated? Does the introduction signpost the arguments in the logical way and does the conclusion adequately summarise them? Figures/tables: Does the author’s use of tables, charts, figures or maps illustrate the arguments and support the evidential base? Is the quality of the formatting and presentation adequate?
Language: Is the text well written and jargon free? What is the quality of English and is there need for grammatical improvement?
Book Reviews and Dissertation Abstracts are reviewed by the book review editor.
Members of the editorial team/board are permitted to submit their own papers to the journal. In cases where an author is associated with the journal, they will be removed from all editorial tasks for that paper and another member of the team will be assigned responsibility for overseeing peer review. A competing interest must also be declared within the submission and any resulting publication.
Journal of Portuguese Linguistics allows the following licences for submission:
Authors publishing in the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics face no financial obligation for the publication of their article. Authors from institutions that already have an OLH membership will have the cost for the article's publication covered by the consortium of libraries participating in the Open Library of Humanities (OLH), ensuring long-term sustainability. We recommend that authors from non-member institutions ask their libraries to support OLH with an annual contribution that will cover any current/future publication in the journal. Should a submitting/corresponding author be from an institution that already has an OLH membership, please indicate it accordingly when submitting your paper.
Authors from OLH non-member institutions that have access to funds earmarked for Open Access publication (via a research grant or through their institution) will be asked to use those funds to cover the £450 Voluntary Author Contribution (VAC) of their publication in Journal of Portuguese Linguistics. Authors without access to such funds will be asked to request a waiver through the submission system. This waiver will then be logged against the submission.
We intentionally use the term Voluntary Author Contribution (VAC) to sharply distinguish this from an Article Processing Charge (APC), a fee that is required for publication at most Gold Open Access journals. Journal of Portuguese Linguistics is emphatically a Diamond Open Access journal: it does not charge obligatory fees to either readers or authors, in the interest of scholarly equity. The Voluntary Author Contribution (VAC) covers all publication costs (editorial processes; web hosting; indexing; marketing; archiving; DOI registration etc.) and ensures that all of the content is fully open access. This approach maximises the potential readership of publications and allows the journal to be run in a sustainable way.
If you do not know about your institution’s policy on open access funding, please contact your departmental/faculty administrators and institution library, as funds may be available to you.
Shortly after publication, authors that have not already requested a waiver from OLH will receive an VAC request email along with information on how payment can be arranged. If the VAC situation has changed since submission to publication, a VAC waiver can also be requested at this point. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Since 2016, the journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready, to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.
Special Collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.