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Notice to authors wishing to publish in Language Documentation and Description (LDD)

The journal Language Documentation and Description (LDD) is moving to the Aperio platform at the University of Virginia. Please refer to this page for information about new submissions:

What do we publish?

We publish journal articles, multimedia, and monographs on the theory and practice of language documentation, language description and language revitalisation. Journal articles and monographs that incorporate multimodal materials are especially encouraged. Journal articles should normally be about 7,000-8,000 words.

Our journal article series Language Contexts focuses on the contexts in which a language or variety is spoken, providing social and cultural information that complements other linguistically-focused sources (such as Ethnologue or Glottolog). Articles will include information about the speaker population, social organisation, cultural aspects, linguistic ecology (including multilingualism and factors influencing language choice), language vitality, and language use and transmission in the community, diaspora and cyberspace. For more information see the Language Contexts page.

Submitting your work

We have an open submissions policy. To submit a proposal or item for publication please write to

Style guides and other resources


All submissions are double-blind peer reviewed.

Copyright, licensing and access

Normally we publish under a Creative Commons License CC-BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial). The licence permits users to use, reproduce, disseminate or display the work provided that the author is attributed as the original creator and that the reuse is restricted to non-commercial purposes i.e. research or educational use. See

Where appropriate, we will arrange for managed access to sensitive or restricted materials.