Peer Review Process

All the works we publish are peer-reviewed by at least two specialist readers. While we aspire to double-blind peer review, we understand that the group of people working on particular languages and topics can sometimes be quite small, making it impossible to completely veil the identity of authors. Guidelines for reviewers stress confidentiality in all cases.

Reviewer Guidelines

Reviewers are asked to assess a submission’s significance, contribution to the field, appropriateness for publication, and clarity of presentation. Suggestions for revision are requested from reviewers, whether or not they recommend the submission for publication.

Reviewer reports are advisory only. Submission are selected for publication by the Managing Editor in consultation with the editorial team.

Prior Publication

Submissions are not considered previously published if they have been loaded onto preprint servers or personal websites, or if they have been presented at conferences or on other informal communication channels.

Authors are encouraged to link from all informal postings of their work to the final version on EL Publishing, if it is accepted and published.

Preprint Policy

We allow authors to make draft versions of their work available as a preprint, so long as the author retains copyright to the preprint and works derived from it, and has all rights to submit to EL Publishing. Authors should declare that a preprint is available at the time of submission. Should the submission be published, authors are expected to update the information associated with the preprint version to show that a final version has been published by EL Publishing, including the URL linking directly to the publication.


Authors are encouraged to register with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) if practicable. ORCID registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives credit for their work regardless of changes of name, affiliation, or research area.

Open Data

EL Publishing encourages authors to make data and analysis accessible according to FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). For guidance on how to cite and reference data within a work, see the Tromsø Recommendations for Citation of Research Data in Linguistics. All data, materials and analyses obtained from secondary sources must be appropriately credited.

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