Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Semantics and Pragmatics (S&P) is published by the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). It is a fully open-access peer-reviewed journal publishing high quality, original, self-contained research articles on the semantics and pragmatics of natural languages. In 2013, in its sixth year of publication, Semantics & Pragmatics became one of only two full journals of the LSA, alongside the society’s flagship journal, Language. There are no publication fees of any kind for publication in S&P: no article processing charges (APCs) nor article submission charges.

While the core target audience of Semantics & Pragmatics is academic linguists, we also publish material by, or of relevance to, philosophers, psychologists, and computer scientists. Papers must include new results of interest to those working in semantics and pragmatics, and must demonstrate clear significance for theoretical development of those areas. Provided the work meets those criteria, we welcome both submissions of papers on core topics in semantics and pragmatics, and submissions of interdisciplinary papers involving work on syntax, phonology, psycho-linguistics, text and corpus studies, discourse and conversation analysis, computational semantics, the lexicon, historical linguistics, cross-linguistic typology, logic, and philosophy of language.

We strongly encourage all readers to sign up for our opt-in mailing list for occasional updates from S&P (state of the journal, publication notices, etc.) and, very infrequently, from the LSA (calls for meeting abstracts, fellowship applications, etc.). Other ways of staying in touch with the journal are the RSS newsfeed that you can subscribe to with your favorite newsreader, S&P's Facebook page, S&P on Twitter, and our editors' blog.

Our pilot issue (Vol. 0, 2007) contained an inaugural editorial explaining the concepts behind the journal.

We do not require any particular format for initial submissions (except requiring that the submission be a pdf file).

Once your paper is accepted, it will be typeset in LaTeX in S&P's house style. While we do not require final submission in LaTeX format, we do strongly encourage authors to submit in LaTeX and furthermore to use our LaTeX package. We do provide typesetting services for authors of accepted articles that are not in LaTeX format. However, as explained here, Word submissions will take much longer to reach the publication stage.

We would be grateful for any comments and feedback on the journal and this website. You can send us email or visit our editors' blog and leave a comment there.


Section Policies

Main Articles

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Squibs, Remarks, and Replies

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Peer Review Process

S&P has submission and rejection rates comparable with the other top journals in our field. As a snapshot: we received 66 submissions in the 12 months leading up to November 22, 2013 and the acceptance rate was 13%.

The editors act as a first stage filter on papers, normally within a week of receipt. If a paper is determined to be of potential relevance, it will be sent to at least two reviewers drawn from our Editorial Board. The Editorial Board consists primarily of PhD-holding academics active in the subfields of semantics and pragmatics, selected by the editors, and subject to advice from the Advisory Board. The Board is of sufficient size that we will not normally call on the same reviewer more than twice in a year. The review board is public, but we will not reveal the identity of the reviewer of a particular paper except at the direct request of the reviewer.

We do not require that submitted papers be anonymous, since this is frequently an unattainable goal. However, the author of a paper has the right to remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the review process. In that case, the author should take care to anonymize the paper, and should include in a clearly visible position on the front page the text "Submitted to *Semantics & Pragmatics* for anonymous review". The reviewers are then considered under obligation not to attempt to discern the identity of the author.

Following initial review, the editors accept, reject, or call for revision. In case there is a need for revision, the editor may opt to request extended commentary from one or both reviewers in order to clarify what revisions are needed, and will then forward a request for revision to the author. Following revision, the editor may decide to publish, although following major revisions a paper will normally be sent for at least one further review. After acceptance, editorial assistants take charge of proof-reading and formatting.

One of the most important goals of the journal is to keep time from submission to publication to a minimum. With the advantages of the open access format, and the strong commitment of our editorial board to this goal, we aim for a significantly faster time-to-publication than is currently common in linguistics. As a snapshot, in 2013 our average time to a first decision was 70 days. We aim to improve on that (industry-leading) metric even further.


Publication Frequency

The journal publishes one volume a year. There are no separate issues bundling a subset of the articles in a volume. Instead, each article, so to speak, constitutes its own issue: the articles are numbered sequentially in the order they get published. For page numbering, we have adopted the scheme introduced by the ACM recently (Boisvert et al. 2007). The page numbering for each article starts at 1. The page numbers in the article indicate both the article number and the page number. So, the 17th page of the 3rd article in the first volume will have the page number 3:17.


Open Access Policy

Semantics and Pragmatics is a fully open access journal. All content is freely and immediately accessible to readers under a liberal CC-BY license. The journal is supported by the Linguistic Society of America, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Texas. Authors do not pay publication charges (APCs) nor submission charges. Authors retain full copyright and all rights of reuse. S&P allows text mining and other ways of accessing and using the content. It is fully compliant with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access.



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