Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Language Modelling is an open-access peer-reviewed journal aiming to bridge the gap between theoretical linguistics and natural language processing. Although typical articles are concerned with linguistic generalisations – either with their application in natural language processing, or with their discovery in language corpora – possible topics range from linguistic analyses which are sufficiently precise to be implementable, to mathematical models of aspects of language, and further to computational systems making non-trivial use of linguistic insights.

 

 

Section Policies

Editorials

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Articles

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Overviews

This section contains overview papers.  Unlike in case of regular articles, reviewers are asked to evaluate the exhaustiveness of the overview rather that the scientific novelty of ideas presented.

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Tools and Resources

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Squibs and Discussions

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Reviews

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Acknowledgments

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Peer Review Process

JLM adopts the double-blind reviewing procedure. Papers are reviewed within three months of their receipt, and they appear as soon as they are accepted – there are no delays typical for traditional paper journals. Accepted articles are subsequently collected in half-yearly numbers and yearly volumes, with continuous page numbering, and are made available as hard copies via print on demand. On the other hand, Journal of Language Modelling has a fully traditional view regarding quality: all papers are carefully refereed by 3 reviewers, usually including at least one member of the Editorial Board, and they must adhere to the highest scientific, typographic and stylistic standards in order to be accepted.

 

Publication Frequency

Articles appear as soon as they are accepted – there are no delays typical for traditional paper journals. Accepted articles are subsequently collected in half-yearly numbers and yearly volumes, with continuous page numbering.

 

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Publishing Ethics

JLM is committed to ensuring standards of expected ethical behavior for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, and the peer reviewer. In particular, we adhere to the following rules which are in line with much more detailed instructions elaborated by COPE (Committee on Publication ethics, http://publicationethics.org/) and those deployed by Springer (http://www.springer.com/gp/authors-_editors/editors).

For Editors

Publication decision

Editors’ decisions to accept or reject a paper for publication is based on at least three reviews made by independent experts which evaluate the paper’s importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to the scope of the journal. Reviewer comments (excluding confident notes) are disclosed both the the authors and to the other reviewers of the paper. A list of reviewers is published annually.

Confidentiality

Journal editors treat the submitted manuscript and all communication with authors and referees as confidential.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Papers can be submitted by editors or their close collaborators as the publication decision is based on the reviews made by independent experts in the domain.

For Reviewers

JLM carefully select its reviewers trying to assure the authors that reviewers would:

  • only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner,
  • comment on the originality of submissions and be alert to redundant publication and plagiarism,
  • respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review,
  • not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others,
  • declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the journal if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest,
  • be objective and constructive in their reviews.

For Authors

Authorship of the Paper

Submission to JLM is taken by the journal to mean that all the listed authors have agreed all of the contents, including the author list. The author who submits a paper is responsible for having ensured that this agreement has been reached, and for managing all communication between the journal and all co-authors, before and after publication. We encourage transparency by including author contributions statements within a paper but do not require them.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

JLM accepts submissions which have not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis), are not under consideration elsewhere, and such that copyright has not been breached in seeking their publication. In case of previous communication of the work at conferences we expect substantial changes (extension) to the content included in conference proceedings.

Authors are welcome to suggest suitable independent reviewers when they submit their manuscripts. The journal considers such requests, but the editor’s decision on the choice of peer-reviewers is final.

Plagiarism Detection

JLM requires transparency by the authors on the use of any previously published work both their own or of the others. The editors and the reviewers will do their best to detect and eliminate any possibility of duplicate publication, however the responsibility of committing plagiarism lies with the authors.