Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

BIOLINGUISTICS is a peer-reviewed journal exploring theoretical linguistics that takes the biological foundations of human language seriously. The Advisory Board and the Editorial Board are made up of leading scholars from all continents in the fields of theoretical linguistics, language acquisition, language change, theoretical biology, genetics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive psychology.

BIOLINGUISTICS seeks to disseminate research globally to theoretically minded linguists, linguistically minded biologists, cognitive scientists in general, and anyone else with an interest in the scientific study of language. The journal is concerned with the exploration of issues related to theory formation within the biolinguistic program of generative grammar as well as results drawn from experimental studies in psycho- and neurolinguistics or cognition at large.

BIOLINGUISTICS is conceived as an interactive online journal, not an electronic version of a traditional print publication. With volume 7 (2013), the journal publishes accepted material as soon as it is ready for publication.

BIOLINGUISTICS considers only original manuscripts and does not review articles that have been published or are under consideration for publication elsewhere.

BIOLINGUISTICS has its own ISSN (1450-3417) and is abstracted and indexed in the usual places. Access to to the journal is free and open-access.


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Every submission to BIOLINGUISTICS will be screened for relevance and topicality by the journal editor.

Suitable submissions will be co-assigned to an editorial board member and sent to at least two external peer-reviewers. This process is double blind peer-review. The responsible editor will also write a report in coordination with the outside evaluations received.

Peer reviews can be expected within 6-8 weeks of submission.


Publication Frequency

Volume 1 (2007) is a single issue published on December 3, 2007.

From 2008, the journal BIOLINGUISTICS aims to publish four issues of similar length per calendar year. Issue 1 will be scheduled to appear in March of each year.

Occasionally, but no more than once per volume, a double issue may be published, typically as a special issue commissioned to guest editors.

From 2013, the journal BIOLINGUISTICS will publish accepted material as soon as a fully formatted version has been accepted. All articles, briefs, reviews, and forum pieces will become available online when accepted and collected in a single volume per year.


Open Access Policy

BIOLINGUISTICS is a "platinum" Open Access: Anyone can read everything published for free, without the need to subscribe, and there are no article processing charges (APCs).



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