Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Linguistics encourages and publishes papers in the field of linguistics, including theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics and applied linguistics.

IJL is multi-disciplinary and serves both academic and practitioner audience, any subject in the area of language and communication is involved. The topical areas (but not limited to) relevant to the journal are as follows:

※ Comparative studies
※ Gesture and sign language
※ Biology of language and cognition
※ Any subject in theoretical and applied linguistic
※ Linguistic culture
※ Language learning
※ Language education
Each area also includes reviews of renewal and extended projects.
For the purpose of providing readers with a broad spectrum of high quality, professional and forefront papers, other currently hot and relevant subjects across the entire field of linguistics are also involved.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

The journal uses single-blind system: the reviewers' identities remain anonymous to authors, while the reviewers can see authors' identities. Two reviewers from outside and oneeditor from the journal  typically involve in reviewing a submission.


Publication Frequency

2013-2017, Bimonthly, published in February, April, June, August, October and December

2012, Quarterly, published in March, June, September and December

2011, Annuals, published in December


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.



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