About

Focus and Scope

Laboratory Phonology is the official journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. Its focus is the scientific study of the elements of spoken and signed language, their organization, their grammatical functions, and their roles in speech communication. The journal publishes research on phonology and its intersections with all other domains of linguistics (e.g., phonetics, syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics) as well as related disciplines such as the many branches of psychology; speech, hearing, and communication sciences and disorders; computer science; and electrical and computer engineering. Readers of Laboratory Phonology are interested in phonological questions approached from various theoretical frameworks, investigated with empirical methods.

Research published in Laboratory Phonology is grounded in quantitative analyses of empirical data from diverse languages and from diverse types of populations across the lifespan (i.e., including (a) typically developing infants and children and disabled and clinical populations). Data often come from (laboratory) experiments, speech or signed corpora, or speech or signed languages obtained in fieldwork settings. The types of data may include acoustic and articulatory measurements, frequency counts, reaction times, perceptual judgments, qualitative judgments, neurophysiological/neuroimaging data, etc. The journal publishes regular, independent articles and has also published collections of articles focusing on specific research topics. Exploratory studies that pertain to phonological themes, and papers focusing on methodologies that are pertinent to laboratory phonology research, are welcomed at Laboratory Phonology. Review articles are also welcomed, but interested authors should contact the editors prior to embarking on such an endeavor.

The journal started in 2010. The first six volumes were published by De Gruyter Mouton. The articles in these volumes are freely available here.

The journal is supported with long-term funding provided by the Open Library of Humanities (OLH).

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year.

Special collections of articles are welcome and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to a Creative Commons license agreement. 

One of the benefits of open access publishing lies in others being able to re-use material. We believe that the greatest societal good is possible when people are free to re-distribute scholarship and to create derivative works. This is why we use the CC BY 4.0 license, under which others may re-use your work, on condition that they cite you.  

If a more restrictive licence is required (for example, if you are reproducing third party material that cannot be reproduced under more open licences)please make this request upon submission in the â€˜Comment to the Editor’ field or email your editor directly, stating the reasons why.

Archiving Policy

The journal's publisher, the Open Library of Humanities, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

Laboratory Phonology has a 2019 Impact Factor of 0.958 and is indexed in Web of Science (Social Science Citation Index; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; Current Contents - Social & Behavioral Sciences; Current Contents - Arts & Humanities) as well as by CrossRef, JISC KB+, SHERPA RoMEO, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Cengage LearningGoogle Scholar, and Portico. In addition, all OLH journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

In addition, all journals are available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing support@janeway.freshdesk.com or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Journal Statistics

Core journal statistics for the 2020 volume:

Submissions received158
Reviews requested2384
Reviews received3192
Total Rejections436
...of which, Desk rejects54
Acceptances630
Acceptance rate745.5%
Time from submission to publication8383 days

Definitions

1Number of new articles received by the journal
2Number of peer review invitation emails that were sent out
3Number of completed peer review reports received
4Total number of articles rejected (including desk rejects)
5Number of articles rejected prior to peer review
6Number of articles that received a 'Accept for publication' decision
7Number of acceptances, as a percentage, against the total number of final decisions
8'Mean' average from submission to publication for all publications in the volume

Publication Data

All publications include the publication data, and from June 2017 the submission and acceptance dates.

All papers within the journal are assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) at the time of publication, providing more persistent identifier to the article and helping to track citations.

Annotation and Post-Publication Comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page, via the Disqus service. Readers will need a Disqus account to leave comments. Comments may be moderated by the journal. However, if they are non-offensive and relevant to the publication subject, comments will remain online without edit.


The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via hypothes.is. Readers will require a hypothes.is account to create annotations, and will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement Policy

The journal only displays advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.