LINGUIST List 32.3085

Thu Sep 30 2021

Calls: Discipline of Linguistics / Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 27-Sep-2021
From: Heather Newell <>
Subject: Discipline of Linguistics / Canadian Journal of Linguistics (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

Call for Papers:

CJL Special Issues: ‘Commentaires’ on Replication, Falsification, Confirmation, and Description

NB. Nous acceptons de soumissions en français aussi!

Some of the key parts of sound scientific endeavour do not involve original argumentation or novel analysis, but instead test, confirm or falsify existing arguments, replicate existing experimental results, or describe new empirical patterns. Yet trends in linguistic publishing have made it increasingly difficult to find a venue for this kind of work unless it is accompanied by a detailed positive analysis. This prevents researchers from sharing certain argumentation or results, potentially leading to duplication of effort when others must “rediscover” existing insights. Squibs and short-form journals like Snippets are intended to fill this gap, but the expectations for squibs themselves have grown over the decades.

Here at CJL, the editors believe that this publication gap should be filled, and so we wish to provide a new venue for short papers that address these fundamental aspects of scientific inquiry.

The Canadian Journal of Linguistics is now accepting submissions for a series of three special issues that will focus on often neglected aspects of good scientific argumentation. These issues will exclusively contain short texts (maximum 12 pages) that fall into one of four categories:

- Replication of an experiment published in the literature
- Falsification of an argument published in the literature
- Confirmation of an argument published in the literature
- Description of new patterns and data not found in the literature.

These ‘Commentaires’ are meant to be short papers that make specific points in response to ongoing discussion in the literature, and these three issues are planned to have short turn-around time for reviewing. We will not provide an opportunity for revision and resubmission for these papers: papers will be reviewed on a numeric scale, similar to practices used for reviewing abstracts. To enable this, papers are expected to be submitted in fully publishable quality (though minor editorial changes will be possible after acceptance). Papers that do not meet this standard will not be sent out for review.

To submit an article, go to the Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique website and click on ‘Submit your article’. When submitting papers for these special issues, please be sure to select the ‘Brief report’ option (as opposed to Article, Squib, or Thematic Article).

Please refer to the ‘Squib’ section of the CJL Style Guide when preparing your submissions. The Style Guide and our Latex template can be found here:

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