Language Problems and Language Planning
Language Problems and Language Planning (LPLP) is a peer-reviewed international and multilingual journal which focuses on language issues and the challenges they raise for contemporary societies at various levels and for various actors, with a particular emphasis on how these issues are addressed and processed through language policies.
LPLP cultivates a strongly interdisciplinary spirit. Scholars from the full range of the social sciences and humanities are invited to submit work that contextualizes and analyzes the ways in which language functions in modern societies, particularly as an object of regulation, management, and contestation. LPLP therefore welcomes work from a wide array of disciplines, such as (but not limited to) political science, policy analysis, public administration, economics, normative political theory, psychology, geography, history and law.
A clear language policy angle, however, remains indispensable. Various specialties in applied linguistics, in particular sociolinguistics or other approaches to “language in society,” are prominently represented in submissions to the journal. This can extend to literary studies and general linguistics. On the other hand, LPLP does not normally carry, for example, pieces devoted strictly to pedagogy and language learning. While case studies of particular national or regional issues are welcome, preference is given to work offering generalisable insights of relevance across diverse contexts.
LPLP is particularly interested in papers combining a strong theoretical approach with high standards of empirical treatment. Knowledge claims are expected to display high standards of scientific rigour, including close attention to the definition of concepts and assumptions, methodological transparency, and the reliability and verifiability of data. Given the journal’s interdisciplinary scope, all authors are requested to explain their work in a way that is accessible to curious, open-minded scholars from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities.
LPLP maintains a longstanding interest in interlinguistics, encompassing all planned languages and questions arising from their development and use. A specific section of the journal is devoted to historical and contemporary aspects of interlinguistics, including but not limited to Esperanto. The same criteria of rigour and interdisciplinarity apply.
LPLP publishes its articles Online First.
3 October 2023
3 July 2023
27 June 2023
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20 April 2023
12 January 2023
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17 October 2022
10 October 2022
27 September 2022
20 September 2022
19 July 2022
14 July 2022
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Volume 47 (2023)
Volume 46 (2022)
Volume 45 (2021)
Volume 44 (2020)
Volume 43 (2019)
Volume 42 (2018)
Volume 41 (2017)
Volume 40 (2016)
Volume 39 (2015)
Volume 38 (2014)
Volume 37 (2013)
Volume 36 (2012)
Volume 35 (2011)
Volume 34 (2010)
Volume 33 (2009)
Volume 32 (2008)
Volume 31 (2007)
Volume 30 (2006)
Volume 29 (2005)
Volume 28 (2004)
Volume 27 (2003)
Volume 26 (2002)
Volume 25 (2001)
Volume 24 (2000)
Volume 23 (1999)
Volume 22 (1998)
Volume 21 (1997)
Volume 20 (1996)
Volume 19 (1995)
Volume 18 (1994)
Volume 17 (1993)
Volume 16 (1992)
Volume 15 (1991)
Volume 14 (1990)
Volume 13 (1989)
Volume 12 (1988)
Volume 11 (1987)
Volume 10 (1986)
Volume 9 (1985)
Volume 8 (1984)
Volume 7 (1983)
Volume 6 (1982)
Volume 5 (1981)
Volume 4 (1980)
Volume 3 (1979)
Volume 2 (1978)
Volume 1 (1977)
All prices for print + online include postage/handling.
|Online-only||Print + online|
|Volume 48 (2024): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 47 (2023): 3 issues; ca. 300 pp.||EUR
Individuals may apply for a special online-only subscription rate of EUR
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.
|Online-only||Print + online|
(Vols. 1‒46; 1977‒2022)
|EUR 9,494.00||EUR 9,983.00|
|Volumes 44‒46 (2020‒2022)||3 issues; avg. 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 43 (2019)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 42 (2018)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 41 (2017)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 40 (2016)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 39 (2015)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 38 (2014)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volume 37 (2013)||3 issues; 300 pp.||EUR
|Volumes 4‒36 (1980‒2012)||3 issues; avg. 300 pp.||EUR
|Volumes 1‒3 (1977‒1979)||3 issues; avg. 200 pp.||EUR
The journal invites articles in line with the journal's aims & scope, as described on the main webpage and in this Editorial Statement , and the List of Topics .
The editors welcome articles in languages other than English.
Guidelines and general information
Manuscript submissions are invited in any language. They are normally reviewed anonymously by two competent scholars. When preparing your article for submission to LPLP, please follow these Instructions to Authors.
Submissions for consideration should be sent to Prof. François Grin, Editor-in-Chief, via the Editorial Manager portal. For additional information about electronic submission, please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors.
Inquiries should be sent to:
François Grin, Editor-in-Chief, editor-in-chief-lplpunige.ch
with copy to Guillaume Fürst, Editorial assistant, editorial-assistant-lplpunige.ch
FTI, University of Geneva, 40 Bd du Pont-d’Arve, CH – 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland
Manuscripts for the Interlinguistics Section can be submitted through the Editorial Manager portal.
They will be considered by the journal's Interlinguistics committee, consisting at present of board members Mark Fettes (Simon Fraser University), Guilherme Fians (University of St Andrews), Sabine Fiedler (Universität Leipzig), Kimura Goro Christoph (Sophia University Tokyo) and Klaus Schubert (Universität Hildesheim).
Book reviews are normally solicited (occasionally, unsolicited reviews may be considered; in this case, please provide information about your reviewing and publishing experience and research expertise in the area of the book chosen to review; postgraduate
students must co-author or seek the support of their supervisor in writing a review).
Once a book has been received by the author, the review will usually be due within 2-3 months. Reviews are to be between 1,500-2000 words. For further details see also the journal's Instructions to Authors.
Book reviews should be headed by the name of the author of the book, date and title, place of publication and publisher details, along with the number of pages. This should be followed by the reviewer’s name and affiliation e.g.:
David J. Peterson. (2015) The art of language invention: From horse-lords to dark elves, the words behind the world-building. New York: Penguin. 292 pp.
Reviewed by Federico Gobbo (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
The reviewer’s name, full address and a short bibliographical note (max 4 lines) should also be provided at the end of the review.
Reviews should be sent to:
Dr Lisa J McEntee-Atalianis, l.mcentee-atalianisbbk.ac.uk
Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT, UK
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This journal offers the possibility for accepted papers to be published Open Access through payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC) of EUR 1800 (excl. tax); more information can be found on the publisher's Open Access Policy page.
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