The Mental Lexicon

The Mental Lexicon is an interdisciplinary journal that provides an international forum for research that bears on the issues of the representation and processing of words in the mind and brain. We encourage both the submission of original research and reviews of significant new developments in the understanding of the mental lexicon. The journal publishes work that includes, but is not limited to the following:
  • Models of the representation of words in the mind
  • Computational models of lexical access and production
  • Experimental investigations of lexical processing
  • Neurolinguistic studies of lexical impairment.
  • Functional neuroimaging and lexical representation in the brain
  • Lexical development across the lifespan
  • Lexical processing in second language acquisition
  • The bilingual mental lexicon
  • Lexical and morphological structure across languages
  • Formal models of lexical structure
  • Corpus research on the lexicon
  • New experimental paradigms and statistical techniques for mental lexicon research
“In an era when the highly specialized journal may fail to draw a large enough audience and the overly generalized journal may fail to find a coherent voice, the Journal of the Mental Lexicon seems to have found that ideal niche: a clear scholarly conception, an openness to multidisciplinary approaches and a broad appeal to the researcher, the clinician, the theoretician and the historian. John Benjamins Publishing is to be congratulated both on the foresight to support this worthwhile project and the acumen to have selected two outstanding scholars to edit what promises to be a bellwether among competing journals.”

Prof. Dr. Harry A. Whitaker, Department of Psychology, Northern Michigan University

ISSN 1871-1340 | E-ISSN 1871-1375
Sample issue: ML 12:1
Harald Baayen | Eberhard Karls University Tübingen
Melanie J. Bell | Anglia Ruskin University
Juhani Järvikivi | University of Alberta
Vito Pirrelli | Institute for Computational Linguistics - CNR, Pisa
Advisory Editor
Harry A. Whitaker | Northern Michigan University
Advisory Board
Mark Aronoff | SUNY Stony Brook
Bruce L. Derwing | University of Alberta
Wolfgang U. Dressler | University of Vienna
Kenneth I. Forster | University of Arizona
Angela D. Friederici | Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Loraine K. Obler | City University of New York
Founding Editors
Gonia Jarema | Université de Montréal
Gary Libben | Brock University
Editorial Board
Roelien Bastiaanse | University of Groningen
Iris Berent | Northeastern University
Ron Borowsky | University of Saskatchewan
Sami Boudelaa | United Arab Emirates University
Marc Brysbaert | University of Ghent
Lori Buchanan | University of Windsor
Manuel Carreiras | Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
Harald Clahsen | University of Potsdam
Ton Dijkstra | University of Nijmegen
Mirjam Ernestus | Radboud University Nijmegen
Laurie Beth Feldman | University of Albany
Robert Fiorentino | University of Kansas
Steven Gillis | University of Antwerp
Mira Goral | Lehman College, CUNY
Eva Kehayia | McGill University
Emmanuel Keuleers | University of Ghent
Victor Kuperman | McMaster University
Matti Laine | Abo Akademi University
Alec Marantz | New York University
Fermín Moscoso del Prado Martín | University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara
James Myers | National Chung Cheng University
Ingo Plag | University of Düsseldorf
Dominiek Sandra | University of Antwerp
John W. Schwieter | Wilfrid Laurier University
Carlo Semenza | University of Padova
Richard Sproat | Google, Japan
Joseph P. Stemberger | University of British Columbia
Marcus Taft | University of New South Wales
Katsuo Tamaoka | Nagoya University
Debra Titone | McGill University
Chris Westbury | University of Alberta
Lee H. Wurm | Gonzaga University
Pienie Zwitserlood | University of Münster
Subscription Info
Current issue: 15:3, available as of January 2021
Next issue: 16:1, expected November 2021, published online on 8 October 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 17 (2022): 3 issues; ca. 450 pp. EUR 305.00 EUR 354.00
Volume 16 (2021): 3 issues; ca. 450 pp. EUR 305.00 EUR 354.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
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Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒15; 2006‒2020)
44 issues;
6,630 pp.
EUR 4,163.00 EUR 4,493.00
Volume 15 (2020) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 305.00 EUR 354.00
Volume 14 (2019) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 299.00 EUR 347.00
Volume 13 (2018) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 290.00 EUR 337.00
Volume 12 (2017) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 282.00 EUR 327.00
Volume 11 (2016) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 282.00 EUR 317.00
Volume 10 (2015) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 282.00 EUR 308.00
Volume 9 (2014) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 282.00 EUR 299.00
Volume 8 (2013) 3 issues; 450 pp. EUR 282.00 EUR 290.00
Volumes 2‒7 (2007‒2012) 3 issues; avg. 450 pp. EUR 274.00 each EUR 282.00 each
Volume 1 (2006) 2 issues; 330 pp. EUR 215.00 EUR 222.00

Volume 16 (2021)

Volume 15 (2020)

Volume 14 (2019)

Volume 13 (2018)

Volume 12 (2017)

Volume 11 (2016)

Volume 10 (2015)

Volume 9 (2014)

Volume 8 (2013)

Volume 7 (2012)

Volume 6 (2011)

Volume 5 (2010)

Volume 4 (2009)

Volume 3 (2008)

Volume 2 (2007)

Volume 1 (2006)


The Mental Lexicon offers online submission. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, please contact the editors: MentalLexicon at


Main BIC Subject

CFD: Psycholinguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General