Review of Cognitive Linguistics | Published under the auspices of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association

The Review of Cognitive Linguistics (published under the auspices of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association) offers an international forum for the publication of original high-quality research from a cognitive perspective in all areas of linguistic conceptualization and communication.

Fruitful debate is encouraged with neighboring academic disciplines as well as with other approaches to language study, particularly functionally-oriented ones.

Volumes 1–7 (2003–2009) were published under the title Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics.

RCL publishes its articles Online First.

As of volume 8 (2010) Review of Cognitive Linguistics is the continuation of the Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics.
ISSN 1877-9751 | E-ISSN 1877-976X
Sample issue: RCL 15:1
Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez | University of La Rioja, Logroño
Assistant Editors
Mahum Hayat Khan | University of La Rioja, Logroño (research fellow)
Inés Lozano-Palacio | Polytechnic University of Valencia
Carla Ovejas-Ramírez | University of La Rioja, Logroño
Editorial Board
Pedro A. Fuertes Olivera | University of Valladolid
Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano | University of Zaragoza
Aneider Iza Erviti | University of La Rioja, Logroño
María Sandra Peña-Cervel | University of La Rioja, Logroño
Lorena Pérez-Hernández | University of La Rioja, Logroño
Paula Pérez-Sobrino | University of La Rioja, Logroño
Manuela Romano | Autonomous University of Madrid
Advisory Board
Annalisa Baicchi | University of Genoa
Antonio Barcelona | University of Córdoba
Enrique Bernárdez | Complutense University of Madrid
Hans C. Boas | University of Texas at Austin
Mario Brdar | University of Osijek
Teresa Cadierno | University of Southern Denmark
Alan Cienki | VU University Amsterdam & Moscow State Linguistic University
Paula Cifuentes-Férez | University of Murcia
Seana Coulson | University of California, San Diego
Alice Deignan | University of Leeds
Nicole Delbecque | University of Leuven
David Eddington | Brigham Young University
Charles Forceville | University of Amsterdam
Dirk Geeraerts | University of Leuven
María de los Ángeles Gómez González | University of Santiago de Compostela
Elżbieta Górska | University of Warsaw
Sabine De Knop | Facultés Universitaires, Saint-Louis, Brussels
Zoltán Kövecses | Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
Fuyin Thomas Li | Beihang University, Beijing
Heng Li | Sichuan International Studies University
Jeannette Littlemore | University of Birmingham
Andreas Musolff | University of East Anglia
Jan Nuyts | University of Antwerp
Klaus-Uwe Panther | University of Hamburg
Günter Radden | University of Hamburg
Gerard J. Steen | University of Amsterdam
Anatol Stefanowitsch | Freie Universität Berlin
Javier Valenzuela | Murcia University
Xu Wen | Southwest University, Chongqing
Sherman Wilcox | University of New Mexico
Review Editor
Wei-lun Lu | Masaryk University
Subscription Info
Current issue: 20:1, available as of May 2022
Next issue: 20:2, expected December 2022

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All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

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Volume 21 (2023): 2 issues; ca. 550 pp. EUR 245.00 EUR 290.00
Volume 20 (2022): 2 issues; ca. 550 pp. EUR 245.00 EUR 284.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

For back-volumes 1–7 see Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics

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Volume 11 (2013) 2 issues; 400 pp. EUR 191.00 EUR 197.00
Volumes 8‒10 (2010‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 400 pp. EUR 185.00 each EUR 191.00 each

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Volume 19 (2021)

Volume 18 (2020)

Volume 17 (2019)

Volume 16 (2018)

Volume 15 (2017)

Volume 14 (2016)

Volume 13 (2015)

Volume 12 (2014)

Volume 11 (2013)

Volume 10 (2012)

Volume 9 (2011)

Volume 8 (2010)


1. Contributions should be in English. If not written by a native speaker of English it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker. All submissions must be original, unpublished, and not under the review of any other publication. 

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12. The REFERENCES section should follow the NOTES and should start on a new page. References should be listed (1) alphabetically and (2) chronologically. Names of Journals should be given in full with page references. Please pay special attention to the use of capitals, italics and punctuation marks as given in the following examples, according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.):


Görlach, M. (2003). English words abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spear,  N. E., & Miller, R. R. (Eds.). (1981). Information processing in animals: Memory
. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Article (in book):
Adams, C. A., & Dickinson, A. (1981). Actions and habits: Variation in associative
      representation during instrumental learning. In N. E. Spear & R. R. Miller (Eds.),
      Information processing in animals: Memory mechanisms (pp. 143-186). Hillsdale, NJ:

Article (in journal):
Claes, J., & Ortiz López, L. A. (2011). Restricciones pragmáticas y sociales en la expresión de
      futuridad en el español de Puerto Rico [Pragmatic and social restrictions in the expression
      of the future in Puerto Rican Spanish]. Spanish in Context, 8, 50–72.

Rayson, P., Leech, G. N., & Hodges, M. (1997). Social differentiation in the use of English
      vocabulary: Some analyses of the conversational component of the British National
      Corpus. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 2(1), 120–132.

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RCL invites submissions in line with the aim and scope of the journal, which may be submitted electronically to Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza, rcognitivelinguistics at

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Please note that submission for the review section is temporarily closed until further notice.


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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General