Glossa (journal)

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DisciplineGeneral linguistics
Edited byJohan Rooryck
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LicenseCC-BY 4.0
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OCLC no.967239337

Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics is a peer-reviewed open access academic journal covering general linguistics. It was established in 2016 and is published by Ubiquity Press. The editor-in-chief is Johan Rooryck (Leiden University). The journal is funded by LingOA and the Open Library of Humanities.


In October 2015, the editors and editorial board of Lingua resigned en masse to protest their inability to come to an agreement with Elsevier regarding fair pricing models for open access publishing.[1]

The former editors and board of Lingua started a new journal, while Elsevier continues publishing Lingua with new editors and a new editorial board. The original editorial board of Lingua is supported in their protest by the Association of Research Libraries, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the American Council on Education, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories, Educause, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


Glossa has been cited as a predecessor for Algebraic Combinatorics, a mathematics journal established under similar circumstances when the editorial board of Springer's Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics resigned en masse in 2017.[13][14] The editorial board criticized Springer for "double-dipping", that is, charging large subscription fees to libraries in addition to high fees for authors who wished to make their publications open access.[15]


  1. ^ van Oostendorp, Marc (October 27, 2015), NEWS: All editors and entire editorial board of Lingua have resigned, bec. agreement with Elsevier about fair Open Access was impossible, Twitter.
  2. ^ Scott Jaschik: Language of Protest, Inside Higher Education, 2 November 2015
  3. ^ Peter McPherson: APLU Statement on Resignation of Lingua’s Editors & Editorial Board Members in Protest of Elsevier’s Pricing Policies, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, 2 November 2015
  4. ^ Public Universities Back Protest of Elsevier Pricing, Inside Higher Education, 3 November 2015
  5. ^ Glyn Moody: Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access, ars technica, 3 November 2015
  6. ^ Julia Greenberg: Editors of the Journal Lingua Protest-Quit in Battle for Open Access, Wired, 5 November 2015
  7. ^ Kylar Loussikian: Lingua board walks over open access, Elsevier pricing, The Australian, 4 November 2015
  8. ^ Glyn Moody: Entire editorial staff of Elsevier journal Lingua resigns over high price, lack of open access, ars technica, 3 November 2015
  9. ^ Carl Straumsheim: More Support for 'Lingua' Editors, Inside Higher Education, 3 November 2015
  10. ^ Hunter Rawlings: AAU Statement on the Lingua–Elsevier Dispute and the Future of Scholarly Publishing, Association of American Universities, 12 November 2015
  11. ^ Mathew Ingram: Elsevier Mutiny: Cracks Are Widening in the Fortress of Academic Publishing, Fortune, 2 November 2015
  12. ^ Journals declaring independence, Open Access Directory, School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.
  13. ^ Lindsay McKenzie (July 31, 2017). "Math Journal Editors Quit for Open Access". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  14. ^ Gowers, Tim (2017-07-27). "Another journal flips". Gowers's Weblog. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  15. ^ Pooley, Jefferson (2017-08-15). "Scholarly communications shouldn't just be open, but non-profit too". Impact of Social Sciences. London School of Economics and Political Science. Retrieved 2018-02-08.

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