- The Editor’s Report
[The following is a slightly modified and updated version of the report made verbally to the LSA membership at the annual meeting in New Orleans, on January 3, 2020, by Editor Andries Coetzee.]
The year 2019 was a good year for Language, during which we saw a rise in the number of submissions, maintained a good time-to-decision, and welcomed several new members to the editorial team. We are deeply appreciative of the continued support and trust that we receive from the linguistics community. Language is in a real sense the intellectual property of the whole community of linguists and language researchers, and as an editorial team we are cognizant of the responsibility that comes with overseeing such a valuable community property.
Changes in the editorial team
After seven years as part of the editorial team, Megan Crowhurst (the University of Texas at Austin) stepped down at the end of 2019. During her time at Language, Megan has served as associate editor, senior associate editor, and co-editor. Few people have made such a substantive and lasting contribution to Language as Megan. She shepherded hundreds of submissions through the editorial process, wrote as many decision letters, and provided steadfast leadership as a senior member of the editorial team. We cannot sufficiently express our gratitude to Megan for all that she has done for the linguistics community through her service at Language. Megan handed over the role of co-editor to her colleague at Texas, John Beavers. John had already served as associate editor for four years before being elected by the LSA membership in 2019 to serve for three years as co-editor (2020–2022), followed by three more years as editor (2023–2025).
Several associate editors also cycled off from the editorial team at the end of their terms, and we extend appreciation and thanks to them for their service to the LSA: Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (the Ohio State University), Donna Christian (Center for Applied Linguistics), Roger Levy (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Diane Lillo- Martin (University of Connecticut), and Linda Wheeldon (University of Agder).
We are happy to be joined by several new associate editors, each of whom will serve an initial term of three years: Marlyse Baptista (University of Michigan), Diane Brentari (University of Chicago), Colleen Fitzgerald (Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi), Lauren Hall-Lew (University of Edinburgh), Vaidehi Ramanathan (University of California, Davis), Arthur Spears (City University of New York), Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of British Columbia), Shravan Vasishth (University of Potsdam), and Susi Wurmbrand (University of Vienna).
We also bid farewell to Alicia Stevers, who served as Language’s editorial assistant for the past three years. Alicia completed her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at the end of 2019, and we wish her well in her post-graduate-school endeavors. We welcome Kelly Wright, a Ph.D. student from the University of Michigan, as our new editorial assistant.
Language by the numbers
Volume 95 of Language consisted of four issues comprising 826 pages in the printed section, containing twenty-one research articles, two review articles, and eighteen book reviews. The online section of the volume had 473 pages, consisting of one paper in [End Page 465] Language and Public Policy, one in Phonological Analysis, three in Teaching Linguistics, five in Research Reports, three in Commentaries, one Reply to an earlier Language article, and one target article in the Perspectives section, with six responses.
During 2019, we received a total of 202 submissions (compared to 166 in 2018). Table 1 shows the breakdown of submissions by journal section for 2019. The numbers from 2018 are included for comparison
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For manuscripts submitted during 2019, the average time between submission and the various kinds of editorial decisions is given in Table 2 (with 2018 times included for comparison).
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Starting in January 2019, authors indicate the primary field of their manuscript during the submission process, using the same categories as those...