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  • The Editors' Report
  • Andries W. Coetzee, Editor and John Beavers, Co-Editor

[The following is a slightly modified and updated version of the report made verbally to the LSA membership at the virtual annual meeting, on January 4, 2021.]

In spite of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was another successful year at Language, during which we maintained a good submission record and a good time-to-decision. It was also a time of transition in the editorial team—we said goodbye to several members of the team, and also welcomed new members. We appreciate the continued support of the linguistics community for Language and for the work that we do as an editorial team. It takes the whole community to maintain Language as one of the prime publication venues in linguistics.

1. Impact of COVID-19 on language

Although operations at Language were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we were able to publish all four issues for 2020 on time, and we are also similarly set for at least the first two issues of 2021. This is in no small part due to the dedication of the members of the Language editorial team and to referees who made time to prepare reports even as they were dealing with significant increases in workload and family care responsibilities. We express our deep appreciation to the linguistics community for their continued support of the LSA's publication program.

The ways in which the pandemic has impacted operations at Language are reflected in a slight decrease in the number of submissions (most likely due to authors having less time to dedicate to research) and a small increase in the time-to-decision (due to referees and editorial team members needing more time to complete tasks) compared to 2019. Although the effects did not impact the publication schedule for 2020, there is a possibility that some of the issues of 2021 may be a bit slimmer than usual.

2. Changes in the editorial team

After three years as review editor, Lauren Squires (Ohio State University) stepped down from this position. Three associate editors cycled off from the editorial team at the end of their terms: Khalil Iskarous (University of Southern California), Lisa Travis (McGill University), and David Willis (Oxford University). Additionally, Shravan Vasishth also ended his service as associate editor during the course of 2020. We extend our appreciation to all of these individuals for their service to the LSA and the linguistics community.

At the beginning of 2021, Jessi Grieser (University of Tennessee) joined the Language editorial leadership team as review editor. Toward the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021 we were also joined by several new associate editors: Lisa Cheng (Leiden University), Anne-Michelle Tessier (University of British Columbia), Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh), and Titus von der Malsburg (University of Potsdam). We look forward to working with these new members of the Language editorial team in the coming years.

3. Language by the numbers

Volume 96 of Language consisted of four issues comprising 973 pages in the printed section, containing twenty-five research articles, one letter to the editor, and seventeen book reviews. The online sections of the volume had 343 pages, consisting of two articles in Teaching Linguistics, eight in Research Reports, one in Commentaries, and one target article in the Perspectives section, with seven responses. [End Page 432]

During 2020, we received a total of 159 submissions. Table 1 shows the breakdown of submissions by journal section for 2020. The numbers from 2018 and 2019 are included for comparison.

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Table 1.

Submission by journal section for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

For manuscripts submitted during 2020, the average time between submission and the various kinds of editorial decisions are given in Table 2 (with 2018 and 2019 included for comparison).

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Table 2.

Average number of days for various editorial decisions during 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Starting in January 2019, authors indicate the primary field of their manuscript during the submission process, using the same categories as those used for abstract submissions to the annual meeting. Table 3...


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