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Linguistics: Journals

What is a journal?

Journals consist mainly of articles written by scholars and researchers, reporting in detail on their original research, and "peer reviewed" by other experts before they’re published. Most are published by professional or academic organizations.

Journals in linguistics

Journal of English Linguistics



Cognitive Linguistics



Computational Linguistics

How to find journals in linguistics

Identifying the best academic journals in Linguistics is not an easy task. Here are a few quick tips on how to proceed:


1. Go the Yale Library main page and follow the path to Online Journals & Newspapers. Then click on Subjects, select Arts & Humanities and, finally, click on  Language & Linguistics. Unfortunately, there is no way to further sort the findings by field (cf. Linguistics or Comparative Literature) or by language (cf. journal in French, Italian, English, Spanish, etc.).


2. Another possibility is to consult the MLA Directory of Periodicals or the Urlich's global serials directory database.


3. In WorldCat, select Advanced Search and enter author's name (last, first) as a Subject term and Limit type to: Serial Publications.  Example: Search for: Linguistics as Subject and Limit type to: serial publications.


4. Check related Guide to Linguistics such as this one, or a Website (e.g. Directory of Open Access Journals in Linguistics).


5. Search the following Web resources:

  • Google Scholar allows searches for scholarly literature across a variety of disciplines and providers including academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar is freely searchable and sometimes offers access to the full text.
  • Peeters Online Journals is an online data base for academic resources. It provides world-wide access to a variety of journals in several languages. Peeters Online Journals gives you the opportunity to retrieve the articles you were looking for in an easy and accurate way.


      6.  Do the following search in Orbis:


          7. To search for journals on a specific author in Orbis, use Advanced Search. Search in: Subject - for an author's name (last, first); and search in Subject - for periodicals.



          search for Chomsky; search in Subject

          search for periodicals; serach in Subject

          Important journals in your field

          Here you will find some important journals in Linguistics:


          Lingua, Language and Culture

          Linguistic Inquiry leads the field in research on current topics in linguistics. In each issue, its authors keep themselves and other readers informed of new theoretical developments based on the latest international scholarship. 

          Linguistic Inquiry captures the excitement of contemporary debate in the field by publishing full-scale articles as well as shorter contributions (Squibs and Discussion) and more extensive commentary (Remarks and Replies).


          Journal of Linguistics (1965-2007)


          Natural Language & Linguistic Theory

          Most prestigious subfield-specific journals:






          Historical Linguistics:

          Computational Linguistics:

          Linguistic Typology: