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International Journal of the Sociology of Language

Founded by Fishman, Joshua A.

Ed. by Garcia Otheguy, Ofelia

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.357
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.803
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.529

ERIH category 2011: INT2


Aims and Scope

The International Journal of the Sociology of Language (IJSL) is dedicated to the development of the sociology of language as a truly international and interdisciplinary field in which various approaches – theoretical and empirical – supplement and complement each other, contributing thereby to the growth of language-related knowledge, applications, values and sensitivities. Five of the journal's annual issues are topically focused, all of the articles in such issues being commissioned in advance, after acceptance of proposals. One annual issue is reserved for single articles on the sociology of language. Selected issues throughout the year also feature a contribution on small languages and small language communities.

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Instructions for Authors

Thematic issues. The International Journal of the Sociology of Language invites proposals for the 5 annual thematic issues. To assess the interest of IJSL in a proposed topic and for guidelines to submit proposals, please contact Ofelia García. Once the Thematic issue is accepted, the Issue Editor will be given further guidelines. The complete manuscript for a Thematic issue must be submitted as electronic files to the IJSL Editor Ofelia García.

'Singles' issues.
Submissions of unsolicited articles for consideration for the annual 'Singles' issue should be sent to 'Singles' issue Editor, Florian Coulmas.

Small Languages and Small Language Communities (SLSLC). Short submissions to this special subseries of IJSL should be sent to Editor Bernadette O'Rourke.

Contributions should be in English, French, Spanish, or German, although in some cases Italian may also be accepted. Authors who are not writing in their native language should have their contribution carefully checked by a native speaker before submission to the editor of the Thematic issue, of the 'Singles' issue, or of the SLSLC section.

Style guidelines.
When preparing a manuscript, authors should refer to the De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet, especially regarding the proper format for citations and reference entries.

Corrections. Authors are asked to check their manuscripts very carefully before submitting them in order to prevent delays and extra costs at the proof stage. In-text citations should be checked against listings in the References section to be sure that publication dates and the spelling of names match, and that all works cited are listed, and vice versa.

Proofs. Authors will receive electronic proofs (PDF format) for correction which must be returned by dates determined by the publishers.

Offprints. Upon publication, authors will receive electronic offprints (in PDF format) of their contribution as well as a complimentary print copy of the issue.

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General Editor

Ofelia Garcia
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309

‘Singles’ Editor

Florian Coulmas
IN-EAST Institute of East Asian Studies
University of Duisburg-Essen
47048 Duisburg

Small Languages and Small Language Communities (SLSLC) Editor

Bernadette O'Rourke
Heriot-Watt University
E-mail: B.M.A.O'

Founding Editor (1974-2015)

Joshua A. Fishman

Editorial Board (2016-2020)

E. Annamalai (University of Chicago, USA)
Yoshiyuki Asahi (National Institute for Japanese Language, Tokyo)
Matthias Brenzinger (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
David M. Bunis (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Nikolas Coupland (Copenhagen University, Denmark and Cardiff University, UK)
Xu Daming (University of Macau)
Paulin Djité (Université FHB, Côte d'Ivoire)
Rosalie Finlayson (University of South Africa UNISA)
Nelson Flores (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Federica Guerini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)
Rainer Enrique Hamel (U. Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)
Patrick Heinrich (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy)
Christine Hélot (University of Strasbourg, France)
Francis M. Hult (Lund University, Sweden)
Herbert Igboanusi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria)
Kendall King (University of Minnesota, USA)
Joseph Lo Bianco (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Leketi Makalela (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa)
John Maher (Intern. Christian University, Japan)
Francisco Moreno-Fernández (University of Alcalá, Spain)
Finex Ndhlouvu (University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
Tope Omoniyi (Roehampton University, UK)
Ricardo Otheguy (Graduate Center, CUNY, USA)
Rakhmiel Peltz (Drexel University, USA)
Mark Sebba (Lancaster University, UK)
Elana Shohamy (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Dick Smakman (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
Mauro Tosco (University of Turin, Italy)
Guadalupe Valdés (Stanford University, USA)
Li Wei (University College London, UK, UK)
Kutlay Yaǧmur (Tilburg University, the Netherlands)

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