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Cognitive Linguistics

Editor In Chief: Dagmar Divjak

Please note that our journal has adopted a new Open Data Policy effective as of 1 July 2020

Your benefits:

  • State-of-the-art linguistic research on the interaction between language and cognition
  • Appreciation of diverse theoretical frameworks within wider usage-based linguistics
  • Favours an interdisciplinary approach to the study of language
  • Timely publication of high quality peer-reviewed research

Cognitive Linguistics presents a forum for linguistic research of all kinds on the interaction between language and cognition. The journal focuses on language as an instrument for organizing, processing and conveying information. Cognitive Linguistics is a peer-reviewed journal of international scope and seeks to publish only works that represent a significant advancement to the theory or methods of cognitive linguistics, or that present an unknown or understudied phenomenon.


  • the structural characteristics of natural language categorization (such as prototypicality, cognitive models, metaphor, and imagery);
  • the functional principles of linguistic organization, as illustrated by iconicity;
  • the conceptual interface between syntax and semantics;
  • the experiential background of language-in-use, including the cultural background;
  • the relationship between language and thought, including matters of universality and language specificity

Article formats

  • Research Articles - these are substantive pieces presening original research, totalling between 8,000 and 10,000 words on first submission
  • Registered report - each year we have space for one registered report that tackles a core question in cognitive linguistics. See the registered reports guidelines for more information.
  • Review paper - each year we have space for one paper that reviews progress in a core area of cognitive linguistics.
  • Commentaries & Replies to Research Articles - with prior consent of the Editor-in-Chief only.

    Please contact cogling@degruyter.com with topics for a Review Paper, Commentary or Reply.
    Note that we no longer accept Book Reviews.

> Information on submission process

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Cognitive Linguistics was founded by De Gruyter Mouton and Dirk Geeraerts in 1990. The first issue came out in February 1990.

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Submission Process

  • High quality manuscript processing through ScholarOne Manuscripts®
  • Manuscripts are submitted online: go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cogl and you will be guided through the process

As per De Gruyter policy, no author list changes are permitted after acceptance of an article. The De Gruyter production team is instructed to enforce this policy during the production/proofing process.

Your benefits of publishing with us

  • Double-blind peer-review aimed at improving the quality of your paper
  • Online publication ahead-of-print
  • Accepted papers are published online first as DOI-citable, articles are forward-linked for the quickest possible visibility to the scientific community
  • Optional open access publication
  • 30 PDF copies of your published article (marked “author’s copy”) for distribution to colleagues; for our repository policy click here
  • Articles are easily discoverable thanks to SEO, comprehensive abstracting and indexing services, and linkable online abstracts
  • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
  • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
  • Professional editorial assistance alongside sales and marketing support

Please note

  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Instructions for Authors.
  • Before submitting your manuscript, please read our Open Data Policy
  • Manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English
  • Each submitted manuscript must include a data availability statement (see the Open Data Policy for details)
  • A Research Article should normally be between 8,000 and 10,000 words when first submitted. Authors should report the total word count (including tables, footnotes and appendices but excluding references and supplementary material) at the end of the manuscript. The final, accepted version of an article may be longer as a result of necessary revisions, but will generally not exceed 12,000 words.
  • Commentaries and Replies to Research Articles are by invitation only - Please contact cogling@degruyter.com before submitting
  • The De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet contains formatting details for your manuscript
  • A Publication Ethics Statement and a signed copyright agreement are required before publication
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Dagmar Divjak
University of Birmingham
Department of Modern Languages & Department of English Language and Linguistics
Birmingham B15 2TT
e-mail: cogling@degruyter.com

Consulting Editor for Methodology and Registered Reports
Petar Milin
University of Birmingham, UK

Consulting Editor for Theory
John Newman
University of Alberta, Canada & Monash University, Australia

Associate Editors
Martin Hilpert (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
Zoltán Kövecses (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary)
Karin Madlener-Charpentier (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven, Belgium)
Sherman Wilcox (University of New Mexico, USA)

Editorial Assistant
Dagmar Hanzlikova

Editorial Board
Antonio Barcelona (University of Córdoba, Spain)
Paul Chilton (Lancaster University, UK)
William Croft (University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, USA)
Ewa Dabrowska (University of Birmingham, UK)
Holger Diessel (University of Jena, Germany)
Ad Foolen (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Dirk Geeraerts (University of Leuven, Belgium)
Raymond W. Gibbs (University of California at Santa Cruz, USA)
Stefan Th. Gries (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
Lynn Hou (University of California at Santa Barbara, USA)
Tuomas Huumo (University of Turku, Finland)
Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano (University of Zaragoza, Spain)
Seizi Iwata (Kansai University, Osaka, Japan)
Vsevolod Kapatsinski (University of Oregon, USA)
Ronald W. Langacker (University of California at San Diego, USA)
Jeannette Littlemore (University of Birmingham, UK)
Francisco J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez (Universidad de La Rioja, Spain)
Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Klaus-Uwe Panther (University of Hamburg, Germany)
Fey Parrill (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
Frank Polzenhagen (University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Sally Rice (University of Alberta, Canada)
Hans Joerg Schmid (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany)
Dingfang Shu (Shanghai International Studies University, China)
Karen Sullivan (University of Queensland, Australia)
Javier Valenzuela (University of Murcia, Spain)
Arie Verhagen (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Jörg Zinken (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Jordan Zlatev (Lund University, Sweden)

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