Provides an international forum for interdisciplinary research on linguistic diversity in social life
Facilitates exchange of information and experience between academics and practitioners
Focuses on neglected sociolinguistic contexts worldwide
Features special issues allowing in-depth exploration of specific topics
Multilingua has partnered with Language on the Move to regularly feature selected Multilingua articles and to bring them to the attention of a wider audience. Language on the Move is a peer-reviewed sociolinguistics research site devoted to multilingualism, language learning and intercultural communication in the contexts of globalization and migration. Language on the Move aims to disseminate sociolinguistic research to a broad global audience.
Multilingua is a refereed academic journal publishing six issues per volume. It has established itself as an international forum for interdisciplinary research on linguistic diversity in social life. The journal is particularly interested in publishing high-quality empirical yet theoretically-grounded research from hitherto neglected sociolinguistic contexts worldwide.
Bi- and multilingualism
Language education, learning, and policy
Inter- and cross-cultural communication
Translation and interpreting in social contexts
Critical sociolinguistic studies of language and communication in globalization, transnationalism, migration, and mobility across time and space
Research articles, research notes, reports, debates, review articles and short reviews
Multilingua was founded in 1982 by Mouton Publishers (now De Gruyter Mouton) with the support of the Commission of the European Communities. J. C. Sager was the journal’s first Editor-in-Chief, followed by Richard Watts who served as Editor-in-Chief from 1987–2013 and who was responsible for establishing the journal as an international and renowned academic journal devoted to multilingualism and intercultural communication.
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Submissions are subject to single-blind peer-review. The reviewing process takes on average two months. Submissions are sent to 2–3 reviewers. You will be informed by e-mail if your manuscript has been accepted or rejected or if it requires further attention. Every effort is made to respond to authors in a timely manner.
Multilingua has an acceptance rate of ca. 15%. To maximize your chances of acceptance, it is essential that your article is within the scope of the journal. We are looking for theoretically and methodologically innovative research that has broader relevance. We particularly welcome research from marginalized and underexplored contexts.
If accepted: you have the option to publish it open access
Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract.
Manuscripts of between 8,000 and 12,000 words can be considered for publication as Research Articles. Shorter submissions may be considered for publication as Research Notes. Book Reviews should be no longer than 2,000 words
Guest editors and contributors of special issues will receive complimentary print copies of the issue
If you wish to propose a special issue, please contact the editor.
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:
Editor Ingrid Piller Department of Linguistics Macquarie University, NSW 2109 Australia e-mail: email@example.com
Editorial Board Philipp Angermeyer (York University, Canada) Jinhyun Cho (Macquarie University, Australia) Eva Codó (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) Alexandre Duchêne (Université de Fribourg, Switzerland) Ingrid Gogolin (Hamburg University, Germany) Nelson Flores (University of Pennsylvania, USA) Huamei Han (Simon Fraser University, Canada) Adam Jaworski (University of Hong Kong, China) Petteri Laihonen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) Sabine Little (University of Sheffield, UK) Ikuko Nakane (University of Melbourne, Australia) Joseph Sung-Yul Park (National University of Singapore, Singapore) Fatma Said (Goldsmiths, University of London, and University of York, UK) Jie Zhang (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China)