Announcement at SALT

In the business meeting at this weekend’s SALT conference, we announced the launch of our journal with a short slideshow. There were many encouraging comments and interesting questions. We’ll continue the conversation on this blog as the launch progresses.

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About Kai von Fintel

I'm a professor of linguistics at MIT. I work on meaning. I am also Associate Dean of MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. I have a wife, two kids, two cats, and a dog. I live in an intentional community (Mosaic Commons Cohousing) in Berlin, Massachusetts. I am a runner. I like soccer, a lot. I was born on a cold winter’s night in a small village on the Lüneburg Heath in Northern Germany.

4 thoughts on “Announcement at SALT

  1. Hi — I agree it’s a great project. I have a question and a suggestion.

    Do you have any ideas about how to make sure that published articles remain permanently available? (By “permanently”, I guess I mean however long today’s print journals are expected to last.) One advantage of the print model is that we can usually track down articles written long ago. Suppose the journal closes after – what, 5, 10, 25 years. Do you have any thoughts on how to make sure that the students in those times (especially those who may not be connected by personal relationships to somebody who downloaded it) can find the material?
    In order to make the case to to our employers that this is a top-quality venue, it would be helpful to have access to information about the number of submissions, time to decision, percent accepted, etc. So I suggest you make those kinds of statistics available on a regular basis.

  2. This is especially great for colleagues and students in places where their institutions can’t afford to subscribe to most of the regular journals, or where they aren’t near an institution. Thank you for doing it!

  3. I applaud this much needed initiative. I’ll be happy to offer my services for all sorts of work.

    Obviously I regard the decision to publish free content electronically of great merit but another important decision of the editors is — if I understand them well — to treat semantics and pragmatics as sister disciplines and close allies. This way a lot of valuable material belonging to the interface of these two disciplines will find an opportunity to appear in print.

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