Just Electronic?

We have been asked by several people whether S&P will be “just an electronic journal”. The question has two answers: “No” and “No”.

  1. While we have not made any final decision on this, we plan to offer printed versions of the journal — either just an annual volume, or also quarterly issues and even single article offprints. This will be done via a print-on-demand service such as Lulu — although we are not committed to a particular vendor yet. We might even offer subscriptions to these print versions. We anticipate that we will price these print versions at a (slight?) premium as an additional revenue source to support typesetting and copy-editing services.
  2. The primary identity of S&P is not that of an electronic journal. Our fundamental aim is to publish a high-quality, peer-reviewed journal on a par with the established journals. The electronic platform is secondary but gives us two very significant advantages:
  3. fast turn-around from submission to publication, facilitated by the all-electronic journal management software plus the fact that publication will be online-first and each article will be published as soon as it is ready (without waiting for an “issue” to be complete);
  4. open, immediate, and free access to anyone with an internet connection.

So, S&P will be a traditional high-quality peer-reviewed journal with printed issues available, but with crucial advantages opened up by modern technologies.

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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.

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