Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Journal of Experimental Linguistics

The Journal of Experimental Linguistics: JEL is a linguistic "journal of reproducible research", that is, a journal of reproducible computational experiments on topics related to speech and language. [...] In all cases, JEL articles will be accompanied by executable recipes for re­creating all figures, tables, numbers and other results. These recipes will be in the form of source code that runs in some generally-­available computational environment. [...] Although JEL is centered in linguistics, we aim to publish research from the widest possible range of disciplines that engage speech and language experimentally, from electrical engineering and computer science to education, psychology, biology, and speech pathology. In this interdisciplinary context, "reproducible research" is especially useful in helping experimental and analytical techniques to cross over from one sub field to another. (Via Language Log.)

Bravo! Great concept, open access. I am delighted to see the LSA and this outstanding editorial board (alright, I'm not totally objective with so many friends, current and former colleagues there) take this bold step when so many other proposals and arguments in related societies and fora have failed or are barely limping along.

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