New Journal CONSTRUCTIONS and Call for Papers

Alex Bergs bergs at
Tue May 25 11:23:42 UTC 2004

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new e-journal

CONSTRUCTIONS offers a forum for linguistic research concerned with the
structure, use, function, and development of ‘constructions’ in language
and linguistics. 
The journal aims at a balanced integration of both notional, informal
approaches to constructions in general and more formal treatments, as
for example, within the framework of construction grammar. One of the
long-term goals is to establish contact between researchers from various
perspectives. The term ‘construction’ as understood in this journal is
deliberately chosen to have a broad extension and not be limited to any
specific definition or linguistic orientation. Constructions is not
restricted to any particular language or language family, and aims at
combining theoretical, empirical, and applied issues. 
CONSTRUCTIONS is published as an open access, peer-reviewed electronic
journal. As such, it departs from traditional print journals in at least
three important ways:
1) Online availability: Constructions will only be available online,
through a freely accessible online content system. Articles may be
printed by subscribers for private use only. Copyright generally remains
with the author(s).
2) Speedy publication: To ensure a timely publication of current
research, Constructions aims at publishing submitted manuscripts within
a period of no more than six months. It will not be published in volume
and issue form, but throughout the year, as articles become ready for
publication. Constructions is part of a large scale project launched by
the Ministry of Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
to establish digital peer publishing as an alternative to print journals
( Full publishing services, including
citability, archival storage, and copyright management will be provided
by the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum NRW ‘Centre of University Libraries’
in Cologne ( These services also include the provision
of professional software for handling the whole publication process from
submission to final publication in an efficient standardized format.
3) Innovative formats: The online platform will also allow for new and
innovative publication formats, as for example the publication of
research materials and comprehensive data sets in digital format,
including audio-visual material, online presentations, and electronic
data bases.

Constructions works with a high-class specialised editorial board. All
submitted articles will be subjected to the usual multiple blind peer
reviewing process.

General Editors

Alexander BERGS and Anette ROSENBACH 

Editorial Assistant

Susan DOSTERT, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf

Editorial Board

Hans C. BOAS University of Texas Austin
Joan BYBEE University of New Mexico
Sonja EISENBEISS University of Essex
Charles FILLMORE University of California Berkeley
Kerstin FISCHER Universitaet Bremen
Olga FISCHER University of Amsterdam
Adele GOLDBERG University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Birgit HELLWIG School of African and Oriental Studies, University of
Paul KAY University of California Berkeley
Tania KUTEVA Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Laura MICHAELIS University of Colorado Boulder
Ivan SAG Stanford University
Anatol STEFANOWITSCH Universitaet Bremen
Dieter STEIN Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
John TAYLOR University of Otago Dunedin
Michael TOMASELLO Max Plank Institut fuer Evolutionaere Anthropologie
Alison WRAY Cardiff University
Arnold ZWICKY Stanford University, Ohio State University


CONSTRUCTIONS invites original, hitherto unpublished high-quality papers
of any length that explicitly deal with the structure, use, and function
of constructions (however defined) in language and linguistics. While
there is in principle no length restriction on papers, authors should
bear in mind that length should positively correlate with relevant
content and quality. Given the explicit goal of Constructions to bring
together research from all linguistic perspectives, submissions should
be accessible for a general audience. Authors are also encouraged to
consult the “Guidelines for reviewers”, available online at 
Manuscripts should be submitted in electronic format (as an MS Word
document, or compatible file with minimal formatting) to
constructions at The multiple blind peer
reviewing process requires anonymous manuscripts. Authors should provide
their name, address, title of the paper, and a short abstract (no more
than 500 words) in their cover email. Publication languages are English
and German. 

Anglistik III – English Language and Linguistics
Universitaetsstr. 1
D-40225 Duesseldorf
Phone +49 211 81-12963
Fax +49 211 81-15649
constructions at

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