The 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America is scheduled to be held in Boston, January 3-6, 2013. As it happens, the 128th Annual Convention of the Modern Language Association will also be held in Boston on the same dates. The LSA and MLA have planned a number of joint activities for meeting attendees.
The LSA's Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals (CELxJ) will sponsor an organized session on Open Access publishing, to be held at the LSA on Thursday, January 3, 4-7pm. In addition to yours truly, our confirmed panelists include:
- Ellen Duranceau (MIT Libraries Program Manager for Scholarly Publishing and Licensing)
- Kai von Fintel (MIT Linguistics, founding co-editor of Semantics & Pragmatics)
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick (MLA Director of Scholarly Communications)
- Alyson Reed (Executive Director of the LSA)
- Stuart Shieber (Harvard Computer Science, Director of Harvard's Office for Scholarly Communication)
- Lindsay Whaley (Dartmouth Linguistics, founding co-editor of Linguistic Discovery)
- Vika Zafrin (Boston University Institutional Repository Librarian)
I hope that anyone planning to attend the LSA or the MLA will make time to attend this important and timely session. Building on its efforts with eLanguage, the LSA has recently committed to extend the range of the journal Language to include online-only, Open Access material; a business model for supporting Open Access publications is currently under consideration and will be available before the panel meets. The MLA Convention's Presidential Theme is Avenues of Access, including Open Access and the future of scholarly communication. The efforts on the part of both of these organizations to increase public access to scholarly work will be among the topics under discussion in this session.