Language Problems and Language Planning

Language Problems and Language Planning (LPLP) is a peer-reviewed international and multilingual journal devoted to the study of multilingualism and language policy. It has a particular interest in contributions on relatively large-scale language issues and their international implications. LPLP encourages interdisciplinarity in the study of multilingualism and language policy. Contributions from any of the language disciplines, as well as from other fields in the social sciences (including political science, sociology, economics, education sciences, psychology, philosophy, history, law, etc.) are welcome, with a priority for papers offering a strong analytical orientation (whether theoretical, empirical, methodological, or a combination of these).

ISSN 0272-2690 | E-ISSN 1569-9889 | Electronic edition
Sample issue: LPLP 39:1
François Grin | Université de Genève
Michele Gazzola | Universität Leipzig
Book Review Editor
Lisa J. McEntee-Atalianis | Birkbeck, University of London
Interlinguistics Editor
Federico Gobbo | Universiteit van Amsterdam
Editor Emeritus
Humphrey Tonkin | University of Hartford
Editorial Board
Linda Cardinal | Université d'Ottawa
David Cassels Johnson | University of Iowa
Probal Dasgupta | Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Jean-Marc Dewaele | Birkbeck, University of London
Robert Dunbar | University of Edinburgh
John Edwards | St Francis Xavier University & Dalhousie University
Mark Fettes | Simon Fraser University
Sabine Fiedler | Universität Leipzig
Kimura Goro Christoph | Sophia University Tokyo
Hartmut Haberland | Roskilde Universitet
Rainer Enrique Hamel | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Kathleen Heugh | University of South Australia
Francis Hult | Lunds Universitet
Björn H. Jernudd | Hong Kong Baptist University (emer.)
Peter A. Kraus | Universität Augsburg
Haitao Liu | Zhejiang University
Conchúr Ó Giollagáin | University of the Highlands and Islands
Robert Phillipson | Copenhagen Business School (emer.)
Timothy Reagan | University of Maine, Orono
Thomas Ricento | University of Calgary
Tove Skutnabb-Kangas | Abo Akademi
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Translation & Interpreting Studies

Translation Studies

Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General

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The editors welcome articles dealing with language policy, language management, and language use in international organizations, multinational enterprises, etc., and theoretical studies on global communication, language interaction, and language conflict. Articles dealing with language situations in particular countries should have wider theoretical applicability.

Contributions are invited from any discipline in the social sciences and humanities (SSH), even though the language disciplines are central for the journal. Authors proposing papers with an anchoring in other disciplines (e.g. law, economics, psychology, etc.) are invited to pay particular attention to the accessibility of their contribution to a scientific audience with training in a discipline other than their own.

The editors welcome articles in languages other than English.

For a more extensive discussion of the journal’s editorial line, please refer to the Editorial Statement.

Guidelines and general information

Manuscript submissions are invited in any language. They are normally reviewed anonymously by two competent scholars. When preparing your article for submission to LPLP, please follow these Instructions to Authors.

Submissions for consideration should be sent to Prof. François Grin, Editor-in-Chief, via the Editorial Manager Platform. For additional information about electronic submission, please consult the Short Guide to EM for Authors.

Manuscripts for the Interlinguistics Section should be sent to:
Federico Gobbo,
University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities – Linguistics, Spuistraat 134, NL-1012 VB Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Books for review should be sent to:
Dr Lisa J McEntee-Atalianis,
Birkbeck, University of London, Department of Applied Linguistics & Communication, 26 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT, UK


Inquiries should be sent to:

François Grin, Editor-in-Chief (incoming),
with copy to Guillaume Fürst, Editorial assistant,
FTI, University of Geneva, 40 Bd du Pont-d’Arve, CH – 1211 Genève 4, Switzerland


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Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

For more information, please consult the author's rights page

Open Access

For information about possibilities to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access), please consult the author's rights page.

LPLP offers the possibility for accepted papers to be made available under the 'gold' open access model immediately upon publication, after payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge, APC) by or on behalf of the author. For more information, see our Open Access policy