Language Science Press believes that book publishing should be fully under the control of scholars and that most of the traditional tasks of profit-oriented publishers can be done better and more efficiently by scholars. Led by the renowned linguistic scholars Stefan Müller (Humboldt-Universität Berlin)and Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History), Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed Open Access books in linguistics. By leveraging existing institutional infrastructures and creating efficient processes, Language Science Press titles come at a significantly lower price compared to traditional publishers. At the same time, these titles are made freely accessible to readers worldwide to broaden the impact of the works.
As of the end of 2015, 225 works had been proposed to Language Science Press.
In 2016, Language Science Press published 15 books; another 25 should be
published in 2017. So far all titles combined have received more than 100,000
downloads, where most readers come from are Germany, the United States of America, China, France, and the United Kingdom.
Book production is supported by an active editorial community and a high profile
Advisory Board. The selected works include authors from institutions such as Yale University, UCLA, University of Sydney or University of Zürich.
Based on this successful start, Language Science Press now seeks to grow its
operations and aims to publish 30 high-quality, peer-reviewed Open Access titles in
linguistics per year. Initially supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
(DFG) during the startup phase, Language Science Press will now collaborate with
Knowledge Unlatched to secure the necessary funding for a period of three years.
This exemplary Open Access initiative wants to remain non-profit and now counts on
libraries working together for the benefit of the whole community to support the
publishing activities of Language Science Press.
Through Knowledge Unlatched, Language Science Press seeks to raise enough
financial support from libraries, institutions and individuals for a period of three years.