Accessibility of scientific research is a cornerstone of an equitable and fair academy. Paywalls have become a major obstacle that disadvantages many researchers in the Global South, preventing them from keeping up with the latest scholarship, let alone contributing to it.

This does not have to be the case. According to most publishers’ copyright policies, authors are legally permitted to share the accepted version (the “postprint”) of their manuscripts online. While the preprint is the paper that has not gone through peer review yet, the postprint is the version that has been accepted for publication but has not been copyedited by the publisher. It is basically the final, pre-formatted draft that you submit to the journal to be published. Posting this postprint on your personal website or on a nonprofit repository does not violate the copyright requirements of most publishers (see table below).

By taking this pledge, you undertake to make scholarship accessible to readers who may not have institutional subscriptions by making available the postprints of all articles you publish in the following applied linguistics journals (they give you the right to do so), either on your personal website or on a public repository.  

What this Pledge is NOT asking you to do

  1. This Pledge does not ask you to break any laws. Sharing postprints is within your rights (see details in the table).
  2. This Pledge does not ask you to share “preprints” (i.e., your manuscript before it was accepted), but to share the “postprint” (the accepted version before it is formatted and copyedited by the publisher). Simply put, you convert the final word document into pdf and share it. See example here. (It is your choice if you also want to share your preprints.)
  3. This Pledge does not limit you to publishing in these journals.
  4. This Pledge does not require you do anything else (like boycotting certain publishers or not reviewing for them).

What this Pledge ASKS you to do

  1. Whenever you publish in these journals, share the postprint of your accepted manuscript online, either on your personal website and/or a public repository. (This assumes that your article will be behind a paywall and not already open access, of course.)
  2. Remember to include publication details on the first page (e.g., journal title, etc.) so that others can cite your paper properly.
  3. You are free to go for a repository of your choice. The recommended repositories are:

http://osf.io/preprints generalist repository
http://psyarxiv.org/ more toward linguistics
http://socarxiv.org/ more toward education

After posting your postprint, you are welcome to announce it with the hashtag #PostprintPledge at the Facebook group Applied Linguistics Research Methods–DiscussionDon’t wait until you publish a new paper; pick a paper you have already published and share it now! 

Who can sign?

This campaign is open to researchers in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, but all researchers in Linguistics are welcome. We compiled a list of journals in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition, each with its copyright policies to make things clearer for potential Pledgers. We invite advocates from other fields to do the same.

When will my pledge activate?

Your pledge will activate as soon as you sign it, meaning that you should share your postprints immediately. You are also invited to share postprints of your previously published papers if they are behind paywalls.

Who has taken the pledge?

Take the pledge!

Linguistics Journals Policies

  Journal Publisher Personal Website Repository More Info
1 Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/1411
2 Applied Psycholinguistics Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/1413
3 Bilingualism-Language and Cognition Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/1556
4 Journal of French Language Studies Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/1707
5 Language in Society Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/2080
6 Language Teaching Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/2081
7 RECALL Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/2177
8 Studies in Second Language Acquisition Cambridge Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/2195
9 Language and Cognition De Gruyter Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/3297
10 Journal of Second Language Writing Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/14112
11 Assessing Writing Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16729
12 English for Specific Purposes Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16893
13 Journal of English for Academic Purposes Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/13884
14 Journal of Memory and Language Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/14005
15 Journal of Neurolinguistics Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/14023
16 Language & Communication Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16711
17 Language Sciences Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16950
18 Linguistics And Education Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16713
19 System Elsevier Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/16930
20 International Journal of Corpus Linguistics John Benjamins Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/10956
21 Language Problems & Language Planning John Benjamins Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/10973
22 Narrative Inquiry John Benjamins Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/10983
23 Review of Cognitive Linguistics John Benjamins Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/10987
24 Spanish in Context John Benjamins Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/10991
25 International Journal of Bilingualism Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9206
26 Journal of Language and Social Psychology Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9305
27 Language Teaching Research Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9366
28 Language Testing Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9367
29 RELC Journal Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9447
30 Second Language Research Sage Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/9464
31 Across Languages and Cultures Akadémiai Kiadó Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/2110
32 English Teaching-Practice and Critique Emerald Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/32354
33 Language Cognition and Neuroscience Taylor & Francis Yes Yes https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/39268
34 Journal of Psycholinguistic Research Springer Yes 12m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/15732
35 Language Learning and Development Springer Yes 12m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/14046
36 Language Policy Springer Yes 12m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/17226
37 Computer Assisted Language Learning Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5093
38 Current Issues in Language Planning Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19858
39 International Journal of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19862
40 International Journal of Multilingualism Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19863
41 International Multilingual Research Journal Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5454
42 Journal of Language Identity and Education Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5648
43 Journal of Multilingual And Multicultural Development Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/25423
44 Journal of Quantitative Linguistics Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5724
45 Language and Education Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19873
46 Language and Intercultural Communication Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19874
47 Language Assessment Quarterly Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5805
48 Language Awareness Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5805
49 Language Culture and Curriculum Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/19876
50 Language Matters Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/5808
51 Research on Language and Social Interaction Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/6016
52 Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies Taylor & Francis Yes 18m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/295
53 Applied Linguistics Oxford University Press Yes 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/239
54 ELT Journal Oxford University Press Yes 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/419
55 Language Learning Wiley 12m embargo 12m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/15998
56 Foreign Language Annals Wiley 24m embargo 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/13943
57 International Journal of Applied Linguistics Wiley 24m embargo 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/7018
58 Modern Language Journal Wiley 24m embargo 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/15814
59 TESOL Quarterly Wiley 24m embargo 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/22134
60 Mind & Language Wiley 24m embargo 24m embargo https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/id/publication/7103