Modern Languages Open

In late 2014, Liverpool University Press launched Modern Languages Open (MLO), a peer-reviewed online platform for the open access publication of research from across the modern languages to a global audience.

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MLO provides:

  • Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective
  • Gold Open Access under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC licence
  • Rigorous peer review pre-publication and interactivity post-publication
  • Rapid turnaround from submission to publication
  • Rewards for article reviewers
  • Flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words
  • International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press

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Endorsements for MLO

"MLO will galvanize innovative scholarship and may indeed change the course of publishing."
Tom Conley, Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages & Literature, Harvard University

"MLO is one of the most important initiatives for modern language research in the past decades. It will transform the nature of publishing, explicitly encouraging interdisciplinarity, ensuring that high-quality and original work is published in a timely way, and significantly enlarging and democratising both the creation and the readership of modern language research."
Professor Michael Worton, author of the HEFCE Review of Modern Foreign Languages provision in higher education in England

"MLO looks set to be a bold initiative indeed: flexible and interdisciplinary yet rigorous and scholarly. It may well prove to be a trailblazing and invaluable resource for scholars and students alike."
Professor Paul Julian Smith FBA, Graduate Center, CUNY

"LUP has taken its interdisciplinary approach to languages one step further with this very imaginative platform. MLO combines academic rigour with a nimbleness befitting today's online culture. Its flexible approach to timing and length of submission is particularly innovative, and its digital media savvy features will appeal to a new generation of researchers."
Professor Michael Kelly, Director, Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and Routes into Languages

"Although there are some fine open access journals in the Sciences and Social Sciences, MLO will be a first of its kind in its field. This will be a global enterprise in the best sense of that misused and overused word."
Robin Feuer Miller, Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities, Brandeis University

"What researchers want for their scholarship is as broad as possible a readership, and they want it as quickly as possible. They and their readers want peer review as assurance of quality and both also want reader feedback. MLO offers all these advantages as well as an encouraging flexibility about the length of submissions. It is an exciting initiative, and one to be warmly welcomed."
Julian Graffy, Professor of Russian Literature and Film, University College London

"I am delighted that, with the founding of MLO, the UK will finally have a genuine platform for scholarship that crosses the divide between European and Asian cultures. I am especially pleased that MLO has thought not only about how to provide open access to its contents, but also about how to archive and preserve that content for future generations through the LOCKSS system."
Michel Hockx, Professor of Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, President of the British Association of Chinese Studies, and Director of the SOAS China Institute

"Modern Languages Open offers an imaginative and flexible response to the emerging Open Access agenda. It joins the rigour of peer review with speed of access and interactive functionality in what looks set to be an exciting marriage of tradition and innovation."
David Shepherd, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Library and Information Strategy) and Professor of Cultural Theory, Keele University, former Professor of Russian and Director of the Bakhtin Centre, Sheffield University

"This is an exciting time for Modern Languages and, as our separate disciplines converge, MLO provides a hugely valuable resource."
Professor Charles Burdett, Chair, Society for Italian Studies

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