Focus and Scope

Research in Corpus Linguistics (RiCL, ISSN 2243-4712) is a scholarly peer-reviewed international scientific journal aiming at the publication of contributions which contain empirical analyses of data from different languages and from different theoretical perspectives and frameworks, with the goal of improving our knowledge about the linguistic theoretical background of a language, a language family or any type of cross-linguistic phenomena/constructions/assumptions.

RiCL invites original, previously unpublished research articles and book reviews in the field of Corpus Linguistics. The journal also considers the publication of special issues on specific topics, whose edition can be offered to leading scholars in the field.

Main areas of interests:

  • Corpus design, compilation and typology
  • Discourse, literary analysis and corpora
  • Corpus-based grammatical studies
  • Corpus-based lexicology and lexicography
  • Corpora, contrastive studies and translation
  • Corpus and linguistic variation
  • Corpus-based computational linguistics
  • Corpora, language acquisition and teaching


RiCL publishes four types of articles:

  1. Papers reporting on research based on or derived from corpora.
  2. Research papers reporting on corpus construction, annotation, the development and application of corpus tools, software, etc.
  3. Book reviews in the field of Corpus Linguistics.
  4. Review articles in the field of Corpus Linguistics.

For further details see Submissions.


Peer Review Process

Submissions are accepted for review with the understanding that the same work has been neither submitted to, nor published in, another publication. Concurrent submission to other publications will result in immediate rejection of the submission.

All manuscripts will be subject to a well-established, fair, unbiased peer review process, and are considered on the basis of their significance, novelty and usefulness to the journal's readership. The reviewing structure will always ensure the anonymity of the referees.

All articles undergo a strict two-step blind peer-review process undertaken by experts in the corresponding areas of each contribution.

  • Internal Review. Each manuscript received in RiCL is first carefully reviewed by the editors to ensure that it meets the basic requirements specified in the general and stylesheet guidelines, and that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not considered for external review. The internal review generally takes approximately two weeks.
  • External Review. Submissions which meet the basic requirements are then sent out for blind peer review by two experts in the field. The external review takes approximately two to four months. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision.

The review output will be one of the following decisions:

  • Accept
  • Accept with minor changes
  • Accept with major changes
  • Reject

Should authors be requested by the editors to revise the text, the revised version should be submitted within two months for a major revision or one month for a minor revision. Authors who need more time are kindly requested to contact the editors. The editors reserve the right to reject a paper if it does not meet the aims and scope of the journal, it is not technically sound, it is not revised satisfactorily, or if it is inadequate in presentation.

Revised versions should follow the same requirements as for the final versions to format the paper, plus a short summary about the modifications authors have made and the author's response to the reviewer's comments.

Authors will receive the notification of acceptance by email from the editors, with the guidelines of how to finalize the other publication procedures.

Publication Frequency

Between 2013 and 2019 this journal was published once a year.

From 2020 onwards the journal is published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Research in Corpus Linguistics is a fully open access journal. All content is freely and immediately accessible to readers under a liberal CC-BY license. The journal is supported by the Spanish Association for Corpus LinguisticsAuthors do not pay publication charges nor submission charges. Authors retain full copyright and all rights of reuse. Research in Corpus Linguistics allows text mining and other ways of accessing and using the content.