UPDATE: This position has now been filled.

The LSA is currently accepting applications for the newly-created position of Publications Coordinator. Please refer to the information below for additional details.


Overview: Manages the administrative and technical aspects of the LSA’s publishing program.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performs the role of Journal Manager for all publications utilizing Open Journal Systems (OJS) software.
  • Provides training and orientation to incoming and continuing editorial personnel in the use of OJS and other systems for carrying out the editorial workflow.
  • Advises the LSA on the best tools and services for managing its publishing objectives, providing comparative analyses and cost estimates where appropriate.
  • Maintains the online publications sites hosted by the LSA.
  • Works closely with editorial personnel to ensure all publications are operating at optimal efficiency; responds to requests for technical support from authors, editors and referees.
  • Supervises the work of any vendors hired to perform custom development of any online publications sites hosted by the LSA.
  • Manages communications with the LSA’s publishing partners and vendors.

Reports to: LSA Executive Director               Status: Contractual Consultant (not to exceed $17K in billed hours annually)

Workhours/Schedule: The incumbent may work remotely from any location with internet access. Hours will vary by week/month, following the cycle of LSA publications: quarterly, annual, etc. Since this is a new position, the initial workload will likely exceed the weekly anticipated average of 4-6 hours.

Minimum qualifications: BA/BS degree; 1-5 years professional experience in scholarly and/or digital publishing sector; advanced knowledge of OJS strongly preferred. Coursework in linguistics is desirable, but not required.

Instructions and Deadline for Applications Please submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and minimum hourly rate in confidence to Alyson ReedThis position is available as of October 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

About the LSA’s Publishing Program

The LSA has published Language since 1925, which continues to be available in print or an expanded online version. Beginning in 2008, the LSA published a series of co-journals, book notices and conference proceedings under the auspices of eLanguage. In 2013, eLanguage was discontinued, and a sub-set of these publications were continued by the LSA, including: Semantics & Pragmatics (S&P), the proceedings of BLS and SALT, and the extended abstracts of the LSA Annual Meeting. (An online archive of eLanguage publications is maintained by the LSA.) Also in 2013, new online-only sections of Language were added on: Teaching Linguistics, Perspectives, Historical Syntax, Language & Public Policy, and Phonological Analysis. In 2014, the LSA began publishing a new Proceedings of the Annual Meetings in Phonology.

The LSA uses OJS to manage submissions and review for all of its publications. OJS is also used to publish content appearing in S&P and all of its Proceedings. The content appearing in the eLanguage Archive was generated using OJS software. Language is typeset and printed by Dartmouth Journal Services, and hosted online by Project Muse (2001- present). The online archives of Language (1925 – 2010) are hosted online by JSTOR. Beginning in 2013, open-access versions of Language content are available freely on the LSA website, following a one-year embargo period. The editorial personnel involved in the LSA publishing program include: Editors, Senior Associate Editors, Section Editors, Associate Editors, Editorial Advisory Boards, Copy Editors, Editorial Assistants, and Proofreaders. The business operations of the publishing program are managed by the LSA Secretariat. The strategic objectives of the LSA’s publishing program are established by the Executive Committee, in consultation with a Publications Committee. A Committee of Editors of Linguistics Journals advises the LSA on issues of common concern to a broad range of independent publications. The LSA relies on its members to generate articles and to volunteer as referees for double-blind peer-review.