Who we are

PCL-PRESS is the publishing house of the International Working Group on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages (WGNDV). Founded in 2010, it is an association of linguists working on the description of pluricentric languages and linguistic variation around the world. PCL-PRESS went operative on December 10, 2019.

What makes us special

  • PCL-PRESS is a non-profit enterprise that tries to overcome the high costs demanded by some publishers and also to overcome the complications younger scientists sometimes face to find a publisher if they lack funding and/or support from their academic environment.
  • PCL-PRESS is an enterprise maintained by scientists for scientists trying to promote science and trying to be a forum for contemporary research in linguistics.

What we offer

  • We offer the opportunity of open-access, cost-free publication of monographs, anthologies, conference proceedings and larger papers that deal with the description of pluricentric languages, linguistic variation and multilingualism.
  • Your publication will benefit from maximum visibility as it will be displayed at the PCL-PRESS web site 24/7. In order to achieve further dissemination your publication will be downloadable free of charge by any visitor of the PCL-PRESS web site. The visitors can do this after they registered and confirmed a privacy data and non-commercial use agreement.
  • PCL-PRESS cooperates with EPUBLI (Berlin, Germany) (http://www.epubli.de). Epubli will provide printed copies of your publication that are also displayed at the online shop of EPUBLI. Printed copies can be ordered there. The printing costs at EPUBLI are very moderate. A volume of 450 pages with hardcover will cost around 35 Euros which is only half the price of any other scientific publisher. A PhD dissertation of around 300 pages will not cost be more than 25-27 Euros (depending on its configuration).
  • The language of the publications. We accept publications written in any of the known pluricentric languages (currently there are 43; for a list see http://pluricentriclanguages.org/plc-languages). We do this to counter the linguistic monoculture of English in science. However, scientific works that are not written in English need to be accompanied by an extensive summary in order to make the content accessible to anyone who does not master the language of the manuscript.

For further information about the publishing process see “For authors”. We are looking forward to receiving your manuscripts.

The fields of linguistics where we publish

The structure of the publications

The works published at PCL-PRESS will be assigned to different PCL-PRESS series. Series that have already been set up:

  • Pluricentric languages of the world
    This is the general series of PCL-PRESS that will be grouped according to different pluricentric languages and varieties. Works published in this series will be labelled as follows: PCL-PRESS: Series: Pluricentric languages of the world: Name of the pluricentric language: Name of the national variety. E.g. Pluricentric languages of the world:  English: Australian English
  • Sociolinguistics – Variational linguistics
    This is the general series of PCL-PRESS that will deal with publications on language and society and all types of variation in languages that does no fall into the field of pluricentricity. Works published in this series will be labelled as such: PCL-PRESS: Series: Language and Society – Variation in Languages: Sub field.
  • Pedagogical and applied linguistics
    This series will deal with the publication of teaching materials and research on teaching and learning languages. The focus will be on materials and research that deal with the teaching of pluricentric languages, in particular on the promotion and maintenance of non-dominant varieties and endangered languages / endangered non-dominant varieties.
  • Multilingualism
    This series will be edited in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair on Multilingualism situated at the University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis, Brazil. It is open to works on aspects of multilingualism and multilingual societies.

Further series can be established if there is enough interest in the scientific community.