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Thursday, September 10, 2020 by Chris Wellekens

7-17 Call for Papers: Data, Replicability and Reproducibility in Linguistics in Revista da Abralin


Call for Papers: Data, Replicability and Reproducibility in Linguistics

For scientific theories based on empirical data, reproducibility and replicability are central principles, for at least two reasons. First, unless we accept that scientific theories rest on the authority of a small number of researchers, empirical studies should be reproducible, in the sense that their methods and procedures should be carefully documented and relevant data should be made available so that other researchers to conduct the same study and obtain the same results. Second, for empirical results to provide a solid basis for scientific theorisation, they should also be replicable in the sense that most attempts to reproduce the original study using similar data and methods would produce results similar to those presented in the original study.

 Although science depends on replicability and reproducibility, works aimed at replicating impact studies are quite rare due to the emphasis academia places on novelty: editors and reviewers of journals usually value original research higher than replication studies. Likewise, editors and reviewers value the presentation of empirical data (and significant findings) higher than, for example, the presentation of raw data such as annotated speech corpora and similar documentations.

 We are organizing a special issue for Revista da Abralin whose objective is to gather articles that contribute to the central principle of replication / reproduction of experimental studies in the area of linguistics. The focus should be on impact studies, i.e. studies that were or still are frequently cited well beyond the authors' own citation circles, not necessarily only those studies that directly led to influential theories).

Three types of submissions are welcome.

  1. Submissions that focus entirely on replication/reproduction. When designing such studies, authors are encouraged to work in collaboration with those author(s) of the original study to ensure that replication follows as closely as possible the original methods.
  2. Submissions that replicate a key aspect of a previous study and then add an own original piece of work on top, for example, in order to explain why the previous results could not be replicated or in order to advance or substantiate the previous results. This can be done by applying a different (measuring) method, by using different speaker or listener samples (e.g., with respect to language, age, or gender), or by following up on one of the open questions raised by the author(s) in the previous study.
  3. Submissions that present a speech, gesture, or language-data corpus and that make this resource available to the linguistics community.

All papers submitted to this special issue of Revista da Abralin should be pre-registered on the Open Science Framework website (

Submission deadline: December 31, 2020

Submission link:

Author Guidelines and Submission Preparation Checklist are available here:

Guest Editors:

Miguel Oliveira, Jr. (Universidade Federal de Alagoas)

Oliver Niebuhr (University of Southern Denmark)

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