Frontiers in Language Sciences is a Specialty Section of Frontiers in Psychology.
Frontiers in Language Sciences is a specialty section of Frontiers in Psychology devoted to understanding the cognitive and brain mechanisms that support language processing-acquisition, comprehension and production. Language is a unique human ability present in most activities of everyday life. Work in the language sciences includes areas such as speech perception and production, reading, writing, language acquisition, comprehension and production in oral and signed languages, processing in bilingualism and multilingualism, and neurodegeneration and language disorders. The scope includes orthography, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse. To understand language processing, it has become increasingly important to examine how language processes unfold during child development, mature in adulthood and often decline in aging and dementia, and how these processes are altered in developmental, neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as aphasia, specific language impairment, dyslexia and dementia. In recent years, there have been impressive theoretical and methodological advances in this field, which have been accompanied by technical developments that have led to sophisticated methodological approaches, such as computational linguistics, large corpus analyses, computational modeling, experimental paradigms using behavioral methods (e.g., reaction times, accuracy and eyetracking), and the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques (e.g., ERPs, MEG and fMRI) to investigate the neural bases of language. This has provided key insights into the mechanisms of language processing in infants and adults, monolinguals and bilinguals, clinical and other populations. Work in the language sciences has influenced many areas of inquiry ranging from neuroscience to education. Thus, our section will provide a forum for research in the language sciences spanning all areas of inquiry using rigorous research approaches.
Frontiers in Language Sciences welcomes the following tier 1 article types
: Book Review, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All articles must be submitted directly to Frontiers in Language Sciences, where they are processed by the associate and review editors of the Specialty Section.
All articles published in Frontiers in Language Sciences will be subjected to the Frontiers Evaluation System
after online publication. Authors of the original research articles
with the highest impact, as judged by many expert readers, will be invited by the Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Psychology to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review
- a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering
". The author selection is based on article-level impact metrics of Original Research published in the Frontiers Specialties. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it in a wider context, and aim to address the wider audience across all of Psychology.