Open Access at ZAS

ZAS has ratified an own Open Access Policy (PDF) in 2017.

Open access refers to the unlimited and free access to quality-tested scientific information on the internet. Due to the lifting of technical, financial and legal barriers, open access contributes to accelerating scientific innovation and improving the visibility of research findings. Scientists are therefore supported in the research and publication processes, and the use of public funded research is maximized. As a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) is committed to open access. It thereby follows the „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ and the „Open Access policy of the Leibniz Association 2016-2020“.

Open Access Cooperations

Leibniz Consortium Taylor & Francis in 2021-2022: Free reading and publishing rights

Our participation in the consortium allows ZAS researchers to access the content of Taylor & Francis journals from year 1997 for free and to publish all in 2021 and 2022 accepted articles free of charge in Open Access.

Advantages for ZAS members


  • Read and follow the Author Workflow.
  • When submitting a contribution, the email address must be provided with the ZAS domain, as this is required for identification purposes.
  • Wait until the library has approved the contribution in the library dashboard, as the workflow is then much easier than if authors have already signed a publishing agreement beforehand. The exact process as described in the PDF should be followed.
  • When signing the publishing agreement, select the CC-BY 4.0 license.

Submission instructions

  • The entry point for the submission process is the website of the journal in which the article is to be published. The button "Submit an article" takes authors to the submission portal for the respective journal.
  • On the respective journal pages, under "Instructions for authors", there is further information to be observed for the submission.

Information page on the Leibniz Consortium Taylor & Francis "Open access publishing for researchers at Leibniz Association institutes"

Step-by-step instructions for publishing at T&F: "How to publish your research"

Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik: E-Journal-Hosting

The realization of a website for the ZAS Papers in Linguistics (ZASPiL), published by our institute in Open Access, was done in close cooperation with the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik on the basis of the software Open Journal Systems. The ZASPiL website can be found at The journal is hosted - as a service of the FID - by the University Library Frankfurt am Main and archived via the Frankfurt Linguistik-Repository.

In addition to all articles from issues starting with ZASPiL 14 (1999), the website offers important information on the submission procedure, such as the checklist for article submissions, the guidelines for authors, the Author‘s Agreement, as well as a ZASPiL document template and a ZASPiL sample file.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

In March 2020 we joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership system. The OLH is an academic-led gold open-access publisher in the field of the humanities, including linguistics, with no author-facing charges. The organization consists of an international library consortium. The system of the OLH Library Partnership enables libraries to support an infrastructure instead of purchasing journals. OLH supports teams of editors who want to convert their journal to a Fair Open Access publication.

Language Science Press (LSP) and Knowledge Unlatched (KU)

We cooperate with the publisher Language Science Press via the online platform Knowledge Unlatched, who offers free access to scholarly content. Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer reviewed Open Access books in the field of linguistics.

Open Access Publications at ZAS

Journal articles and books can be found on the ZAS researchers' websites under Publications. Open Access publications are marked there with OA icons.

ZAS Papers in Linguistics (ZASPiL)

Also under Publications (here with filtering the series ZASPiL) you will find the ZASPiL, which is published by ZAS in Open Access. Only contributions by ZAS authors are listed there.

The complete issues of the journal starting with ZASPiL 14 (1999) can be found on the ZASPiL website at