About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Literary Linguistics (IJLL) is an open-access, peer-review journal published by Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany) that publishes original research at the interface of literary studies and linguistics. The journal provides an innovative forum for articles participating in the recent reshaping of the field of literary linguistics under the influence of pragmatics, functional linguistics and cognitive studies. It aims at contributing to a new, dialogic understanding of literary production and reception. The journal invites submission from scholars working on different languages and literatures.


Peer Review Process

Upon receipt, the submission will be screened by one of the editors for potential relevance and if considered suitable, passed on to two or three reviewers. We implement a double blind peer review process that should take no longer than four to six weeks.

Based on the results of the initial peer review, the editors will make the decision whether to accept the submission, reject it, or call for revision. Following revision, the editor may decide to publish, although following major revisions a paper will normally be sent for at least one further review. The final decision is made by the editors on a unanimous basis.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Advisory Board

The work of the editorial team is supported by an international and interdisciplinary advisory board that comprises some of the most eminent scholars in the field of literary linguistics.


The IJLL was supported by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with a Starthilfeförderung (Start-up Grant) and an Expansionshilfe until 2018.

Technical Support

Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main

Journal History

The International Journal of Literary Linguistics was founded in 2012 by Anja Müller-Wood, Anneli Sarhimaa and Christoph Unger. It documents these scholars' long-standing committment, both in research and in teaching, to interdisciplinary co-operation between linguists and literary scholars. Based at Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, IJLL has always aimed to be a forum for international scholars with similar interdisciplinary interests, be they established academics or new voices, and further critical debate. 

In 2016 a new editorial team was established, consisting of Alfred Gall (Mainz), Anja Müller-Wood (Mainz), Gill Phillip (Macerata) and Christoph Unger (Trondheim).