Focus and Scope

Constructions offers a forum for linguistic research concerned with the structure, acquisition, use, function, and diachronic development of ‘constructions’ in language and linguistics. One of the long-term goals is to establish contact between researchers from various cognitive-functional camps. The term ‘construction’ as understood in this journal is deliberately chosen to have a broad extension and not be limited to any specific approach within Construction Grammar.

Constructions is published as an open access, peer-reviewed electronic journal. As such, it departs from traditional print journals in at least two important ways:

  • Online availability: Constructions will only be available online, through a freely accessible online content system. Copyright generally remains with the author(s), who have the opportunity to publish their papers under a Creative Commons license.
  • Speedy publication: To ensure a timely publication of current research, Constructions aims at publishing submitted manuscripts within a period of no more than six months. It will not be published in volume and issue form, but throughout the year, as articles become ready for publication. Constructions was originally launched by Thomas Hoffmann and Alexander Bergs as part of a large-scale project initiated by the Ministry of Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to establish digital peer publishing as an alternative to print journals (

Constructions is owned and edited by its editorial board, headed by the editors-in-chief. It is currently published by the University and State Library of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

All articles submitted to Constructions are subject to the usual double-blind peer reviewing process. We reserve the right to desk-reject manuscripts that do not fit the journal's scope or are clearly insufficient in terms of quality.