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Prof Kate Watkins, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience is the inaugural co-Editor-in-Chief of a new open access journal: the Neurobiology of Language.

The neurobiology of language

Neurobiology of Language is a new open access, peer reviewed journal, which will publish interdisciplinary articles on the neurobiological basis of speech and language. It has been sponsored by the Society of Neurobiology and MIT Press. The Department of Experimental Psychology’s Prof Kate E Watkins, along with Prof Steven L Small of the University of Texas at Dallas are serving as the opening Editors-in-Chief.

Understanding the basis of speech and language presents fascinating new opportunities in cognitive sciences, and this new journal will work on expanding these frontiers. By serving as an outlet for the exchange of important findings, both positive and negative. The journal will be operating a system of “registered reports”, or submissions consisting of only the introduction and detailed methods prior to data collection will be reviewed and considered, thereby leading to more robust research findings across the field of study. As well as primarily publishing research articles, this new journal will also be publishing reviews and perspectives, and all content will be freely available to researchers across the globe.

“These are exciting times for those researching speech and language, this new journal will catalyse the next big breakthrough. Facilitating world class research is vital not only for unlocking the secrets of the complex neural machinery of language, but for finding the breakthroughs that will support research in helping people with speech and language difficulties,” commented Prof Watkins. “We’re calling on all researchers to get involved and submit their research on speech and language in both adults and children, those with speech disorders, and those without.”

The editors are now accepting submissions and the inaugural issue of Neurobiology of Language will appear in 2020. More information about the journal and how to submit articles is available at https://www.mitpressjournals.org/nol.