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This project started with a group of researchers working in the Dysola laboratory (University of Rouen). Despite the diversity of their fields, these researchers have major orientations in common: they study language practices and representations in situations of plurilectalism and plurilingualism (plurality of languages, varieties, uses); their work focuses on the identification and description of the varieties, the analysis of the modes of contact between these varieties and the examination of the linguistic policies associated with them; they are particularly interested in situations in which French is in contact with other languages.

The title of the review obviously refers to the concept of glottopolitics. Beyond the tribute paid to the linguists who forged the concept, this allusion should not be understood as a desire to be locked in a school, even in Rouen. Moreover, we can rely on the definition of the concept by Louis Guespin and Jean-Baptiste Marcellesi (LANGAGES n ° 83, 1986: 5) to set ourselves broad and open sociolinguistic objectives: to study "the various approaches a society adopt as action on language, consciously or not”, taking into account “all the language events where the action of society takes the form of politics".

20 years of Francophone sociolinguistics publications

The first issue, published in 2003, is one of the first issues of a fully digital, open access and free journal in social sciences. Since then, the journal has lived at the almost unchanging pace of two issues per year. Each time, one or more colleagues suggest an issue and share the entire production process with the editor-in-chief: receipt of the texts, first reading in accordance with the arguments, constitution of the ad hoc reading committee, ... and finally formatting and putting the issue online.

The issues were published until 2021 in html format, on a site hosted by the University of Rouen ( From January 2022, the numbers appear on OpenEdition.

The journal publishes original articles after validation by a double blind expertise, on thematic issues (with the exception of the only Varia issue, n ° 33, January 2020), as well as interviews and translations or republications in connection with the issues. This main content is most often supplemented by reading reports, more occasionally tributes to sociolinguists.

Editorial operation

Open access

Glottopol is an online Open Access Journal, free for readers and authors.

All users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print files.

As with any publication, the comments are the intellectual property of the authors, and any text or extract of a text published by Glottopol, once cited, in any medium whatsoever, must refer to the authors and to the publication.

Editorial process

Contributions must respond to announced calls for contributions (Glottopol does not have a Varia section).

Texts published in Glottopol must have been accepted by two anonymous reviewers. The editors of the issues and the editor-in-chief of the journal assemble an international reading committee, different for each issue. They call on members of the editorial board, the scientific committee, as well as specialists in the issues and / or fields covered in the thematic issue. All the reviewers are external to the current issue, and cannot be close collaborators of the authors of the texts. The composition of the reading committee for each issue is published on the last page of the issue (see in PDF versions) and in the issue webpage.

The editor-in-chief ensures that the authors receive a reasoned, coherent and constructive evaluation. She checks every step of the peer validation process.

Glottopol is indexed in Erih Plus (European Reference Index for the humanities and social science). It was therefore subject to the approval of its editorial process according to the criteria set by this organization.

Linguistic Diversity in Language research

Glottopol supports the Manifesto for the recognition of the principle of linguistic and cultural diversity in research concerning languages: Glottopol primarily publishes contributions written in French. Depending the availability of competent members of the editorial board, we accept contributions written in Spanish, Italian, English, Catalan, Provençal, Corsican, Occitan and German.

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