Liburna is a serious scientific journal, but also a peculiar one indeed. Let’s take a look, for example, at the following editorial requirements: “The journal’s only “Guidelines” are that bibliographical or explanatory footnotes will not be permitted and authors may not make reference to their own work or to forthcoming publications”. When you look at the articles, with no footnotes, you realize that they look quite different from the ones you usually find in journals. On the other hand, the absence of ‘self-reference’ or ‘self-citations’ results in a different way of organizing the information in the articles, which is quite interesting in itself. For some scholars, writing an article without quoting their own previous publications may be a real challenge!
Another requirement is that “texts will only be published by authors with a Ph.D.”. That excludes me, because I only have a BA and an MA. At least for the moment, because I’m actually planning to start my PhD soon. I must say I’m quite happy to be an ‘independent’ linguist, reading, writing and researching outside the world of academia, but I think that completing a PhD is not a bad idea either. It would be about historical linguistics and I would probably do it at the University of Valencia (other offers are welcome too!).
One of the most interesting sections in Liburna is Consignatario, which includes book reviews. I made my own little contribution to it with a short review (written in English) of Christiansen and Kirby, eds. (2003), Language Evolution, OUP, a book that I have already discussed in this blog (see here).