Laboratory Phonology, the journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, is an open-access online publication available at this Ubiquity Press site.

Laboratory phonology is the term used for the scientific study of the elements of spoken language, their organization, their grammatical function, and their role in speech. Research questions and some methods used in laboratory phonology also extend naturally to the parallel investigation of manual signs as the encoding elements of signed languages.

Laboratory phonology is at the forefront of the general shift towards experimental and quantitative approaches to the study of language across the discipline of linguistics. It is emerging as the dominant approach to the study of sound systems at universities across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and at many other locations.

Laboratory Phonology is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) as well as in Web of Science and Scopus. It is indexed by Journal Citation Reports (JCR) with a 2015 Impact Factor of 0.667.

Editorial Team

General Editor

  • Mirjam Ernestus - Radboud University, Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (for volumes appearing from 2016 onwards)

Associate Editors

  • Aoju Chen - Utrecht University (term ends in 2018)
  • Lisa Davidson - New York University (term ends in 2018)
  • Susanne Gahl - University of California, Berkeley (term ends in 2020)
  • James Kirby - University of Edinburgh (term ends in 2020)
  • Holger Mitterer - University of Malta (term ends in 2018)
  • Eva Reinisch - Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (term ends in 2020)
  • Alan Yu - University of Chicago (term ends in 2020)

Editorial Assistant

  • Kip Wilson


From 2016 onwards, the journal Laboratory Phonology is published by Ubiquity Press as a fully open access journal. The journal only appears in online format. Thanks to a grant provided by the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), neither readers nor authors will have to pay fees for reading or publishing in the journal between 2016 and 2020. Volumes 1 (2010) till 6 (2015) of Laboratory Phonology were published by Mouton de Gruyter in print and online format. Individual members of the Association for Laboratory Phonology received the journal as part of their membership. Articles from the first six volumes are now freely available from Mouton de Gruyter's website.


Submit to Laboratory Phonology through the journal’s web site at Ubiquity Press.

Previous Series

The journal Laboratory Phonology continues a series of peer-reviewed archival volumes published roughly biennially since 1991. The series was called Papers in Laboratory Phonology for volumes 1 through 6 and Laboratory Phonology for volumes 7 through 10.

  1. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 1
  2. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 2
  3. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 3
  4. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 4
  5. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 5
  6. Papers in Laboratory Phonology 6
  7. Laboratory Phonology 7
  8. Laboratory Phonology 8
  9. Laboratory Phonology 9
  10. Laboratory Phonology 10