Overview LingBuzz is an openly accessible repository of scholarly papers, discussions and other documents for linguistics.

Participating Material submitted to LingBuzz is expected to be of interest, relevance, and value to the disciplines represented. Authors retain copyright on the material submitted. In order to submit a paper, at least one author must be registered (this may happen automatically upon article submission). Personal accounts can be opened by anybody within the relevant disciplines. Use of the site outside of these bounds will be terminated. To avoid the cost and energy of the maintainers manually checking for inappropriate content, this site may move to an endorsement system or a similar mechanism.

Article Modifications When an article is submitted, the authors can modify the information associated with it during a "grace period" of one week. After that, the article cannot be modified anymore - with the exception of some metadata such as the keywords associated to it, which can be modified at any time.
New versions of an article can be added at any time. When browsing the archive, the latest version is shown, with links to previous versions. Articles can also be marked as 'withdrawn' ('deprecated'). Such articles have no 'current version', but their previous versions remain available in the archive. (Exceptions will be made for boundary cases such as viruses, off-topic articles, offensive articles, etc.)

Publishing Adding an article to the archive does not constitute publication. Publication is associated with a process of 'quality insurance' (often in the form of peer review), whereas archives allow any member of the community to post their article. Articles in LingBuzz can therefore be freely submitted to and published in academic journals (electronic or not).

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Popularity LingBuzz maintains statistics about downloads, views, links etc. in order to give feedback to the community about what is being downloaded, viewed, etc. It is impossible to offer a precise download count, due to a variety of factors (search engine filtering, complications stemming from the pseudonymous nature of internet connections, etc). LingBuzz however makes every effort to maintain reliably indicative counts, though it cannot guarantee absolute accuracy. Download counts should not be viewed as anything else than indicative.
To keep numbers as reliable as possible, the LingBuzz software tracks attempts to abuse the system such as overdownloading particular papers in order to inflate counts and other such tactics. In the unlikely case that a user's behaviour is strongly indicative of such acts, the user will be banned from the site (and the manipulated metrics will be reverted).

Maintainer(s) This site is maintained by Michal Starke, who is also the author the software running this site.

Frequent Questions Why did my article disappear from the front page?
The first postings on the front page have a boldfaced 'new' or 'freshly changed' instead of a date. After they become not 'new or freshly changed', they become part of all the articles, which are listed by date (of writing). You will find that if you scroll or click your way to the relevant date range, your papers will be sitting in its chronological position.

How come the total download count of my article went down? How is that even possible?
LingBuzz has non-trivial algorithms to detect downloads such as search engines, repeated downloads by the same user, etc. These algorithms change over time, sometimes for simple technical reasons (eg. a search engine changed its crawling pattern and got mistakenly counted as real downloads for a while), sometimes because the logic of the algorithm gets upgraded. This may result in more accurate counting of past downloads and a corresponding adjustment to the counts reported by LingBuzz. (See also the 'Popularity' topic above.)