The goal of the eLanguage Project is to effectively utilize modern, web-based publishing technologies in order to provide researchers in the the academic discipline of Linguistics with a platform for the management of peer-reviewed, open-access electronic journals. E-journals play an important role in academic publishing as the global exchange of information and knowledge moves increasingly from paper to new, digital environments. Because digital publications are under few limitations in terms of breadth and have unprecedented advantages in terms of speed and ubiquity, as well as novel possibilites of integrating databases and multimedia, they have the potential to cover a range of disciplinary sub-fields which can hardly be treated with the same degree of detail while under the limitations imposed by paper-based modes of publishing.
With eLanguage the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) enables researchers to establish their own "co-journals" which are accessible both individually and in an aggregated form on eLanguage.net. Once the proposal for a new co-journal has been approved by the editorial board, the journals managers are given access to eLanguage's internal publication tools, enabling them to review, copy-edit and publish articles relevant to the focus area of their journal. To ensure the highest possible academic standards articles are subjected to a double-blind review process before publication. While co-journals are accessible through the eLanguage.net main page they remain fully independent and are managed by their respective editors, with additional support (especially regarding technical issues) provided by the eLanguage Team. All content in eLanguage, both on the main page and in the co-journals, is fully accessible to all readers, with no access restrictions whatsoever.
In addition to aggregating content provided by the co-journals, eLanguage.net also offers information on developments in the discipline, in the form of the Book Notices.