Journal Policies

Copyright and licensing

Authors contributing to Moderna Språk agree to publish their articles under a Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0 license, allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. Authors retain copyright of their work.

Authorship criteria

Each author (and any co-authors) must meet the following criteria:

  1. They must have made a significant contribution to the design of the study, the collection of data or the analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. They must have contributed significantly, either by writing or by helping to process the manuscript, to the design of the manuscript’s intellectual content;
  3. They must have approved the submitted manuscript.

Each author should be able to take responsibility for part of the content of the article and be able to identify which co-authors are responsible for the remaining parts.

Peer review policy

  1. Reviewers and authors should not be close colleagues, family members, work on the same research project or otherwise work closely together.
  2. Reviewers should only accept assignments to review manuscripts that fall within their own research area.
  3. Reviewers should respond to invitations and submit comments within a reasonable time.
  4. Reviewers' comments should not be influenced by nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender, any of the author's characteristics, or commercial interests.
  5. Comments from reviewers must be free from hostile or provocative language.
  6. Review protocols shall not include personal attacks or derogatory comments.

Preprint policy

The journal allows authors to upload previous drafts of articles, provided the author accepts the following:

  • The author retains all rights to any pre-published version, and has permission to submit the text to the journal.
  • The author accepts that the journal cannot guarantee full anonymity in the review process, even if the author anonymizes the submitted files (see review policy).
  • If the text is published in the journal, the author is expected to cross-link (with DOI link) the two versions of the work.


The journal strongly recommends that all authors who submit a manuscript to the journal register an "Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier", a so-called ORCID iD. This registration gives researchers a unique and stable digital author identity that ensures that the article is attributed to the right person and improves the searchability of all the author's publications. This helps to ensure that the author receives recognition for his work. Since a person's ORCID iD remains the same as long as the account exists, any name changes, changes of employment, department affiliation or research field do not affect the searchability of previous publications, which facilitates correspondence between research colleagues.

The journal encourages all its authors to include ORCID iDs along with other author information when the manuscript is registered in the system. If the article is accepted, this information will be published with the article.

Open data

As research funders’ and higher education institutions’ demands for open access to data become increasingly common, some authors may be obliged to make their empirical material open and accessible to all. In cases where authors of articles published in Moderna Språk are concerned, the journal encourages making the data available in accordance with the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The material made available must in that case be linked to within the submitted manuscript under a special heading. Research data should already have been made available when the article is published. Empirical material obtained from other researchers must be referred to in the same way as other scientific sources. For further questions about guidelines for handling open data and guidelines on how data should be handled and published, please contact your university.

Correction and retraction policies

The conditions for publication with permanent identifiers such as DOI include that the published object is final and does not change without the reader being clearly informed.

Articles published in the journal can thus not be changed without an erratum or a change notice being published and linked to the original article.

If a factual error in an article is discovered, this should be reported to the Editor-in-Chief, who decides on further action and any corrections.

Archiving policy

The journal's current and future content, beginning when the journal joined Publicera, is made available via Publicera and stored long-term on a secure and central server at the National Library of Sweden.

The journal's owner and the National Library of Sweden aim for the journal's archive to be transferred and made available via Publicera, and thus the archive will also be stored long-term on a secure and central server at the National Library of Sweden.

Complaints and appeals policy

In the case of formal complaints, disputes, or appeals, authors should contact the Editor-in-Chief, who is responsible for ensuring that a fair, deliberative, and thorough investigation is conducted.

Policy for ethical oversight

The journal follows the ethical guidelines and best practices set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). All cases of ethical misconduct will be dealt with in accordance with COPE's recommendations and guidelines.