Established in 2003, the Australasian Journal of Logic is a fully refereed, freely available electronic journal covering all areas of research in logic. We aim to be a repository of timely, original and significant research in pure logic, and logic as it is applied in mathematics, computer science, linguistics and philosophy.
[Scope]The AJL aims to cover all areas of pure and applied logic. This means that we solicit manuscripts in the central areas of logic (including, but not restricted to, the proof theory and model theory of particular logical systems), but also their application to related fields, such as mathematics (e.g. set theory, the model theory of particular mathematical theories, the lambda calculus, etc.), computer science (e.g. the formal analysis of computability and computation, formal semantics of programs and functions, etc.), linguistics (e.g. theories of types applied to grammars, formal models for syntactic and semantic structures, etc.) and philosophy (e.g. formal treatments of theories of meaning, truth and reference; the paradoxes of self-reference and vagueness; discussions of the significance and interpretation of formal theories; etc.). We aim to publish original, timely and significant research in these areas, with an eye to furthering communication and cooperation among logicians of diverse backgrounds.
[Format]The AJL publishes articles which further research in the field. We actively encourage submissions of papers reporting original research, as well as expository articles intended to summarise a field for the interested reader, and reviews giving critical commentary on recent books and articles. Each submission to the journal undergoes a rigorous refereeing procedure, ensuring that all articles published meet high standards of originality, significance and clarity.
[Why another logic journal?]There are many very good logic journals published throughout the world. However, no general logic journal is produced in Australia or New Zealand, despite the long and active tradition we have in research in logic. We (the Australasian Association for Logic) have often wished to produce a journal covering our many areas of interest, and now the technology is at a stage at which this is not only possible but feasible.
[Why an electronic journal?]The last decade of the 20th Century and the beginning of the 21st has a combination of a sharp rise in the cost of print journals, and a sharp decline in the purchasing power of many university libraries. As a result, research collections in many universities are shrinking and not expanding. This places great pressure on the fabric of our research culture: many people who would like to keep up with current research simply cannot afford to do so.
At the same time as costs rise and budgets shrink, the technologies of electronic document production and delivery are developing quickly, so we have alternatives. Electronic journals provide a means for efficient, affordable and widespread delivery of research. Not only is the AJL available free to subscribers who know how to look for issues of the journal (or who have abstracts delivered in their email), but since the journal is freely available on the web, search engines index all of our papers and provide many more ways for readers to come and find current research.
[Who runs the journal?]The AJL is published by the Australasian Association for Logic: a loose collection of researchers in logic throughout Australia and New Zealand. Our chief activity is our annual conference. The journal is managed by a small editorial board, and its work is overseen by the Association as a whole. Many researchers, throughout Australasia and abroad help the journal by working as referees, providing feedback on papers submitted for publication.
[Who can submit to the journal?]Anyone can submit articles for publication to the journal. Just follow the instructions for authors for details of how to prepare your manuscript for submission. If your submission falls within the scope of the journal, we will send your article off for prompt refereeing. If the reports are favourable, and if the editorial board agrees that the paper is fit for publication, we will then work with you in the copyediting phase to produce the final manuscript, which is published here as soon as it is ready.
[What is the publication schedule?]One advantage of an electronic journal is the publication timetable. All communication between author, editors and referees occurs by email, and so the submit/referee/correct/accept-or-reject cycle is shortened. (Admittedly, this can happen with print journals too, but not many print journals in logic accept electronic submission of manuscripts.) The other advantage is at the point the manuscript is ready for publication. Each individual article may be published online whenever it is ready. It need not wait for the rest of the volume to appear. “Volumes” are finalised at the end of each calendar year, but their contents appear when they are ready.
[Acknowledgements]This enterprise is only possible because of the efforts of many people. We thank the University of Melbourne Philosophy Department for server space, access to computers and infrastructure, and administrative support. We thank the logic community in Australasia and worldwide for refereeing support. And of course we thank the authors for writing!
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