Sunday, 22 September 2013

Free translation studies journal content online

Continuing the theme of Translation Studies For Free:

Of the many journals in translation studies, some are entirely open access, some are paywalled, and some are partly paywalled. As regular readers will know, I'm a fan of open access publishing (e.g. this post and this post). A number of well-known journals, including Meta and TTR on the platform, have rolling paywalls which means that all but the most recent few years of content is on open access. (At the moment, and without any privileged knowledge of how these journals work, this seems to me a good compromise: it is likely to maximise citations at the same time as democratising access, and presumably high citation rates make the journals attractive to subscribers who want the most recent content. Slightly makes you wonder why more journals don't choose this route.)  

But even journals which function entirely on a subscription model often offer some free content for marketing purposes. If any of this blog's readers are looking for bedtime reading at no charge, they might be interested in a quick browse.

For instance, free sample issues. At time of writing, Translation and Literature offers volume 15:1 from 2006. Translation Watch Quarterly's 2005 inaugural issue on translation quality is available here. Translation Spaces, recently launched by Benjamins, offers part of its first issue for free here. Across Languages and Cultures offers part or all of several issues for free, including volume 8:1 (2007); volume 10:2, a special issue on translation process research; and bits of volumes 12:1 and 13:1. Machine Translation offers a small selection of free articles here (scroll down to the end of the page). Translation Studies (Taylor & Francis) offers volume 4:3 (2011) here. Perspectives: Studies in Translatology (also Taylor & Francis) offers volume 19:4 (2011) here. UPDATE 8 FEB 2014: Translation and Interpreting Studies offers free access to issue 7.1 (2012) here.

Translation Review, unlike the other Taylor and Francis journals, doesn't offer a free sample issue, but I see that issues 62-78, from 2001 to 2009, are available as free downloads from its old website at

The three Taylor & Francis translation journals, Translation Studies, Translation Review and Perspectives: Studies in Translatology, also all offer a selection of articles free to read under the heading of 'most read' on the journal homepage. Seasonally speaking, these journals have bundled some articles as free content to celebrate St. Jerome's day on 30 September: the link is in the banner below.

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