Monographic Publication about CLARIN ERIC: Call for Contributions

During the first decade of its existence, CLARIN has established its position as a major player in the field. However, until recently only dispersed documents and articles in journals and conference proceedings have been available to those who wanted to learn more about this ambitious endeavour.

Today, as CLARIN transitions from the phase of conception and development to the phase of stable growth, the CLARIN Board of Directors is happy to launch a call for book chapters for the first monograph about CLARIN , which is intended to give readers a comprehensive overview of the organisation and its members, its goals and its functioning, as well as the tools and resources hosted by the CLARIN infrastructure. The monograph is planned to be published on the 10th anniversary of the European Commission Decision 2012/136/EU of 29 February 2012 establishing CLARIN ERIC.

All interested authors from CLARIN centres and external institutions, from academia, industry as well as the sector, can contribute to the monograph by responding to this Call.

Suggested Topics

The editors of the volume are open to contributions on all topics pertaining to CLARIN ERIC. All contributions should focus on innovative research. Examples of topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Use cases and success stories: The CLARIN infrastructure has been used in many projects. All contributions to the volume which discuss tangible scientific benefits for research projects (in linguistics and related fields), resulting from the use of the various components of the CLARIN infrastructure are particularly welcome.
  • CLARIN knowledge infrastructure: The Knowledge Infrastructure is an important component of CLARIN. Through the network of K-centres and through Summer Schools, CLARIN allows access to the common knowledge base to all the members of the community. Contributions pertaining to the functioning of the knowledge infrastructure and its benefits are welcome.
  • Sustainability: CLARIN services, tools and support offered by committees help achieve data sustainability and generate added value. Authors are invited to discuss how CLARIN activities contribute to sustainability throughout the whole data lifecycle e.g. via promoting FAIR and CARE data standards, and providing assistance with legal issues.
  • Technology: Contributions discussing technical aspects of CLARIN ERIC such as the Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure, B-centresí functioning and certification criteria, or Virtual Language Observatory are welcome. The authors are invited to describe the solutions behind these elements of the infrastructure and their added value for the users, present their original research on technological aspects of e-infrastructures, and suggest future developments.

Publication aims

The volume will be useful for researchers and academic teachers in various fields such as linguistics, social science, political science and Digital Humanities. Moreover, as CLARIN is one of the first ERICs set up by the European Commission, those interested in EU Research and Development policy will also find it interesting.

Volume editors

The editors of the volume are Darja Fišer and Andreas Witt.


The volume will be published by De Gruyter (a well-established international academic publishing house with headquarters in Berlin) as part of a new series "Digital Linguistics".

Open Access

The volume will be a printed book. The content of the book available in Open Access (golden road).

How to submit a contribution?

Interested authors are invited to submit proposals for contributions to     

The proposals should be in PDF format, approximately 2 pages long. They should specify the intended topic of the contribution, the name of the authors, provide an overview of its content, and explain its relation to the aims of the publication. All submissions will be reviewed by the Editors of the volume.

The authors of accepted proposals will then be asked to submit a draft of their contribution, which is expected to be approximately 20 pages long, and follow the De Gruyter Guidelines for Drafting Manuscripts and the publisher's template (Word).

The submissions of the accepted full book chapters will be subject to a new round of review by the Editors; the authors will then be asked to submit final versions addressing the reviewers' comments.

Important Dates

  • 11 November 2020: publication of the Call
  • 21 December 2020: deadline for proposal submissions (approx. 2 pages long)
  • 15 January 2021: notification of acceptance
  • 15 April 2021: deadline for draft contribution submissions (approx. 20 pages long)
  • 15 May - June 2021: communication of reviews
  • 31 July 2021: deadline for final contribution submissions
  • September - November 2021 Editing process at de Gruyter (2 feedback loops)
  • February 2022: publication of the volume (10th anniversary of CLARIN ERIC establishment)


The folllowing templates are based on the De Gruyter guidelines, but are slightly adjusted – the word template no longer contains macros and both versions also contain some example sections:

  • Word template
  • LaTeX template
  • Overleaf instructions: when creating a new document, choose Manuscript Template for Walter de Gruyter Books and Journals. The existing template is used for a German example, but can be used straightforwardly for English texts. Just change \documentclass[openany,ngerman]{book} to \documentclass[openany,english]{book}