Vol. 12 No. 2 (2021)

Multilingualism within Scholarly Communication in SSH. A literature review

Ana Balula
University of Aveiro
Delfim Leão
University of Coimbra, Center for Classical and Humanistic Studies

Published 2021-05-15


  • Multilingualism,
  • Bibliodiversity,
  • Language,
  • Scholarly communication

How to Cite

Balula, Ana, and Delfim Leão. 2021. “Multilingualism Within Scholarly Communication in SSH. A Literature Review”. JLIS.It 12 (2):88-98. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-12672.


It is undeniable that scholarly publication is boosted nowadays by the use of the English language, but this does not (and cannot) mean that the other languages have to be obliterated as scientific and cultural agents, equally valid and indispensable. Therefore, multilingualism is an expression of bibliodiversity that has to be protected and cherished, particularly in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH), a field in which culturally and societally relevant studies are made in local languages, when approaching areas such as cultural heritage, education, migration, public administration. The main goal of this paper is to present a literature review in order to identify the main aspects influencing language selection and the use of multilingualism within scholarly communication, allowing for putting forward recommendations for future initiatives aiming at enhancing multilingualism, particularly in connection with the opportunities deriving from Open Science.  


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