Purpose: This archive is intended to make it easier to find and distribute papers of interest to natural language semanticists.
Support – Thanks to the Academic Senate of the University of California, San Diego for funding creation of the archive. Thanks to NYU for hosting the archive from 2006 through 2018. Thanks to the LSA for taking over the archive in 2018. And thanks to @SimonCharlow for the Twitter feed that we link to.
People – The people behind the archive during its first 17 years are Chris Barker and Peter Lasersohn. The LSA's Publications Advisor, Patrick Farrell, has been managing affairs since 2019.
Scope – We'll delete submissions that are wildly inappropriate (quantitative studies of the mating habits of Alaskan shrews, for instance), but we prefer to err on the side of inclusiveness. If you think a semanticist (or pragmatacist, if that's a word, or language philosopher, or similar) might be interested, the paper is probably suitable.
Format – We strongly recommend that you submit files in PDF format. But, other formats should work as well. For HTML files, use the email option mentioned in the submission/modification form.
Publication Status and Citations – Archiving a paper is not considered a form of publication. It is, instead, analogous to circulating a manuscript, preprint, or offprint. Because of this, it is inappropriate to include a link to a paper appearing in the Semantics Archive in a list of references in a publication. Copyright of archived papers remains with the existing owner. Before archiving a paper, you must certify that doing so does not infringe any copyright.
Contacting authors – We encourage authors to incorporate contact information (email addresses, web page addresses, etc.) in the papers themselves, e.g., on the first or last page.
Viruses – Microsoft Word documents and some other formats are susceptible to viruses and worms. We do not scan files for viruses, so please rely on your own judgment before opening a file you find on these archives. If you find an infected file, please let us know.
Interface – We have tried to make the interface as simple and easy to use as possible. This means fewer fancy options, though if enough people ask for something, we'll see what we can do about it.
Passwords – Password assignment and the related capacity for users to modify their submissions on their own have been disabled. For more, see recently updated INSTRUCTIONS.