There used to be different levels of access for users:
Level Explanation Queries per day (*)
3 Researcher 200
  Professor or graduate student at a university, in the field of language or linguistics
2 Semi-researcher 100
  Professors who are not in languages or linguistics, and non-university language teachers
1 Non-researcher 50
  Everyone else, including undergraduate students and all graduate students who are not in languages or linguistics

But now, all users have the same level of access, whether they are a professor, a teacher, a student, or any other category.

Why the change? There are at least two reasons:

1. We were spending too much time every day trying to determine whether someone was actually a "researcher", since many people who were not actually researchers were registering as such -- simply to try to get more access.

2. But much more importantly, it's really a matter of fairness. Why should a language learner have less access than a professor? Does a learner need the corpus less than a professor? Probably not. So now everyone has the same level of access.

Nevertheless, some people may still want to register as a "researcher" -- primarily so that they show up on the researchers page. Occasionally, we also send out announcements to particularly groups of users. But again, you will have the same level of access, no matter which category you choose.

If you do want to register as a researcher, please make sure that you meet the following four requirements:

    Acceptable Not acceptable
1 Category Faculty or graduate student in language or linguistics
(Note that faculty in other fields (e.g. the sciences) can have Level 2 access)
- Graduate student in another field (e.g. the sciences)
- Undergraduate student
2 Email address From a university or college email account, such as JohnDoe@myUniv.edu or Mary.Smith@myUniv.ac.sg From any other email account (e.g. Gmail, web.de, or qq.com)
3 Web page 1. The web page has your name on it
2. The web page is publicly-accessible
- For example, the university home page (since your name won't be on it)
- Any web page that others would have to log in to see
4 Profile / information field Something meaningful, since this information shows up on the researchers page. - Leaving the field blank
- Entering something like "blah blah blah"

The web page that you specify must meet the following conditions.

1. It must show your name on that exact page that you specify. If it is the home page for a university, it will NOT list your name. Go to the web page that you have specified, and look for your name on that EXACT page. If you don't see your name there, then we can't either.

2. It must be from a university -- not Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.

3. It must be publicly-accessible. Don't use a web page that requires users to log in to see it.

4. If the web page is not in Western script (i.e. if it is in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, or Arabic), please include your name written in the other script, in the "Profile" box of the registration form. This will allow us to search for your name on the web page.