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Author Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Research Articles

1. JSLTR publishes original articles in the field of second language learning, teaching and research not currently under consideration elsewhere. Articles reporting on quantitative and/or qualitative research are welcome. Generally descriptive articles that do not present original contributions to research will not be considered for peer review.

2. Submissions should be between 5,000 and 8,500 words in length inclusive of references and an abstract of approximately 250 words and strictly adhere to APA style guidelines (6th Edition).


Forum Articles

1. JSLTR publishes shorter articles in a Forum section. These papers may be more practical in orientation and include new ideas, themes, perspectives or opinions that will be of interest to practitioners and researchers in the field.

2. Submissions should be between 2,000 and 4,000 words in length inclusive of references and strictly adhere to APA style guidelines (6th Edition).


Book Reviews

1. JSLTR publishes regular reviews of books in the field of second language learning, teaching and research that have been published within the last two years.

2. Book review articles should be between 800 and 1,200 words in length and follow APA style guidelines (6th Edition). For reviews which may fall outside these parameters, authors are asked to contact the co-editors in advance.


Submission Procedures

1. All submissions should be uploaded to the Journal site so that they can go through the online management system.  Please do not sent submissions directly to the editors.

2. The first page of the article should provide the title, name(s) and full contact address(es) of the author(s), including contact email address(es). A clear word count should also be indicated on the first page. The rest of the article should contain no reference to the author(s). Please provide a list of 5-10 keywords that reflect the focus of your paper.

3. Images/figures/tables should not be embedded in the paper; however, their location should be clearly indicated in the main body of the paper e.g., [Insert Table 1 here]. They should be provided as separate high resolution graphics at 600 dpi in TIFF format.

4. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to secure written permission for the use of all images/figures/tables to be used in their paper. Written confirmation should be forwarded to the co-editors with your submission.

5. Authors should note that the editors reserve the right to improve the readability of an article if necessary.


Peer Review Process

1. All submissions are first screened by the editors to confirm that they adhere to the aims and scope of the journal.

2. Following successful screening by the editors all submissions will be submitted for double blind peer review using anonymous reviewers drawn from the editorial review board of the journal. This process can take up to three months to be completed.

3. Following peer review all authors will be notified of the decision of the reviewers and a copy of their comments will be returned to the authors. Papers are evaluated according to the following scale: accept without revisions; minor revisions recommended; major revisions recommended; and reject.


Research Guidelines

The Journal of Second Language Teaching & Research (JSLTR) encourages the submission of both qualitative and quantitative research studies. In general these submissions should be based on the following guidelines:

  • Qualitative Research
  • Clearly identified research questions
  • A theoretical framework underpinning the study's research questions
  • The methodology including a detailed examination of the participants and the research context
  • Clear and detailed description of the data collection methods and data analysis
  • Findings
  • Limitations and implications of the study
  • Future research directions arising from the study
  • References
  • Appendices
  • Quantitative Research
  • An introduction to the article that identifies the problem, the theoretical framework and research hypotheses
  • Results with appropriate tables and graphs to present the findings
  • Discussion clearly outlining an interpretation and explanation of results
  • Conclusion identifying limitations, implications and suggestions for future research
  • References
  • Appendices

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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