Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

JALL (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Literacy) presents research-based articles in the study of applied linguistics and literacy. The journal welcomes contributions in such areas of current analysis in:

  • Language Pedagogy;
  • Language Planning and Policy;
  • Language Teacher Education;
  • Language Testing and Assessment;
  • Second Language Acquisition;
  • Classroom Discourse Analysis;
  • Translation and Interpretation;
  • Pragmatics in Language Education; and
  • Literacy in Language and Culture Education.


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

To maintain the quality in JALL (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Literacy),  each manuscript received by the secretariat will undergo the following process: 

  1. Content review by the editors to determine whether the manuscripts conform to the article guidelines
  2. The article will undergo language review by reviewers
  3. JALL uses double-blind review
  4. The submission will receive an initial editorial decision within 2 weeks from the date of the submission
  5. The article will be reviewed by max. 2 months per reviewer & be sent back to the editors
  6. The article is accepted for publication. Authors whose papers are rejected will be informed with the reasons of the rejection.

Manuscripts under review for possible publication in the Journal must be new, original and previously unpublished. They may not be submitted for review elsewhere concurrent to their submission.

Submissions which meet the requirements of the journal are reviewed and are rated using the following criteria.

  1. The title is appropriate, concise, and clear. 
  2. Abstract well represents the article.
  3. The writer’s aims are clear and well justified.
  4. The writer uses appropriate references.
  5. The references are adequate.
  6. All parts are complete and relevant.
  7. The article is of appropriate length.
  8. All the statements are clear.
  9. Diagrams, figures, illustrations are clear and functional.

10. The article contributes to the advancement of theories and/ or practices in the field.

11. The problem/issue/purpose of the study is clear and well justified with contextualization within the wider web of relevant studies.

12. Research methodology and design suit the purpose(s). 

13. Research procedures are clearly described.

14. Research findings are well presented.

15. Discussion well explains the findings and logically links the findings to theories and/or practices and related previous studies.

16. Conclusions are well drawn.


Open Access Policy

All research articles published in JALL (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Literacy) Open Access journals are fully open access: immediately freely available to read, download and share. Articles are published under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.



Publication Ethics

JALL (Journal of Applied Linguistics and Literacy) Publication Ethic statements are based on COPE’s Publication Ethics Guidelines.

Duties of Editors

Publication decisions

The editor is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published.
The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play
An editor at any time evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest
Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions
Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity
Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest
Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards
Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behavior and are unacceptable.

Originality and Plagiarism
The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others that this has been appropriately cited or quoted. All work in the manuscript should be free of any plagiarism, falsification, fabrications, or omission of significant material.
This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available. Failure to properly cite the work of others may constitute plagiarism. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication
An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources
Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper
Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.

The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest
All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works
When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.


Screening for Plagiarism

All work in the manuscript should be free of any plagiarism, falsification, fabrications, or omission of significant material.
Authors are expected to explicitly cite others' work and ideas, even if the work or ideas are not quoted verbatim or paraphrased. This standard applies whether the previous work is published, unpublished, or electronically available. Failure to properly cite the work of others may constitute plagiarism. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

The manuscript will be screened for plagiarism with plagiarism checker tools. If there is an indication of plagiarism, it will instantly be rejected.