TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO SUBMIT MANUSCRIPTS
ALRJ follows the style recommended by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
), sixth edition. A manuscript must not exceed 8,000 words in length, including references and an abstract of 150 to 250 words. Manuscripts should not have been submitted to another journal or published elsewhere.
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically by using the Applied Linguistics Research Journal online submission and review Website (www.alrjournal.com). Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and figures in electronic form to this address.
Code of Practice on Ethics and Malpractice
Applied Linguistics Research Journal (ALRJ)
adheres to a strict code of practice to ensure that all parties involved in the publishing process (authors, reviewers, and editors) maintain a high standard of ethical behavior throughout the process and that malpractice is dealt with in a timely and responsible manner. The journal’s code of practice is influenced by guidelines made available by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is overseen by the journal’s Editorial Board.
The requirements of publishing in this journal are:
- All named authors must have contributed to the writing of the paper.
- Papers must not contain a substantial duplication of research published elsewhere although papers referring to new aspects, or new interpretations, of research published elsewhere, are acceptable.
- Authors must confirm that the paper, or portions of it, has not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Where overlap exists with other papers the authors should declare this in a note to the editor (notes to the editor can be included during the online submission process).
- Authors are responsible for ensuring they have complied with the legal and ethical requirements of their countries and institutions, and that they have secured all the necessary ethics approvals.
- Authors must ensure that reports of their research as contained in the paper they submit are accurate descriptions of the research and that no falsification of procedures, data or outcomes is included. Authors must be willing to provide access to the data on which the paper is based on a reasonable request.
- If during the review process or after the publication of a paper authors become aware of errors or inaccuracies in their work they must inform the editor right away and be prepared to provide a statement of retraction or correction.
- Authors must declare the source of any financial support that has contributed to the research discussed in the paper or to the writing of the paper (such a declaration can be made as part of the online submission process but is usually also included in the acknowledgement section at the end of the paper).
- Authors must declare as part of the submission process any potential conflicts of interest that might affect the paper or the process of publication.
- Authors must seriously avoid misconduct in research including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others.
- The editor will ensure that the process for the selection of papers operates without discrimination on the grounds of gender, religious or political beliefs, the ethnic or geographical origin of the authors, or on the basis of the views expressed in papers. Assurances of this policy are the adherence in the editor’s initial selection to only the three criteria of relevance, length and originality, and in the peer review process to the principle of blind review.
- The editor will take all possible steps to ensure that papers published in the journal follow the ethical code of practice laid out in this statement. This includes checking for similarity to other published papers (included in the initial editor’s check described above) and taking advice from the peer reviewers about the content of papers. Papers which do not meet the requirements of this code of practice will not be published although the editor will discuss with authors in order to provide an opportunity to correct inadvertent errors and to ensure the authors understand the rationale for rejection (where relevant).
All reviewers are currently engaged within the field of Applied Linguistics. The role of reviewers is an important one because they contribute to the quality of editorial decision-making. Reviewers are required to:
- Provide an unbiased review of the paper rooted in their current understanding of the field and of the recent research and literature.
- Complete their reviews within the timeframe agreed at the time of accepting the request to review. This timeliness is important in helping authors achieve publication within a reasonable time and in keeping issues of the journal on schedule.
- Inform the editor of any substantial similarity to other papers of which they are aware.
- Treat all review materials in confidence.
- Inform the editor if they believe they may have a conflict of interest in undertaking the review (for example, but not limited to, declaring any professional or personal relationship which might compromise the review).
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
Applied Linguistics Research Journal
follows double-blind peer review procedure to guarantee originality, quality, and relatedness of the submitted papers in terms of the journal scope and themes. The double-blind review ensures the probable errors and mistakes will be removed from the manuscript before publishing the final draft in the journal. Authors are permitted to introduce reviewers for their manuscript; however, the assignment of the draft to reviewers is decided by the Editor-in-Chief. Moreover, the peer review process provides the opportunity for the manuscripts be examined by experts in the same field as the author. For authors to publish their work in the journal, the following issues must be taken into account:
- Contribution to the discipline
- Observation of ethical issues in research
- Polished language in style
GUIDE FOR AUTHORS
ALRJournal accepts submissions based on the Publication Manual of American Psychology Association (APA), the 6th edition, 2010.
Divide your article into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1 (then 1.1.1, 1.1.2, ...), 1.2, etc. (the abstract is not included in section numbering). Any subsection may be given a brief heading. Each heading should appear on its own separate line.
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Research Questions or Hypotheses
Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be replicated including participants, materials/instruments, and procedure).
Results should be clear and concise. Tables and Figures must be based on APA format and next to the related text in the article.
This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.
The main conclusions of the study should be presented in a short Conclusions section, which should not simply repeat earlier sections.
If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.
Note. Avoid footnotes. You might use Endnotes, if necessary.
Title Page Information
Concise and informative, no more than 12 words. Avoid abbreviations where possible.
Author names and affiliations
Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that telephone numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.
A concise and factual abstract is required (between 150-250 words). The abstract should state briefly the territory of the study, the purpose of the research, participants, the materials or instruments used, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone.
Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and", "of").
Citations in the text should follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association. You are referred to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.
Reference to a journal publication:
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J. A. J., & Lupton, R. A. (2010). The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 63 (1), 5159.
Reference to a book:
Strunk, W., Jr., & White, E. B. (2000). The elements of style. (4th ed.). New York: Longman.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Mettam, G. R., & Adams, L. B. (2009). How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In B. S. Jones, & R. Z. Smith (Eds.), Introduction to the Electronic Age (pp. 281304). New York: E-Publishing Inc.
Reference to a website:
System. An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics. Retrieved from https://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/335?generatepdf=true/ Accessed 11 Oct. 2017.