TESOL Quarterly

Cover image for Vol. 48 Issue 3

Edited By: Brian Paltridge and Ahmar Mahboob

Impact Factor: 1.0

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 41/169 (Linguistics); 64/219 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1545-7249

Associated Title(s): TESOL Journal



Author Guidelines


TESOL Quarterly Submission Guidelines

ABOUT TESOL QUARTERLY

TESOL Quarterly (TQ), a professional, refereed journal, encourages submission of previously unpublished articles on topics of significance to individuals concerned with English language teaching and learning and standard English as a second dialect.

As a publication that represents a variety of cross-disciplinary interests, both theoretical and practical, TQ invites manuscripts on a wide range of topics, especially in the following areas:

• psychology and sociology of language learning and teaching
• issues in research and research methodology
• testing and evaluation
• professional preparation
• curriculum design and development
• instructional methods, materials, and techniques
• language planning professional standards

Because TQ is committed to publishing manuscripts that contribute to bridging theory and practice in our profession, it particularly welcomes submissions that address the implications and applications of research in, for example,

• anthropology
• applied and theoretical linguistics
• communication
• education
• English education, including reading and writing theory
• psycholinguistics
• psychology
• first and second language acquisition
• sociolinguistics
• sociology

TQ is an international journal. It welcomes submissions from English language contexts around the world.

GENERAL SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions to TQ should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), which can be obtained from the American Psychological Association. Per APA 6th edition, please note that DOIs are required in references and can be obtained at http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/.

TQ prefers that all submissions be written in a style that is accessible to a broad readership, including those individuals who may not be familiar with the subject matter.

TQ solicits manuscripts in seven categories: Full-Length Articles, Forum, Brief Reports and Summaries, Teaching Issues, Research Issues, Research Digest, and Book Reviews. For the necessary submission items and other requirements, please see the category below for the article you intend to submit. Prospective authors are encouraged to read articles from the section to which they intend to submit to get an idea of the style and level of research required for publication.

TQ does not accept paper submissions. To submit a manuscript, please go to the ScholarOne Manuscript Submission System. First-time users will be asked to register. Even if you previously accessed Editorial Manager, TQ’s old submission system, you will need to register for a new account with ScholarOne. To submit a revision of a paper originally submitted in the old system, please submit it as a new manuscript submission in ScholarOne. The submission form will allow you to indicate that the manuscript was previously submitted. If a paper has more than one author, the person submitting the manuscript will have to identify the corresponding author and add the other authors using the “Add Author” function. If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor.

TQ does not accept multiple simultaneous submissions from the same author because this practice monopolizes reviewers' time. Multiple simultaneous submissions will be returned without review.

To facilitate the double-blind review process, please remove the author’s name from the main text, the in-text citations, the reference list, and any running heads. Please replace the author’s name with Author. If there are multiple authors, please use Author1, Author2, etc. Manuscripts submitted without author’s name(s) removed will be returned without review for alteration and resubmission.

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to TQ have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

It is the author’s responsibility to indicate to the editor the existence of any work already published (or under consideration for publication elsewhere) by the author(s) that is similar in content to the submitted manuscript.

It is also the author’s responsibility to secure permission to reprint tables or figures that are used or adapted in the manuscript from another source. Written permission from the copyright holder is required before TESOL can publish the material. For more information on copyright permissions, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor.

The TQ editor reserves the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity, concision, or style. The author will be consulted only if the editing has been substantial.

The editor’s decisions are final.

The views expressed by contributors to TESOL Quarterly do not necessarily reflect those of the TQ editors, the Editorial Advisory Board, or Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL). Material published in TQ should not be construed as having the endorsement of TESOL.

All TQ authors may obtain a free final PDF offprint of their article--once the article has published online--by registering for Author Services when their article first enters the production process. Please see http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for more information and to register for Author Services.

When evaluating a manuscript for publication in TQ, reviewers consider the following factors:

• The manuscript appeals to the general interests of TQ’s readership.
• The manuscript elucidates the relationship between theory and practice: Practical articles must be anchored in theory, and theoretical articles and reports of research must contain a discussion of implications or applications for practice.
• The content of the manuscript is accessible not only to specialists in the area addressed but also to TQ’s broad readership.
• The manuscript offers a new, original insight or interpretation and not just a restatement of others’ ideas and views.
• The manuscript makes a significant (practical, useful, plausible) contribution to the field.
• The manuscript is likely to arouse readers’ interest.
• The manuscript reflects sound scholarship and research design with appropriate, correctly interpreted references to other authors and works.
• The manuscript is well written and organized and conforms to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

For accepted TQ papers, authors have the option of recording a short video abstract that will be accessible to readers via Wiley Online Library. The article will retain its text abstract, but the video abstract will add another dimension and draw readers into an article in a new way. Step-by-step instructions for preparing a video abstract are here.

TQ encourages authors to consider uploading their data collection materials to specialist repositories and databases and either citing or linking back to the primary research article. For example, IRIS is an online repository for data collection materials used for second language research. This includes data elicitation instruments such as interview and observation schedules, language tests and stimuli, pictures, questionnaires, software scripts, url links, word lists, teaching intervention activities, amongst many other types of materials used to elicit data. Please see http://www.iris-database.org for more information and to upload. Any questions may be addressed to iris@iris-database.org.

SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

TQ invites submissions in seven categories:

Full-Length Articles
Full length articles typically present empirical research and analyze original data that the author has obtained using sound research methods. TQ publishes both quantitative and qualitative studies. Occasionally, this section features reflective articles (i.e., think pieces) that provide a comprehensive review of current knowledge in a specific area and present significant new directions for research.

Manuscripts should be no more than 8,500 words, including reference, notes, and tables. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the article.

To submit a manuscript for a full-length article, please go to the ScholarOne Manuscript Submission System. To facilitate the submission process, please have the following items at hand before you begin:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• abstract (200 words)
• manuscript (8,500 words)
• tables
• figures
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor. The TQ general editors are Brian Paltridge and Ahmar Mahboob.

Forum
TQ publishes four types of articles in the Forum:

• Commentaries from readers regarding current trends and practices in the TESOL profession
• Responses to articles and reviews published in TQ
• Brief discussion of qualitative and quantitative research issues
• Brief discussions of teaching issues

Commentaries submitted to the Forum should generally be no longer than 3,400 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript.

Responses to articles should be no more than 1,500 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript. The article will be given to the author of the original article or review before publication for a reply that will be published with the response article. Unfortunately, TQ is unable to publish responses to previous exchanges.

To submit a manuscript to the Forum section, please go to the ScholarOne Manuscript Submission System. To facilitate the submission process, please have the following items at hand before you begin:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• manuscript (3,400 words for commentary; 1,500 words for a response)
• author bio(s)
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor. The Forum editors are Brian Paltridge and Ahmar Mahboob.

Brief Reports and Summaries
TQ also invites short reports on any aspect of TESOL theory and practice. The editors encourage manuscripts that either present preliminary findings or focus on some aspect of a larger study. In all cases, the discussion of issues should be supported by empirical evidence, collected through qualitative or quantitative investigations. Reports or summaries should present key concepts and results in a manner accessible to our diverse readership.

Submissions to this section should be no more than 3,400 words (including references, notes, and tables). Please indicate the number of words at the end of the report. Longer articles do not appear in this section and should be submitted to the full-length articles section.

To submit a manuscript to the Brief Reports and Summaries section, please go to the ScholarOne Manuscript Submission System. To facilitate the submission process, please have the following items at hand before you begin:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• manuscript (3,400 words)
• tables
• figures
• author bio(s)
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor. The editors for the Brief Reports and Summaries section are Lia Plakans and Lawrence Jun Zhang.

Research and Teaching Issues
Contributions to Research Issues and Teaching Issues are invited for the journal. Topics may be proposed by individual authors or the editors may invite an author (or authors) to submit a proposal for a contribution to these sections. These should address an issue of importance in research or teaching as it relates to the field of TESOL. Contributors should, in the first instance, send a 250 word abstract summarising their submission to the relevant section editor for their approval before formally submitting their manuscript to the journal. The editors for these sections are: Teaching Issues, Phan Le Ha; Research Issues, Constant Leung.

The maximum length of contributions to Research or Teaching Issues is 3,400 words, including tables, figures, and notes, and references. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript.

If the section editor approves your abstract, you will receive an invitation to submit from the ScholarOne Manuscript Submission System. To facilitate the submission process, please have the following items at hand before you begin:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• manuscript (3,400 words)
• tables
• figures
• author bio(s)
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor.

Book Reviews and Review Articles

TQ no longer accepts unsolicited book reviews. You may submit unsolicited reviews to TESOL Journal. If you have any questions, please contact Meaghan McDonnell, Managing Editor.

SPECIAL TOPIC ISSUES

Typically, the September issue in each volume will be devoted to a special topic. Topics are approved by TQ’s Editorial Advisory Board. Those wishing to suggest topics or serve as guest editors should contact the TQ editors, Brian Paltridge and Ahmar Mahboob. Issues will generally contain both invited articles designed to survey and illuminate central themes as well as articles solicited through a call for papers.

INFORMED CONSENT GUIDELINES

TESOL expects authors of books or articles in our serial publications or contributors submitting chapters or units to any collective TESOL publication to adhere to ethical and legal standards for work with human subjects. Although TESOL is aware that such standards vary among institutions and countries, TESOL requires authors and contributors to meet, as a minimum, the conditions detailed below before submitting a manuscript for review. TESOL recognizes that some institutions may require research proposals to satisfy additional requirements. If you wish to discuss whether or how your study meets these guidelines, you may contact the TQ co-editors Brian Paltridge and Ahmar Mahboob.

Before TESOL will publish their work, authors and contributors who have used human participants in their study must certify that they have met the following requirements:

Participation in Research

• You have informed participants in your study, sample, class, group, or program that you will be conducting research in which they will be the participants or that you would like to write about them for publication.
• You have given each participant a clear statement of the purpose of your research or the basic outline of what you would like to explore in writing, making it clear that research and writing are dynamic activities that may shift in focus as they occur.
• You have explained the procedure you will follow in the research project or the types of information you will be collecting for your writing.
• You have explained that participation is voluntary, that there is no penalty for refusing to participate, and that the participants may withdraw at any time without penalty.
• You have explained to participants if and how their confidentiality will be protected.
• You have given participants sufficient contact information that they can reach you for answers to questions regarding the research.
• You have explained to participants any foreseeable risks and discomforts involved in agreeing to cooperate (e.g., seeing work with errors in print).
• You have explained to participants any possible direct benefits of participating (e.g., receiving a copy of the article or chapter).
• You have obtained from each participant (or from an underage participant's parent or guardian) a signed consent form that sets out the terms of your agreement with the participants and have kept these forms on file (TESOL will not ask to see them).

Consent to Publish Student Work

• If you will be collecting samples of student work with the intention of publishing them, either anonymously or with attribution, you have made that clear to participants in writing.
• If the sample of student work (e.g., a signed drawing or signed piece of writing) will be published with the student's real name visible, you have obtained from each participant (or from the participant's parent or guardian) a signed consent form that sets out the terms of your agreement with the participants and have kept these forms on file (TESOL will not ask to see them).
• If your research or writing involves minors (persons under age 18), you have supplied and obtained signed separate informed consent forms from the parent or guardian and from the minor, if he or she is old enough to read, understand, and sign the form.
• If you are working with participants who do not speak English well or are intellectually disabled, you have written the consent forms in a language that the participant or participant's guardian can understand.

RESEARCH GUIDELINES

Because TQ reports substantive findings and models research in the field, articles submitted for publication must meet high research standards. To support this goal, TESOL Quarterly, vol. 37, no. 1, contains guidelines (pp. 157–178) for reporting quantitative research, and three types of qualitative research: case studies, conversation analysis, and (critical) ethnography. Each set of guidelines explains the expectations for research articles within a particular tradition and provides references for additional guidance. The TESOL Research Guidelines are also published on TESOL's website.

Researchers may also wish to review the TESOL Research Agenda. By examining subfields and foregrounding areas that require additional research, the Research Committee hopes to assist the fields collective research efforts, efforts that extend beyond sponsoring research symposiums and other presentations at TESOL conferences.

COPYRIGHT TRANSFER AGREEMENT

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions: http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements, please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy, please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

OnlineOpen
OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Online production tracking is available for your article through Wiley’s Author Services.

Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Upon publication, corresponding authors can collect a gratis PDF offprint of their article from Author Services. Visit http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/ for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission, and more.

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