International Journal of Applied Linguistics

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Edited By: Janina Brutt-Griffler and Daniel Perrin

Online ISSN: 1473-4192

Author Guidelines

Instructions for Contributors

The working language of the journal is English. InJAL publishes original articles and solicited reviews of current books (including books written in languages other than English), as well as notes and comments on points arising out of recently-published articles. All submissions will be refereed by at least two appropriate members of the applied linguistics community.

Submissions: Articles should be between 4,000 to a maximum of 8,000 words (including the abstracts, footnotes, references, tables, figures, appendices and all other matter). The submission should be broken into three separate files: the title page, the article which has been blinded for refereeing, and any tables and figures. Authors should submit their article electronically (Word compatible) to: If you are unable to make a submission electronically, please contact
Title page: Include the article title and the name, institutional affiliation, full postal address and e-mail address of each author; indicate the joint author to whom correspondence should be sent.

Abstract: The abstract must not exceed 125 words. It should contain an informative summary of the main points, including, where relevant, the purpose, methodology (including specific names of scales/tests and types of questionnaire), type of data, special characteristics of subjects used, and conclusions. List 5 key words for the article after the abstract. Authors whose articles are accepted for publication must also provide their abstract and keywords in a second language of their choice, reflecting where they feel the main audience lies for the issues presented in the article.

Text: The article must be single-spaced with at least 3cm-wide (1.25') margins, in 12pt Times New Roman font or similar. Indent the beginning of each paragraph with a tab and do not leave a space between paragraphs. Use a clear system of headings (without numbers), preferably with not more than three levels of heading.

Tables and figures: Each should appear on a separate page, with an indication of where it belongs marked in the text. Please make minimal use of lines and boxes in tables – vertical lines are not used by the publisher. It is best to restrict table/figure width to 12cm.

Cited words and quotations: Put cited words or phrases in italics (or underline). Use single quotation marks for glosses and terms, double for quoted material. Any quotation that runs for more than three lines should be set off from the main paragraph and does not need quotation marks.

Notes: These should be kept to an absolute minimum and should be placed at the end of the main text. Do not use automatic footnote programs.

APA – American Psychological Association

References should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). This means in text citations should follow the author-date method whereby the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998). The complete reference list should appear alphabetically by name at the end of the paper.

A sample of the most common entries in reference lists appears below. please note that a doi should be provided for all references where available. more information about apa referencing refer to the APA FAQ. Please note that for journal articles, issue numbers are not included unless each issue in the volume begins with page one.

Journal article

Beers, S. R. , & De Bellis, M. D. (2002). Neuropsychological function in children with maltreatment-related posttraumatic stress disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 483486. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.159.3.483

Book edition

Bradley-Johnson, S. (1994). Psychoeducational assessment of students who are visually impaired or blind: Infancy through high school (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-ed.

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License Agreements
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

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

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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:

Early View
International Journal of Applied Linguistics is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors‟ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.