Author Guidelines

Please read the guidelines below then upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Journal of Language and Education will be reviewed. There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal. As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Before you begin

Kindly recheck the instructions below before sending in your manuscript. Manuscripts that do not follow these rules may be rejected.

  • Only manuscripts of a high enough standard and those that adhere to the objectives and scope of IJOIELA will be reviewed.
  • An open access journal is IJOIELA. Read our policy on copyrights and licensing.
  • You will be required to certify as part of the submission process that the work is original, that you own the rights to it, that it is being submitted for publication for the first time in the Journal and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can provide all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Submission Checklist

Authors are required to check off each of the following boxes as part of the submission procedure, and submissions that don't meet these rules may be returned to the authors.

  • Check the journal's guidelines to ensure that your paper is appropriate for publication there.
  • Neither the submission nor its consideration by another magazine have ever been published (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is Microsoft Word file format.
  • The text complies with the stylistic and bibliographic guidelines stated in the seventh edition of the APA manual.
  • The submission is free of plagiarism and self-plagiarism. In your manuscript, newly published sources from Scopus and WoS are examined.
  • Where accessible, the references' DOIs have been included.


The IJOIELA online submission is the preferred method for authors to submit their papers. Authors must first register with the journal in order to submit, or if they are already enrolled, they may just log in and start the five-step procedure. This website will walk authors through the submitting procedure step-by-step. You will also do this in the submission system if the peer review procedure requires you to submit a revised article. For the article's revised version, DON'T make a new download. Your submission's "Revisions" section is where you should upload it. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, takes place by e-mail or electronic journal management system removing the need for a paper trail.

Submission Categories

The Journal of Language and Education accepts submissions in the following categories:

  • Research Articles
  • Systematic Review Articles
  • Book Reviews
  • Opinion articles


Research article

An original article presents an overview of cutting-edge research in a particular field of study that is within or connected to the journal's emphasis and scope in a format that is understandable and well-organized. Below are three examples of creative research structures: quantitative, theoretical, and qualitative.

Systematic review article

Through summarization, analysis, and comparison, review articles offer a critical and constructive overview of the body of published literature in a given topic. They frequently highlight particular gaps or issues and make suggestions for further study. A review article's major objective is to assess the present state of pertinent publications on a certain topic and to start a conversation regarding the research methodology and conclusions pertinent to that issue. A review article should therefore include a full list of references that support it and are properly cited throughout the text. Review papers typically don't provide fresh information from the author's own experiments. Systematic reviews are published in review papers in IJOIELA. The latter are based on a thorough technique that includes source selection and analysis, offering

Book Review

A book review may discuss a single book or a collection of books focusing on a specific scientific field. A book review's purpose is to offer perspective on a recently released academic book or books. Reviews of books are typically brief pieces of writing. Less analytical and graphical content should be used in favor of discussions on the insightful data that can be gleaned from the book chapters. If a research monograph has chapters authored by various writers, describe the self-consistency of the writing as well as the overall writing style.

Opinion article

Articles with an opinion express the writer's perspective on the methodology, interpretation, or analysis applied to a certain study. It enables the author to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a theory or hypothesis. Therefore, the goal of such publications is to arouse discussion about such subjects and to inform in order to direct the creation of best practices and a "final" perspective on such a subject. The latter may therefore need another position paper on this subject (if necessary).


Important information: All submissions must be formatted in accordance with the American Psychological Association's Publication Manual, 7th edition, or they will be returned to the author. The IJOIELA template provides all the essential guidelines for paper submission and its layout. Please be sure to adhere to it exactly in your manuscript.

New Submission

Submission to IJOIELA proceeds totally online and you will be guided stepwise through the creation and uploading of your files.

Formatting requirements

The entire manuscript must be neatly prepared, spell-checked, and adhere to the formatting requirements stipulated in our submission guidelines.

File format

The document uploaded during Step 2 of the submission process:

Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx): We can accept Word 2003 DOC files and Word 2007 DOCX files.

Rich Text Format (RTF): Users of other word processing packages should save or convert their files to RTF before uploading. Many free tools are available that will make this process easier.

Referencing style guide

The manuscript must adhere to the APA referencing style. Conform to the formatting style of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


Manuscripts must be written in British English, according to the Oxford English Dictionary [avoid Americanisms (e.g. use ‘s’ and not ‘z’ spellings), set your version of Microsoft Word to UK English].

Font type

Use a standard font size in any standard font family.

Line spacing

Choose 1.15 lines to space text.

Paragraph spacing is 6 pt.

Important notice: Please don’t separate paragraphs with empty lines and don’t use first-line indents.


Ensure that formatting for headings is consistent in the manuscript. Limit manuscript sections and sub-sections to four heading levels. Make sure heading levels are clearly indicated in the manuscript text. Do not number headings.

Word count

IJOIELA recommends 6000 word count, excluding title page, legends, and references.

Article Structure

Subdivision of article

Divide your article into clearly defined sections. Each subsection should be given a brief subheading.

Each heading should appear on its own separate line.

Manuscripts should be compiled in the following order:

  1. Title Page

This should include the title, authors' names, affiliations, ORCID, acknowledgements and any Declaration of Interest statement, and a complete address for the corresponding author including an e-mail address. The title page should be a submitted as a separate file (see our IJOIELA Template)

Please supply all details required by any funding and grant-awarding bodies as an Acknowledgement on the title page of the manuscript, in a separate paragraph, as follows:

For single agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx]."

For multiple agency grants: "This work was supported by the [Funding Agency 1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx]."

  1. Abstract

A concise and factual abstract is required. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. An abstract is often presented separate from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. References should therefore be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full, without reference to the reference list. Nonstandard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at theirfirst mention in the abstract itself. Abstracts of no less than 150 and no more than 350 words are required for all manuscripts submitted.

  1. Keywords

Immediately after the abstract, provide from 5 to 7 keywords, avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, "and," "of"). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field may be eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

  1. Main Text


State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The gap in the existing knowledge on the topic filled by the author should be obvious. In the last paragraph of the introduction, it is mandatory that the research objectives and goals are specified


Provide sufficient details to allow the work to be reproduced by an independent researcher. Methods that are already published should be summarized, and indicated by a reference. If quoting directly from a previously published method, use quotation marks and also cite the source. Any modifications to existing methods should also be described. This section should be divided into subsections following IJOIELA Template.


Results should be clear and concise.


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 may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which should stand alone.

  1. References and Footnotes

Please ensure that at least 30 % of references analysed in your paper are newly published sources from Scopus / WoS. Reference entries should strictly follow the format specified in the Publication Manual of the AmericanPsychological Association (7th edition). Include a DOI for all works that have a DOI, regardless of whether you used the online version or the print version (including book chapters). APA requires that the entries have a hanging indent. All references need to be in APA style before the manuscript can go into copyediting and will be returned to the author if the formatting is not complete. 

Please see our information pages on References in Text, Reference List and Footnotes as well as a Template.

  1. Appendices (if appropriate).

If there is more than one appendix, they should be identified as A, B, etc

Other crucial points to be considered

  • Table(s) should be with caption(s).
  • Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.
  • Use double quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation. Type [sic] after a misspelled word or an incorrect or apparently absurd statement in quoted material to indicate that this is an accurate rendition of the original source. Use single quotation marks for quotations within quotations

E.g. Some participants were skeptical about the process: “I don’t put any stock in these ‘dream diaries.’”

  • For all manuscripts non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms must not be used.

Changes to authorship

Authors are expected to consider carefully the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript and provide the definitive list of authors at the time of the original submission. Any addition, deletion or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript has been accepted and only if approved by the journal Editor. To request such a change, the Editor must receive the following from the corresponding author: (a) the reason for the change in author list and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement. In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed.

Only in exceptional circumstances will the Editor consider the addition, deletion or rearrangement of authors after the manuscript has been accepted. While the Editor considers the request, publication of the manuscript will be suspended. If the manuscript has already been published in an online issue, any requests approved by the Editor will result in a corrigendum.

Publication Schedule

The journal publishes quarterly: March, June, September and December. To be included within an issue the articles must be accepted at least 2 months before the cover date. To allow time for peer review, therefore, articles must be submitted far earlier than this. Note, however, that selection for an issue cannot be guaranteed by the submission/acceptance date – but the accepted and finalized article will be made available as soon as possible using Early View (see below).

Early View

Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in the issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled 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 they cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are cited using their Digital Object Identifier (DOI) with no volume and issue or pagination information.