Submitting a contribution to a language-specific journal

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Submitting a contribution to a language-specific journal

ALL welcomes previously unpublished articles and reports by readers and by all those interested in learning and teaching languages at any level in the UK and beyond. We are particularly pleased to receive contributions from members of ALL and from new authors. Articles should not normally exceed 3000 words, although longer contributions may be considered for publication in instalments. Contributions may be written in English or in the target language. Authors are encouraged to contact the editor of the journal concerned (see below) to discuss their planned contribution before it is written. Editors will be pleased to advise on the viability of a topic, on presentation and on timescales for publication. They are also willing to read drafts and offer constructive comments.

Presentation of Contributions

Contributors should bear in mind the general policy of the journals on presentation. The target audience of the ALL language-specific journals consists first and foremost of busy practising teachers across all educational sectors. Material published in the journals should therefore be expressed in accessible modern idiom, free of jargon other than that familiar to language teachers, and not abstruse or excessively theoretical. Contributions, whilst academically rigorous, should be presented without unnecessary use of academic paraphernalia. They must nevertheless maintain high standards of accuracy in quotations and references, they must be consistent in their presentation, and they must adhere to ALL style guidelines.

If you quote references or sources, full details should be given using the Harvard system,

e.g.: Barber, C. (1993) The English Language: a historical introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

In the text the author’s name, year of publication and page number where relevant should be quoted in brackets, e.g.: (Barber, 1993: 27). Previously unpublished classroom material (for example, a worksheet) may accompany the contribution and is particularly welcome.

Wherever possible, contributions should be accompanied by one or two images as illustrations. They should normally be in JPEG form and should not be embedded. Screenshots may be included, but only if they will be clearly legible when reproduced. An abstract should be included with each article submitted, although it will not necessarily be published with the contribution.


Authors are requested to seek copyright permission for any material they use from external sources before submitting their article and should discuss copyright issues, if they arise, with the editor of the journal concerned. All copyrighted sources will be formally acknowledged. If an article is accepted for publication in the journal, copyright ownership will pass to ALL, but reasonable requests from authors to reprint their article elsewhere or to quote from it will not normally be declined.


Contributions should be saved in MS Word and submitted electronically to the relevant editor (see below). Please include email and postal address for correspondence.


All contributions, once submitted, are sent to an independent referee or referees for review. Authors should not assume that their contribution will be published, even if an editor has invited them to submit it, until it has been approved by a referee. Feedback from referees will be passed on to authors. Urgent or especially topical contributions may sometimes be published immediately. Normally, however, in order to preserve a balance of content in each issue, the date of publication of each contribution, once accepted, will be at the discretion of the editor.


To contact an editor:

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