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Submission Guidelines

The editors welcome submissions of materials concerned with all aspects of language education, particularly with relevance to Japan. If accepted, the editors reserve the right to edit all copy for length, style, and clarity, without prior notification to authors. Materials in English should be sent in Rich Text Format by either email (preferred) or post. Postal submissions must include a clearly labeled disk or memory stick and one printed copy. Manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style as it appears in The Language Teacher.

Following are the guidelines for submitting articles to TLT. Guidelines for material for columns can be found in the pages for each department.

Restrictions

Papers submitted to The Language Teacher must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication elsewhere. The Language Teacher has First World Publication Rights, as defined by International Copyright Conventions, for all manuscripts published. If accepted, the editors reserve the right to edit all copy for length, style, and clarity without prior notification to authors.


Feature Articles

English Features. Submissions should be well-written, and well-documented, research articles. Analysis and data can be quantitative or qualitative (or both). Manuscripts are reviewed and evaluated anonymously by members of The Language Teacher Editorial Advisory Board and or Additional Reader team, based on reviewer expertise and interest. Papers are evaluated for degree of scholarly research, relevance, originality of conclusions, etc. Submissions should:

  • be up to 3,000 words (not including appendices)
  • have paragraphs separated by carriage returns (may be indented), and subheadings (bold, bold-italic, or italic) used throughout for the convenience of readers - not numbered headings
  • be blinded (made anonymous for review purposes)
  • have a supplementary file, including the article's title, the author's name, affiliation, contact details, and word count at the top of the first page, submitted along with the blinded paper but NOT made available to reviewers
  • have tables, figures, appendices, etc. included in the main file in the appropriate places, and also attached as supplementary files.
  • have an English abstract of up to 150 words and translated into Japanese, in the paper and entered into the Online Journal System. *Abstracts are used by reviewers to determine whether they wish to review the paper.
  • be accompanied by a 100-word biographical background and photo- NOT made available to reviewers

Submissions: See the guidelines at the bottom of this page.


Readers' Forum

Readers' Forum  articles are thoughtful essays on topics related to language teaching and learning in Japan. Submission do not need to be researched based, but the ideas should be intellectually supported. We cannot publish promotional materials. Submissions should:

  • be of relevance to language educators in Japan
  • be between 2,000 and 2,500 words  (including title and references)
  • include English and Japanese abstracts of up to 150 words. TLT will NOT provide translations for authors
  • include a short bio and a Japanese title.
  • have the article's title, the author's name, affiliation, contact details, and word count at the top of the first page
  • subheadings (boldfaced or italic) used throughout for the convenience of readers
  • follow APA style conventions.
  • tables, figures, images or appendices should be INCLUDED in the main file.

Submissions: See the guidelines at the bottom of this page.


Interviews

Interviews. If you are interested in interviewing a well-known professional in the field of language teaching in and around Japan, please consult the editors first. Lengths range from 1,500-2,500 words.

Submissions: See the guidelines at the bottom of this page.


Conference Reports

Conference Reports. If you have attended a conference on a topic of interest to language teachers in Asia, write a 1,500-word report summarizing the main events. Send as an email attachment to the Co-Editor. (A list of contact addresses can be found in every issue of TLT. Contact can also be made through the Contacts Page.)

Submissions: See the guidelines at the bottom of this page.


Online Submissions オンラインでの投稿

Note: If you already have a JALT Proceedings or The Language Teacher account, you don’t need to create a new account; you can use your existing account.

  1. Visit http://jalt-publications.org/access/
  2. Select REGISTER (if you don’t already have an account. If you already have an account, skip steps 2-8)
  3. Select The Language Teacher
  4. Complete the information (if you are already registered with another JALT publication, then there is a link from this page to enroll your account)
  5. CHECK AUTHOR: Able to submit items to the journal 1.
  6. Click register.
  7. IF YOU DON'T SELECT AUTHOR, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SUBMIT YOUR PAPER.
  8. You will automatically be logged in.
  9. Select the Author link that appears under The Language Teacher.
  10. Select CLICK HERE to start your submission.
  11. Follow the steps to complete your submission, with these caveats:
    a. You need to click the upload button to upload your file.
    b. You must click finish submission in order to complete the submission process.
  12. You can check on the progress of your review and on the editing process through your author page in the journal

日本語論文投稿要領

The Language Teacherでは日本語で書かれた語学教育に関する論文・記事の投稿を募集します。原則としてEメールにMS Word形式の添付ファイルで、スタッフリストのページにある日本語編集長・副編集長の両方にお送りください。論文は未発表で、他機関に投稿中でないものに限ります。採用された場合、本誌は出版される原稿を編集する権利があります。                                                                     

Feature: 日本の語学教育に関する、実証性のある研究論文を募集します。和文8,000字以内(題名と参考文献を含み、図表は除く)で、図表は別ファイルにして下さい。書式はアメリカ心理学協会(APA)スタイル最新版に基づき、ページ番号を入れ、小見出し(太文字またはイタリック体)を付けて下さい。最初のページに題名、著者名、所属、連絡先を和文と英文の両方で書き、字数も記入して下さい。要旨(400字以内の和文と150ワード以内の英文の両方)、著者略歴(250字以内の和文と100ワード以内の英文の両方)もご提出下さい。原稿は匿名のTLT査読委員により、研究水準、関連性、研究の独創性やTLTの読者に合っているか等で評価されます。

Readers’ Forum: 日本の語学教育に関する論文や実践報告を募集します。和文6,000字以内(題名と参考文献、図表を含む)で、図表はメインファイルに含めて下さい。その他の形式は上記Featureに準じます。

Interviews: 日本国内外の言語教育分野における著名な専門家へのインタビュー記事(和文6,000字以内)を募集します。希望される場合は、先に編集者に意見をお尋ね下さい。

Conference Reports: 語学教師に関心のあるテーマの大会に出席された場合は、学会報告(和文4,000字以内)をお送り下さい。

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