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About the Journal


Applied Linguistics publishes research into language with relevance to real-world problems.
The journal is keen to help make connections between fields, theories, research methods, and scholarly discourses, and welcomes contributions which critically reflect on current practices in applied linguistic research. It promotes scholarly and scientific discussion of issues that unite or divide scholars in applied linguistics. It is less interested in the ad hoc solution of particular problems and more interested in the handling of problems in a principled way by reference to theoretical studies.

Applied linguistics is viewed not only as the relation between theory and practice, but also as the study of language and language-related problems in specific situations in which people use and learn languages. Within this framework the journal welcomes contributions in such areas of current enquiry as: bilingualism and multilingualism; computer-mediated communication; conversation analysis; corpus linguistics; critical discourse analysis; deaf linguistics; discourse analysis and pragmatics; first and additional language learning, teaching, and use; forensic linguistics; language assessment; language planning and policies; language for special purposes; lexicography; literacies; multimodal communication; rhetoric and stylistics; and translation. The journal welcomes both reports of original research and conceptual articles.
The Journal’s Forum section is intended to enhance debate between authors and the
wider community of applied linguists (see Editorial in 22/1) and affords a quicker
turnaround time for short pieces. Forum pieces are typically responses to a published article, a shorter research note or report, or a commentary on research issues or professional practices. The Journal also contains a Reviews section.


Year Impact Factor Ssi: Linguistics
2015 3.250 2 out of 179
2014 1.453 23 out of 171
2013 1.833 11 out of 169
2012 1.500 16 out of 160
2011 1.885 8 out of 161
2010 1.340 24 out of 141
2009 1.469 17 out of 92
2008 2.217 5 out of 68
2007 1.178 17 out of 55
2006 1.050 18 out of 47

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index by ISI.

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