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Information for Authors


PO Box 3 (Fabianinkatu 33),
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

Department of Applied Linguistics
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751


Department of Linguistics and English Language
County South
Lancaster University

United Kingdom


General guidelines

Articles submitted to Applied Linguistics should represent outstanding scholarship and make original contributions to the field. The Editors will assume that an article submitted for their consideration has not previously been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere, either in the submitted form or in a modified version.

Articles must be written in English and not include libelous or defamatory material. Manuscripts accepted for publication should not exceed 8,500 words including all material for publication in the print version of the article, except for the abstract, which should be no longer than 175 words. Additional material can be made available in the online version of the article. Such additions will be indexed in the print copy.

Applied Linguistics operates a double-blind peer review process. To facilitate this process, authors are requested to ensure that all submissions, whether first or revised versions, are anonymized. Authors' names and institutional affiliations should appear only on a detachable cover sheet. Author's name(s) should be substituted by ‘author’ throughout the paper, e.g. in references to the author's own work. Submitted manuscripts will not normally be returned.

Manuscripts should be written in English and must be submitted online through our Online Submission Website.
For full Instructions click here. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions please visit the online submission website.

Articles should be original and should not include libellous or defamatory material.

Each contributor should provide a brief biodata of about 90 words listing main interests, recent publications, and a contact address. Email address is optional.

If your article contains extracts from other works, especially Figures, Tables, poetry etc., please contact the authors and publishers before submitting the final version to seek permission to use their work. If primary data is to be included, research participants should have signed a consent form.

All contributors whose articles are accepted for publication will be required to sign a copyright assignment form, and to confirm that their article is original, accurate (inasmuch as can be ascertained in research), and does not include any libellous statements.


Forum pieces are usually reviewed by the Reviews and Forum Editor and are not sent for external review. Items for the Forum section are normally no longer than 2,000 words. Contributions to the Forum section and offers to review book publications should be addressed to the Forum and Reviews Editor.

They may consist of comments, statements on current issues, short reports on ongoing research (but NOT abstracts), or short replies to other articles.

Book Reviews

The journal publishes reviews of books relevant to the field of Applied Linguistics and are normally no longer than 1,500 words. If you would like to review a book for Applied Linguistics, please contact the Reviews Editor at the address below. Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted for publication.

Reference lists should be in Oxford HumSoc style.

  • author's surname followed by comma and initials (and full points) in bold, with a word space between two or more initials
  • authors' initial comes after first surname, but for books with more than one author the initials come first on second, third, etc. authors
  • no curves or brackets around dates
  • date of book is in roman, followed by a full point
  • authors with two books in same year should be labelled a and b (immediately after date, no space)
  • book titles in italic; main words have initial capitals
  • main words in book titles have initial caps, including subtitles


  • titles of journal articles in Roman with single inverted commas
  • first word only has initial caps except for names
  • comma before final inverted comma (for journal articles)
  • if an entry is a paper from an edited collection, put the title in Roman with single inverted commas but no full point after, then 'in'
  • journal titles in italic; main words have initial capitals
  • check that all details have been included: volume, issue (if available), page numbers. See the examples below for style.

If a book is referred to several times, put the full details as a separate entry with just authors and dates elsewhere; however, if it is referred to only once put the full details with the entry for the paper. Please check that all works referred to have their full details somewhere.


Aston, G. 1995. 'Corpora in language pedagogy: matching theory and practice' in Cook and Seidlhofer (eds.).

Cook, G. and B. Seidlhofer. 1995. Principle and Practice in Applied Linguistics. Oxford University Press.

Ellis, R. 1994. The Study of Second Language Acquisition. Oxford University Press.

Swain, M. 1995. 'Three functions of output in second language learning' in Cook and Seidlhofer (eds.).

Turner, D. 1979. 'The effect of instruction on second language learning and second language acquisition' in Andersen, R. (ed.): The Acquisition and Use of Spanish and English as First and Second Languages. TESOL.

Wenden, A. 1986a. 'What do second language learners know about their language learning? A second look at retrospective accounts,' Applied Linguistics 7/3: 186-201.

Wenden, A. 1986b. 'Helping language learners think about learning,' English Language Teaching Journal 40/1: 3-12.

Check that all bibliographical refs in the article are in the References, and vice versa. If any entries are incomplete or inconsistent please query straight away-page proof stage is too late.

Authors' names often misspelt: Courchêne (circumflex accent), DeCarrico (no space or hyphen, two capitals), Dörnyei (umlaut), Færch (elision), Givón (acute accent on o), Sharwood Smith (two words, no hyphen), Skutnabb-Kangas (one t, two b's, hyphen), VanPatten (no space or hyphen, two capitals).

If the reference is available online, please give the URL if you know it. We are aiming to provide direct reference linking from the online version of the journal.

Bibliographical references in the text follow the author-date system, e.g.: 'It has been shown that learners do not always think (Clark and Clark 1977: 57-85)' or '(Swain 1985)'. 'Ellis (1985) has shown that ...'

No comma between author's name and date. Space between date and page numbers if given.

If two or more works are referred to, list them in date order. If more than one was published in the same year, list these alphabetically by author's name. Separate them with semicolons, as follows: 'Ellis 1985; Wenden 1986; Swain 1995'.

Dates: 1960s not 1960's, l96Os, '60s, sixties, etc. 'In the 1970s' rather than 'thirty years ago'.

Figures and Tables: Where a Figure or Table is to be inserted in the text, on a separate line write


The Tables and Figures themselves should be inserted at the end of the article, or in a separate file. Each Figure and Table should be clearly labelled with number and caption. They should be numbered Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc.

Headings: No more than two levels of heading below the title. Headings should not be numbered.

Inverted commas: Use single quotes except for quotations within quotations.

Notes: endnotes not footnotes. Number using Arabic numerals.

Oxford comma (serial comma): insert in a series: 'this, that, and/or something else'.

Paragraphs: No line space should be left between paragraphs. The first line of new paragraphs should be indented, except straight after a heading. Do not use a hard return at the end of a line in running text, except at the end of a paragraph.

Quotations from other works should not be put in OUP style but any inaccuracies or inconsistencies should be queried. Quotations of more than three lines should be displayed and indented. Check that page numbers of the source have been provided.

Spaces between words or after full points and colons: should be a single word space.

Spelling: British or American English: author should state which. Check for consistency. 'Sociolinguistics@sociolinguists@psycholinguistics', etc.: no hyphen. Endings: use -ize endings where allowed, even in British English.

Supplementary Data: Only directly relevant material should be included in the full text of manuscripts. Supporting materials and Appendices which are not essential for inclusion in the full text, may be published as online-only Supplementary Data. This should be submitted for review, in a separate file or files from the manuscript. Most common file formats may be used: .doc; .ppt. .xls; .tif; jpg. Authors should ensure that the Supplementary Data is referred to in the main manuscript at an appropriate point in the text. It cannot be altered or replaced after the paper has been accepted for publication.

Third-Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:
Title of content; author; original publication; year of original publication; by permission of [rights holder].
This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Applied Linguistics does not have an electronic style sheet as some journals do.

Hyphenation and justification: turn off.

Page breaks Do not insert page breaks in the text. Do not insert extra spacing to avoid widows or orphans: page breaks will be different in the typeset proofs.

Proofread and spell check your work when you have finished.

Software: Please let us know which word-processing software you are using. Please do not convert files to ASCII-it is easier for us to convert from a word-processing program, and any formatting will be lost.

Make a back-up of all your work!

If you detect any virus on your machine, please inform all your OUP contacts immediately with full details.


Proofs will be sent to the author for correction, and should be returned to Oxford University Press by the deadline given.


Authors may order offprints or issues via the Author Services site.

Upon publication, authors will receive a free URL link to their article.


Acceptance of an author's copyright material is on the understanding that it has been assigned to the Oxford University Press subject to the following conditions. Authors are free to use their articles in subsequent publications written or edited by themselves, provided that acknowledgement is made of Applied Linguistics as the place of original publication. Except for brief extracts the Oxford University Press will not give permission to a third party to reproduce material from an article unless two months have elapsed without response from the authors after the relevant application has been made to them. It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce extracts, figures, or tables from other works.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Applied Linguists authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative; whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Applied Linguistics can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:
• Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY)
• Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC BY-NC)
• Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC BY-NC-ND)
Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:
Regular charge - £2150 / $3400 / €2800
Reduced Rate Developing country charge* - £1075 / $1700 / €1400
Free Developing country charge* - £0 / $0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries.
Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.
Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.


In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

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