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Language Teaching Research

2015 Impact Factor: 1.444
2015 Ranking: 46/230 in Education & Educational Research | 26/179 in Linguistics
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editors
Frank Boers Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Hossein Nassaji University of Victoria, Canada


eISSN: 14770954 | ISSN: 13621688 | Current volume: 20 | Current issue: 5 Frequency: Quarterly

Language Teaching Research is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research within the area of second or foreign language teaching. Although articles are written in English, the journal welcomes studies dealing with the teaching of languages other than English as well.

The journal is a venue for studies that demonstrate sound research methods and which report findings that have clear pedagogical implications.

A wide range of topics in the area of language teaching is covered, including:

  • Programme
  • Syllabus
  • Materials design
  • Methodology
  • The teaching of specific skills and language for specific purposes

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Electronic Access:

Language Teaching Research is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ltr.sagepub.com/

Language Teaching Research is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research within the area of second or foreign language teaching. Although articles are written in English, the journal welcomes studies dealing with the teaching of languages other than English as well.

The journal is a venue for studies that demonstrate sound research methods and which report findings that have clear pedagogical implications.

A wide range of topics in the area of language teaching is covered, including:

  • Programme
  • Syllabus
  • Materials design
  • Methodology
  • The teaching of specific skills and language for specific purposes

Thorough investigation and research ensures this journal is:

  • International in focus, publishing work from countries worldwide
  • Interdisciplinary, encouraging work which seeks to break down barriers that have isolated language teaching professionals from others concerned with pedagogy
  • Innovative, seeking to stimulate new avenues of enquiry, including 'action' research

Practitioner Research Editor
Karen E. Johnson The Pennsylvania State University
Editorial Board
Gary Barkhuizen University of Auckland, New Zealand
Alessandro Benati University of Greenwich, UK
David Block Universitat de Lleida, Spain
Simon Borg Leeds University, UK
Graham Crookes University of Hawaii, USA
Robert M. De Keyser University of Maryland, USA
Rod Ellis University of Auckland, New Zealand
June Eyckmans Ghent University, Belgium
Thomas S. C. Farrell Brock University, Canada
Dana Ferris UC Davis, USA
Pauline Foster St Mary's College, UK
Marlise Horst Concordia University, Canada
Batia Laufer University of Haifa, Israel
Shaofeng Li University of Auckland, New Zealand
Seth Lindstromberg Hilderstone College, UK
Roy Lyster McGill University, Canada
Carmen Muñoz University of Barcelona, Spain
Jonathan Newton Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
John M. Norris University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
Leila Ranta University of Alberta, Canada
Peter Robinson Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan
Kazuya Saito Birkbeck University of London, UK
Peter Skehan Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Neomy Storch University of Melbourne, Australia
Stuart Webb Western University, Canada
Luxin Yang Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
Book Review Editor
Jenefer Philp Lancaster University, UK
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
    4. Authorship
    5. How to submit your manuscript
    6. Journal contributor's publishing agreement
      6.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    7. Statements and conventions
      7.1 Acknowledgments
      7.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
      7.3 Funding acknowledgement
      7.4 Other statements and conventions
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    Language Teaching Research is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research within the area of second or foreign language teaching. Although articles are written in English, the journal welcomes studies dealing with the teaching of languages other than English as well.
    The journal is a venue for studies that demonstrate sound research methods and which report findings that have clear pedagogical implications.

    1. Article types

    The Journal publishes articles reporting research in the field of second and foreign language teaching. Suitable studies may be of qualitative or quantitative orientation. Articles dealing with the teaching of languages other than English will be welcome, as will those displaying an interdisciplinary perspective. Studies should not only be methodologically sound, but also have clear implications for educational practice.

    The journal also has a ‘Practitioner Research’ section, which welcomes articles by practitioners about their own practices and includes findings/insights that are directly related to what they have learned from conducting their research as well as practical applications to the teaching of languages designed specifically for practitioners.

    All articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 8000 words, including title, abstract, notes, references, tables, appendix, etc.

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    2. Editorial Policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Language Teaching Research operates a two tier review system. All articles are first reviewed by the editors to determine their suitability for external review. Articles accepted for external review are submitted to a strictly blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two external referees. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within four months after submission.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of 2 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

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    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication Ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Language Teaching Research and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

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    4. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
    2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
    3. approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.
    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.

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    5. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    All manuscripts must be submitted online through http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ltr.
    If you do not have a log-in account yet, you will be asked to create one.

    Before uploading your manuscript, you will be asked to provide contact details, keywords and information about text length.

    Please upload a separate title page with author name(s) and affiliations. Remove the author name(s) from the actual article before you upload it, for the purpose of blind refereeing.

    The manuscript should not normally exceed 8000 words.
    Organise your text with a clear hierarchy of headings and subheadings, avoid using more than three weights of subheading.

    Tables (if any) should be typed on separate pages at the back of the article file and their preferred position indicated in the text (e.g., “Insert Table 2 here”). All tables should have short descriptive captions with footnotes (if any) typed below the tables.

    Illustrations (if any) should be included in the article file if possible but otherwise in a separate file. Include a list of captions and mark their place in the text.

    Footnotes should be avoided. Endnotes are accepted but should be kept to a minimum.

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    6. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright.† Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Language Teaching Research and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    6.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Statements and conventions

    7.1. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.2 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Language Teaching Research does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    7.3 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Language Teaching Research additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.† Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

    7.4 Other statements and conventions

    Non applicable.

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. The preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript is Word DOC.

    9.2 Journal Style

    Language Teaching Research conforms to the SAGE house style.† Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style

    Language Teaching Research adheres to the APA reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.† For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.† Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance           

    10.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints on our Journal Author Gateway.

    10.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Language Teaching Research with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet.

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office as follows:

    Frank Boers
    School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
    Victoria University of Wellington
    PO Box 600, Wellington 6140
    New Zealand
    frank.boers@vuw.ac.nz

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