Language Learning & Technology publishes articles, commentaries, and reviews relating to the application of technology to second language learning, teaching, and research.

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General Policies

The following policies apply to all submissions:

1. The journal now requires that all article submissions be uploaded through our new online management system at

You will be asked to first register and log in to use the online system. Complete instructions are provided on the site. Please contact the Managing Editor ( if you experience difficulty.

2. Manuscripts that have already been published or are being considered for publication elsewhere will not be considered. If your submission is part of a larger study or if you have used the same data in whole or in part in other papers published or under review, you must write a cover letter stating where the paper is published/under review and describing how the current submission to LLT makes a different and distinct contribution to the field.

3. All article submissions should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Authors are strongly encouraged to have their manuscripts proofread by an editor familiar with English academic prose and APA guidelines. Both American and British English spelling conventions are acceptable. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references and citations.

4. The online management system will automatically convert your uploaded files into HTML and PDF formats. All article submissions must be in Microsoft Word (.DOC) format. Images, tables, figures, appendices, and audio/video files should be uploaded separately. Images should be uploaded separately as .JPG, .TIF, .EPS, or .GIF files. More details can be found on under User Tutorials.

5. Authors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the electronic format by including hypermedia links to multimedia and other materials both within and outside the manuscript.

6. List the names, institutions, e-mail addresses, and if applicable, WWW addresses (URLs), of all authors. Include a 50-word biographical statement for each author. This information will be temporarily removed during the blind review.

7. Authors of accepted manuscripts will assign to LLT the permanent right to electronically distribute their article, but authors will retain copyright. Authors may republish their work (in print and/or electronic format) as long as they acknowledge LLT as the original publisher.

8. Requests for republication should be addressed to the author(s). LLT should be acknowledged as the original publisher.

9. The editors of LLT reserve the right to make editorial changes to manuscripts accepted for publication for the sake of style or clarity. Authors will be consulted only if the changes are substantive.

10. Minor edits will be made within 14 days after publication. Post-publication changes involving content will be made only if there is a problem with comprehensibility. Such changes will be accompanied by a note of revision. External links will be validated at the time of publication. Broken links will be fixed at the author’s request.


Articles and Commentaries

1. LLT publishes articles that report on original research or present an original framework that links second language acquisition theory, previous research, and language learning and teaching practices that utilize technology. Articles containing only descriptions of software, pedagogical procedures, or those presenting results of surveys without providing empirical data on actual language learning outcomes will not be considered.

2. General guidelines are available for reporting on both quantitative and qualitative research (

3. Articles should be no more than 8,500 words in length, including references and a 200-word abstract. Appendices should be limited to 1,500 words. Lengthy appendices should be included as hyperlinks and sent as separate files in .html or .pdf format.

4. Commentaries are short articles, typically 2,000-3,000 words, that discuss material either previously published in LLT or otherwise offering interesting opinions on issues related to language learning and technology.

5. Titles should not exceed 10 words and should be adequately descriptive of the content of the article.

6. All articles and commentaries go through a two-step review process:

Step 1: Internal Review. The editors first review each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements (i.e., that it reports on original research or presents an original framework linking previous research, second language acquisition theory, and teaching practices), and that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements and are principally descriptions of classroom practices or software are not sent out for further review. The internal review generally takes 1-2 weeks. Following the internal review, authors are notified of the results.

Step 2: External Review. Submissions which meet the basic requirements are then sent out for blind peer review by 3 experts in the field. The external review takes approximately 2-3 months. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject).


1. LLT publishes reviews of professional books and software related to the use of technology in language learning, teaching, and testing.

2. LLT does not accept unsolicited reviews. Contact Review Editor Paige Ware ( if you are interested in having material reviewed or in serving as a reviewer.

3. Reviews should provide a constructive critique of the book/software and include references to theory and research in second language acquisition, computer-assisted language learning, pedagogy, or other relevant disciplines. They should also include specific ideas for classroom implementation and suggestions for additional research.

4. Reviews should be limited to 2,000 words. Reviewers are encouraged to incorporate images (e.g., screen shots or book covers) and hypermedia links that provide additional information.

5. The following information should be included in a table at the beginning of the review:




Title (including previous titles, if applicable) and version number



Series (if applicable)

Minimum hardware requirements


Publisher (with contact information)

City and country

Support offered

Year of publication

Target language

Number of pages

Target audience (type of user, level, etc.)




ISBN (if applicable)