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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS

Articles

  • LLT publishes articles of up to 8,500 words 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 systematic empirical data and analysis on language learning outcomes or processes will not be considered.

  • General guidelines are available for conducting CALL research (see LLT editors CALICO 2011 Workshop slides) and for reporting on both quantitative and qualitative research (http://llt.msu.edu/research/index.html).

  • Manuscripts that have already been published, are being considered for publication elsewhere, or have been previously rejected by LLT 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.

Action Research Column

  • LLT publishes an Action Research Column of up to 5,000 words that serves as a forum for researchers and practitioners alike to disseminate the results of their projects and to consider the pedagogical implications of their research more closely. We strongly encourage teachers and/or teams of professionals who are addressing educational issues or challenges in their teaching environments to submit manuscripts for consideration. We are primarily interested in manuscripts that address the integration of technology and its potential in improving second/foreign language teaching and learning in a variety of contexts with different student populations. We are also interested in contributions that represent a wide spectrum of foreign languages, particularly the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs).

Commentaries

  • LLT publishes commentaries, short articles of 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.

Reviews

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

  • LLT does not accept unsolicited reviews.

  • Contact Review Editor Paige D. Ware (pware@smu.edu) if you are interested in having material reviewed or in serving as a reviewer. Send materials you wish to be reviewed to:

Paige D. Ware, Ph.D.
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
Southern Methodist University
3108 Fondren, Box 381
Dallas, TX  75275

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Submission process

  • All submissions must be uploaded through our online management system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/llt.
    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 (llt@hawaii.edu) if you experience difficulty.

  • The online management system will automatically convert your uploaded files into HTML and PDF formats. All article submissions must be properly anonymized and in Microsoft Word (.DOC) format. Images, tables, figures, appendices, and audio/video files should be uploaded in one file labelled "Tables and figures." Tables should be in .DOC format (not in .PDF); images can be saved as .JPG, .TIF, .EPS, or .GIF files within a Word document. More details can be found on http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/llt under User Tutorials.

  • 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.

  • Articles should be no more than 8,500 words in length, including references and a 200-word abstract. Appendices, not included in the 8,500 words, should be limited to 1,500 words. Lengthy appendices should be included as hyperlinks. Titles of articles should not exceed 10 words and should be adequately descriptive of the content of the article

  • All 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.
  • Authors are invited to take advantage of the electronic format by including hypermedia links to multimedia and other materials both within and outside the manuscript.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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Review process

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

  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.

  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). Submission to the Action Research Column are reviewed internally by the journal editors or Action Research Column editor and are not typically sent out for external review. Responses (accept, reject, request of revision) are ordinarily sent to authors within one month of submission.