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Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Academic Language and Learning (JALL) is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which is devoted to the interests of professionals who provide academic language and learning (ALL) development to students and staff in tertiary education settings. The journal has a broad scope incorporating the following sections.

Research Articles
Topics of interest in this section include, but are not limited to, research into the following:

  • student transition issues, including the transitions faced by recent high school leavers, international students, mature aged students, and those starting a research higher degree;
  • student experiences with academic writing, from undergraduate essays to PhD theses, including issues faced by students from a non-English speaking background;
  • student learning, including the particular difficulties some students have with quantitative subjects such as statistics, and issues arising from the interrelationship between language and learning in (inter-) disciplinary domains;
  • elucidation of the academic needs of students with a disability;
  • interrelation of theory and practice, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives: e.g., applied linguistics, education, reading theory, composition, sociology of knowledge, and others;
  • the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in learning support;
  • evaluating and improving the quality of academic language and learning practice.
In all cases, both papers which add to an understanding of the issues involved as well as reports on investigations into how ALL educators might most effectively work with students in the area of concern are welcome. In addition, theoretical papers as well as empirical studies are of potential interest.

Letters and Comments
Letters and comments include things such as:
- Brief commentaries on articles from previous issues (e.g. pointing out other relevant literature; providing brief critiques).
- Suggestions for follow-up or original research that needs to be done.

Book Reviews
Reviews should be of books of interest to professionals working in the field of academic language and learning development in tertiary education settings. A useful guide on writing book reviews for a scholarly publication can be found here, though the word limit mentioned on this site does not apply to JALL book reviews.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Research Articles

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Letters and Comments

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Book Reviews

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Research articles will be double-blind, peer-reviewed by two reviewers.

Reviewer reports will usually be expected within four weeks.

The criteria by which reviewers will be asked to assess a manuscript include:

  • Relevance and interest to JALL readership.
  • How well informed the paper is by previous scholarship in the field.
  • How substantial a contribution to understanding in this field is provided by the paper.
  • The quality of the evidence, reasoning and theorising used to support the conclusions of the manuscript.
  • The quality of the writing.

 

Publication Frequency

JALL currently publishes one regular issue each year, with submissions being published online as soon as they successfully complete the reviewing and editorial processes.

In odd-numbered years, JALL also publishes a special issue devoted to refereed papers presented at the biennial Association for Academic Language and Learning (AALL) conference. Conference papers undergo the same double-blind review process with the same review criteria as do regular papers. Papers in the special issue will not be published until after the conference.

From time-to-time, JALL may also publish other special issues.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

 

Journal of Academic Language and Learning

JALL is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal which is devoted to the interests of professionals who provide academic language and learning development to students and staff in tertiary education settings.



ISSN: 1835-5196