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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The paper acknowledges any funding sources and potential competing interests. If such acknowledgements would reveal who the authors are, then this section of the paper can be left blank on initial submission in order to preserve double blind reviewing, but in this case, the required acknowledgements must be made in the Comments to the Editor part of the submission form.
  • Research involving human subjects has received appropriate ethical approval from an institutional research ethics review committee, and this approval has been reported in either a Methods section or the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript. Ethical approval may be blinded in the original submission to protect the double-blind reviewing process.
  • If the manuscript includes a copy of a figure or table from a published source, written permission to reproduce the figure or table has been obtained from the copyright holder and is provided with the submission.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  • When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • All generative AI use in the preparation of the manuscript has been acknowledged according to the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

The authors of all submissions to JALL are expected to have followed internationally accepted standards for the responsible and ethical conduct of research such as are found in documents like the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018. Further expectations of authors and what authors can expect of JALL can be found in JALL's Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement.

All authors listed on a submission are also expected to have met at least the minimum threshold for authorship as described in Authorship: A guide supporting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Article templates: Authors are encouraged to use the appropriate article template to produce their submission (regular article style, book review style).

Abstract: Maximum 250 words.

Word limit: It is expected that the typical article will be from 5000-8000 words including in-text citations but excluding the reference list. Articles longer than this will be considered if their length is justified.

Referencing style: APA 7.

Punctuation: Use double quotation marks with punctuation (e.g. commas and full stops) inside the quotation marks only if it logically belongs with the quotation, otherwise put the punctuation outside of the quotation marks. To satisfy other formatting requirements, it is recommended that prospective authors prepare their manuscript using the appropriate template (regular article style, book review style).

Ensuring a blind review: JALL uses "double blind reviewing", so for your initial submission, please:

  1. leave dummy entries in the author details section;
  2. put in-text citations to any previous work by the author(s) in the form, “Author (date) has argued previously that …” or equivalent; and
  3. leave out references by the author(s) in the reference list.

In addition, ensure personal details are removed from the submitted electronic file (scroll down to the section headed “Find and remove hidden data and personal information with the Document Inspector”).

Generative AI use

A. Acceptable use of generative AI tools in the preparation of a manuscript

In the preparation of manuscripts for JALL, authors may use generative AI tools for support with:

  1. typical sorts of substantive editing, copy editing and proofreading tasks
  2. identifying and understanding suitable papers for their literature review
  3. generating: (i) possible titles from a human-written abstract; (ii) possible headings from human-written section content; and (iii) drafting abstracts from human written notes.

All such content must be reviewed for accuracy and appropriateness by a listed human author and acknowledged appropriately (see Note C).

It is also acceptable to quote prompts and responses by generative AI tools for the purposes of illustrating the capabilities and weaknesses of such tools for academic writing or learning.

It is not acceptable to ask a generative AI tool to write an abstract or other original content from a simple statement of a topic or question as such content may involve plagiarism, a copyright infringement, or may include fabricated or inaccurate information. In other words, generative AI tools cannot be treated as a co-author of a manuscript (see Note B).

B. Generative AI tools cannot be listed as a co-author of submissions

To be listed as an author of a paper published in JALL, a person must satisfy the requirements indicated in Authorship: A guide supporting the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. As generative AI tools cannot be held accountable for the content they produce, and such tools are known to fabricate and provide inaccurate information, generative AI tools fail to satisfy the requirements of Section 2.2 of the Authorship guide and so cannot be listed as a co-author on a paper.

 C. All use of generative AI tools in the preparation of a manuscript must be appropriately acknowledged

Any use of a generative AI tool in the preparation of a manuscript must be acknowledged in a Declarations section appearing at the end of the main body before the reference list. This declaration must:

  1. State what tool/s was/were used
  2. Describe how the tools were used


  1. Include the following statement: “The authors have reviewed all content and wordings created by the generative AI tool(s) used, edited this content as needed, and take full responsibility for the content of the publication.”

Any use of AI tools for the analysis of qualitative or quantitative data should be appropriately documented in the methods section of a paper as is standard practice for other analytical tools.

Copyright and licencing

  1. Authors retain copyright in their submissions and the final, published version of their manuscript.
  2. The final published version of a manuscript may be stored in institutional repositories with a link to the paper’s abstract web page provided (e.g.
  3. The final published version of a manuscript may also be stored in personal repositories such as ResearchGate, though it is preferred that only the abstract with a link to the paper’s journal abstract page be provided in such repositories.

Conference Articles

The same policy as for regular research articles will be applied.

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