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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 submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format. All images are embedded in the manuscript file itself in the appropriate places in the manuscript in addition to separate files to be uploaded in Step 4 before submission.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font for the main text, and a 14-point font for the title of the manuscript; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and the title, abstract, keywords, all illustrations, figures, tables, and references are placed within the text at the appropriate points, and not at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed, and no information identifying the author (such as the author biodata and acknowledgments) has been included in the manuscript.
  • In addition to including them in the text, all graphics are separate JPG or GIF files (not embedded in doc files), in grayscale or black and white, at a resolution of at least 200 dpi. These must be uploaded in Step 4 before submission. Only the title of each file (e.g., "Figure 1") and the Type (Please choose "Other," and write "Figure" after the "Specify other prompt). There is no need to make this available to reviewers. Please do this for each uploaded file.

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts considered for publication will be double blind reviewed for their presentation and analysis of new empirical data using appropriate research methods, development of theories relevant to language learning and teaching, development or refinement of language learning pedagogies, and discussion papers relevant to teachers and learners of languages at all levels. All manuscripts must be in APA format throughout (including all citations and references).
- A clear and specific title
- All graphics as separate JPG or GIF files (not as files embedded in .doc files), in grayscale or black and white, at a resolution of at least 200 dpi
- A biodata of up to 50 words per author
- An abstract of around 150-200 words in length
- The preferred academic or professional affiliation with the names of each author

Regular articles are expected to be 6000-8000 words in length (excluding references and appendixes), while forum articles are around 3000-5000. Regular articles are expected to include original research based on solid methodology and sufficient background research. Forum articles are intended to include suggestions for teaching practice, or to describe new technologies or pedagogies that are still under development. As such, the academic rigor in a forum article is considered to be less important, but it should still show innovation and clear relevance to the field.

Note that all submissions to the journal must be original work that has not been published elsewhere. If we find that an article has been published previously elsewhere before being published in The JALT CALL Journal without permission from both The JALT CALL Journal editors and the editors of the previous publication, the offending author(s) may be responsible for re-printing and re-distribution costs of that issue of the journal.

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