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International Journal of Language Studies

A Quarterly Journal of Applied Linguistics

ISSN: 2157-4898 | eISSN: 2157-4901

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Editor: Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

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Impact Factor (IF): NA

Five-Year Impact Factor: NA

Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): NA

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): NA


This journal is peer reviewed and indexed in: SCOPUS, ERA, IBZ, IBR & more

Author Guidelines

Before you prepare and submit your manuscript to IJLS, we strongly recommend that you read and fully understand our Code of Conduct, IJLS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), IJLS manuscript Review Process, and IJLS Guidelines for Reviewers. The peer review process can take at least anywhere between 4 to 6 months.

Articles submitted to the International Journal of Language Studies should represent outstanding scholarship and should make original contributions to the field of Applied Linguistics. The editors of IJLS will assume that a manuscript submitted to IJLS has not previously been published, and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere--either in the submitted form or in a modified version. Articles should be original, must be written in standard English, and should not include defamatory or libelous content.

IJLS operates a doubly-masked peer review process. To facilitate this process, authors are requested to ensure that all submissions, whether first or revised versions, are anonymized. Acknowledgments, authors' names, their institutional affiliations, their vitas, and their contact details (including academic email addresses, mailing addresses, cellphone/phone/fax numbers, etc.) should only be disclosed in a separate 'Title Page' file.

Before You Begin

Manuscripts which fail to follow our guidelines will not be processed. Authors are expected to (1) read and follow IJLS author guidelines, IJLS Code of Conduct, and APA Editorial Style, and (2) submit a complete packet to the journal for evaluation.

Manuscript Preparation

Please read and observe the following points in the preparation of your manuscript:

Reference List Preparation

Closely follow APA Editorial Style throughout your list of references. There should be a one-to-one correspondence between the sources cited/quoted and the ones referenced. List the sources first alphabetically by author last names (from A to Z) and then chronologically (from past to present) for more sources by the same author. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified--based on the alphabetical sorting of the titles of the works--by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication. Follow these examples (Note the use of commas, italics, capitalization, type of publication, sorting, etc.): [For a comprehensive guide, please see The OWL at Purdue]

Journal Articles: Brown, J. D. (2013). My twenty-five years of cloze testing research: So what? International Journal of Language Studies, 7(1), 1-32.
Chapters: Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2016). Rituals of death as staged communicative acts and pragmemes. In A. Capone & J. L. Mey (Eds.), Interdisciplinary studies in pragmatics, culture and society (pp. 925-959). Heidelberg: Springer.
Book Reviews: Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2015). Review of the book Networked learning: An educational paradigm for the age of digital networks, by C. Jones. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(6), E31-E32.
Books: Wilson, D., & Sperber, D. (2012). Meaning and relevance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Book Editions: Helfer, M. E., Kempe, R. S., & Krugman, R. D. (1997). The battered child (5th ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Edited Books: Duncan, G. J., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (Eds.). (1997). Consequences of growing up poor. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.
3-7 Authors: Hudson, T., Detmer, E., & Brown, J. D. (1995). Developing prototypic measures of cross-cultural pragmatics. Honolulu, HI: National Foreign Languages Resource Center.
More Than Seven Authors: Miller, F. H., Choi, M. J., Angeli, L. L., Harland, A. A., Stamos, J. A., Thomas, S. T., . . . Rubin, L. H. (2009). Web site usability for the blind and low-vision user. Technical Communication, 57, 323-335.
Theses: Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (1995). A sociopragmatic comparative study of ostensible invitations in English and Farsi (Unpublished Master's Thesis). University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran.
Dissertations: Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2002). Text-familiarity, reading tasks and ESP test performance: A study on Iranian LEP and Non-LEP university students (Unpublished PhD Dissertation). University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.
Reports/Corpora: JACET Basic Word Revision Committee. (2003). JACET list of 8000 basic words. Tokyo: Japan Association of College English Teachers.
Proceedings: Schnase, J. L., & Cunnius, E. L. (Eds.). (1995). Proceedings from CSCL '95: The First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Multiple Works, Same Author: Brown, J. D. (1983a). A closer look at cloze: Validity and reliability. In J. W. Oller, Jr. (Ed.), Issues in language testing research (pp. 237-250). Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
  Brown, J. D. (1983b). An exploration of morpheme group interactions. In K. Bailey, M. H. Long & S. Peck (Eds.), Second language acquisition studies (pp. 25-40). Rowley, MA: Newbury House.
  Salmani Nodoushan, M. A., & Mohiyedin Ghomshei, G. R. (2014). Iconicity of cohesion in Persian causative constructions. Linguistik Online, 68, 29-42.
  Salmani Nodoushan, M. A., & Montazeran, H. (2012). The book review genre: A structural move analysis. International Journal of Language Studies, 6(1), 1-30.

Word Limit

Manuscripts sent to IJLS should not exceed the following word limits, although the editor(s) will retain discretion to publish papers beyond in length in cases where the clear and concise expression of the scientific content requires greater length.

Forum and Book Reviews

Responses to published articles are welcome for the Forum section of the journal. Forum pieces are usually reviewed by the Editor in Chief (or commissioned to another board member) and are not sent for external review. Items for the Forum section are normally no longer than 3,000 to 4,000 words. The journal also publishes reviews of books relevant to the field of Applied Linguistics. Acceptable book reviews are normally no longer than 1,500 to 2,000 words. Unsolicited book reviews are not accepted for publication. If you would like to review a book for IJLS, or submit a forum piece, please contact the Editor in Chief.

Where to Submit

Please submit your complete submission packet to and CC the editor at

What if revision is required?

In most cases, IJLS reviewers may recommend that authors revise their manuscripts and send their revisions to IJLS for further processing. In such cases, authors may want to accept some of the comments and suggestions that have been made by the reviewers, and at the same time refute some others. IJLS fully understands that, after all, authors have worked on their papers for a long time, and that they may see points which may go unnoticed by reviewers. It is, therefore, strongly recommended that authors send in a 'rebuttal' note (in the form of a Microsoft Word *.doc or *.docx file) in which they respond to all the comments and suggestions made by the reviewers in an item-by-item fashion. They should clearly show which comments and suggestions they accept, and which comments and suggestions they refute. Where a comment or suggestion is refuted, the author is expected to provide the reason why.

What happens after a manuscript is accepted?

Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, a PDF proof will be sent to the corresponding author for final brush up. Corrected proofs must be returned to IJLS within 48 hours of receipt (along with the completed-and-signed Copyright Form). Corresponding authors are expected to contact their co-authors and base the modifications on their comments and points as well. After the corresponding author has sent the corrected proofs to IJLS, no further modification is possible.

Note: When a co-authored manuscript is based on a supervised project (such as a master’s thesis or a PhD dissertation), the page proof of the accepted manuscript will ONLY be sent to the supervisor of the project to check and return to IJLS within 48 hours.

Will authors receive off-print copies of their published articles?

No; currently authors whose papers are published in this journal do not receive print copies of the journal or offprints of their published papers. They only receive a PDF copy through email. Print-on-Demand (PoD) copies are available for purchase only from Lulu Press Inc.

Is there any author fee?

No; currently authors do not pay any author fees to get their manuscripts reviewed by IJLS.