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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: ERA, LB, IBZ, LLBA & 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), and IJLS manuscript Review Process. The peer review process can take at least anywhere between 4 to 6 months. Prospective authors from Iran should also read and understand this CODE before submitting their works to IJLS.

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.

Basic Considerations

Please make sure that you observe these points:


We strongly recommend that you cite relevant papers from the back issues of IJLS in your manuscript; we also recommend that you cite the relevant works of IJLS board members.

Manuscript Preparation

Please observe ALL of the following points in preparing 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 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.):


Books: Wilson, D., & Sperber, D. (2012). Meaning and relevance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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.
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.
Book Reviews: Salmani Nodoushan, M. A. (2015). Review of Networked learning: An educational paradigm for the age of digital networks. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(6), E31-E32.
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.
Multiple Authors: Hudson, T., Detmer, E., & Brown, J. D. (1995). Developing prototypic measures of cross-cultural pragmatics. Honolulu, HI: National Foreign Languages Resource Center.
Multiple Editors: Wright, T. (1992). L2 classroom research and L2 teacher education: Towards a collaborative approach. In J. Flowerdew, M. Brock & S. Hsia (Eds.), Perspectives on Second Language Teacher Education, (pp. 187-209). Hong Kong: City Polytechnic of Hong Kong.
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.
  Brown, J. D. (1988). Understanding research in second language learning: A teacher’s guide to statistics and research design. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  Brown, J. D. (2004). Research methods for Applied Linguistics: Scope, characteristics, and standards. In A. Davies & C. Elder (Eds.), The Handbook of Applied Linguistics, (pp. 476-500). Oxford: Blackwell.

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.

Where to Submit

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

NOTE: Receipt of submissions that fail to follow IJLS author guidelines and/or codes of conduct will NOT be acknowledged.

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 DOC or DOCX 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.

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.