Manuscript Submission

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.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the submission system. Each manuscript should include:
– A clear and specific title
– The category the manuscript is being submitted for
– An email address for correspondence to be published with the article
– A biodata of up to 50 words per author
– An abstract of around 250 words in length
– The preferred academic or professional affiliation with the names and ORCiD reference of each author

Regular articles are expected to be 6000-8000 words in length (excluding references and appendixes), and are expected to include original research based on solid methodology and sufficient background research. Academic discussion on topics that may or may not include empirical data, but still include sufficient understanding of relevant research. These short articles may be between 4000-6000 words in length.

Book Reviews

The Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics publishes reviews of books in the scope of applied linguistics and language education. Generally, unsolicited book reviews are not accepted for publication in AJAL, but if you would like to contribute to the Book Reviews section, you should first contact the Book Reviews Editor, Hassan Mohebbi (, prior to writing and submitting. Book Reviews should not exceed 1700 words, including references (with a maximum four references). Book reviewers need to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between publisher/authors and reviewer. What we look for is critical reviews, not simply a report of the content of the book. Only half of the manuscript should cover the book’s content, and the rest needs to be devoted to the critical evaluation of the book compared to the available titles in the market. Authors are advised to read the papers by Hartley and Sealey before starting to write their book review, as the framework and questions are the main criteria for our evaluation of book review submissions. Before online submission, the authors are advised to submit their manuscript to the editor for in-house review and editing. Having revised, the corresponding author may submit their manuscript to the journal submission system.

Publication Frequency

The Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics is published three times a year: April, August and December.

Journal History

The Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics was originally published in 1999 at Griffith University, Australia, but publication was then halted for personal reasons by the Editor-in-Chief (more information is available in this editorial). The journal was recommenced in 2018, and it has gained international recognition since its new start, attracting authors from all over the world.

Formatting & Layout

Manuscripts must be submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .odt document file. Any information identifying the authors should be removed from the primary manuscript document. Reference to work from the authors should be marked as "Author1, 20xx" or "Author2, 20xx" in the citations, and references should be included as "Author1. (20xx)." or "Author2. (20xx)." All references and citations must be in accordance with the APA 7th edition, with the exception of books listed in the references, which should include the city of publication. Where possible, DOIs should be included as "" for all references.

A template that can be used for submitting final accepted manuscripts may be found here. The template may be used for earlier submissions provided that information identifying the author has been removed as described above.

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. Article publication charges (APCs) for the Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics are in line with Castledown’s standard pricing policy. The open access statement and information about applicable APCs are available from here.

Publication Ethics

Note that all submissions to the Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics must be original work that has not been published or currently under review elsewhere. Full information about the peer review process and publication ethics is available from here.