Submission Procedures

Read all instructions carefully. Failure to follow instructions will result in automatic rejection of your submission.

TESL-EJ publishes original articles, books, or monographs in the research and practice of English as a second, additional, or foreign language. TESL-EJ welcomes studies in ESL/EFL pedagogy, second language acquisition, language assessment, applied socio- and psycholinguistics, and other related areas, for quarterly publication.



Manuscripts are submitted through our submissions site: Registration is required. Through this site, you will find all the relevant information about the submission process, and be able to track the status of your manuscript at any time.

Articles, reviews, or forum discussion should conform generally to the American Psychological Association format, with the following adjustments made for computer-based dissemination:

Text should be prepared in .doc/.docx or in RTF format. Please put all figures and tables in place in the text (rather than at the end). Number and title all figures and tables sequentially. Figures should be numbered and titled below the figure. Tables should be numbered and titled above the table. Tables need to be formatted as tables, not as columns using tabs.

Notes should be endnotes, and kept to a minimum. Endnotes should be numbered, using square brackets, consecutively within the text. For example:

…this unusual methodology [1]…

These notes will link to the actual endnotes.

The editors reserve the right to reject without review poorly edited, incorrectly submitted, or improperly formatted manuscripts. Please read the “FOR AUTHORS” link on the submissions website. The primary reason for initial rejection of manuscripts is because of incomplete or incorrectly submitted work. Read all instructions carefully, and follow them strictly.

Articles: Full-length articles should include an abstract no more than 200 words. Before accepting any article for publication, the Submissions Editor shall solicit recommendations by two qualified reviewers. These reviewers will be members of the TESL-EJ Editorial Board, Board of Reviewers, or other qualified experts. The names of all readers will be posted on the TESL-EJ site. Questions about submissions can be sent to

Manuscript Preparation Guidelines (See separate page.)

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 that do not adhere to these guidelines will be automatically rejected.

  1. All information on the submission page is completely filled out, including affiliation and bio statement. The bio statement should be in prose form and indicate research interests, employment history, or other pertinent facts about the author(s).
  2. 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).
  3. An abstract of no more than 200 words should be included. Note that if you copy and paste from Microsoft Word, you may encounter inaccurate word counts. It is best to type into the abstract field, or copy and paste from a text-only document.
  4. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  5. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  6. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-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.
  7. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements of current APA formatting.
  8. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ensuring a blind review have been followed. See for how to delete your personal information from an MS Word document.
  9. The work is the original work of the author. All work of others is properly cited.
  10. Number of submissions: Please submit only one proposal at a time for consideration.

Special Issues: Potential editors for special issues should query the Editor.

Books and Monographs: Please query the Editor before submitting book or monograph manuscripts.

Other TESL-EJ sections:

Book Reviews: Please read the Book Review Policies.

Media Reviews: Please read the Media Review Policies.

On the Internet: Query Editor Vance Stevens. You can find contact information at his website: