Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education

The Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education (JICB) invites research and theoretical papers related to all levels (from pre-Kindergarten to university) of language education contexts in which subject matter is used as the vehicle to teach language, including but not limited to. More details can be found below in the submission guidelines.

  • bi- and multilingual education
  • all forms of language immersion education that strive for additive bilingualism
  • subject-matter driven minority, heritage, and Indigenous language education
  • dual language education
  • content-based language instruction (CBI)
  • content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • English-medium instruction (EMI)
  • language across the curriculum
  • sheltered English as a second language (ESL)
  • language for specific and academic purposes

JICB editors welcome submissions that report on empirical research and/or offer theoretical discussions, with a preference for innovative submissions that push the field forward and generate new knowledge. The content of the journal is geographically broad and multidisciplinary (e.g., education; applied linguistics; anthropology; sociology; psychology; speech, language, hearing sciences; language policy and planning; etc.). The JICB supports the use of a wide range of research methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, action research).

Peer Review Policy: All articles submitted to this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and blind review by at least three anonymous referees.

JICB publishes its articles Online First.

Immersion programmes are school-based, subject-matter driven programmes that aim for academic achievement, additive bilingualism and biliteracy (multilingualism/multiliteracy) and cultural pluralism through increased intercultural competence. They incorporate high language intensity (i.e., at least 50% of subject matter instruction through the medium of the “immersion” language). JICB targets a wide range of immersion/bilingual programmes including:

  • second or foreign language immersion (e.g., Swedish immersion in Finland, French immersion in Canada, Mandarin Chinese immersion in the U.S., English immersion in Hong Kong)
  • bilingual immersion (e.g., Korean/English “two-way” immersion programmes in the U.S., French/English programmes in Canada)
  • double immersion programmes (e.g., French-Hebrew-English programs in Canada, English-Hebrew-Portuguese programmes in Brazil)
  • developmental bilingual programmes (e.g., Spanish/English programmes in the U.S.)
  • indigenous/aboriginal language immersion programmes that aim for language and culture revitalization (e.g., Māori immersion in New Zealand, Hawaiian immersion in the U.S.)
  • immersion programmes in minority autochthonous languages (e.g., Irish immersion in Ireland, Basque immersion in Spain)

Content-based language education (non-immersion) is also subject-matter driven and includes, for example, language across the curriculum (LAC) initiatives at the post-secondary level, CLIL (content and language integrated learning) programmes, sheltered second language instruction [in English as a second language (ESL) programmes in the U.S., Australia, the UK, e.g.], language for specific purposes, and so on.

Editorial email address: jicb at

Sample issue: JICB 5:1
Laurent Cammarata | University of Alberta
Pádraig Ó Duibhir | Dublin City University
Perspectives on New Research Editors
Christiane Dalton-Puffer | University of Vienna
John Trent | Hong Kong Institute of Education
Book Review Editors
Susan Ballinger | McGill University
David Lasagabaster | University of the Basque Country
Editorial Board
Siv Björklund | Åbo Akademi University
Claudine Brohy | Université de Fribourg
Diane Dagenais | Simon Fraser University
Tara Fortune | University of Minnesota
Tina M. Hickey | University College Dublin
Richard K. Hill | The University of Waikato
Julia Hüttner | University of Vienna
Ester J. de Jong | University of Florida
Ana Llinares | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Yuen Yi Lo | University of Hong Kong
Karita Mård-Miettinen | University of Jyväskylä
Teresa L. McCarty | University of California, Los Angeles
Yolanda Ruiz de Zarobe | University of the Basque Country
Rita Elaine Silver | National Institute of Education, Singapore
Marguerite Ann Snow | California State University, Los Angeles
Diane J. Tedick | University of Minnesota
Enlli Thomas | Bangor University
Anne-Marie Truscott de Mejía | Universidad de los Andes, Bogota

Editorial email address: jicb at

Subscription Info
Current issue: 7:2, available as of September 2019
Next issue: 8:1, expected March 2020

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 8 (2020): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 161.00 EUR 187.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 70.00 (online‑only: EUR 65.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒7; 2013‒2019)
14 issues;
2,100 pp.
EUR 1,027.00 EUR 1,142.00
Volume 7 (2019) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 153.00 EUR 178.00
Volume 6 (2018) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 149.00 EUR 173.00
Volume 5 (2017) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 145.00 EUR 168.00
Volume 4 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 145.00 EUR 163.00
Volume 3 (2015) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 145.00 EUR 158.00
Volume 2 (2014) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 145.00 EUR 153.00
Volume 1 (2013) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 145.00 EUR 149.00

Volume 8 (2020)

Volume 7 (2019)

Volume 6 (2018)

Volume 5 (2017)

Volume 4 (2016)

Volume 3 (2015)

Volume 2 (2014)

Volume 1 (2013)


- General submission guidelines

- Book review guidelines

Please register as reviewer on the submission and tracking site of JICB.


Main BIC Subject

CFDC: Language acquisition

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General