Instructions for Authors

  1. Submissions should focus on task-based language learning and education. The journal welcomes reports of empirical studies, critical position papers and ground-breaking theoretical articles.Reports of empirical studies can report on quantitative as well as qualitative studies. The journal welcomes manuscripts on task-based language learning and teaching that reach well beyond the regular language classroom. Themes such as content-and-language-integrated learning, language across the curriculum, interdisciplinary projects, project-based learning, the link between language skills and the development of 21st –century competences will be explored from a TBLT perspective. Likewise, the many ways in which second language learners can learn languages outside school in a task-based way will be explored in our journal.
  2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of the journal will be returned to authors without review.
  3. Contributions must be in standard English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.
  4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed.
  5. For initial submission, authors should submit their manuscript in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3 cm/1 inch margins. Authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, address and e-mail address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (not exceeding 125 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five keywords following the abstract.
  6. Submissions should be approximately 7,000 to maximally 10,000 words long, including references, tables/figures, notes, appendices.
  7. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format. The copyright of articles published in the journal is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.
  8. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. Use a clear system of headings (without numbers), preferably with not more than two levels of heading.
  9. References and quotations: Any quotation that runs for more than two lines should be set off from the main paragraph and does not need quotation marks. In-text references should appear in the body of the article, not in footnotes, giving the author's last name followed by the year and page number where relevant. A work up to five authors should include all names in the first citation, with only the first author followed by et al. in subsequent citations; work by six or more authors should use et al. in all citations.
  10. Line drawings (FIGURES) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. Reference to any FIGURES should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.
  11. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. TABLES should be created with Word's table function, not as spreadsheets.
  12. NOTES should appear as ENDNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper.