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Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs), published by Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz (Iran) is a double blind, peer reviewed, and open access international journal of applied linguistics. The journal, published biannually in print and electronic formats, provides a forum devoted to the study of language in use as aspects of social life. The journal publishes empirical articles of comparative or methodological interest to scholars and students in applied linguistics and related disciplines. It encourages approaches to the study of language with methodological innovations. Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics aims to bolster interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers interested in language, education and work by publishing high quality works which speak to a wide audience.


Call for Papers


Special edition: Politeness and impoliteness research

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics. September 2022.


Special edition editor: Ahmad Izadi (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Supervising editor: Alireza Jalilifar (Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran)


The editors are delighted to announce a special edition of the Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics devoted to recent contributions to Applied Linguistics and Pragmatics which consider politeness and/or impoliteness in human communication in a wide array of contexts as their focal point of enquiry. The special issue welcomes high-quality theoretical and experimental full-research papers that focus on various aspects of politeness and impoliteness in a variety of texts and contexts, including but not limited to, everyday language use, education and academic settings, business transactions and service encounters, intercultural communication, online and virtual communication, legal contexts, medical communication, literary and translated texts, etc., driven by data in any language. Contributors are encouraged to submit original proposals on the relevant topics, taking the following guidelines and deadlines into serious consideration.

Proposal submission

We call for proposals on the theme of the special issue. Submitted proposals and the subsequent paper drafts will be subject to peer-review. Final drafts need to be submitted via the Journal website according to the Guidelines for Authors. Special reference will be given to both quality and diversity in terms of topics, data, theoretical orientations, methodology, and contexts. 

Proposals should be submitted by email to the special issue editor, Ahmad Izadi (, in a Word file with the following information:

  • Title of proposed paper 
  • Name/s and affiliation/s of author/s 
  • Email of corresponding author 
  • Abstract of maximum 500 words should outline the following: the focus and aim of the proposed paper, its theoretical underpinning, nature of data to be engaged with, preliminary findings and how the proposed paper connects with the special edition theme 
  • Any references – maximum five 
  • Bio of author/s – maximum 75 words (each) 

Special issue timeline: 

It is highly important to meet the following deadlines, especially if the works in progress are to be considered for publication.

Deadline for article proposals April 1, 2022 (send to editor – see email above) 

Decision on abstracts May 1, 2022 

Deadline for article drafts July 1, 2022 (send to journal website registration and submission portal

First round review feedback to authors July 21, 2022 

Deadline for revised articles August 15, 2022

Feedback on revised articles August 31, 2022

Final submission from authors September 23, 2022 

Publication September 30, 2022


Current Issue: Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2022, Pages 1-122 

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