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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: Systemic Functional Linguistics and Appraisal analysis: Recent contributions to English language research.

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics. September 2021.

Special edition editor: Alexanne Don (University of Birmingham, UK)

Co-editor: Peter R. White (University of NSW, Australia)

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

The editors are pleased to announce a special edition of the Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics devoted to recent contributions to English language research which applies Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), and in particular, the Appraisal framework, to a broad range of texts and contexts. With this in mind, we are especially interested to invite paper proposals which are able to showcase the use of the Appraisal framework in revealing the way English is used to represent actors, to engender relationships, and to form meaningful texts in a broad range of contexts. Texts forming the raw material for SFL and Appraisal analysis are now being drawn from contexts as diverse as, for example, first-hand teaching in classrooms, internet-mediated interaction, news reporting and media in general, English literature, and advertising, and the editors encourage contributors to submit proposals covering original contexts of enquiry.

 Abstract proposals:

We invite proposals for articles on the theme of the special edition. Co-authored research articles where scholars are situated in different parts of the world or from scholars and professionals from sectors like education, literature and culture are welcome. Submitted proposals and the subsequent paper drafts will be subject to peer-review. Final drafts need to be submitted via the Journal website: please read the Guidelines for Authors before submitting your final draft.

Abstract Proposals should be submitted by email to the special issue editor ( 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 framing, nature of data to be engaged with, preliminary findings and how the proposed paper connects with the special issue theme

• Any references – maximum five

• Bio of author/s – maximum 75 words (each) 

Special issue timeline:

Deadline for article proposals 31st December 2020 (send to editor – see email above)

Decision on abstracts 31st January 2021

Deadline for article drafts 31st March 2021 (send to website registration and submission portal)

First round review feedback to authors 30th April 2021

Deadline for revised articles 31st May 2021

Feedback on revised articles 30th June 2021

Final submission from authors 31st August 2021

Publication September 2021 ALs

Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1, Winter and Spring 2021, Pages 1-300 

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