About Journal

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 an aspect of social life. RALs is dedicated to publishing manuscripts that explore the interplay between language and context in instructed or uninstructed second/foreign language learning contexts using a wide array of methodological strategies. Aiming to promote the culture of genuine inquiry and encourage original and quality publications, RALs seeks contributions that improve the theories of language use and provide implications and applications for individuals, practitioners, and discourse communities engaged in second language communication. Therefore, RALs encourages authors to express the theoretical contribution of their study and practical applications of their findings in academic and non-academic settings. The journal publishes research 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 rigor and innovations. RALs aims to bolster interdisciplinary cooperation among researchers interested in language, education, and work by publishing well-structured and high-quality works that speak to a wide audience.

RALs welcomes original research with qualitative or quantitative orientations, meta-analyses, and systematic reviews. Biannually, one issue of RALs is published as a regular edition and another as a special issue that focuses on contemporary themes in applied linguistics. The Editor may invite a guest editor with particular expertise to help review the manuscripts for publication. In such cases, the publication decision rests with the guest editor.


Financial Policies

Revenue Sources and Article Processing Charges

As  Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz has supported all of the publishing costs of the Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs), article processing charges and any other publication fees in the journal are free for authors, so there are no article processing charges


Subscription Fee

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs) publishes as an open-access electronic journal, so audiences have no subscription fee.



Publication Policies

Open Access Statement

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs) is a fully open-access journal, which means that all articles are available on the Web to all users immediately upon publication and is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). This license allows users to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format for noncommercial purposes only, as long as the original authors and source are cited properly.




Copyright Policy

The authors are the copyright holder in this journal and retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions.


Ethical Policies

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs) follows the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)  principles and complies with the highest ethical standards by ethical laws.

Journal publishing schedule

Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs) publishes two issues annually (i.e., semiannually). All the content from the beginning to the end will be available forever on the journal's exclusive website.