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Submission Guidelines of the Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs)

Thank you for your interest in Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics (RALs). Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics online submission and review website at This site will guide authors stepwise through the submission process. Please note that: 

  • Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and artwork in electronic form via the website.
  • Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent online submission must contact the Editor at prior to submission to discuss alternative options.
  • Please read through the Submission Guidelines carefully prior to submitting your manuscript.
  • Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

RALs will encourage linguists, applied linguists, and practitioners to contribute to the journal by submitting conceptual and empirical research articles and systematic reviews on a wide array of topics including:

    • Curriculum Planning
    • Discourse Analysis
    • Pragmatics
    • Psycholinguistics
    • Sociolinguistics
    • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
    • Testing and Measurement
    • Literary Studies with Linguistic Orientations

Manuscript Preparation and Writing Style
  • Feature articles include theoretical analyses and reports of original research. All the articles should connect theory, research, and practice. Submissions are evaluated along the following criteria:
    • Relevance and importance to RALs readers
    • Adequacy of conceptual framework
    • Appropriateness and competence of method
    • Reasonableness of interpretations and conclusions
    • Links between theory, research, or policy and practice
    • Clarity of organization and vigor of style
    • Originality of contribution
  • A manuscript must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), seventh edition.
  • It should be about 5000 to 8,000 words in length, including references and an abstract of 100 to 150 words.
  • Please make sure to follow the submission guidelines of RALs.
  • RALs follows the writing style recommendations of Chapter 4 in the APA Manual, seventh edition.
  • Manuscripts should be written for clarity so that implications are comprehensible to practitioners as well as to researchers.
  • Contributors are strongly recommended to use the template that is available on the Journal website for submitting manuscripts to RALs (Please see Journal Forms and Templates)
  • Manuscripts that do not follow the template and its style will be sent back to authors for revision and resubmission.

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

Peer Review Process

RALs is committed to ensuring integrity and promoting innovative and evidence-based sources of information in order to maintain the quality and impact of the papers published, according to the Core Practices set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). RALs favors a double-blind peer-review process, which means that both the reviewer and the author remain unknown to each other, ensuring objectivity during the process.

Once you have submitted your manuscript to RALs, it goes through the following editorial and peer-review process:

The Editor evaluates each submitted manuscript in order to establish if the main criteria for further manuscript consideration are met. Manuscripts that do not meet the main criteria (scope of the journal, and priority of publication) are rejected without peer-review. The estimated time from submission to the initial screening is almost one week. Contributions that qualify for further consideration are checked by the Editor for any type of research misconduct or other questionable research practice that may have occurred. If any suspicion is raised at this point, the Editor-in-Chief has the right to return the manuscript for correction or reject the manuscript because of unacceptable research practice. If there are no questionable research practices, the manuscript is further assigned to peer-review for the methodological quality, statistical analysis, and data presentation by at least two reviewers; typically, one reviewer has broad knowledge of the field, and one has expertise in the particular topic or methodology. The estimated time from submission to the first peer-review decision is almost 9 weeks. If a manuscript is considered for publication but requires modifications and improvements, a revision is requested. The authors should follow the reviewers’ comments in order to reply or rebut them, if applicable. Authors are usually given 3 weeks for manuscript revision. When all the requirements in the revision process are adequately fulfilled, the manuscript is accepted for publication.

After acceptance, the manuscript is processed by the Editor-in-Chief in order to ensure that all contributions fulfill editorial standards. After final editorial processing, the copy-edited PDF version of the manuscript is sent to the corresponding author for final proofreading. In this step of the editorial process, only minor linguistic and spelling corrections are allowed without content alterations. Occasionally, authors might be asked to clarify or explain specific sections of the manuscript. Since no corrections or alterations are possible after final proofreading and following publication, authors are advised to check the edited version of the manuscript thoroughly and carefully. The corresponding author is asked to return the corrected version of the manuscript within 3 days. The article will be published online after receipt of the corrected proofs. This is the first official publication citable with the DOI. After the release of the printed version, the paper can also be cited by issue and page numbers. The waiting time for publishing the printed version depends on the number of accepted articles. After publication, all articles in PDF and XML formats can be downloaded for free on the website.

The Editor-in-Chief has full authority over the complete editorial process and decision-making responsibility. Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process, even in some cases after public posting in "Articles in Press" form, in which case all rights will revert to the author.


All correspondence about your manuscript should be emailed to the editorial office at and/or You may also call the Journal’s office on Sundays and Mondays at 10:00 to 13:00 and find out about the status of your paper submitted to the journal. The designated corresponding author should communicate with the editorial office on behalf of all authors during the review process. The corresponding author is expected to coordinate with co-authors as necessary.

Plagiarism Check

The editorial office runs a plagiarism check on every submission using iThenticate. By submitting your manuscript to this journal, you accept that your manuscript is screened for plagiarism against previously published works. Individual authors and researchers can now check their work for plagiarism before submission. Please click here for more details.


Authors submitting a paper do so on the understanding that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree on the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. The corresponding author should carefully check that all those whose works contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the manuscript content. They should also sign an agreement form confirming their contribution in writing the manuscript. Papers are only considered for publication once consent is given by all contributing authors. (Authorship Form)

Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding

Authors are required to disclose any possible conflict of interest. These include financial issues (for example patent, ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee). Author’s conflict of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflicts of interest) will be published under a separate heading entitled ‘Conflict of Interests’.  (Conflict of Interests Form)

Reversion of rights

Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process, even in some cases after public posting in "Articles in Press" form, in which case all rights will revert to the author.