Submission Guidelines

Research Articles

  • SLRP publishes research articles of up to 8,500 words that report on original research or present an original framework related to program articulation, curriculum development, teacher professional development, student learning, assessment, or other topics relevant to postsecondary language education and language program direction. Articles containing only descriptions of or position statements related to topics in postsecondary language education and language program direction should follow guidelines for “Reports.” 

  • General guidelines for reporting on both quantitative and qualitative research (see SLRP Research Guidelines) should be followed in all articles.

  • Manuscripts that have already been published, are being considered for publication elsewhere, or have been previously rejected by SLRP will not be considered. If your submission is part of a larger study or if you have used the same data in whole or in part in other papers published or under review, you must write a cover letter stating where the paper is published/under review and describing how the current submission to SLRP makes a different and distinct contribution to the field.


  • SLRP publishes descriptive reports and position papers of up to 5,000 words that describe or present positions on curriculum projects, pedagogical practices, professional development examples, program administration, and the like. This section of the journal thus provides a space for language researchers and educators to reflect on their current practices and discuss their relevance for postsecondary language education and language program direction.

  • Manuscripts that have already been published, are being considered for publication elsewhere, or have been previously rejected by SLRP will not be considered. 

Submission process

  • To be considered for current year's volume, manuscripts must be submitted by January 15. For instance, to be considered for the 2021 volume, manuscripts must be submitted by January 15, 2021.

  • All submissions must be uploaded through our online management system at

  • You will be asked to first register and log in to use the online system. Complete instructions are provided on the site. Please contact Richard Medina ( if you experience technical difficulties.

  • All article submissions must be properly anonymized. Please delete author names from the text, with “Author” and “Year” used in in-text citations, references, and footnotes, instead of the authors’ name, article title, etc. Author identification should also be removed from all submitted files.

  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word (.docx) or OpenOffice (.odt) file. 

  • The main manuscript file should include the title, abstract, body text, references, and appendices. 

  • Please include all tables, figures, and images in one separate file.

  • List the names, institutions, e-mail addresses, and if applicable, WWW addresses (URLs), of all authors. Include a 50-word biographical statement for each author. This information will be temporarily removed during the blind review. 

  • Research articles should be no more than 8,500 words in length, including references and appendices. Reports should be no more than 5,000 words in length, including references and appendices.

  • Titles of articles should not exceed 12 words and should be adequately descriptive of the content of the article. 

  • The submission includes an abstract that does not exceed 200 words.

  • Entries in the list of references include a DOI or URL

  • All manuscripts should be double spaced and in a 12-point font.
  • All submissions should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). Authors are strongly encouraged to have their manuscripts proofread by an editor familiar with English academic prose and APA guidelines. Only U.S. spelling conventions are acceptable. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references and citations.
  • Authors are invited to take advantage of the electronic format by including hypermedia links to multimedia and other materials both within and outside the manuscript. 

  • The editors of SLRP reserve the right to make editorial changes to manuscripts accepted for publication for the sake of style or clarity. Authors will be consulted only if the changes are substantive.

  • Authors of accepted manuscripts will assign to SLRP the permanent right to electronically distribute their articles, but will retain copyright. Authors may republish their work (in print and/or electronic format) as long as they acknowledge SLRP as the original publisher.

  • Minor edits will be made within 14 days after publication. Post-publication changes involving content will be made only if there is a problem with comprehensibility. Such changes will be accompanied by a note of revision. External links will be validated at the time of publication. Broken links will be fixed at the author’s request.

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Review process

All research articles and reports go through a two-step review process:

  1. Internal Review. The editors first review each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements (i.e., that it reports on original research, presents an original framework, describes, or presents a position on topics related to postsecondary language education or language program direction), and that it is of sufficient quality to merit external review. Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements are not sent out for further review. The internal review generally takes 1-2 weeks. Following the internal review, authors are notified of the results. 

  2. External Review. Submissions that meet the basic requirements are then sent out for double blind peer review by 3 experts in the field. The external review takes approximately 3-4 months. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject).