The Editors of TESL-EJ are happy to receive so many submissions. The
interest in the journal is enormous, and growing. If you wish to submit
a full-length manuscript to the journal, you will increase your chances
of being published if you keep the following in mind:
- Originality: Make sure your submission contributes something
new to the field. If you want to challenge an existing theory, offer
new research data, or propose a new idea--we want to hear about it.
However, if you merely want to show that an existing idea is correct,
or to replicate a research project, with results that are the same
as found in the original, we hope you'll do some additional research
or thinking before sending it to us.
- Surveys: Surveys are a legitimate way to test hypotheses.
However, they are limited in what they can do. If you conduct a learner
survey, measure your results against some established data or theories:
learners are not always the best judges of their own experiences.
If you conduct a survey of peers or professionals, be sure that the
number of people surveyed is large enough to be statistically significant.
And, be sure that you do the appropriate statistical tests.
- Classroom research: We welcome classroom research. However,
submissions that merely describe a pedagogical procedure aren't enough.
Please situate your procedure within the current research, and provide
experimental procedures and outcomes.
- Case studies: Case studies are a legitimate form of research.
However, both the choice of subject and the approach should add a
new perspective to our understanding of English language learning.
- "Think pieces": Research doesn't necessarily require
subjects, surveys, or experiments. But, it does require that an idea
is put into a context that will be familiar with readers. Submissions
that serve only to put forward an opinion, without substantial grounding
in the current research and theory, are unlikely to be accepted for
- Commercial products: Most commercial products, such as software
or textbooks, are best evaluated through reviews. (Contact our Media
Review Editor or Book Review Editor for more information.) In some
circumstances, a commercial product may be evaluated as part of a
larger research project. In that case, if the writer is involved with
the commercial product used in the research, the strictest application
of research principles must be applied in order to avoid conflicts
- Number of submissions: Please submit only one manuscript
at a time for consideration.
- What we don't publish: As an academic, peer-reviewed journal,
there are certain things we don't accept. These include: press releases,
product announcements, conference announcements, or advertising.
Please see our Submission Procedures for
complete instructions. We do not need a query letter. In fact, it's
better not to query, as it's usually impossible for us to tell from
a query whether your submission will be appropriate or not.
Please send your completed manuscripts to:
Maggie Sokolik, Editor, TESL-EJ, <email@example.com>