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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it currently submitted and under consideration in another journal.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • The submission adheres to the COPE International Standards for Authors and all relevant publication ethics of the JPLL (i.e., any financial support is disclosed, all authors have significantly contributed to the research, manuscripts are blinded for peer review).
  • The text is formatted following the Author Guidelines: manuscripts for submission use 1.5 spacing; a 12-point font; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the manuscript layout and bibliographic style (currently APA 7th edition) outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


​The intended audience of the Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning (JPLL) includes researchers and practitioners interested in issues connected with the psychology of language learning and individual differences. The journal is committed to ​​cutting edge work in theory, research, and pedagogy relating to the role that psychological factors play in additional language learning and teaching. These issues include the full spectrum of topics on individual cognitive, conative, affective, and demographic/sociocultural characteristics in language learning processes. 


General guidelines

​Contributors must take into account the following important factors when submitting articles:

  • ​Articles should fall within the scope of the journal and be of interest and relevance to the readers of JPLL.
  • Authors must disclose any financial support that is part of any submission.
  • All authors have significantly contributed to the research.
  • Articles should be written in accurate prose and proofread by at least one peer before submission.
  • Articles should be formatted according to the JPLL style guidelines

Please note that JPLL does NOT charge authors or potential authors any processing fees (APCs).



​Articles should be in English (please use a consistent standard form) and follow the style guidelines for title page and manuscript submission indicated in the JPLL style guidelines for authors. References should be in APA 7th edition style. Please include a 200 word abstract and up to 6 keywords.



​All submissions are initially screened by members of the editorial board. After initial screening, submissions are double-blind peer reviewed by experts in the field. Where applicable, the editorial team provide feedback in order to help authors to reach the required publication standard.

  • Submissions must be fully blinded prior to submission.
  • All submissions subject to the journal's double-blind peer review will be treated confidentially. 




​The editors of JPLL welcome submissions for subsequent issues in the following categories:

Research Articles

We welcome manuscripts of between 8 - 10,000 words including references which disseminate original (i.e., previously unpublished) research connected with the psychology of language learning and teaching

Theoretical Articles

Theoretical or conceptual papers which enhance our understanding of the psychological processes related to language learning and teaching - including all cognitive and non-cognitive processes - are welcome. These papers may be position papers, state-of-the-art reviews, or systematic reviews will normally be limited to 6000 words including references.


Replication is an important part of cumulative science in any field. This section of the journal is dedicated to replication studies (i.e., exact replications, approximate replications, or conceptual replications) within the domain of the psychology of language learning and teaching. Manuscripts in the Replication section should be between 8 - 10,000 words including references.


Summaries of ongoing research, work in progress, or recently-completed projects will also be considered. These should be no more than 3000 words including references, and are particulary welcome by early career scholars and colleagues new to the field. These reports are referreed in the same manner as regular submissions to the journal. 

Book Reviews

Reviews of academic books related to the psychology of language learning are welcome. These may be from related fields that might add to our field's understanding and application to language learning. Potential contributors should contact the editors and receive approval before submitting a review. Reviews should not normally be more than 3000 words including references. 

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