Editor: Dr Melinda Cowart
The IAFOR Journal of Language Learning is an internationally reviewed and editorially independent interdisciplinary journal associated with IAFOR’s international conferences on language learning. Like all IAFOR publications, it is freely available to read online, and is free of publication fees for authors. The first issue was published in October 2014, and the journal aims to publish annually.
Indexed in: DOAJ, ERIC, SHERPA/RoMEO and Google Scholar. DOIs are assigned to each published issue and article via Crossref.
2018 Publication Timeline
Volume 4 Issue 1
Publication date: December 5, 2018
Submissions are now open
Submission will close for this issue: October 8, 2018
Please see the information box below before submitting a manuscript.
The 2019 Publication Timeline, for Volume 5 Issue 1, and Volume 5 Issue 2, will be announced on October 9, 2018.
Volume 4 Issue 1 | Call for Manuscripts
Message from the Editor,
The IAFOR Journal of Language Learning encourages interdisciplinary research, with the primary emphasis being on addressing critical issues and current trends and research in the education of language learners and the field of language learning.
The upcoming December 2018 issue will have an additional specific focus on language learning and newcomers from harsh places, including refugees, those attempting to gain political asylum in a new host nation, and unaccompanied minors who are beginning life again without heritage nations and without parents.
World situations have caused the uprooting of peoples from all over the world, creating the urgent need to learn a new language for many. In addition to the themes stated for the journal’s Aims and Scope, research that delves more deeply into the language learning needs of newcomers is invited. Such an exploration requires a closer look not only at the mechanics of language learning, but also at the affective domain and affective factors that impact the language learning process. What are the unique issues and challenges of language learning for those who have experienced multiple traumas in the heritage nation, during departure, and in resettlement in diverse locations? What needs exist among this select group of language learners that will require special attention? What conversations should occur among leaders in the field of language learning in order to facilitate language learning and acculturation? The scholarly and reflective consideration of the language learning privations of traumatically uprooted newcomers will serve to augment the field of language learning in a manner that ultimately assists individuals in leading full, productive lives.
Interested authors should read the About the Journal page for an updated scope statement. There are also enhanced Author Guidelines which should be followed, and the template for submissions has been updated. Any papers not correctly formatted will be returned by the editors.
The reviewing and publication process is outlined via a new Publication Process Flowchart which demonstrates the time it can take for publication depending on the readiness of the paper submitted. Should the original deadline be missed because of requested revisions, once accepted, your paper will move to the next available issue.
For consideration in the December 8 issue, papers must be submitted prior by the October 8 deadline.
Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to receiving your submissions. If you have any questions, please contact the journal editor or the IAFOR publications team.
Dr Melinda Cowart
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Announcement of New Editorial Board and Reviewers
The names of recently appointed Editorial Board members and Reviewers to assist with the peer review process for upcoming journal issues and to provide input on journal direction are updated on the website. Please see the Editorial Board and and Reviewers pages. More names will be added shortly.
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