Information for Contributors

The Journal welcomes submissions from around the world of scholarly articles about pedagogies and learning. Articles previously published elsewhere or accepted for pulication elsewhere will not be considered. Refereed articles are submitted to an anonymous peer reviewing process to determine whether they will be accepted for publication in the Journal.

The views expressed in the articles in this publication are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily shared by the editors or the reviewers.

Manuscripts should be submitted to one of the Co-Editors as an email attachment (in Microsoft Word) in accordance with the Author Guidelines below.

Peer Review Process

Each article is refereed by two anonymous peer reviewers who do not know the author's(s') identity(ies) or the identity of the other reviewer. Each peer reviewer will rate the article according to a set of criteria, using a template supplied electronically by the Journal's Editors.

Each peer reviewer will assign a recommendation to the article: Accept; Accept with revisions ; Resubmit for review; Resubmit elsewhere; or Decline.

It is anticipated that if the peer reviewer does not accept the article outright he or she will provide comments justifying his or her recommendation and giving feedback about the article.

The Editors will collate the peer reviewers' comments and recommendations and communicate them to the author(s), as well as any required changes in the case of that being the agreed recommendation about the article.

In the case of inconsistent recommendations by the two peer reviewers, the Editors will solicit a review of the article by a third anonymous peer reviewer. They will base their final decision about the article's acceptance for publication or otherwise on the majority view among the three peer reviewers.

Articles will be subject to double blind review by a minimum of two peer reviews. The reviewers will assess each article against the following criteria: consistency of topic with journal title; clarity of focus of introduction; strength of literature review; strength of conceptual framework; strength of research design/methodological framework; strength of data analysis; strength of implications section; clarity of focus of conclusion; logic of, and support for, argument; contribution to knowledge; clarity of expression; accuracy and completeness of referencing.

Authors will be notified by email of the outcome of the process. Reviewers may give conditional acceptance of a paper, requesting authors to make changes. Such requests and authors' responses are facilitated by Editors to maintain author/peer reviewer anonymity.

Author Guidelines

Preparation of manuscripts: Papers should be in English.

The submission file is required in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.

Any information that might serve to identify the author/s should be excluded from manuscripts submitted for review.

Manuscript length: Articles should be between 3000 and 6000 words in length, including the abstract, notes, appendices and references.

Referencing: Use the American Psychological Association (2001), Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed), Washington, DC for presentation of in-text citations and reference lists. Except for any variations outlined below, the APA manual should also be used by authors and editors to determine other style conventions such as referencing, expression, use of grammar, reduction of bias and presentation conventions like the use of punctuation and capitalisation.

Australian/British spelling is required, and usage must be consistent throughout. Please spell check all submissions.

Endnotes, not footnotes, are allowed; endnotes should be used sparingly.

Double quotation marks ("...") should be used for direct quotations; single quotation marks ('...') should be used for quotations within direct quotations and/or to denote terms that are qualified and/or colloquial without being directly quoted.

To abbreviate the name of an organisation or agency to the initial letters, use capitals and no full stops (e.g., YWCA). For first occurrence, provide the full name with abbreviation in parentheses; use abbreviation as required after that.

Use italics sparingly to identify special terms or to indicate special emphasis.

Permission and acknowledgment: Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to quote copyrighted material. At the end of your article, please acknowledge sources of funding/support, other participants and copyright holders who have given permission to use their material.

Submission Preparation Checklist

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editors).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word or RTF document file format.
  3. All URL addresses in the text (e.g., are activated and ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics rather than underlining; and all illustrations, figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the Author Guidelines noted above.
  6. The text, if submitted to a peer-reviewed section (e.g., Articles), has had the authors' names removed. If an author is cited, "Author" and year are used in the in-text references and reference list, instead of author's name and year of publication/presentation. The author's name has also been removed from the document's Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.
  7. Referencing: The author is responsible for ensuring the content of his/her paper meets academic integrity guidelines. That is, the content of ALL papers must be the author's own work except where explicitly and fully acknowledged. Information derived from the published or unpublished work of others should be acknowledged using the author-date system with in-text citation and a works cited reference list in accordance with the APA referencing guidelines.
  8. Copyright: Normally short quotations and similar copied material (e.g., diagrams, tables) directly related to the content of the work from which a copy is to be taken are considered 'fair dealing' for scholarly purposes and do not require the copyright owner's permission. However, the source must be clearly indicated and acknowledged. In Australian law (which applies to this journal), 'fair dealing' requires that you quote only insubstantial portions of a copyright work - this is normally defined as a cumulative amount of 1% of the content or up to two pages. If substantial portions of a copyright work are used, or if the author wishes to reproduce drawings or photographs that are the original work of another person, the author is responsible for contacting the copyright owner and obtaining permission to use that copyright material in her/his works. Moreover, if the copyright owner requires payment, the authors must pay those costs. The Asia-Pacific Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning, the sponsoring organisation of this Journal, will not pay copyright fees.
  9. The Journal Editors reserve the right: to place individual papers in formats for viewing and printing on the Journal Website; to submit the published papers to indexing, abstracting and/or non-commercial reproduction services such as Australian Education Index (AEI) and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC); and to submit the published papers to institutional e-print repositories.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for articles published in this journal is retained by the authors, with first publication rights granted to the journal. By virtue of their appearance in this open access journal, articles are free to use, with proper attribution, in educational and other non-commercial settings.

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