Author Guidelines

TAYR Quarterly Submission Guidelines


TAYR Quarterly (TQ), a professional journal, encourages submission of previously unpublished articles on topics of significance to individuals concerned with English language teaching, learning, and research.

​As a publication that represents a variety of cross-disciplinary interests, both theoretical and practical, TQ invites manuscripts on a wide range of topics, especially in the following areas:

• psychology and sociology of language learning and teaching
• issues in research and research methodology
• testing and evaluation
• professional preparation
• curriculum design and development
• instructional methods, materials, and techniques
• language planning professional standards

Because TQ is committed to publishing manuscripts that contribute to bridging theory and practice in our profession, it particularly welcomes submissions that address the implications and applications of research in, for example,

• anthropology

• literature
• applied and theoretical linguistics
• communication
• education
• English education, including reading and writing theory
• psycholinguistics
• psychology
• first and second language acquisition
• sociolinguistics
• sociology

• translation

TQ is an international journal. It welcomes submissions from English language contexts around the world.


All submissions to TQ should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). Please note that DOIs are required in references and can be obtained at​

TQ prefers that all submissions be written in a style that is accessible to a broad readership, including those individuals who may not be familiar with the subject matter.

TQ solicits manuscripts in four categories: Full-Length Articles, Research Letters (Brief Reports and Summaries), Research Issues, and Book Reviews. For the necessary submission items and other requirements, please see the category below for the article you intend to submit. Prospective authors are encouraged to read articles from the section to which they intend to submit to get an idea of the style and level of research required for publication.

TQ does not accept paper submissions. To submit you need to send a pdf version of your article to Mimoun Melliti If a paper has more than one author, the person submitting the manuscript will have to identify the corresponding author and add the other authors. If you have questions about the submission process, please contact

To facilitate the double-blind review process, please remove the author’s name from the main text, the in-text citations, the reference list, and any running heads. Please replace the author’s name with Author. If there are multiple authors, please use Author1, Author2, etc. Manuscripts submitted without author’s name(s) removed will be returned without review for alteration and resubmission.

It is understood that manuscripts submitted to TQ have not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

It is the author’s responsibility to indicate to the editor the existence of any work already published (or under consideration for publication elsewhere) by the author(s) that is similar in content to the submitted manuscript.

It is also the author’s responsibility to secure permission to reprint tables or figures that are used or adapted in the manuscript from another source. Written permission from the copyright holder is required before TAYR can publish the material. For more information on copyright permissions, please contact

The TQ editor reserves the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance clarity, concision, or style. The author will be consulted only if the editing has been substantial.


The views expressed by contributors to TAYR Quarterly do not necessarily reflect those of the TQ editors, the Editorial Advisory Board, or TAYR  committee members. Material published in TQ should not be construed as having the endorsement of TAYR.

All TQ authors may obtain a free final PDF offprint of their article--once the article has published online.

When evaluating a manuscript for publication in TQ, reviewers consider the following factors:

• The manuscript appeals to the general interests of TQ’s readership.
• The manuscript elucidates the relationship between theory and practice: Practical articles must be anchored in theory, and theoretical articles and reports of research must contain a discussion of implications or applications for practice.
• The content of the manuscript is accessible not only to specialists in the area addressed but also to TQ’s broad readership.
• The manuscript offers a new, original insight or interpretation and not just a restatement of others’ ideas and views.
• The manuscript makes a significant (practical, useful, plausible) contribution to the field.
• The manuscript is likely to arouse readers’ interest.
• The manuscript reflects sound scholarship and research design with appropriate, correctly interpreted references to other authors and works.
• The manuscript is well written and organized and conforms to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

For accepted TQ papers, authors have the option of recording a short video abstract that will be accessible to readers via TAYR website and Facebook group. The article will retain its text abstract, but the video abstract will add another dimension and draw readers into an article in a new way. 

TQ encourages authors to consider uploading their data collection materials to specialist repositories and databases and either citing or linking back to the primary research article. For example, IRIS is an online repository for data collection materials used for second language research. This includes data elicitation instruments such as interview and observation schedules, language tests and stimuli, pictures, questionnaires, software scripts, url links, word lists, teaching intervention activities, amongst many other types of materials used to elicit data. Please see for more information and to upload. Any questions may be addressed to



TQ invites submissions in different categories:

Full-Length Articles
Full length articles typically present empirical research and analyze original data that the author has obtained using sound research methods. TQ publishes both quantitative and qualitative studies. Occasionally, this section features reflective articles (i.e., think pieces) that provide a comprehensive review of current knowledge in a specific area and present significant new directions for research.

Manuscripts should be no more than 8,500 words, including reference, notes, and tables. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the article.

To submit a manuscript for a full-length article, please send a Word version of it to 

. To facilitate the submission process, please send the following items in a separate word document to 


• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• abstract (200 words)
• manuscript (8,500 words)
• tables
• figures
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact 

TQ publishes four types of articles in the Forum:

• Commentaries from readers regarding current trends and practices in the English language research 
• Responses to articles and reviews published in TQ
• Brief discussion of qualitative and quantitative research issues
• Brief discussions of teaching issues

Commentaries submitted to the Forum should generally be no longer than 3,400 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript.

Responses to articles should be no more than 1,500 words. Please indicate the number of words at the end of the manuscript. The article will be given to the author of the original article or review before publication for a reply that will be published with the response article. Unfortunately, TQ is unable to publish responses to previous exchanges.

To submit a manuscript to the Forum section, please send it to 

. To facilitate the submission process, please send the following items in a separate word document:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• manuscript (3,400 words for commentary; 1,500 words for a response)
• author bio(s)
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact 

Research Letters
TQ also invites Research Letters (short reports) on any aspect of English research theory and practice. The editors encourage manuscripts that either present preliminary findings or focus on some aspect of a larger study. In all cases, the discussion of issues should be supported by empirical evidence, collected through qualitative or quantitative investigations. Research letters or summaries should present key concepts and results in a manner accessible to our diverse readership.

Submissions to this section should be no more than 3,400 words (including references, notes, and tables). Please indicate the number of words at the end of the research letter. Longer articles do not appear in this section and should be submitted to the full-length articles section.

To submit a manuscript to the Research Letters section, please send your work to 

. To facilitate the submission process, please send the following items in a separate word document:

• names and contact info for all authors
• cover letter
• manuscript (3,400 words)
• tables
• figures
• author bio(s)
• acknowledgments (if any)

If you have questions about the submission process, please contact Mimoun Melliti at

TAYR Quarterly Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice Statement

These guidelines are fully consistent with the COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice Guidelines and the COPE Code of Conduct. More details can be found here:

We encourage the best standards of publication ethics and take all possible measures against publication malpractices. TAYR Quarterly Journal as a publisher, takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously and we recognize our ethical and other responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities of editors

In addition to many general duties, such as constantly improving the quality and integrity of the journal, striving to needs of authors and readers, encouraging academic debate, and others, the editors accept obligation to apply best will and practice to cope with the following responsibilities:

Editorial Board

Editorial board will be generated from recognized experts in the field. The editor will provide full names and affiliations of the members as well as updated contact information for the editorial office on the journal webpage.

Publication decisions

The editor should be responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements, copyright infringement and plagiarism. The editor may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Peer review process

All of a journal’s content should be subjected to peer-review. Articles submitted for possible publication are subjected to a double-blind, peer review process. Articles are first reviewed by editors. The editor may reject it out of hand either because it is not dealing with the subject matter for that journal or because it is manifestly of a low quality so that it cannot be considered at all. Articles that are found suitable for review are then sent to two experts in the field of the paper. Referees of a paper are unknown to each other. Referees are asked to classify the paper as publishable immediately, publishable with amendments and improvements, or not publishable. Referees’ evaluations usually include an explicit recommendation of what to do with the manuscript. Referees’ comments are then seen by the author.

Editors should be ready to justify any important deviation from the described process. Editors should not reverse decisions on publication unless serious problems are identified. In addition to the editors, a Guest Editor is to review the whole process and suggest rejection or publication of manuscripts every issue.

Editors should publish guidance to either authors and reviewers on everything that is expected of them. This guidance should be regularly updated and will refer or link this code.

Fair play

Editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. Editors´ decision to accept or reject a paper for publication should be based only on the paper´s  importance, originality and clarity, and the study´s relevance to the aim of journal.

Digital Archiving

The editor will ensure digital preservation of access to the journal content by all researchers through its website.


Editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher. Editors will ensure that material submitted remains confidential while under review.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication.

Procedures for dealing with unethical behaviourUnethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the editor and publisher at any time, by anyone. Whoever informs the editor or publisher of such conduct should provide sufficient information and evidence in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations should be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached. Every reported act of unethical publishing behavior must be looked into, even if it is discovered years after publication.

The editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper, in conjunction with the publisher. Such measures will generally include contacting the author of the manuscript or paper and giving due consideration of the respective complaint or claims made, but may also include further communications to the relevant institutions and research bodies, depending on the misconduct seriousness.

Minor misconduct might be dealt with without the need to consult more widely. In any event, the author should be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.

Serious misconduct might require application of one or more following measures:


  • Informing or educating the author or reviewer where there appears to be a misunderstanding or misapplication of acceptable standards.

  • Publication of a formal notice detailing the misconduct.

  • A formal letter to the head of the author's or reviewer's department or funding agency.

  • Formal retraction or withdrawal of a publication from the journal, in conjunction with informing the head of the author or reviewer's department

  • Imposition of a formal embargo on contributions from an individual for a defined period.


Duties and responsibilities of authors

Publication and Submission fee

No fees or charges are required from authors for manuscript processing. Authors pay neither submission nor publication fee. Full information about fees must be clearly stated on the journal´s website before authors begin preparing thein manuscript for submission.

Open Access Policy

The journal is freely available online. Authors are required to agree with this open access policy which enables unrestricted access and reuse of all published articles. The articles are published under the Creative Commons copyright license policy CC-BY. Users are allowed to copy and redistribute the material in printed or electronic format and build upon the material, without further permission or fees being required, provided that appropriate credit is given.

Reporting standards

Authors of papers should present an accurate account of the work performed as well as an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable. Review and professional publication articles should also be accurate and objective, and editorial „opinion‟ works should be clearly identified as such.

Data access and retention

Authors may be asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should in any event be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.           
Plagiarism takes many forms, from „passing off‟ another´s paper as the author´s own paper, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another´s paper (without attribution), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication

An author should not in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour. In general, an author should not submit for consideration in another journal a previously published paper.

The copyright remains with the authors (CC-BY), thus they can decide about eventual republication of their text. The primary reference must be cited in the secondary publication.

Acknowledgement of sources

Proper acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work. Information obtained privately, as in conversation, correspondence, or discussion with third parties, must not be used or reported without explicit, written permission from the source. Information obtained in the course of confidential services, such as refereeing manuscripts or grant applications, must not be used without the explicit written permission of the author of the work involved in these services.

Authorship of the paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where there are others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

All authors should disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed. Examples of potential conflicts of interest which should be disclosed include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed at the earliest stage possible. Readers should be informed about who has funded research and on the role of the funders in the research.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author´s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. If the editor or the publisher learns from a third party that a published work contains a significant error, it is the obligation of the author to promptly retract or correct the paper or provide evidence to the editor of the correctness of the original paper.

Duties and responsibilities of reviewers

Contribution to editorial decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper. Peer review is an essential component of formal scholarly communication. Authors who wish to contribute to publications have an obligation to do a fair share of reviewing.

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

Disclosure and conflict of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in a reviewer´s own research without the written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.


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