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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 before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); 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 stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission meets international standards of scholarly English and has been edited by a professional editor to ensure that it is free of grammatical, spelling, and other common language errors.
  • The submission has been formatted following the 7th edition of APA style.
  • A title page with the author identifier should be separate from the anonymized manuscript file.

All submissions must be in APA Format (Handbook of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition) and must be 9,000 words in total length (including references). Please use headers and subheaders to demarcate important sections, and also include a word count for your paper. For blind review purposes, remove any language that identifies the author or institution.

Submissions to the International Journal of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (IJLCLE) will be handled through an online submission system. Articles should be submitted as a Word file in Times New Roman font, size 12, with one-inch margins, double spaced. Insert page numbers in the lower right, with the first page of the manuscript starting as Page 1. Do not add page numbers to the abstract or title page.

Abstracts should contain 200 words. The names of the authors and institutions should only appear on the title page. Remove these identifiers from the abstract.

Book Reviews of recent publications in areas specified above are also welcome. They should not exceed 2,500 words including the references. Please refer to the samples (Single author book review, edited volume book review) here.

Structure of Submissions

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts in one of the following types of contributions: 1) theoretical and conceptual article, 2) empirical research using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies, and 3) literature review article often known as state-of-the-art article.

Guidelines for the empirical research using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies should include the following structure: Title page; 200-word abstract; six keywords; introduction, theoretical framework, research questions, methodology/methods, findings, discussion, and conclusion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate). Table(s), figure(s), image(s), and chart(s) should be included in the body of the manuscript accompanied by a caption. Placeholders, Endnotes, and footnotes are not accepted. 

Authors’ Information

All authors should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript. One of the authors will need to be identified as the corresponding author by providing his/her email address. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors change their affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be specified in a footnote. No changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. 


Authors should provide, if necessary, all details required by their funding and grant-awarding bodies.

Figures & Tables

Please include in the body of the papers all related components: figures, images, charts, graphs, footnotes, references, appendices, or other relevant information.

Figures should be of high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale, and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in the following file formats: EPS, PS, BMP, PNP, JPEG, GIF.

Tables should present new information rather than duplicate what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.

Third-Party Material in your Paper

Authors should obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in their articles. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If authors wish to include any material in their paper for which they do not hold copyright, they should obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission.

Publication Fees

There are no submission fees, publication fees, or page charges for this journal. Color figures/images will be reproduced in color in your article free of charge.

Research Misconduct Policy

The editors of IJLCLE will take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred, including plagiarism, citation manipulation, and data falsification/fabrication, among others. In the event that the editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the editor shall follow the Committee on Publication Ethics’ guidelines in dealing with allegations.


Submission Guidelines for Special Issues

The International Journal of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education (IJLCLE) publishes Special Issues on a specific topic or theme related to literacy, culture, and language education from multiple perspectives. If you are interested in becoming a guest editor, please find below some guidelines to consider when putting together your proposal.

A Special Issue is a collection of scholarly papers that comprise a specific topic, and it should be of relevance to a wide range of inter-, multi- and trans-disciplinary audience. Authors should understand that the same criteria of originality, quality, and significance apply to articles in Special Issues as to regular articles. 

Please note that a Special Issue is not a Conference Proceedings, but rather a scholarly collection of selected articles from a wide range of perspectives in charge of Guest Editor(s) in coordination with the Editor-in-Chief. The specific topics for a Special Issue may originate from discussion at conferences, academic meetings, symposia, panels, or be solicited with a Call for Proposals, etc.

A full Special Issue to be included in IJLCLE should encompass approximately 8-10 articles. The Special Issue should contain a total of 90,000 words maximum in length (8-10 articles) and an introductory essay written by the Guest Editor(s). Book reviews of recent publications in relation to the Special Issue are also welcome. Book reviews should not exceed 2,500 words, including the bibliography. All submissions must be in APA Format (Handbook of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition).

If you are interested in becoming a Special Issue Guest Editor, you need to submit a formal proposal to the Managing Editor at ijlcle@indiana.edu by clearly indicating the details of your proposed Special Issue. After we receive your proposal, the Editorial Team will carefully review it before its acceptance or rejection. If you have any questions, please email the Managing Editor at the above-mentioned email address.

About the Guest Editor(s)

The Guest Editor(s) should be an expert(s) on the subject of the Special Issue and ideally will be sufficiently well-connected through professional networks and social media to attract renowned authors and high-quality articles to IJLCLE.  The Guest Editor(s) will be in charge of developing a proposal summarizing the rationale and content for the Special Issue.

The Guest Editor should also have a clear understanding of the nature of their commitment and their obligations. They should understand the journal’s schedule and be aware of the limits on article length. At the end, the Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for the overall content published in IJLCLE.

A formal Special Issue proposal should include the following:

  • The title of the Special Issue
  • Names and institutional affiliation of the Guest Editor(s)
  • Brief objective of the Special Issue
  • Brief description and significance of the Special Issue
  • Possible Audience for the Special Issue
  • 400 words abstracts of each paper (with names and affiliations of each author).
  • A detailed timeline for paper submissions and revisions
  • A detailed biographic information of the Guest Editor(s)
  • A detailed biographic information of the authors/contributors

Guest Editor(s)’ Responsibilities

Papers will be reviewed using IJLCLE’s standard procedures. Guest Editor(s) will be responsible for:

  • Collecting the papers from the authors/contributors
  • Identifying and recruiting potential blind reviewers
  • Rejecting the initial submitted papers if they do not meet quality standards even before sending to the blind reviewers
  • Sending the selected papers to two blind reviewers
  • Receiving the blind reviewers’ comments and sending them back to the authors
  • Receiving the modified/revised papers from the authors
  • Checking the modified/revised papers
  • Sending the modified/revised versions to the blind reviewers again for their final approval (if possible)
  • Receiving the final approval from the blind reviewers (if possible)
  • Proofreading the whole content of the volume.
  • Overseeing all other tasks associated with the editorial work related to the Special Issue
  • Writing a concise introduction that will describe the content of the contributions to the Special Issue
  • Sending the final proofreading to the IJLCLE Editor-in-Chief for final approval, production, and publication

Please note that the double-blind peer review of each paper will be carried out via IJLCLE’s online submission and peer review system, managed by the Guest Editor (s). Once reviews are returned, the Guest Editor(s) will need to make a decision, and this will be communicated to the Editor-in-Chief for their confirmation of such a decision. The Editor-in-Chief will make an executive decision if any disagreements emerge during the editorial process.