Category Archives: Writing for Academic Publication

Journal of Asia TEFL Call for Papers

I received a welcome legitimate solicitation for paper submissions from a journal this morning and wanted to share:

The Journal of Asia TEFL is waiting for your papers.
Dear Asia TEFL Members,

As many of you are aware, the association publishes a quarterly journal, The Journal of Asia TEFL, and this is to encourage you to consider contributing to the journal. The submission deadline for each issue is as follows:

Spring- October 31
Summer – January 31
Fall – April 30
Winter – July 31

We accept articles and book reviews that are concerned with EFL/ESL in Asian contexts. While we encourage scholars from all regions of Asia to contribute to the journal, we would particularly welcome submissions from distinguished scholars from South Asia,. The length of an article should be between 5000 and 8000 words and that of a book review, between 500 and 800.  Submissions should be made at the journal website (, and any inquiries regarding submissions and the journal should be sent to the editors at  No fees or paid membership is required for submission. We publish online only, with no print issues.

Our journal is SCOPUS-indexed and has been accepted for coverage in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI, It is currently going through the SSCI and AHCI journal selection process.


Andy Kirkpatrick, Editor in Chief

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An invitation to ignore: Canadian Center of Science and Education’s English Language Teaching (ELT)

I’ve let the questionable publishers part of this site go a bit stagnant, but I’ve continued to receive relatively regular inquiries from friends and concerned colleagues about invitations to join the editorial boards of questionable publishers. Yesterday it was the Canadian Center of Science and Education’s English Language Teaching (ELT). The publisher is listed on Beall’s List of Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers and he also has a post about Canada being a hotbed for questionable predatory publishers, although in it he concentrates on a different publisher (but does mention the Canadian Center of Science and Education).

I should add that English Language Teaching (ELT) shouldn’t be confused with the prestigious and legitimate ELT Journal, which is published by Oxford University Press. The similarity in names should be considered a potential red flag when receiving such petitions and unsolicited invitations.

Another key red flag regarding the journal is its $400 USD publication fee. That’s an astronomical amount to ask for in order to publish in the field of language teaching.:

Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication Fee-English Language Teaching: 400.00 (USD)
If the paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee. Please find payment information at:

Here’s the email I have from my inquiring colleague. If you receive such solicitations, I would recommend considering them the equivalent of junk mail and would advise against responding:

Subject: Call for Papers

Dear [full name],

I have had an opportunity to read your paper, [title], and can tell from your work that you are an expert in this field.

English Language Teaching (ELT) is a double-blind peer-reviewed international journal on the subjects of theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education. The journal is published monthly in both print and online versions.

ELT has been indexed by CNKI, EBSCOhost, ERIC, ERA, ProQuest, SHERPA/RoMEO and so on.

We are calling for the submission of papers. Please see the journal’s profile at and submit your manuscripts online. If you have any questions, please contact the editorial assistant at

We are recruiting reviewers for the journal. If you are interested in this position of reviewing submissions, we welcome you to apply for. Please find further details at

It is my honor to cooperate with the universities and institutions to publish the special issues in the field of English Language Teaching. If you are interested in it, please contact with me.

We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your colleagues and associates.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

Gavin Yu

English Language Teaching

Canadian Center of Science and Education


Add: 1120 Finch Avenue West, Suite 701-309, Toronto, ON., M3J 3H7, Canada

Tel: 1-416-642-2606 ext.207

Fax: 1-416-642-2608



Call for papers: IATEFL’s English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group’s (ESP SIG) Professional and Academic English

Professional and Academic English is seeking submissions. I had a really positive experience as an author when I contributed an article on my Medical English classes in 2012. Here’s their call:

Professional and Academic English is a peer-reviewed journal of the IATEFL English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group (ESP SIG). We now seek articles, conference reports and book reviews for Issue 47 (publication: Spring 2016). Relevant information is available on:

Two specimen recent issues can be accessed on:

Issue 44:

Issue 45:

ELTED Special Issue on Innovative writing in English language teacher education and development

ELTED Journal, English Language Teacher Education and Development, has as call for papers for a special issue on the theme of Innovative writing in English language teacher education and development out, with an extended deadline of October 31. It looks to be a great opportunity for language teachers interested in sharing their experience of their professional practice that doesn’t fit into the format of the more traditional research paper. I can attest that John Adamson and I had a great experience when we submitted a paper to the journal in 2008.

Submissions welcome – Englishes in Practice (University of Southampton, UK)

This is an interesting looking call for papers that came through on one of the mailing lists I’m subscribed to.

Englishes in Practice (open access)

Englishes in Practice is the title of the working papers of the Centre for Global Englishes, University of Southampton, UK.  It provides a forum for both members of the Centre and other scholars to present research and explore matters related to global users and uses of Englishes, including English as a lingua franca (ELF).   The journal welcomes submissions which report empirical findings or which discuss theoretical, conceptual or methodological aspects of relevance to the field.

The journal is quarterly and the first two issues are available here:

Please contact me for further information or to submit an article.

Jill Doubleday
Englishes in Practice
Centre for Global Englishes
University of Southampton
Englishes in Practice:
Centre for Global Englishes:

New call for papers: ESP Today – Journal of English for Specific Purposes at Tertiary Level

Just arrived in my inbox today:

ESP Today – Journal of English for Specific Purposes at Tertiary Level ( is an online-only open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high-quality research papers covering all areas of English for Specific Purposes in the context of tertiary education. The Journal is aimed at ESP researchers, scholars and practitioners worldwide.
ESP Today is published by the joint efforts of the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, the main publisher, and the Faculty of Philology, the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, University of Belgrade, and the Serbian Association for the Study of English (SASE).
ESP Today comes out biannually and welcomes submissions of previously unpublished research papers on a variety of topics taking a broadly defined tertiary-level ESP perspective.
We invite you to submit a paper related to your research interest in the field of ESP at tertiary level and contribute not only to high quality of ESP Today and its recognition within the international ESP community, but also to the academic exchange of views which will make this journal a forum for further ESP upgrading.
All contributions should be submitted to one of the following e-mail addresses:
Nadežda Silaški, Editor-in-Chief
Tatjana Đurović, Associate Editor
Biljana Radić-Bojanić, Associate Editor

Journal seeking submissions: Language Issues

I met Naeema at the English Scholars Beyond Borders 2014 Conference in Izmir, Turkey. The journal she describes below looks like it could be of interest to a number of teachers and researchers in TEFL/TESL.

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing with information about a journal aimed at ESOL, ESL, EAL and Community Language practitioners and researchers. Language Issues is NATECLA’s part peer reviewed journal for language teaching professionals. It explores the area between academic research and classroom practice, discussing teaching, training, management and research into ESOL and community languages.  Language Issues looks at broad issues and big ideas as well as particular learning and teaching contexts and is an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and policy makers. NATECLA is the National Association of Teachers of English and Community Languages. For more information please see

With best wishes,


Potential publication: Taiwan Journal of TESOL

The Taiwan Journal of TESOL looks like an interesting place to potentially submit work for publication. Details of a call for papers from them follows.

Taiwan Journal of TESOL 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics 

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Taiwan Journal of TESOL is an international journal dedicated to the publication of research papers on TESOL and welcomes contributions in all areas of the study of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Review articles of books on TESOL and informal book announcements are also welcome. Taiwan Journal of TESOL publishes one volume per year, with a Spring issue and a Fall issue. Contributions may be submitted from all countries and are accepted all year round. The language of publication is English. Manuscripts simultaneously submitted to other publications cannot be accepted. All contributors must sign Taiwan Journal of TESOL Contributor's Declaration. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, contributors must sign Copyright License Agreement for NCCU Scholarly Journals Online in order for the manuscript to be included in databases designated by Taiwan Journal of TESOL.

Notes for contributors

E-mail submissions are accepted at and hardcopy submissions should be sent, in triplicate with a soft copy on disk, to:

Editors, Taiwan Journal of TESOL 
The Department of English 
National Chengchi University 
Wenshan, Taipei City 11605
Taiwan (R.O.C)

All submissions must be double-spaced and on standard-size paper. All figures are to be camera ready (i.e., laser-printed or professionally drawn). Tables and figures adapted or reprinted from other sources require permission from the publisher of the original source. The target length for submissions is 50 pages all inclusive, preferably limited to 8,500 words.

Questionable publication solicitation: Science Publishing Group

Here’s another questionable publication solicitation:

Dear Professor,Science Publishing Group is an independent international publisher of 100+ open access, online, peer-reviewed journals which have almost 10 proposed special issues and 10 going-to-be-published books, covering a wide range of academic disciplines.Nowadays, we are actively providing a fast publication:
1. Authors can get the review result that whether the paper can be published or not within 15 days;
2. Accepted papers can be published within 25 days.SciencePG publish papers in a wide range of categories, such as: Biology and Life Sciences, Physics; Chemistry & Materials; Computer Science & Communications; Mathematics & Statistics; Medicine, Health & Food Science; Energy & Environmental Science and all other categories. You can pay visit to our website to have a look:

If you are interested in publishing your papers within a short time, we sincerely invite you to submit your papers through our system:

Any questions, please feel free to contact us by: