About the Journal

Focus and Scope

TESOL in Context is the peer-reviewed publication of the Australian Council for TESOL Associations (ACTA) for teachers, researchers and others interested in TESOL within Australia and internationally. Normally two issues are produced each year. TESOL in Context is an internationally refereed journal with a wide target audience, both national and international. Readership includes TESOL / EAL professionals working in all sectors of education; universities, primary and secondary schooling, early childhood settings, adult migrant programs, vocational training, ELICOS and TESOL teacher education, both in Australia and internationally. Articles published in TESOL in Context typically examine the nexus between theory and practice.

The aims of TESOL in Context are to provide professionals in the field with insights into TESOL issues in Australia and internationally, contributing to the development of classroom expertise through dissemination of current research and thinking around TESOL.

Peer Review Process

Each article submitted for potential publication in TESOL in Context is sent out to at least two reviewers. These are people who are working / have recently worked in the field of TESOL within Australia and abroad who have expertise and experience related to the focus of the article, and who have familiarity and experience in publishing academic articles in journals and other publications related to the fields of TESOL, language education and/or applied linguistics.

We ask that reviewers aim to complete their review within three weeks of agreeing to complete the review and receiving the article.

Unless specifically requested, reviewers are not required to engage in additional review rounds on articles reviewed.

AI and Generative AI Policy

1) Authorship:

AI or Generative AI (GenAI) technologies are not permitted to be part of the authorship of any submission. All scholarly work submitted to TESOL in Context must be the original creation of human authors.

2) Usage of AI or GenAI in research and writing:

  • Authors are allowed to use AI or GenAI tools to assist in their research and writing processes. However, such usage must be conducted appropriately and is subject to review by the editorial team on a case-by-case basis. The review decision shall be left to the editorial team's discretion.
  • Full disclosure of AI or GenAI usage is mandatory. Authors must provide a statement in their manuscripts detailing the extent and nature of AI tool usage.

3) Ethical considerations:

  • AI or GenAI tools must be used in a manner that respects privacy, confidentiality, and intellectual property rights.
  • The use of AI or GenAI tools must align with ethical standards and best practices as outlined by the Journal's code of conduct and relevant institutional guidelines.

Publication Frequency

There are two issues generally published each year. All journal items are published as part of an issue. Each issue generally has two or three main articles/research papers and two book reviews. Special issues are also considered on occasion.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Article Processing Charges

TESOL in Context does not charge article processing charges (APCs) or submission charges.


ERIC Education Resources Information Center database

Informit Humanities and Social Sciences Collection database

Directory of Open Access Journals – DOAJ

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Journal History

TESOL in Context is currently one of only two peer-reviewed journals of TESOL in Australia. The first issue of TESOL in Context was published in 1990 and since then has documented TESOL issues, relevant research and topics of interest both within Australia and internationally.

Back copies of TESOL in Context can be found on the Informit database.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/tesolincontext1-26 to access Volume 1 Issue 1 (1990) - Volume 26 Issue 1 (2017).
Visit www.tesolincontext.org.au  to access Volume 27 Issue 1 (2018) and onwards.