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Author Guidelines

It is understood that articles submitted to TESOL in Contexthave not been previously published and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

  • Articles up to 5,000 words are preferred (including references and appendices), and an abstract of up to 200 words should be included with each article submitted.
  • Electronic submission of files is required (Microsoft Word or rich text format).
  • The first file should be the cover page. This will include with the title of the article, the names of the author/s, their preferred titles, and the contact details for the author to whom correspondence should be sent (postal address, telephone numbers, and email address). A short (70 word) biographical statement for each author should also be included.
  • A second file should contain the title, an abstract (up to 200 words), the body of the paper and the list of references. Number the pages but do not use headers or footers.
  • Headings and sub-headings should be left aligned, with the first letter capitalised.
  • Indicate new paragraphs by using one extra line space.
  • Text should be Times New Roman, 12 point, with 1.5 spacing.
  • Short quotations should be incorporated into the text and enclosed with double quotation marks.
  • Quotations of more than about 40 words should be set off from the main text by indentation, without any quotation marks.
  • Referencing should follow the APA 6th referencing style; for examples, see a recent issue of the journal or the sample articles on the ACTA website (
  • References in the text should be ordered alphabetically and contain the name of the author and the year of publication, e.g. (Adams, 2017; Wang, 2009). For direct quotations include the relevant page number(s), e.g. (Jones, 2006, p. 34).
  • Tables, figures or diagrams should be numbered. consecutively and included in the relevant part of the text. Each should have an explanatory title.
  • Numbers up to and including ten should be spelt out and numbers over ten should be expressed as figures.
  • The spellings used should be those given in The Macquarie Dictionary.
  • All articles submitted are subject to blind, impartial refereeing; referees are asked to report against the following criteria:
    • The topic of the article is of relevance to readers of the journal (see ACTA Statement).
    • The article is grounded appropriately in relevant published literature.
    • The article’s claims/conclusions are based on rigorous analysis of primary data and/or well-supported argument and/or analysis of teaching practice.
    • The article is well structured and clearly linked.
    • Language use and style are appropriate to the audience and purpose.
    • Notes for contributors have been followed in all respects, including consistent use of APA 6th style.
    • The article has potential to make a worthwhile contribution to the TESOL field.

Submissions to be sent to:

Materials for review (books, websites etc.) should also be sent to this email address.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  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 Editor).
  2. The submission file is in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, RTF, or WordPerfect.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is 1.5 spaced; uses Times New Roman 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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