The intended audience of this journal includes researchers and practitioners interested in issues connected with self-access language learning, including skills support centres. These issues include (but are not limited to):
- learner autonomy
- advising learners
- writing centres
- self-directed learning
- materials design
- conversation lounges
- self-access centre management
- theoretical underpinnings of self-access learning
- CALL and self-access
SiSAL Journal welcomes submissions in a number of categories:
We welcome articles of around 3,500 words that highlight research and issues connected with self-access learning or skills support centres. The articles should be scholarly, yet generally accessible to ELT professionals, highlighting practical applications where possible.
Contributors are asked to take into account the following important factors when writing their articles:
- Articles should be of interest and relevance to the readers of SiSAL Journal.
- Articles should be well written and proofread by at least one peer before submission.
- Articles should usually not contain more than about 15 references.
SiSAL Journal may also consider reprinting previously published articles if permission is obtained from the original publisher.
Summaries and work in progress
Short summaries and progress reports of no more than 1500 words are welcome. References are not necessary.
Perspectives (opinions and reflections)
General opinion pieces and reflections on research or practice of around 2000 words are welcome. References are not necessary.
Conference and presentation reports
Conference reports (2000 word limit) can include conferences and presentations that the author has attended or of a presentation that the author has given.
Reviews and resources
Reviews of academic books or articles, self-access materials or useful websites of around 1000 words are welcome. Read more guidelines for writing reviews.
Self-access resources such as worksheets, tips and activity ideas are also welcome for this section.
Articles may be submitted in any language, but an English summary of around 200 words must accompany the original manuscript. When preparing your English manuscript, please use British English or American English (be consistent) and follow the style guidelines indicated in this example article for authors (updated Nov 2012 based on APA 6th edition). Many authors find this website useful for APA conventions.
The authors retain copyright over their work under a creative commons 3.0 agreement and may submit it for publication elsewhere. SiSAL Journal retains the right to publish the journal in multiple formats to maximise exposure.
Submit your manuscript as an e-mail attachment to the editor at:
Submission and publication dates
Please send articles, reports, opinions, reflections, reviews and works in progress for upcoming (general) issues. Issues of SiSAL Journal are published in March, June, September and December of each year. Currently, authors can expect accepted articles to be published within six months of submission.
Submission deadline: May 10th
Submission deadline: August 10th
Special Issue on Accessing and Accessorizing for Self-Access Language Learning (SALL)
Guest Editor: Carol J. Everhard, (formerly) Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Submission deadline: October 1st.
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