Call for Papers. Special Issue: Online advising and consultations in self-access.

SiSAL Journal Special Issue:  ‘Online advising and consultations in self-access.’

Editors: Jo Mynard and Adelia Peña Clavel

Submission deadline: December 20th 2022. Publication date: March, 2023.

In March 2023, we will publish a special issue on online advising and consultations in self-access. Online advising and consulting became the usual way to support students for extended periods during the COVID-19 pandemic when schools and campuses were closed and students were studying at home. However, some institutions had already been offering such support for many years, even before the pandemic. We are hoping to learn from our collective experiences and answer questions such as: 

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Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2022

Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2022

Edited by Jo Mynard



  • Mobile-Assisted Language Learning Applications: Features and Characteristics from Users’ Perspectives by Mohammad R. Alnufaie (312–331) [Full text] [PDF]
  • A Critical History of Autonomous Language Learning: Exposing the Institutional and Structural Resistance Against Methodological Innovation in Language Education by Santiago Betancor-Falcon (332–346) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Developing Learner Autonomy and Goal-Setting Through Logbooks by Diane Raluy and Ramon Mislang (347–366) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Investigating the Significance of Coxhead’s Academic Word List for Self-Access Learners by Thinley Wangdi and Ringphami Shimray (367–388) [Full text] [PDF]

Research Summaries

  • What do Chinese Learners of English Want from a University Writing Centre? A Chinese Tertiary Student’s Views on Writing Centre Peer Tutoring by Yu Hang Kwan (389–395) [Full text] [PDF]

Upcoming events

  • Inclusion and Accessibility in Self-Access Language Learning. The Japan Association for Self-Access Learning National Conference. Akita International University. Saturday 22nd October, 2022.

June 2022

Volume 13, Number 2, March 2022. Special Issue: Papers from the AILA 2021 Symposium

Edited by Kerstin Dofs and Diego Mideros


  • Introduction by Kerstin Dofs and Diego Mideros (177–181) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Complexity in Advising for Language Learning: From Theory to Practice by Maria Giovanna Tassinari (182–199)[Full text] [PDF]
  • A Complex Dynamic Model of Autonomy Development by Larissa Borges (200–223) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Concealing Identity Strategy: An Autonomous Chinese-Speaking Sojourner’s Linguistic and Social Involvements in a Religious Social Setting in The UK by Xinyang Lu, Vanessa Mar-Molinero, and Vicky Wright (224–247) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Teacher Roles in Promoting Out-of-Class Learning: Lessons From a Spanish for Specific Purposes Course by Diego Mideros (248–261)[Full text] [PDF]
  • Case Pedagogy in Initial Teacher Education: An Analysis of its Contribution to the Development of Professional Competences for Autonomy by Manuel Jiménez Raya and Borja Manzano Vázquez (262–285) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Autonomy, Empathy, and Transformation in Language Teacher Education: A Qualitative Study by Larissa Borges and Eduardo Castro (286–304) [Full text] [PDF]

Summaries and Reviews

  • Groningen 2021 by Diego Mideros and Kerstin Dofs (305–306) [Full text] [PDF]
  • Book Review: How to Learn Spanish: A Guide to Powerful Principles and Strategies for Successful Learning and Self-Empowerment by Maria Blanco, reviewed by Kerstin Dofs. (307–308) [Full text] [PDF]
  • AILA ReNLA Newsletter: AILA Congress in Groningen 2021 [PDF]

Cover image: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (Wutsje / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Volume 11(4) Published!

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2020


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New Journal Submission Procedure

Authors can now submit their manuscripts via Scholastica, a peer review system for open access journals.

Before you submit an article, please make sure:

  • That your manuscript falls within the scope of the journal and has applications to the field of self-access.
  • That your manuscript is formatted according to our style guidelines.
  • That your literature review is relevant and up to date.
  • That your manuscript is clear and well organised, and has been proofread by a colleague.
  • There is no information on your submission that can identify you (for the blind review process).

Please note that SiSAL Journal does not charge authors or potential authors any processing fees.