Author Guidelines


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Submissions to the journal may fall into any of the following four categories. When submitting work, kindly consult the advice for authors provided below and also indicate in the subject line of your initial correspondence which category of submission is intended.

Full Length Research Articles Manuscripts in this category advance conceptual, research based, or theoretical arguments, fully grounded in current literature. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 7,000 words, excluding references. Any manuscripts exceeding 7,000 words should be accompanied by a brief justification for the exceptional length. A maximum 200word abstract must be included. Although not required for acceptance/publication, in some cases authors of manuscripts reporting research with human participants may find it appropriate to include a brief appendix on Research Ethics Considerations (or comparable section title), which could contribute to scholarly and professional reflection on effective measures to ensure protections for research participants. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Originality
  • Method (central question, theoretical framework, data analysis, appropriateness of statistical procedures, interpretation, substantiation)
  • Structure of the argument
Perspectives Manuscripts in this category typically fall under one of the following headings: (a) viewpoints and opinions expressed in the form of a commentary or interview on issues or topics of current interest; (b) reactions by readers to articles and reviews published in the Journal and rejoinders; (c) the texts of plenary keynote addresses; (d) reviews of one or more influential books or articles in the field of TESL in the light of current theory and pedagogy, or state of the art articles. Submissions should not exceed 3,500 words, excluding references. A maximum 200word abstract must be included. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Contribution to the advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Structure of the argument
  • Support, substantiation
  • Originality
In the Classroom Manuscripts in this category feature explanatory/analytical descriptions of teaching techniques or activities within a theoretical framework that is used to provide an explicit rationale and/or critique. These manuscripts should not take the form of a general review of the literature on a technique or activity (if so, they might instead be reworked for potential submission under division [d] of the Perspectives category). They must include identification of the particular audience, materials, and procedures under discussion so as to ensure integrated reflection on the specific classroom circumstances as well as the more general theoretical background. Manuscripts should not exceed 3,500 words, excluding references. A maximum 200word abstract must be included. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Contribution to the advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Structure of the argument
  • Detailed description of technique/material
  • Detailed description of learners, context
  • Support, substantiation regarding scholarly literature
  • Originality

Reviews TESL Canada Journal publishes short evaluative reviews of print and nonprint materials relevant to TESL professionals. A list of books available for review is published as part of the front matter of each issue of the Journal Intending review authors should contact the Editor about any of the books listed in a current issue of the Journal (if more than one item is requested, indicate the order of preference); occasionally also it may be possible to consider reviews of print or nonprint materials not so listed if their relevance to the readership is clear, in which case review authors should approach the Editor in advance. Reviews should not exceed 750 words.

Submission Correspondence Manuscripts are to be transmitted as an email attachment directed to the Journal's email address ( Manuscript files should be named by the author's family name, dot, manuscript type (e.g., Smith.ResearchArticle, or Jones.Perspectives, etc.).

Submission Preparation Checklist As part of the submission process, authors are required to complete the TESL Canada Journal Submission Form and send it to as an attachment, along with their manuscript.

Required Style Authors are advised to consult a recent issue of the Journal for examples of the typical flow of subtitled sections that characterize the various categories of submissions. Careful attention to such formatting issues will not only help ensure that the necessary elements are present, but also make the manuscript more readable.

Review Process Review outcomes include the following:

  • acceptance as is or with minor corrections (in the latter case, comments will be provided);
  • invitation to resubmit the manuscript with revisions (comments will be provided) for a new round of reviews;
  • rejection of the manuscript.

Authors should be aware that an invitation to resubmit their manuscript with revisions is an indication that - with the adjustments advised - the work has the potential ultimately to be approved: although not all resubmitted manuscripts are subsequently published, many are. In addition, it is important to realize that articles not accepted by TESL Canada Journal may sometimes gain approval by other journals with different audiences and therefore different criteria for publication.

Editing of Manuscripts The Editor reserves the right to make editing changes of a local or stylistic nature that do not affect the content of the manuscript. Authors will be contacted about any major editing or revisions. TESL Canada Journal welcomes manuscripts in English or French from native speakers of other languages, but would ask that ideas be clearly expressed.

Languages of Publication English and French


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