Aims & Scope

The journal gives particular preference for empirically-based and data-driven studies, which exemplify rigor in its review of previous literature, analysis of data, interpretation of results and findings, and provide answers to essential questions in English and applied linguistics. But at the same time, it values papers dwelling on theory, which make novel contributions and generate new ways of theorizing to understand linguistic issues in real-world situations better. It welcomes authorship and collaboration among local and international scholars from Inner, Outer, and Expanding Circles of English whose works are within the target scope of the journal. It invites contributions that provide descriptions of and solutions for the real-world problems of indigenous people, native English speakers in ENL, ESL, and EFL contexts, and ESL and EFL speakers across English circles. Within the subfields of applied linguistics, JEAL focuses on those which are closely related to (1) language in the classroom (e.g., English for Academic Purposes, language teaching, and learning); (2) language in the society (multilingualism, sociology of language, language attitudes, language ideologies, language planning, language variation, language change, language contact); (3) language in the community of practice (English for Specific Purposes; language in the workplace); (4) language on the internet (internet linguistics); and (5) language and technology (computer-aided language use/teaching/learning).

JEAL welcomes two types of articles:

  1. Theory-based short articles (e.g., synthesis, validation, or classification of a theory; building of a theoretical framework; practical application of a theory, etc.) with a minimum of 4,000 words and a maximum of 6,000 words (including abstract, notes, main text, appendices, and references).
  2. Data-driven articles (i.e., empirical analyses of first-hand data) with a minimum of 7,000 words and a maximum of 8,000 words (including abstract, notes, main text, appendices, and references).