About

Aims and scope

Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education is an interdisciplinary journal of second and foreign language education studies, a peer-reviewed journal of international scope. It provides a forum for high-quality linguistic and experimental research on topics which investigate applied linguistic theories,second and foreign language learning and teaching. It offers new insights not only into applied linguistics but also into a wide variety of second and foreign language education phenomena. The disciplines covered include applied linguistics, educational linguistics, second language acquisition, foreign language learning and teaching, etc.

The journal welcomes authoritative, innovative applied linguistic scholarship from all viewpoints and practices, centered on topics such as:

  • applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • current approaches to second and foreign language education: topics such as task-based instruction, content-based instruction, big-data-based instruction, and professional communication
  • second and foreign language learning: topics such as motivation, process and mechanism of learning, language aptitude, learning styles and strategies, learning approaches and skills, language transfer, interlanguage, neurobiology of language learning
  • second and foreign language teaching: topics such as teaching methodology, skills for teachers, teacher education, teacher cognition, teacher preparation and professional development, second language assessment, bilingual education
  • course and syllabus design
  • language planning and policy
  • the role of technology in second and foreign language education

Why publish your article in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education?

High visibility

Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

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Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education are covered by the Research Center for Modern Linguistics and Foreign Language Education, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.


Indexing services

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including PubMed Central and Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) to ensure that articles published inAsian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

 

Peer review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help Editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous Publication of research articles by Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education is dependent primarily on their scientific validity and coherence as judged by our external expert editors and/or peer reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work represents a useful contribution to the field.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. Reviewers will also be asked to indicate how interesting and significant the research is. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

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Citing articles in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education

Articles in Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Asian Pac J Second Foreign Lang Educ [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Asian Pac J Second Foreign Lang Educ 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

Associated society

The Asian-Pacific Journal of Second and Foreign Language Education is associated with the Research Center for Cognitive Linguistics and Brain Science.