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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • FONT: Text uses Times New Roman 12-point; employs italics or bold for emphasis — rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • HEADINGS are proper MS Word Style headings, in sentence case (NOT uppercase), and numbered — refer to Author Guidelines.
  • MARGINS are 1" for top, left, bottom and right (MS Word default).
  • PARAGRAPHS: Line spacing is set as 'Multiple’, 1.08 lines. (MS Word default). Paragraphs are left-aligned, NOT justified.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Where available, the ORCID of the author has been provided.
  • TWO documents have been uploaded: (a) the anonymised manuscript and (b) a covering letter with details of all authors, the full title of the article and the names and contact details of three possible referees.

Author Guidelines

To ensure a successful submission, please adhere to the JLT Style Guide for Authors below, also  downloadable in PDF, here.

Page fees

R3,000 up to 20 pages (including the cover page and the last page with author's contact details). The cost for subsequent pages will be R300 each.  Once your article has been approved for publication by the editor, you will be invoiced for the above fees. Stellenbosch University authors are exempt of page fees. SAALT members receive a 20% discount on page fees. 

Kindly note that the publication of your article is dependent on full payment beforehand.

Submissions: upload 2 documents please

1. A cover letter which includes

  1. TITLE. The Title of the paper.
  2. AUTHORS. The title of the author (Mr/Ms Dr Prof.), full address and email particulars of the author(s) and the instituional affiliation. Please provide an ORCiD if available. (Authors are strongly advised to register for one:  An ORCIDiD is your unique academic identifier connecting your names with your work throughout your research career.)
    In case of more than one author, the name of the corresponding author (also responsible for the payment of page fees) must be marked with an asterisk (*).
  3. REVIEWERS. A proposal with the titles, names, full addresses and email addresses of three scholars who would be able to provide impartial and informed reviews of the quality of the manuscript would be helpful, but is not essential.

2. A copy of the manuscript

  • The paper must contain the title of the paper, an abstract (approx. 200 words), keywords (minimum of 5;  maximum of 10), and then the manuscript must follow.
  • Ensure a blind review: No contributing authors should be indicated on this copy and references to particular institutions should be removed from the paper. For review purposes, refer to University X instead of the name of the institution.
  • Submission of a paper is taken to imply that it has not been published elsewhere and that it is not under consideration elsewhere.
  • Submission of a paper also implies that it was language edited.

The review process

A process of double-blind peer review is used. The Editor receives and integrates reviews and communicates with the corresponding author/s.

Word processing

FONT-SIZE: Use ‘Normal’ MS Word format in Times New Roman 12 point font.

PARAGRAPHS: Use the latest MS Word default paragraph setting: 'Multiple' and 1.08 line spacing. 
Text should not be justified. Modern research indicates that justified text is less readbale, especially online. 

HEADINGS: If you know how to do this, we request that you use proper Microsoft Word headings (in 'Styles') as Headings. Note: your manuscript will not be rejcted if you cannot master this. 
Headings be numbered and should not be in uppercase.  Use bold and italics to indicate headings. Type the heading, leave an open line, type next part of the text.

REFERENCE LIST: Please make a hanging indent of .5 inches or 1.27 cm (normally the latest MS Word default)

Length of manuscripts:  6000 - 8000 words.

Length of abstract: 200 words (approximately).

All manuscripts must have an English abstract. An additional abstract in one other language is optional.

The main points of the citation style chosen for the Journal for Language Teaching are summarised below, but the PDF version of 'Guidelines for authors', contains more examples and explanations. 

References in the text

When a page or part is relevant:  Smith (1997:14) or Smith (1997: 14-16)
When a whole work is relevant: Smith (1997)
When more than one author’s work is relevant:  (Smith, 1997: 14; Selepe, 2011: 3; Abrams, 2013: 4)

Reference list

All works referred to in the text must be listed in the Reference list, and vice versa.


Brown, K. Ed. Encyclopedia of language and linguistics. 2nd rev. ed. Oxford: Elsevier. Available: [Accessed: 27 Match 2016].

Doughty, C. & Williams, J.  Eds. 1998. Focus on form in the classroom.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Note on the above
Sentence case is used for the titles of books, articles and papers. 'Sentence case' means that everything, except the first letter of a title,  is in lower case.  Exceptions would be proper nouns which need to be capitalised, as in normal English usage. 


Sebolai, K. & Huff, L. 2015. Academic literacy curriculum renewal at a South African university: a case study. Journal for Language Teaching 49(1):333-351.
​DOI: 10.4314/jlt.v49i1.13  [No full stop after a URL or DOI. An access date is not necessary after a DOI]

Truscott, J.  1996.  The case against grammar correction.  Language Learning 46: 327-246. [Journal titles are italisized.]

Weideman, A. 2012. Validation and validity beyond Messick. Per Linguam 28(2): 1-14. Available: [Accessed: 25 March 2016].

Notes on the above

1. Subtitles start in lower case. e.g.: ":a case study".

2. Sentence case is used for a journal article title, whereas Title Case is used for the Journal Title.


Thompson, I.  1995.  Assessment of foreign language comprehension.  In: Mendelssohn, D.J. & Rubin, J.  Eds.  1995.  A guide for the teaching of L2 listening.  San Diego: Dominic Press.  pp. 14-31.​


Brunfaut, T. 2008. Foreign language reading for academic purposes. PhD thesis. University of Antwerp. (Unpublished).
Unpublished titles are not italicized. 


Van Dyk, T.J.  2010. Konstitutiewe voorwaardes vir die ontwerp van ’n toets van akademiese geletterdheid. PhD thesis. University of the Free State. Available: [Accessed: 27 March 2015].


Author (if available). Title of article.  Sunday Express, 2004: 10 April, p. 12.


Author.  Date (when information was published or created or revised).  Title of document/page.  Available: URL.  [Accessed: Date].

 If a DOI is recorded, an access date need not be added.

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