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Author Guidelines

Classroom teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and researchers are invited to submit manuscripts to GATESOL Journal. Authors should submit unpublished work not under consideration by any other publication.

Types of Submissions

GATESOL Journal welcomes practical, theoretical, and research articles related to all areas of ESOL. Articles should be clearly written, purposeful, and discuss the topic in some depth where treatment of the topic is interesting, insightful, and based on the writers’ experience. Specifically, we accept articles in the following categories: 

  • Pedagogical practices, programs, policy, and perspectives
  • Empirical research or literature reviews 
  • Teaching techniques 

More details about these categories are included below.

Manuscript Form

Manuscripts should follow APA (7th edition) style guidelines. Please be sure to include an abstract. As manuscripts are subject to double-blind review, content should not reveal author identities or affiliations. Full references for all citations should be included.

Submitting a Manuscript

Manuscripts should be typed in Microsoft Word. Include a cover page giving the author(s)’ names, affiliation, complete mailing address, email address, and home and/or work telephone numbers. Manuscripts will be reviewed by the editors before being sent out for peer review. Complete this Google form before submitting your manuscript through this website.

The Review Process

Manuscripts undergo a double-blind review process with at least two reviewers from the Editorial Review Board. Acceptance decisions are based on interest and relevance to GATESOL membership, usefulness, clarity, timeliness, and cohesiveness. The overall balance of the journal’s content also influences editors’ selections.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • A cover letter has been submitted along with the manuscript file either as a separate file or in Comments to the Editor.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • Where available, DOIs or URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The manuscript adheres to the stylistic guidelines for the category to which it was submitted—either (1) Pedagogical Practices, Programs, Policy, and Perspectives, (2) Empirical Research or Literature Reviews, or (3) Teaching Techniques.
  • The text is in APA (7th edition) format. See sample APA professional paper.
  • The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • Complete this Google form before submitting your manuscript.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration.

Empirical Research or Literature Reviews

Empirical research or literature reviews (up to 15–25 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references, and appendices): Research-based articles should be driven by pedagogical problems and research questions that address those problems. We encourage the submission of classroom-based and reflective teaching research. These articles should show evidence of rigorous scholarship, make an original contribution to the field of ESOL education, contain ample references, and provide readers with insights that they can generalize to their own educational settings.

Pedagogical Practices, Programs, Policy, and Perspectives

Pedagogical practices, programs, policy, and perspectives (up to 15–20 double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references, and appendices): Based on current or emergent trends in the field of TESOL, these articles present well-argued viewpoints regarding theory, research, pedagogy, and/or educational policy; analyses of approaches for specific student populations; curricular changes; pilot studies, or other discussions that are of interest to our readership. These articles should go beyond restating others’ ideas to presenting original interpretations, reinterpretations, insights, or applications.

Teaching Techniques

Teaching techniques (approximately 500–2,000 words, including tables, figures, references, and appendices): These brief articles should highlight one example of an original practice the author has used successfully. Topics can range from warm-up activities to long-term projects and can deal with any area of language teaching; there are few restrictions on the type of English teaching techniques that might be acceptable. Techniques involving technology are also appropriate. However, the technique should be applicable in a wide variety of contexts. Authors should provide a brief description of the context in which the technique has been used (possibly including location, description of the learners or the course, reasons for implementing the technique) in order to provide basic background information and a point of reference for readers. While authors can report on their own use of the technique, the purpose of the article should be to provide guidance and direction so that other teachers can implement the technique in their own classrooms. Techniques can target a specific group of learners (of a certain age, skill level, etc., or with specific needs or purposes for studying English). But a technique that has been used with, for example, young learners in the author’s school should be transferable to young-learner classrooms in other places around the world. In some cases, the author might break down the technique itself into separate steps presented within the article.

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