The RELC Journal, established in 1970, is a triannual peer-reviewed international publication of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre (RELC), located in Singapore. It publishes original research and review articles on topics pertinent to language teaching and learning.
The journal focuses on studies that advance theoretical and practical knowledge and report findings with clear pedagogical implications for language teaching and learning, especially, although not exclusively, in the Southeast Asian context.
The RELC Journal is a scholarly platform that bridges theory and practice in language teaching and learning with integration of insights from relevant disciplines. It welcomes contributions in the following areas where practical implications and applications are evident.
- Language teaching and learning
- Language testing and assessment
- Language curriculum and materials development
- Technology-enabled language teaching and learning
- Language teacher professional development
- Language policy and planning
- Global Englishes and intercultural language education
|Roby Marlina||SEAMEO RELC, Singapore|
|Jack Richards||SEAMEO, RELC, Singapore|
|Marie Alina Yeo||SEAMEO RELC, Singapore|
|Alvin Pang||SEAMEO RELC, Singapore|
|Helena Agustien||Universitas Nasional Karangturi, Indonesia|
|Mohammad Javad Ahmadian||University of Leeds, UK|
|Mahmood Reza Atai||Kharazmi University, Iran|
|Katherine Cao||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Anna Ching-Shyang Chang||Hsing Wu University, Taiwan|
|Irina Elgort||Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand|
|Neil England||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Thomas Farrell||Brock University, Canada|
|Joseph Foley||Assumption University, Thailand|
|Ram Ashish Giri||Monash College, Australia|
|Nguyen Hanh Thi||Hawaii Pacific University, USA|
|David Hirsh||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Jeremy Jones||University of Canberra, Australia|
|Channarith Keuk||University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia|
|Usha Lakshmanan||Southern Illinois University, USA|
|Ricky Lam||Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong|
|Shaofeng Li||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Beng Soon Lim||Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore|
|Christine Manara||Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia|
|Joel Meniado||SEAMEO RELC, Singapore|
|Lindsay Miller||City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong|
|Jeffrey Mok||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Stephen Moore||Macquarie University, Australia|
|Jonathan Newton||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Willy Renandya||NIE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|Michael Rodgers||Carleton University, Canada|
|Karim Sadeghi||Urmia University, Iran|
|Zia Tajeddin||Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran|
|Peter Tan||National University of Singapore, Singapore|
|Thoai Ton||SEAMEO RELC, Singapore|
|Xiaomei Wang||Xiamen University, Malaysia|
|Christopher Ward||National Institute of Education, Singapore|
|Stuart Webb||Western University, Canada|
|Cynthia White||Massey University, New Zealand|
|Peter Yonggi Gu||Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand|
|Henny Zacharias-Lim||Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia|
|Lawrence Zang||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/relc to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of RELC Journal will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that RELC Journal may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.
If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- Further information
Before submitting your manuscript to RELC Journal, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.
RELC Journal is published on behalf of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Language Centre (RELC), located in Singapore. It presents information and ideas on theories, research, methods and materials related to language learning and teaching. The Journal welcomes contributions that have in mind the common professional concerns of both the practitioner and the researcher, providing a bridge between theory and practice.
1.2 Article Types
RELC Journal publishes a range of article types on the topic of language education:
- Research Articles (6000 words)
Research articles present an empirical project on language education or related areas that consists of original data the author has obtained using appropriate and well-justified methodological approaches and strategies of inquiry. The articles should also provide implications for language teaching and learning in intra/international contexts.
Example of a Research Article: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0033688216631171
- Review Articles (3000 words)
Review articles present a review of recent research in the Applied Linguistics and/or TESOL disciplines. These articles may include summaries of the key research findings, critical overviews of the area of inquiry, and future research and/or pedagogical directions.
Example of Thematic Review: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0033688218771380
- Innovations in Practice (3000 words)
RELC invites contributions focussing on innovations in classroom practice. The manuscript should include the following:
a)The teaching context: Provide a short description of the institution and context where the innovative practices occurred. This could include information about the course, course objectives, learners' profile, and any other relevant information.
b) Reason for the innovation: Explain what prompted the change in practice, e.g. What problems or issues did it seek to address? How is it supported by related theory or research?
c) Description of the innovation: Describe the innovation and its effects.
d) Reflection: Reflect on and critically evaluate the innovation and what can be learned from it.
e) Future pedagogical directions: Discuss what can be done differently in the future to improve the innovative practices and/or to overcome any potential or already identified challenges.
Example of Innovations in Practice: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0033688220906905
- Book Reviews (1000 words)
This article type provides reviews on current books related to the journal's aims and scope. The principal aim of this column is to make the readers aware of recently published books of significance to the field.
Example of Book Review: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0033688216661252
Hints on Writing a Book Review : https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0033688220916239
- ICT Reviews (1000 words)
This article type provides reviews of apps, websites, or other ICT based tools for language teaching and learning. The reviews may include a description of the tool and its effectiveness in enhancing language learning and teaching.
Example of ICT Review: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0033688218781976
- Viewpoints – by invitation
These articles are by prominent figures in the field and/or emergent scholars with strong record of publications who are invited by the Editors to present their view on currents issues or new developments within their areas of expertise.
- Conversations with Experts – by invitation
This section features an interview with a renowned scholar. Experts featured in this section are invited by the Editors to respond to questions that provide a more personal glimpse of their views in their areas of expertise.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
The RELC Journal is a fully peer-reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles on language education.
All papers submitted to the RELC Journal are subject to double blind peer review by members of a carefully appointed editorial board.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.
2.3.1 Third party submissions
Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:
- Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
- Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
- Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.
Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.
RELC Journal requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
RELC Journal encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
RELC Journal and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
3.1.2 Prior publication
If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.
Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.
RELC Journal offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
RELC Journal does not currently accept supplemental files.
RELC Journal adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
RELC Journal is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/relc to login and submit your article online.
If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the 'Click here to Submit a New Manuscript' option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the 'Next' button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the 'Online Help' button at the top right of every screen.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the RELC Journal editorial office as follows:
RELC Journal Editor,
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre,
30 Orange Grove Road,