Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics (AJAL) is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and open access journal devoted to the study of languages in the Arab world from different disciplinary perspectives, including education, language pedagogy, language planning and policies, sociology, psychology, information technology, translation, and speech and hearing.  

The Arab world refers to those countries that recognise Arabic as their official language. They cover a large geographical zone, extending from Mauritania in North Africa to Bahrain in the Middle East, with a population exceeding 400 million inhabitants. Though they share historical, religious, and linguistic traits, the Arab countries manifest degrees of linguistic, cultural, and ethnographic variation. Their language policies are by no means uniform, especially when it comes to the teaching and learning of foreign languages.

The journal does not overlook groupings and individuals outside the Arab world who have acquired Arabic as a second or other language. Nor does it confine itself to the contributions of scholars of Arab origin.          

The topics that  AJAL covers include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • First language learning, teaching, and testing
  • First language literacy learning, instruction, and testing
  • ESL language learning, teaching, and testing
  • The interaction between language and literacy in multi-lingual Arab contexts,
  • Language policies and literacy
  • Language and literacy disorders

The aim of the journal is to provide a unified forum for researchers and practitioners interested in applied linguistic issues, with special reference to the Arab context. The journal is in English, but abstracts are also published in Arabic.

The journal accepts contributions in the form of empirical research papers, theoretical papers, critical reviews, and book reviews.  


Section Policies

Call for papers

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Table of Contents

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Book Reviews

This section is devoted to reviewing newly published books in any discipline that meets the AJAL scope and interests.

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Special Issue

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Introduction (Editor-in-chief)

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Test Reviews

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Conference Proceedings

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Peer Review Process

Each submitted manuscript is evaluated on the following basis:

a)      Originality of its contribution to the field of the scholarly publishing;

b)      The soundness of its theory and methodology given the topic;

c)      The coherence of its analysis;

d)     Its ability to communicate to readers (grammar and style).

Normal turn-around time for evaluation of manuscripts is one to two months from the date of receipt.


Publication Frequency

The Journal is published biannually. 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Ethical Standards

Ensuring a valuable quality of publication materials is an endeavour assumed by any academic network due to its intrinsic importance in maintaining a transparent publishing process. To this end, the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics firmly attests to the quality of its journal-based materials via applying and observing an ethical publishing policy inspired from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The guidelines the journal supplies cover editorial processes, peer-reviewing processes and all journal-based issues. It, therefore, sets a publication policy to preserve and disseminate an integral knowledge-spreading network to accommodate and preserve scientific research. The varied audience of the journal enshrining authors, peer reviewers, journal editors and different editors, readers as well as sponsors should adhere to and consider the journal’s ethical policy as a frame of reference to proceed with the entire publication act.

Editorial Section / Policy / Consideration:

In recognising the responsibility of editors, the journal editors are held accountable for the materials published via the journal. This responsibility is inclusive of a set of standards indicating that editors should:

  • Observe authorship and readership needs.
  • Protect their editorial independence.
  • Have realistic publishing processes.
  • Respect the journal objective of good quality publishing.
  • Protect intellectual ownership.
  • Respect and corroborate the journal’s ethical standards.
  • Uphold freedom of speech.
  • Preserve a confidential reviewing process.
  • Cooperate with all journal parties to apply and observe the publishing process and respect the ethical policy advocated.
  • Take fair decisions and foresee their effects on the journal’s reputation and readership.
  • Endeavour to ameliorate the journal and refine its output in light of rigorous scientific methods.
  • Be up-to-date with upcoming relevant ethical standards and technologies.
  • Exhibit flexibility towards publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies in relevant situations.
  • Champion the aim of the journal in every publication act.
  • Assess the process of peer-reviewing and publishing and feed back to the authors.
  • Exhibit willingness to explicate the journal’s publication ethics to the audience.
  • Revise the journal’s policies when needed for improvement motives.

The editorial board commits itself to be actively involved in ensuring the aforementioned standards, to clarify and promote the journal and its purposes, and to accurately observe these codes.

Reviewing / Peer-reviewing Section Policy / Consideration:

As known in academic frameworks, the responsibility to supply reliable, valid, unbiased, and interest-free information places particular principles and behaviours at work, by which reviewers specifically ought to abide. The reviewing process stipulates ethical and trustworthy conduct on the part of peer reviewers, who need to be aware of basic standards integral to this process. For this reason, and by drawing upon the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers, reviewers in Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics are meant to:

  • Maintain an independent, transparent and confidential reviewing process.
  • Review materials belonging to their own areas of expertise.
  • Review materials in a defined time-frame.
  • Preserve the integrity of any information obtained during the reviewing process.
  • Assure a good quality and objective reviewing by divorcing themselves from any bias or interpersonal considerations.
  • Inform the journal of any prospective competing interests susceptible to affecting the quality of the reviewing process and the quality of the manuscript being under examination.
  • Assist editors in fair decision-taking operations.

Authorship / Authors Section / Consideration:

Authors submitting their manuscripts to the Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics should be aware of the process punctuating the publication act in the journal system. They should equally:

  • Provide original manuscript to the journal.
  • Ensure that their manuscript has been exclusively uploaded to the journal system.
  • Declare as well as respect intellectual property of others.
  • State any financial support for their manuscript-based research.
  • Supply materials on real and ethical data free from any bias and manipulation.
  • Supply any ethical statement if the data is reutilised upon a permission note.
  • Avoid self-plagiarism that is based on text recycling mainly (to use text parts in more than one publication of the same author as indicated in COPE Text Recycling Guidelines).
  • Accept that their manuscript can be discarded in case of plagiarism or unethical and inflammatory input, given that all school orientations and thoughts are respected in Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics.
  • Be aware of the scientific research methods and basics of their area of expertise and publication.
  • Adhere to the journal’s ethical standards.

Publishers Section / Policy:

Publishers who represent an integral committee of any publishing mechanism are functional in issuing, revising, assessing and adapting publication policies of Arab Journal of Applied Linguistics. Publishers need to provide support for all journal parties to ameliorate the journal’s output, ethical performance, and policies in their entirety. In this regards, they ought to:

  • Promote the journal’s standards and policies.
  • Uphold free, transparent and fair editorial performance.
  • Cooperate with all the journal parties (editors, editors in-chief, reviewers, authors, and readers) to observe academic norms and ethical considerations.
  • Present the journal policies to relevant journal parties.




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