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About this Journal


Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan
Associate Professor at Iranian Institute for Encyclopedia Research, Iran

Journal Highlights

Title: International Journal of Language Studies
ISSN: 2157-4898 (Print) & 2157-4901 (Online)
Impact Factor: Not available yet
Frequency: Quarterly
Publication Dates: January, April, July, October
Themes: Applied Linguistics; Linguistics; Language Research
Country of Publication: United States of America
Language of Text: Standard American/British English
Format: Print & Online
Serial Type: Academic/Scholarly Journals
Indexed: ERA, LB, etc. (For more info, Click HERE)
Abstracted: Yes
Refereed: Yes
Paper Review Policy: Doubly-masked, peer-reviewed
Peer Review Time: 4 to 6 months (in rare cases longer than a year)
Subscription Based: EBSCO and RICeST
Print Format: Print-on-Demand copies through Lulu Press Inc.
Free Full-text Access: Free PDF through Academia
Acceptable Paper Length: 8,000 to 10,000 words (negotiate for more space)
Editorial Style: APA Editorial Style
Submission Types: Research Papers, Transfer Papers, Book Reviews
Sister Journals: NONE
Author Fees: NONE
Paper Acceptance Rate: 12.98% (in 2014. Book reviews not included)

Aims and Scope

International Journal of Language Studies operates on a double-blind peer review policy; it publishes papers which report the findings of original research on the current trends and topics in applied linguistics, linguistics, and language research. It also invites 'state-of-the-art' as well as 'review' papers which critically reflect on current practices in these fields. Contributions handling (applied) linguistic problems in a principled way by reference to theoretical studies are of major interest for IJLS. The materials suitable for publication in IJLS belong in the following categories:

  1. Reports of original research
  2. Conceptual articles
  3. Review/Transfer papers
  4. State-of-the-art articles
  5. Book reviews (Note: Book-review authors may want to contact us for PDF copies of the books available for review; book publishers/authors may want to send us PDF copies of their published books for review.)

The journal also aims at providing a forum which makes connections between fields, theories, research methods, and scholarly discourses. For a list of the major themes covered by IJLS please see our Call for Papers page.

In addition to the PAPERS section, there is room for a FORUM section in each issue which aims at enhancing debate between authors and the wider community of applied linguists; the forum section is dedicated to short pieces of writing which are typically 'responses' to a published article, a short research note or report, or a commentary on research issues or professional practices. The Journal also contains a REVIEW section which is dedicated to “State of the Art” papers or "Critical Book Reviews."

Although occasionally papers of any length, if justified, are published, IJLS recommends that contributions should NOT exceed a length of 10 000 words.

Warning: Beware of fraudulent call for papers

You may have received an email that appears to have been sent by IJLS, inviting you to submit scholarly articles for publication. Please be assured that IJLS is in no way associated with this fraudulent email campaign. If you receive any emails that appear to be a part of this fraudulent solicitation, please do not respond to the message and do not open any attachments it might contain. We assure you that we ONLY post 'call for papers' on the 'Linguist List' and our own 'Call for Papers' page on IJLS web site. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Excerption of materials published in IJLS is permitted only if users credit the source(s) to IJLS in their works--i.e., make references to IJLS as the origin of the materials being excerpted.

How to Subscribe

Individuals and institutions may subscribe to the International Journal of Language Studies through EBSCO. They may also place orders to purchase print-on-demand (PoD) copies of the journal from Lulu Press Inc. Please see our subscription page for more information on subscription and purchase.

Author Copies

Currently authors whose papers are published in this journal DO NOT receive print copies of the journal or offprints of their papers. They only receive a PDF copy through email. Print-on-Demand (PoD) copies are available only from Lulu Press Inc.


  • Articles published in IJLS do not represent the views held by the editors and members of the editorial board. Authors are responsible for all aspects of their articles (including legal and ethical issues); IJLS only accepts responsibility for editorial screen design.
  • Any instance of author insincerity/dishonesty will automatically result in a REJECT decision on the part of the International Journal of Language Studies. If, after a work is published in IJLS, it is discovered that any author had breached the honesty agreement, their papers will be retracted, legal action will be taken against them, and they will have to accept full responsibility for whatever ensues.
  • IJLS is independent and is not affiliated with any society, university, or other academic unit.
  • IJLS has absolutely NO sister journals.