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International Journal of Language Studies

A Quarterly Journal of Applied Linguistics

ISSN: 2157-4898 | eISSN: 2157-4901

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Editor: Mohammad A. Salmani Nodoushan

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Code of Conduct

IJLS places great importance on the academic integrity of the papers it publishes, and any instance of author insincerity/dishonesty will automatically result in a REJECT decision on the part of IJLS. If, after a work is published, it is discovered that any author has breached the honesty agreement, their papers will be retracted, and legal action will be taken against them.

All parties involved in the act of publishing (the authors, the journal directors, editor(s), the editorial staff, the peer reviewers) must agree upon standard of expected ethical behavior. The ethic statements of IJLS are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Code of Conduct guidelines available at:

Duties of Authors

Authors who submit their manuscript to IJLS attest that their manuscript is original and unpublished, and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Furthermore, authors confirm that their manuscript is their own; that it has not been copied or plagiarized, in whole or in part; and that they have disclosed actual or potential conflicts of interest with their work or partial benefits associated with it. If authors decide to withdraw their submissions from IJLS during the review process, they are legally obliged to write to us and wait for our confirmation before they submit their works elsewhere; authors' unethical act of writing to us and simultaneously submitting their works to other journals without waiting for our confirmation--and simply on the naive assumption that we have received their messages--is a violation of author duties, and such acts entail legal prosecution of the unethical authors.

Authors should acknowledge in a cover letter that accompanies their manuscript:

Our code of ethics highlights that all authors must have 'materially' participated in the research and/or article preparation. The statement that 'all authors have approved the final article' should be true and included in the disclosure. All authors are requested to disclose, in the cover letter, any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.


Changes to Authorship

This policy concerns the addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship of accepted manuscripts. Any such request must be made before the accepted manuscript is published. Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, must be sent to IJLS by the corresponding author of the accepted manuscript and must include:

In the case of addition or removal of authors, this includes confirmation from the author being added or removed. Requests that are not sent by the corresponding author will not be accepted. Note that publication of the accepted manuscript is suspended until authorship has been agreed.


Copyright Agreement

Agreement between the Author and IJLS

Whereas the author has written an article (construed to include short notes, reviews, and any other material published in IJLS) which the Author is sole owner of the contents thereof and of all right, title, and interest therein, and it has been accepted by IJLS, it is agreed as follows:

1. Assignment

The Author hereby assigns to IJLS the right to publish and distribute the said article and to create derivative work from said article. The assignment shall be effective so long as IJLS is available on computer networks.

2. Style and Form of Publication

The Author's name shall appear at the beginning of the article (following the title) of said article when published.

3. Infringement of Copyright

The Author agrees to hold IJLS harmless for any unauthorized use of the article subsequent to its publication by IJLS in an electronic or other medium.

NOTE: Submission of a manuscript to IJLS means that the author has transferred the copyright to IJLS--unless the manuscript is rejected after review or the author withdraws it before final publication and receives written confirmation from IJLS. Corresponding authors may also want to complete, sign and return the COPYRIGHT FORM to IJLS.


Before You Submit Your Manuscript

To save your own time and energy, we kindly invite you to read our Author Guidelines carefully and attentively. Before you send your contribution to IJLS, please go through the points that are presented on this page, on the Peer Review Process page, on our Author Guidelines page, as well as those provided in IJLS Editorial Style guide and the Journal Style Sheet. Your manuscript is expected to observe them all. Please notice that:

Duties of Editor(s)

1. Publication Decisions

The editor of each single issue is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published. The editor must take into account the evaluation made by the reviewers in making this decision. The editor may confer with the directions, the editor in chief and the editorial staff. The editor may be guided by the policies of the journal's editorial board and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

2. Fair play

The editor should evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s).

3. Confidentiality

The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

4. Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the express written consent of the author.

Duties of Reviewers

1. Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and, through the editorial communication with the author, may also assist the author in improving the paper.

2. Promptness

Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that it is not possible to meet the deadline, should immediately notify the editor so that the paper can be sent to another reviewer.

3. Confidentiality

Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

4. Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author(s) is unacceptable. Referees should express their views impartially and clearly and with supporting argument.

5. Acknowledgment of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the Editor in Chief's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper of which they have personal knowledge.

6. Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

7. Standard Practice

Reviewers should read IJLS review guidelines and follow IJLS standards of practice in performing their review assignments.