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General Aim and Scope

The NYS TESOL Journal is the official journal of the New York State Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL). It is a refereed academic journal published biannually each winter and summer. Articles in the NYS TESOL Journal focus on theory, research, pedagogy, and educational policy related to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, including U.S.-born bilinguals, "generation 1.5" students, immigrants, and international students. Articles may focus on any educational level, from kindergarten to university, as well as on adult school and workplace literacy settings. As part of our mission to serve the field, we have a mentoring option. For every issue, we endeavor to "mentor" one submission and guide junior scholars in the process of academic publishing.

Guidelines for Submission

The editorial board seeks submissions in the following five categories:

1. Feature articles (5,000 to 6,000 words, inclusive of references, tables, and figures): These articles focus on theory, research, pedagogy, and/or educational policy. Feature articles should show evidence of rigorous scholarship, make an original contribution to the field of education, contain ample references, and provide readers with insights relevant to TESOL learning and teaching. Feature articles should be driven by pedagogical problems and research questions that address those problems. We welcome all methodological research paradigms; in all cases we ask authors to keep the literature review and methods sections succinct and emphasize the findings and the applications of those findings to pedagogical issues. Articles that contain statistical analysis must be accessible to a general audience of educators. All submissions are blind peer reviewed.

2. Brief reports (3,000 to 4,500 words, inclusive of references, tables, and figures): These articles are briefer and less formal than feature articles. Based on current or emergent trends in the field of TESOL, brief reports include (a) pilot studies, (b) research in progress, or (c) policy briefs. All submissions are blind peer reviewed. NOTE 1: NYSTJ does not publish "best practices" but on occasion it may publish a strong pedagogically oriented brief report, framed within a specific theory of learning, or teaching. NOTE 2: NYSTJ does not publish literature reviews, unless they are "state of the art" reviews by leaders in the field.

3. Materials (book and online resources) reviews (500 to 1,000 words, inclusive of references): The NYS TESOL Journal welcomes submissions of ESOL resources in print, e-version or web-based. The materials should be related to teaching practices. Currently, we encourage prospective reviewers to select the materials for review and check with the Editors for relevance. If you wish to review resources on technology or anything related to e-sources or software, please be mindful of the most recent editions or observe the up-to-two-year publishing date. All submissions are peer-reviewed.

4. Readers' comments and views (500 to 1,000 words, inclusive of references): The Journal welcomes comments from the readership on published articles in any of the following formats: a reflection, reaction, short analysis, brief critique, or a personal experience connected to any of the articles published in the Journal, or any topic, or issue previously published in NYSTJ. If you wish to comment more broadly, with an existing published article in NYSTJ as a starting point, please consult the editor. This contribution is editor-reviewed.

5. "Alternative perspectives" (500 - 1,000): This new category aims at providing a forum for diverse perspectives on one issue or topic. We encourage truly innovative, unusual, or rare positions on issues or teaching methodologies as a way of including all voices in the professional conversation. NOTE: This new category has been designated as "open review" category as a way of piloting a more progressive approach towards the peer review process.

Required Manuscript Format

NOTE: Allow 8-12 weeks for manuscript status notification (after the close of the Call for Submissions).

  • Manuscript style and bibliographic references should conform to the conventions specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Edition:
  • All submissions should be double-spaced in 12 point Times New Roman font, with1-inchmargins on all sides. The page number and running head should be placed in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • The title page should be submitted as a separate document and include each author's name, affiliation, address, telephone numbers, and email address.
  • Where relevant, appendices should be used, particularly for sample surveys or any other data gathering instruments.
  • Where relevant, acknowledgments should be included at the end of the article (if the article was part of a grant or any other special funding or special project).
  • Submitted manuscripts should begin with a 150-word abstract, with a list of5keywords, numbered as page 1.
  • The review process is anonymous so authors should not be identified anywherewithin the body of the article.Authors should also remove their names as authors of the document and all identifying information in "properties."
  • Number of submissions per author per call: ONE


Submission Procedure

To submit a feature article, a brief report, a review, or a reader's comment, visit our online submission system at [SUBMISSIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED]. This is the preferred method of submission.

If you cannot use the online submission form, please send an email with the manuscript (with no identifying author information) and a separate title page with identifying information to the Editors at If submitting via email, please make sure your subject line clearly indicates what type of manuscript you are submitting (i.e., "NYS TESOL Journal submission/Feature article" or "NYS TESOL Journal submission/Materials review").

It is understood that manuscripts have not been previously published and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Review of manuscripts will begin after the call for proposals deadline. In some cases, accepted manuscripts may undergo several rounds of substantive revision before they are ready for publication.

When a manuscript has been formally accepted for publication, authors will be required to submit a complete electronic copy of the final version, including all figures, charts, tables, appendices, and illustrations.

Editorship and Ethics

  • NYS TESOL Journal reserves the right to make non-substantive editorial changes for style, clarity, and consistency.
  • For Special Themed Issues, the Journal reserves the right to make the final article selection for the publication.
  • We expect all reviewers, editors and authors to consider fair practices and to inform the Journal of any possible conflict of interest situations.

Open Access Statement

The "NYS TESOL Journal" is a peer-reviewed, open access academic journal. We believe that open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication. For that reason we pledge to make all articles freely accessible and we allow authors to self-archive their publications on the web. Further, in the tradition of open-access journals, the NYS TESOL journal makes all articles freely available to readers. Authors are never charged any article processing fees.

NYS TESOL Journal - Self Archiving Policy

The NYS TESOL Journal allows self-archiving. When a manuscript is accepted into the Journal, authors do not sign a Copyright Transfer Statement (CTS) to the NYS TESOL Journal. Authors retain intellectual property rights to their published work.

Since the NYS TESOL Journal is an Open Access (OA) Gold Journal, authors may self-archive their accepted manuscript on their own web sites. Authors may also deposit their article in any academic repository immediately after official publication. An author may use the publisher's version of the final article, which is posted on the NYS TESOL Journal web site, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit.

The author may post his/her own version, provided acknowledgement is given to the NYS TESOL Journal as the original source of publication. The link must be provided by inserting the permanent URL (or DOI) where the article originally resides (on the NYS TESOL Journal web site).

Examples of permanent URLs are: or

For questions regarding self-archiving, please contact NYS TESOL Journal Technical Support at

For general inquiries, please contact the Journal Editors at


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