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Author Guidelines

The BC TEAL Journal is a peer-reviewed publication of the Association of BC Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL).  The journal exists to promote scholarship related to the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language (EAL) in British Columbia, with articles explicitly reflecting the varying contexts and settings of the BC TEAL membership.  Submissions that fit within the scope of the journal undergo double-blind peer review by reviewers knowledgeable about English language teaching in British Columbia.  All authors should demonstrate their familiarity with additional language teaching in British Columbia, with direct connections to teaching and learning in British Columbia included in all submissions.

Original previously unpublished contributions, such as research articles or theoretical analysis, classroom practice, and opinion essays, from all sectors and experience levels represented by the BC TEAL membership, are welcome. 

Research type articles should be no more than 7,000 words, plus references.  Theoretical analysis, classroom practice, and opinion essays should be no more than 3,500 words, plus references. 

The journal also welcomes the submission of book reviews for recent books related to EAL teaching and learning that would be of interest to BC TEAL members.  Book reviews are typically no more than 1,000 words plus references.  Please contact the editor if you would like to submit a book review.

Authors should follow the manuscript guidelines in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition.  However, for Canadian spelling conventions, please refer to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.  All submissions should include an abstract of no more than 200 words, followed by five key words.  Submissions should be in MS Word or RTF format.  All submissions should be double spaced using a 12 point font.  All tables, figures, and illustrations should be placed directly within the text where the author(s) would like them to be located.  All submissions should be made through the BC TEAL Journal’s Online Journal System.  

Submissions should not be previously published or submitted for consideration with any other journal.  Please note, lead authors may only submit one article or essay at a time for consideration.  In addition, lead authors may only submit one article or essay per year for consideration.  Authors may withdraw a submission at any time upon notice to the journal editor.  

Please note that plagiarism will result in a rejection of any submission to the journal.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The article explictly refers to and makes strong connections to additional language teaching in British Columbia. Implications for additional language teaching in British Columbia should clearly stated.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (see below) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

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The BC TEAL Journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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