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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.
  • The manuscripts fall within one of the four TESL Canada Journal submission categories.
    . Full-length Research Article (max. 8,000 words, including notes, tables, figures, and appendices, excluding . references)
    . In the Classroom (max. 3,500 words, excluding references)
    . Perspectives (max 3,500 words, excluding references)
    . Book/Materials Review (Max. 1000 words, excluding references)

  • Please confirm that your manuscript does not exceed the maximum word requirements.
  • This manuscript is (a) not currently under consideration by another journal, (b) not in the press, and (c) not previously published.
  • The data in this manuscript (a) have not been used in a different manuscript currently under consideration by another journal, (b) are not in press, and (c) have not been previously published.
    If the data in this manuscript have been used elsewhere, please explain:
  • If this manuscript reports research with human participants, effective measures have been taken to ensure protection for research participants.
  • Permissions to reprint previously published materials (e.g., tables, figures from a published source) are attached.
  • The text is in Microsoft Word Format, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, with 1’ margins on all sides; notes are at the end of the text and not in the form of footnotes.
  • Page numbers have been inserted, but no other header or footer has been used.
  • The manuscript has been formatted according to the conventions of the most recent edition of the American Psychological Association Publication Manual (
  • All direct quotes from another published source have been acknowledged, with quotation marks and correct citations (Author, date, page numbers).
  • All in-text citations have been included in the reference list, which is formatted according to APA style ( The reference list contains only hose works cited in the text.
  • DOIs have been included in the reference list.
  • URLs to access references online are provided, current, and read to click (e.g.,
  • All illustrations, diagrams, figures, and tables are places within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All illustrations, diagrams, figures, and tables, if included, are in a publication-ready electronic format.
  • To facilitate blinded review, the title page, acknowledgement, running headers, and any references to the authors have been removed. References to works by author(s) should be listed at the beginning of the References as Author (Year).
  • If this manuscript is accepted, a biography (max. 50 words each) for the author(s), as well as acknowledgements, if appropriate, will be provided.
  • If this manuscript is accepted, all images will be submitted as individual files in a graphic format such as JPG, PDF, or EPS. Note: The resolution for those images must be a minimum of 300 dpi, and all fonts must be embedded.
  • I understand that the manuscript will be submitted to Turnitin to identify any degree of similarity that may constitute plagiarism.
  • In the comment for editor section provide name and contact information for three potential reviewers (Potential reviewers should be arm’s length, should not have worked or published with you in the past 5 years, and not from your home institution)

Author Guidelines


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Submissions to the journal may fall into any of the following four categories. When submitting work, kindly consult the advice for authors provided below and also indicate in the subject line of your initial correspondence which category of submission is intended.

Full Length Research Articles Manuscripts in this category advance conceptual, research based, or theoretical arguments, fully grounded in current literature. Manuscripts should normally not exceed 8,000 words, excluding references. Any manuscripts exceeding 8,000 words should be accompanied by a brief justification for the exceptional length. A maximum 200 word abstract must be included. Although not required for acceptance/publication, in some cases authors of manuscripts reporting research with human participants may find it appropriate to include a brief appendix on Research Ethics Considerations (or comparable section title), which could contribute to scholarly and professional reflection on effective measures to ensure protections for research participants. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Originality
  • Method (central question, theoretical framework, data analysis, appropriateness of statistical procedures, interpretation, substantiation)
  • Structure of the argument

Perspectives: Manuscripts in this category typically fall under one of the following headings: (a) viewpoints and opinions expressed in the form of a commentary or interview on issues or topics of current interest; (b) reactions by readers to articles and reviews published in the Journal and rejoinders; (c) the texts of plenary keynote addresses; (d) reviews of one or more influential books or articles in the field of TESL in the light of current theory and pedagogy, or state of the art articles. Submissions should not exceed 3,500 words, excluding references. A maximum 200 word abstract must be included. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Structure of the argument
  • Support, substantiation
  • Originality

In the Classroom: Manuscripts in this category feature explanatory/analytical descriptions of teaching techniques or activities within a theoretical framework that is used to provide an explicit rationale and/or critique. These manuscripts should not take the form of a general review of the literature on a technique or activity (if so, they might instead be reworked for potential submission under division [d] of the Perspectives category). They must include identification of the particular audience, materials, and procedures under discussion so as to ensure integrated reflection on the specific classroom circumstances as well as the more general theoretical background. Manuscripts should not exceed 3,500 words, excluding references. A maximum 200word abstract must be included. Submissions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the advancement of TESL in Canada
  • Structure of the argument
  • Detailed description of technique/material
  • Detailed description of learners, context
  • Support, substantiation regarding scholarly literature
  • Originality

ReviewsTESL Canada Journal publishes short evaluative reviews of print and nonprint materials relevant to TESL professionals.  If you are interested in publishing a review, please contact TESL Canada Journal at to discuss the suitabiliy of your review. Please do not submit your review until you have spoken with the TCJ Editors. Reviews are 1000 words or less (excluding references).

Submission Correspondence:

The TESL Canada Journal does not charge submission, processing, or publication fees. Manuscripts are to be transmitted as an email attachment directed to the Journal's email address ( Manuscript files should be named by the author's family name, dot, manuscript type (e.g., Smith.ResearchArticle, or Jones.Perspectives, etc.). 

Submission Preparation Checklist As part of the submission process, authors are required to complete the TESL Canada Journal Submission Form and send it to as an attachment, along with their manuscript.

Required Style Authors are advised to consult a recent issue of the Journal for examples of the typical flow of subtitled sections that characterize the various categories of submissions. Careful attention to such formatting issues will not only help ensure that the necessary elements are present, but also make the manuscript more readable.

Review Process

The TESL Canada Journal uses a double blind peer review process.

Review outcomes include the following:

  • acceptance as is or with minor corrections (in the latter case, comments will be provided);
  • invitation to resubmit the manuscript with revisions (comments will be provided) for a new round of reviews;
  • rejection of the manuscript.

Authors should be aware that an invitation to resubmit their manuscript with revisions is an indication that - with the adjustments advised - the work has the potential ultimately to be approved: although not all resubmitted manuscripts are subsequently published, many are. In addition, it is important to realize that articles not accepted by TESL Canada Journal may sometimes gain approval by other journals with different audiences and therefore different criteria for publication.

Editing of Manuscripts The Editor reserves the right to make editing changes of a local or stylistic nature that do not affect the content of the manuscript. Authors will be contacted about any major editing or revisions. TESL Canada Journal welcomes manuscripts in English or French from native speakers of other languages, but would ask that ideas be clearly expressed.

Languages of Publication English and French

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