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Instructions to authors

This section is to be used by authors who write their text in English.

Please use the model article file attached when writing your text.

1. Submission and publication principles

Authors whose texts have been accepted agree to transfer the associated rights permanently to the Alsic journal. They are free to re-publish these works (in printed or electronic form) subject to the following conditions:

  • they clearly indicate the references to the original publication in Alsic;

  • they notify the journal's editorial management and send them a copy of the new publication.

Authors whose texts have been accepted release the Alsic journal from any claim or action by a third party (editors, authors, etc.) whose copyright has been infringed, deliberately or not. Authors are responsible for the exactitude of references and quotations.

The editorial committee of the Alsic journal reserves the right to make editorial changes to any text accepted for publication for the purposes of stylistic correction or clarification. The authors will only be consulted in the case of major modifications.

2. Text lengths

For the Recherche (Research) section, texts should be no longer than 60 000 characters (spaces included, bibliography excluded).

For the Pratique et recherche (Practice and Research) section, texts should be between 35 000 and 55 000 characters (spaces included, bibliography excluded).

3. Presentation formats

All texts for the journal have a precise format of presentation. Please comply with it scrupulously.

3.1. Preliminary notes

3.1.1. Important general notes

  • Do not paginate your text or add page headers or footers.

  • To introduce a new paragraph in your text, use a single line break only. The vertical spacing of paragraphs will be organized by the editorial team.

  • Never use the tab key to format your text.

  • To insert tables, use the "table" function in your word processor.

3.1.2. Highlighting and typographic styles

To make reading easier, please limit the number of highlights using typographic styles in the text and stay consistent in the use of the chosen style. Therefore:

  • use bold or italics to highlight a word or group of words;

  • do not underline;

  • do not write a group of words or a sentence in upper case;

  • limit the number of highlights.

3.1.3. Fonts to be used, line spacing

You must use the Times New Roman font. The font size must be as follows.

  • Heading 1: Times New Roman 18, bold type

  • Heading 2: Times New Roman 16

  • Heading 3: Times New Roman 14

  • Footnotes: Times New Roman 10

  • Normal: Times New Roman 12

Use line spacing of 1.5 and justify your text.

3.2. The beginning of your article

In the article header, include the following information in the order shown. Information identifying you will not be sent to reviewers.

  • Article title

  • First name(s) and last name (in that order)

  • Brief biographical note approximately 50 words long, indicating your function and field of expertise

  • Your affiliation

  • Your email address, plus if applicable your personal or business online homepage address

  • Your full postal address

  • An abstract of the article, maximum 200 words

  • Keywords, separated by commas

  • French translation of your title

  • Long abstract in French (3000 characters)

3.3. The body of your article

3.3.1. Headings and paragraphs

The body of your article must include the following elements.

  • Several sections marked by headings, without automatic numbering. You must use a style sheet in your word processor ("Heading 1", "Heading 2", etc.).

  • Simple paragraphs (style "Normal" by default).

The introduction and the conclusion must have a heading ("Introduction", "Conclusion" or other heading) and the heading must have the "heading 1" style and be numbered.

3.3.2. Quotations and references in the body of the text

All references in the body of the article must be referenced with an indication of the page number or paragraph (if possible) and included in the References section at the end of the article.

Short quotations (less than two lines) are included in the body of the text, surrounded by quotation marks, use the following character ".

Long quotations (over two lines) are put in a separate paragraph. The text is shown without quotation marks.

As Isabelle De Ridder points out:

although many things have been said about what should appear on the screen to obtain better results in language learning, how these features should appear to the learner-user is still under investigation (De Ridder, 2002, p. 123).

3.3.3. Tables and figures

Tables and figures must be numbered ("Table 1", "Figure 1", etc.) and accompanied by a title. In the text of a title do not put any cross-reference to a bibliographical reference or a page footnote. Please follow the models below precisely: the title of a figure starts with an upper case letter, it is separated from the caption by a dash; the title text starts with an upper case letter and ends with a full stop.

In the main text include the reference to the image file in the following format.
Figure 1–Here write the text of your figure title.

Here insert FIGURE 1 (file figure01.gif)
Tables created using the "table" option in your word processor must be included in the main document. The title of each table must be shown above it, as shown below.
Table 1–Here insert the title of your table.

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Very complex tables, containing special signs or particular formatting, should preferably be treated in the same way as image type files. They must be supplied by the author in gif, jpeg or png file formats. They will therefore be integrated into the article in the same way as figures (see above) but will be called Table 1, Table 2, etc.

3.3.4. Images

These must be supplied in a separate file, of maximum quality (300 dpi); the formats accepted are: jpeg, gif, png.

3.3.5. Footnotes

Footnotes should be avoided where possible. To insert, use the Insert-Footnote function of your word processor. If a footnote includes bibliographical, website or software references, follow the rules stated above. Do not use the endnotes function.

3.4. The References section at the end of the article

In accordance with established practice, the References section should only include works, articles, websites or software applications mentioned in the body the article itself.

3.4.1. Format of bibliographical references

Since January 2020, Alsic requires that all bibliographical references follow APA 6 standards. We invite authors to use reference management software, for example Zotero, to help them adhere to APA 6's requirements. Books

One author

Brown, M. (2019). Learning languages and technology. Publisher.

Two authors

Brown, M., & White, M. (2019). Learning languages and technology. Publisher.

More than two authors

Brown, M., Gray, M., & White, M. (2019). Learning languages and technology. Publisher. Edited books

One editor

Brown, M. (Ed.). (2019). Learning languages and technology. Publisher.

Two or more editors

Brown, M., & White, M. (Eds.). (2019). Learning languages and technology. Publisher. Journal article

Brown, M. (2025). Technology and language teaching. Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d'information et de communication (Alsic), 55(2), 10‑25. Chapter in an edited book (or conference proceedings)

Brown, M. (2019). Technology and Education. In M. White, & M. Gray (Eds.), Language Learning and Technology (p. 555‑590). Publisher. Website or blog post

White, M. (2019, February 1). The future of language learning. Retrieved May 13, 2020, from Languages and ICT: Software

Brown, M. (2019). Digilanguages (Version 2.2). Company.

3.4.2. References with no publication date

If there is no publication date, please use (n.d.).

3.4.3. Creation date and later editions

In the references in the text, it is preferable to indicate the text creation date, to suggest the historical context in which it was produced. Please format its reference according to the models below. NB. Some spellings for authors' names may change depending on the target language and therefore the edition referenced.

Piaget, J. (1954). The construction of reality in the child. Basic Books, 1950.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1934). Thought and Language. MIT Press, 1986.

If the translator's name is known:

Piaget, J. (1954). The construction of reality in the child. (M. Cook, Trans.). Basic Books, 1950.

3.4.4. Indicating DOIs

Alsic's editing system automatically adds DOIs when found. We ask that authors do not indicate DOIs in their bibliographic references but rather the website URL when the text is online.

4. Depositing your article on a platform

To encourage the consultation of articles in their original publication area, Alsic advises authors not to deposit their article in the HAL repository, on Researchgate, Academia or other similar platforms but rather to deposit only the article abstract accompanied by a link to Alsic. Access to articles on the Alsic website is free and everyone can access them.

5. Propose a special issue

If you want to propose a special issue to Alsic, please send a framework text to the editors (

Your text should include

  • the issue title;

  • arguments supporting the interest of the theme;

  • the name(s) of the person(s) who will be responsible for the editorial work in liaison with the journal managers, together with their summary CVs;

  • the names of some potential authors if applicable;

  • suggestions of members for a specific reading committee to be set up if necessary.

Any possible avenues of finance will be welcome.

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