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Recommendations for authors

Linda Terrier

Language of publication

Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes is a French scientific journal in the domain of Applied Linguistics : contributions can be submitted in French or in English.

Types of texts published

Submissions must be sent to the volume’s Editorial Board (, before submission deadlines (see

Texts must fall within one of the submission categories below and must respect all the general submission guidelines to enter the evaluation process.

Articles and reports must correspond to the theme chosen for each volume.

Notes on teaching experience can either correspond to the theme of each of volume or not. They must be sent directly to Marie-Annick Mattioli, who in Associate Editor for notes on teaching experience.

Reviews must be sent directly to Joëlle Farigoux, who in Associate Editor for reviews. Reviews can fall within the theme of the volume but, like notes on teaching experience, this is not a requirement.

Submission categories

The number of characters indicated below is for the text, the bibliographical references and the appendices. It does not include the abstracts, the keywords and the title.

Article (maximum 5,000 à 8,000 mots / 25,000 à 40,000 characters spaces not included, for the text, bibliographical references and appendices – outside title, abstracts and keywords)

Articles present empirical research analysing original data or a reflection on current knowledge in a specific area. Discussion is based on fundamental knowledge in the field and should include substantial bibliographical references pertaining to the area of research.

Reports (maximum 2,000 à 4,000 mots / 10,000 à 20,000 characters spaces not included, for the text, bibliographical references and appendices – outside title, abstracts and keywords)

Reports on research or teaching issue present on-going or completed research with emphasis on the results of the research. An innovative experiment or teaching practice is discussed within a theoretical framework and a selection of relevant bibliographical references should be given.

Note on teaching experience (maximum 1,500 à 3,000 mots / 8,000 à 15,000 characters spaces not included, for the text, and appendices – outside title, abstracts and keywords)

Notes on teaching experiences present an in-class activity, innovative pedagogical material developed by the author or a personal teaching experience. They generally do not include a theoretical framework but may include annexes and be completed by a few bibliographical references.

The description of an in-class activity should include the following: objectives of the activity; number of students (minimum-maximum) participating; necessary material or equipment; preparation time; in-class time needed for the activity; brief description of how the activity is carried out.

Review (maximum 1,500 à 3,000 mots / 8,000 à 15,000 characters spaces not included)

Reviews present books, journals, conferences, etc. relevant to the teaching/learning of languages for specific purposes. They may include a few bibliographical references.

The heading of the review should include all bibliographical references: author(s), publication date, title, editor and location, number of pages, ISSN or ISBN.

Texts which do not fall within one of these four categories and/or which are longer than expected will not be submitted to the peer-reviewing process.

General Submission Guidelines

Submission policy

All submissions must be original work that is not being considered for publication elsewhere. Any previously published material must be accompanied by the original editor's permission to reprint.

Authors whose work is accepted for publication in Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes cede permanent copyright to the journal. They also accept on-line publication of their work on

Authors may republish their work (in printed or electronic form) as long as they clearly indicate references to the original publication in Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes and inform the editor of the new publication and send a copy of it.

It is the authors responsibility to secure permission to reprint quotes, tables or figures that are used or adapted in the manuscript from another source. Author accept responsibility for any legal action taken by a third party (editors, authors) whose copyright has been infringed upon intentionally or not.

Submission procedure

Submissions are to be sent to the volume’s Editorial Board (, within the calendar’s deadline (see

Submissions must respect the following guidelines :

The length of the article will depend on the category recommended chosen by the author and/or recommended by the reviewers (cf. supra “Submission categories”).
Articles will be accompanied by
two abstracts (of approximately 150 words each) one in English and one in French. The title should be given before each abstract in the appropriate language along with a list of a maximum of 8 key words in each of the two languages. A short biography of the author(s) needs to be included.
Texts will be saved in .doc or .docx format, in an anonymous version and a non anonymous one (infra “Anonymity of submissions”).

A pdf version will be expected if the text contains special characters (e.g. phonetic symbols) or illustrations.

Texts must follow the text-presentation guidelines described below, otherwise they cannot enter the double-blind peer-review process.

On receiving submissions, the journal’s Editorial Board checks that the guidelines for authors have been respected, before submitting the text to peer-review.

Anonymity of submissions

To ensure fair reviewing, manuscripts must be sent to reviewers in an anonymous version, i.e. all fields permitting identification of the author (name, professional affiliation, biography…) should be blank or replaced by XXX:

  • in the header/footer of the article;

  • in the properties of the file;

  • in the text of the article: authors will refrain from referring directly to their own works; if they must quote their own publications, the bibliographical references will be limited to “Author” and the year of publication.

If the submission follows on from a conference, the title of the article should be different from the title of the conference paper.

For the sake of anonymity, a code name will be assigned to the article by the editorial team.

Before publication, articles will be “de-anonymised” by their authors.

Selection process of submissions

Each submission will be reviewed anonymously by two members of the advisory panel committee. The editors transmit the comments and recommendations of the reviewers to the author along with their decision on whether or not to publish and any modifications to the manuscript that they require. Several versions of a manuscript must usually go back and forth before it is deemed ready for publication.

All accepted manuscripts are edited by the editorial committee and sent to the authors for approval. However, the editors reserve the right to make last minute changes before publication to correct style or to clarify language.

The process of selection and review lasts between 6 months and one year.

Text presentation

The guidelines below refer to formatting specificities of our journal Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes. For guidelines on other aspects of your text (punctuation in particular) please refer to MLA8 style described in the MLA Handbook (8th edition).

Layout and composition

Compose texts in normal style in Times News Roman 12 with as few typographical indications as possible and with no styles applied. Do not underline, do not write whole words in capital letters and use bold type only for section titles and the first use of a key word. Italics are used only for titles of books and journals and for terms in a foreign language.

- Margins: normal.
Font: Times New Roman 12 points normal for the text ; Times New Roman 16 points bold face for the title of the article ; Times New Roman 14 points bold face for the titles of sections ; Times New Roman 12 points bold face for the sub-titles within sections ; Times New Roman 12 points normal for footnotes .
Spacing: 1,5.
- No more than three levels within sections.
- No indentation of the first line.
- The text should be
- Limit the number of bulleted lists.
- Any documents accompanying the text should be included in the annexes.


All acronyms should be written in full the first time they are used. After that they should be written in capital letters with no punctuation (i.e. IUT and not I.U.T.).

Acronyms pronounced as a string of letters should be written in upper case (ICT, CEFR, CD-ROM).

Up to 4 letters, acronyms pronounced as a word should be written in upper case letters (CALL).

Longer acronyms pronounced as a word should be written in lower case letters.


Quotations within the text should be enclosed in quotation marks.

Quotations of 3 lines or more should be isolated in a separate paragraph with no quotation marks using the same font as the rest of the text (Times New Roman 12 points), but indented 2 cm from the left margin.

Quotations in another language are included in the text but they will be translated into English. This translation is included in a footnote.

Illustrations and appendices

All illustrations (figures, graphs, tables) and appendices should be numbered and referenced in the text.

Illustrations will be published in black and white in the paper version of the review and in color on-line. Resolution should be 300 dpi minimum.


Footnotes should be short and limited to pertinent comments or explanations that can't be placed naturally in the text; bibliographical references are not be included in the footnotes but in the references at the end of the text.

They should be numbered continuously starting with 1.

In-text References and Works Cited Page

In our journal Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité, the presentation of references (in-text references as well the works cited page) strictly follows the MLA8 publishing style as described in the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook published in April 2016.

  • 1

This 8th edition suggests a new paradigm for referencing cited scientific work by taking into account the variety of possible sources a tour era of digital publication1. We wish to thank all the authors for respecting the MLA8 publishing norms when submitting their texts, both for in-text citation and for presenting the works cited page. Texts which do not comply with this norm will not be submitted to peer-review.

  • 2 Reminder : English titles contains a capital letter on each lexical word, but this is not the case (...)

Authors are invited to use automatic generators such as, for example, Zotero or EasyBib which contain the MLA8 publishing style. However, we do ask authors to be careful with the automatically-generated data and to check the final presentation of their citations, especially with regards to the use of capital letters in titles2.

You will find below basic guidelines for using MLA8. These pages are extracted from the website « Purdue Online Writing Lab »3.

General presentation of MLA8:
In-text citations:
Cited works page:
Citing books in the cited works page:
Citing articles in the cited works page:
Citing electronic resources in the cited works page:
Citing other common resources in the cited works page:



2 Reminder : English titles contains a capital letter on each lexical word, but this is not the case in titles in other languages. Example of a title in English: Jacobs, Alan. The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction. Oxford UP, 2011.  use of capital letter. Example of a title in French: Quivy, Mireille, et Claire Tardieu. Glossaire de didactique de l’anglais. Ellipses, 2002.  Capital letter only on first letter of title.


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