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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL ’s publication ethics and publication malpractice statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors published by the Committee on Publication Ethics in 2011.


Publication Decisions

The Editor, supported by the Editorial Board, decides which of the articles submitted to the journal are published and in which issue. The Editor carefully evaluates all manuscripts, regardless of the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnic origin, citizenship or political views. The decision is always based on the article’s significance to the field, originality, quality and its relevance to the journal's scope. Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism are also taken into account.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

The Editor and the Editorial Board do not disclose any information about submitted manuscripts to anyone except for the corresponding author, reviewers and the publisher. All submitted manuscripts are anonymized before being sent for review.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Unpublished material disclosed in submitted papers is not used by the Editor or the Editorial Board for the purposes of their own research, unless signed written consent has been received from the author.


The peer-review process assists the Editor and the Editorial Board in making cogent decisions with regard to improving the quality of the submitted articles, as well as recommending quality articles for publication.


All submissions are sent to qualified reviewers who are able to provide detailed feedback on the quality of the submitted work. The review process lasts no longer than 8 weeks.


All submitted manuscripts are regarded as confidential documents. They are not disclosed to or discussed with third parties, unless authorized by the author and the Editor to do so.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews of submitted articles are clear, thorough, unbiased and constructive.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers identify relevant published sources that have not been cited in reference sections by the authors. Reviewers also notify the Editor of substantial similarities or overlaps between the submitted articles and any other publications.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Reviewers who are concerned that they have a conflict of interest will decline the request to review articles.


Reporting Standards

Authors of research-based articles must present an accurate account of the work performed as well as provide an objective discussion of its significance. Articles of an empirical nature must contain sufficient detail and references to enable others to replicate their projects. Fraudulent or inaccurate statements are unacceptable.

Originality, Plagiarism and Acknowledgement of Sources

Authors must submit original material for review. They must appropriately cite or quote the work and/or words of others.

Multiple, Redundant or Concurrent Publication

Articles presenting the same research must not be published in more than one journal. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal is unacceptable. Manuscripts that have been published elsewhere must not be submitted for review.


Authorship must be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the submitted material. It is the corresponding author that ensures that all contributing co-authors are included in the author list. The corresponding author must also verify that all co-authors have approved the final version of the manuscript and agreed for it to be published.

Errors in Published Articles

In the case of significant errors or inaccuracies in the published material, authors must promptly notify the Editor. It is vital that the published material be retracted or corrected in the form of an erratum.