ESL Journal
Frequently Asked Questions


Registered users may submit professional articles.
Question: How can I submit an article to be considered for publication?
Answer: It's easy! Step One is to become a registered user. Just follow the Join link at the top of any page. After registration, sign in.

While you are signed in, paste your article into the form as plain text.

Articles may describe experience, experiments, activities, etc. We're less interested in flights of fancy or abstract theories; political diatribes and ad hominem attacks will be rejected out of hand. Maximum length is about 10,000 characters without prior consultation.

Your text will be reformatted to the requirements of our publishing system and standard layout. Thus such styles as boldface, italics, and underscores may be lost. If these are important to your presentation, please attach a PDF copy of your article as you imagine it. We cannot accommodate all formatting requests.

Subheadings if used should be typed as a separate line separated by blank lines.

If graphics are to be included, please describe them and submit one example. The position of graphics relative to the text will be determined by the editors, but you should indicate the related content with a parenthesized comment (e.g., "[Photo One]"). (Since this is all about English, the text really needs to stand alone.)

If your article uses tables, please so indicate in the comments in your submission. Tables introduce a page-layout issue that may require special consideration.

Most diacritical marks (çćčàáü...) can be included IF you submit your text in UTF-8 encoding. If your text breaks as a consequence of mixed encodings we will return it unread for corrections.

Articles must be in English, though inclusions in other languages are acceptable if appropriate. (This may also require adherence to the UTF-8 requirement.)

All articles are subject to open commentary by registered users.

We will read your article and make an editorial decision. Some articles may be externally reviewed. We are actively interested in diverse points of view.
Question: Is this a peer reviewed journal?
Answer: No, ESL Journal is not peer reviewed, and you are free to dual publish.
Question: Can I publish an article elsewhere which has already been published here?
Answer: Yes. Copyright to original text is reserved to the original author. We will appreciate and annotate the fact if notified, with language similar to "This artlcle has also appeared in...(citation)."

Note that there may be slight variations in versions published here and elsewhere due to technical platform differences and minor edits for system conformity.

Our usual practice is to convert original documents to our internal format and present them on line accompanied by a linked PDF as submitted by the author. This allows us to publish articles containing graphs, drawings, etc., that cannot be readily adapted to our HTML/CSS-based editing and publishing tools. Because many articles are submitted by non-native speakers, we reserve the right to make minor syntactical and semantic edits the online version where we observe ambiguity or lack of clarity.

Punctuation added or edited by ESLJ will follow American standards of spelling, punctuation and quotation.