Manuscripts submitted for consideration must follow the guidelines listed below:

  • Authors must submit their manuscripts electronically by using the online submission system.
  • Authors must read and conform to publication ethics .
  • Manuscripts should be limited to 8,500 words (including references, appendices, etc.).
  • Manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word with a title, abstract (not to exceed 250 words) and keywords (3-4 words) in English.
  • Manuscripts must be double spaced.
  • Manuscripts should not contain any self-identifying references to ensure anonymous review.
  • Manuscripts should adhere to APA style (6th edition) (see Style Sheet below).
  • Prior to submission, authors must obtain written permission from the copyright owner of any material to be included in the manuscript.
  • Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, contributors must sign the Copyright License Agreement for NCCU Scholarly Journals Online for the manuscript to be included in databases designated by the Taiwan Journal of TESOL. Authors will receive publication-ready PDF files and one complimentary copy of the issue containing the publication.
  • Revised manuscript (such as R1 version, R2 version and so on) have to be submitted along with Responding to the reviewers’ comments and the corresponding revisions Sheet to show the reviewers what modifications have been made.



Articles must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style manual (6th Edition.) See information below. 


Style Sheet 

We require that all submissions conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition, 2010), which can be obtained from the APA Publications Department, P.O. Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984, USA.


Guidelines for text format: APA Manual (pp. 228-231)

Spacing: Double-space between all lines of the manuscript, including the text, title, headings, endnotes, quotations, references, figure captions, and tables. 

Margins: Leave margins of 1 inch (2.54 cm) at the top, bottom, right, and left of every page.

Pagination: Number all pages consecutively. Arrange the pages of the manuscript in the following order: 

  • Title page (p. 1): title, running head, author name(s), affiliation(s), contact information (Both in English and in Chinese)
  • Abstract (p. 2) (English abstracts with key words.)
  • Text (start on page 3) 
  • References (following the text; start on a new page) 
  • Appendixes (start each on a separate page) 
  • Author note (optional) 
  • Endnotes (start on a new page) 
  • Tables (each on a separate page; continue consecutive page numbering) 
  • Figures (each on a separate page; continue consecutive page numbering) 
  • Headings:If you have used a numbering system for headings, please replace it with the APA system (see section 3.03 of the APA Manual). Be sure that there are at least TWO headings in each level; a single heading will not be permitted. Running head: In the header of each page, include a shortened form of the title in the upper right-hand corner before the page number. The running head should consist of no more than 50 characters (including letters and spaces). Emphasis: Avoid the use of quotation marks and italics (underlining) for emphasis. Reserve (italics) underlining primarily for language examples. Avoid the use of boldface type in the text.


Guidelines for references: APA Manual (pp. 174-224)

In-text citations: Sources cited or referred to in the text should indicate the author's surname, publication date, and page number(s) when pertinent: (Gass, 1994; Lightbown & Spada, 1994, p. 563). If more than one citation appears in parenthetical material, they should appear in alphabetical order. When the author's name is part of the text, follow this form: Schumann (1994) argued that...

Reference list: All in-text citations must be listed in full in the reference list at the end of the article. Begin the reference list on a separate page titled "References" and double-space throughout. Each entry must include the author's name, co-authors (if any), publication date, and title of the work. For a journal article, also provide the name of the journal, volume and issue numbers, and page numbers for the article. For an article in an edited volume, include the editor's name, title of the volume, and page numbers of the article. For a book or monograph, include the edition, place of publication, and name of publisher. Punctuate and capitalize as illustrated in the following examples:


Eckman, F. R. (1993, April). Local and long-distance anaphora in second language acquisition. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Atlanta, GA.

Ellis, R. (1994). The study of second language acquisition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lakshmanan, U. (1989). Accessibility to Universal Grammar in child second language acquisition. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Michigan, Ann   Arbor.

Meisel, J. (Ed.). (1994). Bilingual first language acquisition: French and German grammatical development. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Trahey, M., & White, L. (1993). Positive evidence and preemption in the second language classroom. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 15, 181-204. doi: 10.1017/S0272263100011955

Zuengler, J. (1993). Explaining NNS interactional behavior: The effect of conversational topic. In G. Kasper & S. Blum-Kulka (Eds.), Interlanguage pragmatics (pp. 184-195). Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Guidelines for tables and figures: APA Manual (pp. 125-161)

For spacing purposes, keep the number of tables and figures to a minimum. Copyright permission is required for tables, texts, and figures reproduced from another source.

Tables should:

  • Include italicized titles
  • Include a brief but explanatory heading
  • Use horizontal lines but not vertical lines
  • Provide a heading for each column
  • Explain abbreviations in a note under each table
  • Be referred to in the text of the article

Figures should:

  • Be prepared with each figure on a separate sheet without legends or captions.
  • Include labels for parts of a figure as close as possible to the components being identified.
  • Be combined with other similar figures when appropriate to facilitate comparisons
  • Include parallel figures of equal size and scale when appropriate.