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 . For any disputes involving publication ethics (e.g., copyright infringement, (self-)plagiarism, duplicate publication, etc.), authors should bear the legal responsibility.
  • 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 the APA style (7th edition) (see Style Sheet below).
  • Manuscripts should be carefully checked to avoid self-plagiarism and plagiarism. Authors’ use of self-checking software is highly recommended.
  • 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) has to be submitted as a clean copy with changes marked in red and along with a response sheet to show the reviewers what modifications have been made.



Articles must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style manual (7th Edition.) See information below. 


Style Sheet 

We require that all submissions conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Seventh Edition, 2020), which can be obtained from the APA Publications Department, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA.


Guidelines for Text Format: APA Manual (pp. 29-65)

Spacing: Double-space between all lines of the manuscript, including the title page, abstract, text, headings, block quotations, reference list, table and figure notes, and appendices.

Margins: Use 1-in. (2.54-cm) margins on all sides (top, bottom, left, and right) of the page.

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

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Text (start on page 3) 
  • References (following the text; start on a new page) 
  • Appendixes (start each on a separate page) 
  • Author notes
  • 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. 261-334)

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...


Block quotations (40 words or more):

Start a block quotation on a new line and double-space the entire quotation. Indent the whole block 0.5 in. from the left margin. Cite the source in parentheses after the quotation's final punctuation. Do not add a period after the closing parenthesis.



Reference list: In the reference list, include all in-text citations on a separate page titled "References" with double-spacing throughout. Each entry must contain the author's name, co-authors (if any), publication date, and the work's title. For works with a DOI, regardless of format (online or print), provide the DOI as a hyperlink in the following format: For journal articles, also include the journal's name, volume, issue numbers, and page numbers. For articles in edited volumes, provide the editor's name, title of the volume, and page numbers of the article. In the case of books or monographs, include the edition and the publisher's name. Maintain proper punctuation and capitalization, as demonstrated 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 University Press.

Lakshmanan, U. (1989). Accessibility to Universal Grammar in child second language acquisition [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. University of Michigan.

Meisel, J. (Ed.). (1994). Bilingual first language acquisition: French and German grammatical development. Benjamins.

Trahey, M., & White, L. (1993). Positive evidence and preemption in the second language classroom. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 15(2), 181-204.

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 University Press.

Guidelines for Tables and Figures: APA Manual (pp. 195-252)

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 the basic components in the following order: table number, title, headings, body, and notes.

      - Table number: Appears above the table in bold font (e.g., Table 1).

      - Title: Appears one double-spaced line below the table number in italic title case. (e.g., Curriculum of the ICT training course).

      - Headings: Provide a heading for each column. Be brief but explanatory.

      - Body: May be single-spaced, one-and-a-half-spaced, or double-spaced.

      - Notes: Appear below the body as needed.

  • Use horizontal lines but not vertical lines
  • Explain abbreviations in a note under each table
  • Be referred to in the text of the article

Figures should:

  • Include the basic components in the following order: figure number, title, image, legend, and notes.

      - Figure number: Appears above the figure in bold font (e.g., Figure 1).

      - Title: Appears one double-spaced line below the figure number in italic title case.

      - Legend: Be positioned within the borders of the figure.

      - Notes: Appear below the body as needed.

  • 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.

Guidelines for Audiovisual Media: APA Manual (pp. 341-352)

  • Include the author, date, title of work, and source.

Titles should:

  • Describe the audiovisual work in square brackets.

Sources should:

  • Provide the name of the production company.


  • YouTube video:

Rounds, M. (2010, October 16). Stephen Krashen on Language Acquisition

       [Video]. YouTube.

  • Podcast:

McLoughlin, P. (Host). (2020-present). The Full English Podcast [ Audio

       podcast]. Pearson Edexcel English. http://