Applied Pragmatics

Applied Pragmatics aims to enhance research on acquisitional pragmatics and hence accepts studies which have strong implications for teaching, learning, and assessing L2 pragmatics, including L2 English and other languages. We encourage submissions from a wide range of topics falling within the scope of the journal. The topics can be approached from various interdisciplinary perspectives like globalization, world Englishes, teacher education, critical pedagogy, and conversation analysis.
ISSN 2589-109X | E-ISSN 2589-1103
Zia Tajeddin | Allameh Tabataba'i University
Naoko Taguchi | Carnegie Mellon University
Associate Editors
Minoo Alemi | IAU West Tehran Branch
Anne Barron | Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Zohreh R. Eslami | Texas A&M University
Managing Editor
Zohreh R. Eslami | Texas A&M University |
Advisory Board
Eva Alcón-Soler | Catedràtica d'Universitat
Andrew D. Cohen | University of Minnesota
Gabriele Kasper | University of Hawaii at Manoa
Virginia LoCastro | Washington DC
Editorial Board
Saad Mahammed Al-Gahtani | King Saud University
Ahmad Al-Issa | American University of Sharjah
Rémi A. van Compernolle | Carnegie Mellon University
J. César Félix-Brasdefer | Indiana University
Marta González-Lloret | University of Hawaii at Manoa
Noriko Ishihara | Hosei University
Shuai Li | Georgia State University
María Elena Placencia | University of London
Rachel L. Shively | Illinois State University
Julie M. Sykes | University of Oregon
Satomi Takahashi | Rikkyo University
Camilla Vásquez | University of South Florida
Soo Jung Youn | Northern Arizona University
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics

Submission Guidelines

Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in Applied Pragmatics are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. All other enquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at:

Manuscripts submitted to Applied Pragmatics will undergo double-blind peer review and will be evaluated based on their originality, methodological rigor, significance of findings, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts submitted for consideration to the journal should not be previously published or being considered for publication elsewhere.

All submissions to Applied Pragmatics should be written in English and prepared according to the following guidelines.


Full-length articles reporting on empirical or theoretical research should be 7,000-9,000 words. Word limits should be adhered to closely; tables, references, notes, and appendices should be included in the word counts.


Full-length articles should include an abstract that is 150-200 words long.


All submissions should include four to six keywords that can be used for indexing purposes.


All submissions should be presented in Times New Roman, 12-point font. Please include page numbers in the manuscript.

Sections and Section Headings

All sections should be numbered and labeled with a descriptive title. Please do not exceed three levels of headings. Section numbering should follow the pattern 1, 2 (for level one); 1.1, 1.2 (for level two); and 1.1.1, 1.1.2 (for level three).

Tables, Figures, and Other Graphics

In the initial submission, authors should place tables, figures, and other graphics within the paper in the desired location. However, authors should be prepared to submit original artwork files separately upon final accepted submission. All tables and figures should be numbered consecutively and include a caption that is informative and concise. All tables and figures should be introduced in the text.

In-text references

References in the text should follow the Name (year) format. Use et al. for three or more authors after the first mention (include all authors in the reference list). Examples:

Smith (2005)
Harding and Jones (2009)
Johnson et al. (2014)
Jones (2007, 2010)

When both the name and the year are placed in parentheses, do not include a comma between the name and date; replace ‘and’ with ‘&’. When page numbers are required, follow the format year + colon + page numbers (no ‘pp.’). Separate multiple references with commas. Examples:

(Smith, 2005)
(Smith, 2005: 56-58)
(Smith, 2005; Harding & Jones, 2007)
(Johnson et al., 2014, p. 43)


Use double quotes for shorter quotations. Quotations longer than 40 words should be displayed as an indented block quote. Any quotations within the main quote should use single quotes.

Language examples

Language examples and linguistic items within the main text should be in italics, with bolding for further emphasis:

Longer examples should be set apart from the main text with blank lines before and after, indented, and numbered. Examples should be referred to in the text by number (e.g., Example 1 shows that…). Italics, bold, and underlining can be used for further emphasis if needed. Examples:

(1)       Specifically, we were interested in investigating the quantitative difference in the use of grammaticalstructures associated with registers over time.

(2)       This may be explained by the presence of high fluctuations in the 1 min. data.


In order to maintain anonymity, acknowledgements, if any, should not be included in the initial submission. Authors of accepted papers may include a brief acknowledgements section in the final submission. This should be an unnumbered section immediately following the conclusion.


Use endnotes rather than footnotes. These should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper and included as an unnumbered section following the conclusion or acknowledgements section.

Reference list

The full reference list should follow guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association (6th edition). A few examples follow; please consult the APA manual for full details.


Blum-Kulka, S., House, J., & Kasper, G. (1989). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Requests and apologies. Norwood, NJ: Ablex.

Leech, G. (2004). Meaning and the English verb (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Matthiessen, C. (2015). Register in the round: Registerial cartography. Functional Linguistics, 2(9), 1-48.

Nelson, G. L., Carson, J., Batal, M. A., & Bakary, W. E. (2002). Cross-cultural pragmatics: Strategy use in Egyptian Arabic and American English refusals. Applied Linguistics, 23, 163-189. 

Book Chapters

Bialystok, E. (1993). Symbolic representation and attentional control in pragmatic competence. In G. Kasper & S. Blum-Kulka (Eds.), Interlanguage pragmatics (pp. 43-58). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 


One or more appendix sections may be included after the references section.

Copyright permission

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission to reproduce any material that has been previously published.