Journal of Second Language Studies

Journal of Second Language Studies (JSLS) is an international refereed journal that is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchanges, advancing theoretical knowledge, and exploring pedagogical implications in second language acquisition and teaching. The journal particularly welcomes interdisciplinary research dealing with theoretical and practical issues of second language learning and acquisition in relation to linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and social cultural studies. It also seeks to promote scientific studies on the learning and teaching of Chinese as a second (foreign) language.

JSLS publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 2542-3835 | E-ISSN 2542-3843
Sample issue: JSLS 1:1
General Editor
Boping Yuan | University of Cambridge
Executive Editors
Shiyu Wu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University | jsls2016 at
Hui Chang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University | jsls2016 at
Assistant Editors
Yanjiang Teng | Michigan State University
Li Yang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Menghan Deng | Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Editorial Board
Kees de Bot | University of Groningen
Robert M. DeKeyser | University of Maryland
Kenneth I. Forster | University of Arizona
Stefan Th. Gries | University of California, Santa Barbara
Scott Jarvis | Ohio University
Nan Jiang | University of Maryland
James P. Lantolf | Pennsylvania State University
Dilin Liu | University of Alabama
Charles A. Perfetti | University of Pittsburgh
David Singleton | University of Pannonia
Natasha Tokowicz | University of Pittsburgh
Chuming Wang | Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
Feng Yang | Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Hongliang Yu | Yangzhou University
Liming Yu | Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Lawrence Jun Zhang | University of Auckland
Subscription Info
Current issue: 3:1, available as of April 2020
Next issue: 3:2, expected February 2021
Next issue: 4:1, expected April 2021

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 4 (2021): 2 issues; ca. 350 pp. EUR 201.00 EUR 233.00
Volume 3 (2020): 2 issues; ca. 350 pp. EUR 201.00 EUR 233.00

Individuals may apply for a special subscription rate of EUR 80.00 (online‑only: EUR 75.00)
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

Online-only Print + online
Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒2; 2018‒2019)
4 issues;
700 pp.
EUR 388.00 EUR 449.00
Volume 2 (2019) 2 issues; 350 pp. EUR 197.00 EUR 228.00
Volume 1 (2018) 2 issues; 350 pp. EUR 191.00 EUR 221.00

Volume 4 (2021)

Volume 3 (2020)

Volume 2 (2019)

Volume 1 (2018)


1. All submissions should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site, and inquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at: jsls2016 at

2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of the Journal of Second Language Studies will be returned to authors without review.

3. Contributions must be in English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.

4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.

5. For initial submission, authors should submit their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3cm/1 inch margins. While submitting the manuscript authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, and address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five to ten keywords to be used for indexing purposes.

6. Submissions should be approximately 9,000 words long.

7. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word).

8. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in the Journal of Second Language Studies is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.

9. Authors should provide the final version of the 100-150 word abstract in English.

10. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.). Authors are advised not to use more than three levels of displayed headings.

11. Line drawings (FIGURES) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. Reference to any FIGURES should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.

12. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. TABLES should be created with Word’s table function, not as spreadsheets.

13. Notes should appear as ENDNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper. In the published end format endnotes will appear as footnotes.

14. REFERENCE in the text should be formatted according to APA style:

A Work by Two Authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.

Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...
Research supports…. (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

A Work by Three to Five Authors: List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.

(Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)
In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.
(Kernis et al., 1993)

In et al., et should not be followed by a period.

Six or More Authors: Use the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

Harris et al. (2001) argued...
(Harris et al., 2001)

Two or More Works in the Same Parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon. That means that they are in alphabetical, not chronological order.

(Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)

Authors with the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.

(E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)

Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: If you have two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lower-case letters with the year in the in-text citation.

Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that...

Book (monograph):

Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Anderson, B. (2002). The fundamental equivalence of native and interlanguage grammars: Evidence from argument licensing and adjective position. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Indiana University.

Book (edited volume):

Brinton, D., Kagan, O., & Bauckus, S. (Eds.). (2008). Heritage language education. A new field emerging. London: Routledge.

Article (in book):

Bullock, B.E., & Toribio, A.J. (2009). Trying to hit a moving target: On the sociophonetics of code-switching. In L. Isurin, D. Winford, & K. de Bot (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to code switching (pp. 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Articles (in journal):

Grosjean, F. (1998). Studying bilinguals. Methodological and conceptual issues. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1(2), 131-149.

Bobaljik, J.D. & Wurmbrand, S. (2002). Notes on agrement in Itelmen. Linguistic Discovery, 1(1). Available from <>

Electronic, online sources:

Liberman, M. 2006. Uptalk is not HRT. Language Log, 28 March 2006, retrieved on 30 March 2006, from <>

15. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a PDF file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.

16. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.

17. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the Executive Editor at: jsls2016 at


Journal of Second Language Studies offers  online submission .

Before submitting, please consult the  guidelines  and the  Short Guide to EM for Authors .

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors via e-mail: jsls2016 at


Main BIC Subject

CJA: Language teaching theory & methods

Main BISAC Subject