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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission files are in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If my submission is either AI-generated or AI-assisted, I will declare that in the 'Comments for the Editor' section below. (To learn more, please visit the 'Information For Authors' page in this journal.
  • I will upload two documents: the main research article (with no author names or affiliations) and a title page (which includes the paper title, names of authors, affiliations, and authors' bios).
  • Submissions must include 2 copies: one without the authors' names and one with the authors' names, along with a file containing a biography of the author(s).

Author Guidelines

Authors are encouraged to adhere to the specified guidelines for bibliographic and formatting standards when submitting their manuscripts to Research Studies in English Language Teaching and Learning (RSELTL). For in-text citations and reference lists, submissions must follow the APA (American Psychological Association) 7th edition style. Authors should conclude their documents with a references page, organizing all sources in alphabetical order by the author's last name. For comprehensive guidance on APA 7th edition style guidelines, authors are recommended to consult the official APA Publication Manual.

Incorporating these instructions within your submission guidelines ensures authors are well informed of the required citation and formatting standards, enabling them to prepare their submissions to meet the journal's expectations effectively.

Here are the updated guidelines for bibliographic and formatting standards in accordance with APA 7th edition style, including examples for common citation formats to be utilized in submissions:

  • In-text citations should include the author's surname and the year of publication, enclosed within parentheses; for instance, (Smith, 2019).

  • For direct quotations, include the page number in the in-text citation, e.g., (Smith, 2019, p. 42).

  • The reference list should be provided at the end of your document, with all sources listed in alphabetical order by the author's surname.

  • The format for a book reference entry is now:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of book. Publisher.

Example: Smith, J. K. (2019). The art of writing: A guide for students. Penguin Publishers.

  • The format for a journal article reference entry is:

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume(issue), page range.

Example: Jones, M. C. (2018). The impact of social media on mental health. Journal of Psychology, 45(2), 102-115.

  • The format for a website reference entry is:

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of webpage. Site Name. URL

Example: National Institute of Mental Health. (2020, January 5). Understanding mental health disorders.

  • For works with multiple authors, list up to 20 authors in the reference entry. For works with more than 20 authors, list the first 19 authors, then insert an ellipsis (...), and add the final author's name.

Example: Smith, J. K., Johnson, L. M., Williams, S. M., Brown, R. A., Jones, M. C., ... Wilson, P. G. (2021). The effects of exercise on mental health. Journal of Health and Wellness, 12(3), 45-57.

These revised guidelines offer a concise overview of APA 7th edition style for bibliographic and formatting standards. For detailed instructions and additional examples, authors should refer to the APA Publication Manual, 7th edition.


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