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1.  About 

2. Editorial Team 

3. For Authors

5. Volumes and Special Issues

6. Indexes

1. About


The Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning, which is associated with the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning (IAPLL), is an online, open access, peer reviewed, annual publication. The goal of the journal is to share high quality research related to the psychological aspects of language learning and teaching. The JPLL aims to provide a platform for scholars to share cutting edge empirical studies and provocative theoretical debates as well as for researchers new to the field to showcase their works-in-progress. Each annual volume aims to include 4-5 empirical/theoretical papers, a work-in-progress piece as well as a book review.


Frequency: Published annually in June

Format: Online only (PDF and website)

ISSN: 2642-7001

Open access commitment

JPLL operates a true open access policy in line with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), i.e.

“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited”. (BOAI website)


Mailing address:

College of Education | Florida State University

1114 W. Call Street

G128 Stone Building

Tallahassee, FL 32306


2. Editorial Team


Editors-in-Chief (rotating positions with a 2 year commitment)

Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria

Imelda K. Brady, University Centre for the Ministry of Defence, Murcia, Spain


Managing Editors (Volume 1)

Jo Mynard, Kanda University of International Studies, Chiba, Japan

Sarah Mercer, University of Graz, Austria

Imelda K. Brady, University Centre for the Ministry of Defence, Murcia, Spain


Editorial Board

Sonja Babic, University of Graz, Austria

Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Tammy Gregersen, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Phil Hiver, Florida State University, USA

Honggang Liu, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China

Peter D. MacIntyre, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Merissa Ocampo, Fukushima Gakuin College, Japan

Stephen Ryan, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Muhammad Shahbaz, Government College Women University, Sialkot, Pakistan

Kyle Talbot, University of Graz, Austria

Amy Thompson, West Virginia University, USA


3. For Authors



The intended audience of this journal includes researchers and practitioners interested in issues connected with the psychology of language learning. These issues should be related to language learning processes and the individual characteristics of language learners and/or teachers including self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, and emotions among others.


The first volume was published in June 2019, and the editors of JPLL welcome submissions for subsequent issues in the following four categories:

Research articles

We welcome papers of up to 8000 words including references which disseminate research connected with the psychology of language learning and teaching.

Theoretical articles

Theoretical papers which enhance our understanding of the psychological processes related to language learning and teaching are also welcome. These papers will normally be around 5000 words including references.

Summaries and work-in-progress

Occasional summaries of innovative research or works-in-progress will also be considered. These should be no more than 3000 words including references are particularly welcome by colleagues new to the field.

Book reviews

Reviews of academic books related to the psychology of language learning are welcome. These may be from related fields that might add to our understanding and application to language learning. Potential authors should check with the editors before submitting a review. Reviews should not normally be more than 3000 words including references.

General guidelines

Contributors are asked to take into account the following important factors when writing their articles:

  • Articles should be of interest and relevance to the readers of JPLL.

  • Articles should be well written and proofread by at least one peer before submission.

  • Articles should be formatted according to our style guidelines.



Articles should be in English (please use a consistent standard form) and follow the style guidelines indicated in this example article for authors. References should be in APA 6 style. Please include a 200 word abstract and up to 6 keywords. 


The authors retain copyright over their work under a creative commons 3.0 agreement and may submit it for publication elsewhere. JPLL retains the right to publish the journal in multiple formats to maximise exposure.


All submissions are initially screened by members of the editorial board. After this initial screening, submissions are double-blind peer reviewed by experts in the field. Where possible, the editorial team provide feedback in order to help authors to reach the required publication standard. Please note that JPLL does not charge authors or potential authors any processing fees. Submit your manuscript via this manuscript submission form: SUBMISSIONS




Submission of papers: November 10th to January 10th (please note, papers will not be accepted outside these dates)

Review process: January to March

Publication: By June each year


4. Annual Volumes and Special Issues


Volume 1

June, 2019 edited by Jo Mynard, Imelda K. Brady, and Sarah Mercer


Volume 2

June, 2020 edited by Jo Mynard, Imelda K. Brady, and Sarah Mercer


Special Issues


We hope that in addition to our regular annual volumes, there will be special issues related to the psychology of language learning. Potential editors of special issues should contact the editors with a proposal ( These might be collections of papers related to a specific sub-theme, associated with an event, or a collection of papers from a particular setting/context. They must be related to the topic of psychology of language learning and teaching. There are opportunities for these to be in languages other than English. Editors must follow the peer-review process and follow other JPLL guidelines.


5. Indexes


JPLL will be indexed in the following databases:


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