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Submission Guidelines

We will re-open submissions for PLL4 at a later date.

In line with the conference theme, the Psychology of Language Learning 4 Conference will focus on the long running currents of thought in the field as well as the new waves of research and teaching that are taking place.

Submitting a Proposal 

Proposals originally were accepted from 15 May 2019 until 15 September 2019. All proposals must be made through a dedicated link provided by EasyChair, the conference online submission system (please do not send submissions by email). If you do not already have one, please create an account with EasyChair in order to submit a proposal, then use the 'enter as an author' link to create a new submission.

Submissions are now closed but will re-open. The link to proposals submitted is closed. However, authors may review and modify their submissions by clicking the link below. Minor revisions to accepted abstracts are permitted:


Submitting a New Proposal

We will re-open the submission process at a later date. Authors who wish to substantially change their presentation or present a new paper are asked to withdraw the accepted abstract and submit a new one for peer review.

*All abstracts must pass peer review



Contributors will be notified via e-mail by 31 October, 2019 regarding presentation acceptance. Following acceptance of their contribution, ALL presenters appearing in the program must confirm their participation and register for the PLL4 conference by 1 March 2020 to be included in the conference.


The official language of the conference is English. Accordingly, proposals must be written and accepted submissions must be presented in English.



To promote broad participation, an individual may not appear as first author on more than one submission and will not be accepted for more than two submissions. The only exception to these rules will be authors who also submit a proposal for a different project to the “Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA” pre-conference.

Proposal Format

Proposals will contain the names of all presenters, a title (maximum 100 characters), a summary (up to 50 words), end with"[summary]" and insert a blank line, then add the full abstract (to a maximum 250 words, for a total of 300 words*). There are additional requirements for symposium proposals, detailed information for submitting a symposium is presented below. Provide also 3 or more keywords to help the organizers group the presentations for the conference program.

(*Clarification added August 29)

Project Status

For grouping purposes, please indicate which of the following best describes the status of the proposal at the time of submission:

  • Completed Projects - the bulk of the work is complete.

  • Work in Progress - the project is underway but the outcomes are not yet known.

  • Future Project Ideas - this category is reserved for ideas for projects that will be undertaken, but are not yet underway. The ideal presentation format for future projects  is the interactive poster.

  • Project-seeking-partners - this category is reserved for projects already underway (or future projects) for which the presenter is seeking collaborators, for example to run a multi-site project.  Recommended presentation formats are the interactive poster and round table discussion.

Presentation Formats

Individual Papers

Paper sessions are oral presentations, followed by a discussion with the audience. Papers will be organized into 25-minute slots. Suggested presentation length is 15-20 minutes, with time for audience question and interaction.

Interactive Posters

Poster presentations offer an excellent opportunity for researchers to present their work in a visual format and for focused face-to-face discussions of research. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider posters as they allow for the inclusion of more presenters and for a wider range of topics to be covered at the conference. Posters were a very popular presentation format for PLL3 in Tokyo, and we expect even more connections to be made at poster presentations during PLL4. Each poster session will be 60-90 minutes long and presenters are encouraged to be present to discuss their posters for the duration of their scheduled time.

Round Table Discussions

This is a one-hour session that will feature opportunities to discuss teaching and research ideas for 15 minutes. A total of 6 – 10 tables will be configured, each table feature a specific project with a presenter. Conference participants will choose a table and discuss the project with the presenter for 15 minutes, then a bell will ring inviting participants to move to another table to discuss a second project, and then move again to discuss a third project. Presenters stay at their assigned table. As each group of attendees arrive, presenters briefly describe their topic or ideas and invite discussion. Follow-up with interested participants is recommended.


A Symposium typically consists of three to five related papers exploring a specific topic in some depth. All symposium papers must be submitted as a group by the organizer and each author also submits their paper individually. For a symposium to be programmed, all included papers must be accepted for presentation during the peer review process. 

Symposium organizers are responsible for the management of their session, including timekeeping and ensuring sufficient opportunities for audience involvement within the 90-minute slot.

To submit a symposium, the symposium organizer must upload a proposal overview which includes the title and an symposium description abstract (250 words plus a 50 word summary, for a total of 300 words*) along with each of the papers within the symposium.  The complete symposium proposal and all abstracts should be  collected into a PDF or Word document and uploaded using the link in EasyChair.  The symposium organizer also will submit the abstract (overview or description) in the "abstract" box within EasyChair.

(*Clarification added August 29)

Please note that each author of a paper within the symposium must submit their own abstract separately following the guidelines.  This process will allow us to correspond with the all of the authors as well as the symposium organizer.

NOTE to symposium organizers: We anticipate the symposium category being highly competitive. In order to increase your chances of acceptance, please ensure that participants in your symposium are not exceeding the permitted number of papers for the conference. No individual participant will be accepted for a total of more than two conference papers in any form, INCLUDING  symposium  contributions (but not including pre-conference participation).


“Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA.” This day-long event will feature leading scholars in the field as plenary speakers and submissions of completed projects, works-in progress and new projects as idea posters. The emphasis of the day will be on making new connections among participants interested in research, theory and applications of positive psychology in SLA that will foster future projects.

NOTE to authors: A presenter can be lead author on a submission for the pre-conference AND a separate submission for the main conference. Pre-conference participation is not counted against the limit of 2 presentations for the main conference.


For questions regarding the conference, please contact:


Submit Now (CLOSED)

Submissions are not now being accepted. The link to review or revise a previously submitted proposal is: