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Submission Guidelines
(Last chance deadline: March 21, 2022)

In line with the conference theme, the Psychology of Language Learning (PLL4) 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.

Updating Abstracts Carried Forward from 2020 

Anyone who submitted an abstract for the PLL4 originally planned for 2020 has an opportunity to update the abstract now. All abstracts that were accepted in 2020 were carried forward to 2022, and they will not need to be reviewed again. Please keep in mind that generally they should be similar to the accepted presentation – or you can submit a new proposal for peer review (see New Abstracts below).  We ask that you please use your best judgment and professional responsibility in deciding whether to revise or re-submit an abstract. The Google Form can be found at this link (same as above):

New Abstracts

Submitting a New Proposal (deadline: March 21, 2022)

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.

The link to proposals is:

Proposals are being accepted until March 21, 2022.


We are planning to do a continuous review of new abstracts. Contributors will be notified as soon as possible via e-mail by regarding presentation acceptance. Following acceptance of their contribution, ALL presenters appearing in the program must confirm their participation and register for the PLL4 conference (early registration ends March 31 2022) to be included in the conference program.


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 at the beginning of the abstract), and the full abstract (to a maximum 250 words, for a total of 300 words). Please label the summary and abstract separately, as shown below. 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. For pre-conference abstracts only, please add "(Pre)" to the beginning of the title.

Title: The system will ask you for a title of 100 characters or less.

Abstract: please format the abstract box as follows:

Summary [please use 'Summary' as a heading]

This is a 50-word summary of the abstract, starting on a new line. It will be uploaded into the conference app later, if your proposal is accepted. The summary should include key information that will interest potential audience members.

Full Abstract [insert a blank line above and please type Full Abstract, and continue on the next line]

This is a 250-word abstract, starting on a new line, that describes the project in detail. The full abstract will be peer-reviewed and decisions on acceptance or rejection will be made base on the details provided. Be sure to include key details of theory, method, and results as reviewers often look for these. End with a sentence summarizing the meaning or implications of your work. The limit is 300 words, including both the summary and the full abstract.

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.



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 and 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.

  • ​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 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. 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.


Please indicate a pre-conference proposal by adding “(Pre)” to the beginning of the title as follows:

(Pre) This is the title of the presentation.​



For questions regarding the conference, please contact:

Submit Now (open until March 21, 2022)

Submissions are now being accepted. The link to submit a proposal is:


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