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Scope and policy

Guidelines for Submissions to Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal - CALJ


Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal (CALJ), is mainly concerned with disseminating completed and ongoing research, pedagogical innovations, and theoretical reviews relevant to the field of applied linguistics and language education.

In order to be accepted for publication in CALJ, contributions should:

  • Be original and interesting concerning the subject, methodology, and conclusions
  • Be relevant to current research and theoretical implications
  • Include knowledge of previous research in the same field
  • Be scientifically rigorous and have great depth of analysis
  • Be accurate in the use of concepts and terminology
  • Have correct formatting, style and organization according to APA style
  • Be well-written with sophistication and conciseness
  • Be without bias or prejudice

Types of Articles

CALJ welcomes the following types of articles as required by Colciencias:

  1. Research Articles: A document that details the original results of research projects. The structure of this type of article typically contains the following sections: title, abstract, key words, introduction, theoretical framework, methodology, analysis and discussion of results, conclusions, pedagogical implications, and references. Authors are encouraged to include graphic aides. Authors of research articles selected for publication will have to submit a separate form detailing the associated research project.

  2. Reflections on Praxis: A document that shows research results on a specific topic from the author’s analytical, interpretative, or critical perspective that presents an innovation with pedagogical implications. This type of article may include: theoretical considerations, pedagogical context, findings, discussion, context, etc. Authors are encouraged to include graphic aides. It should contain original sources.

  3. Theoretical Discussion Papers: A document derived from research in which published or non-published research results in a scientific field are analyzed, systematized, and integrated in order to inform readers of the latest tendencies and developments. It typically presents a careful revision of literature with at least 50 references. This type of article may include: developments, factors, perspectives, context, literature review, debate, approaches, criticisms, etc. Authors are encouraged to include graphic aides.

  4. Short Articles: A brief document that preliminarily or partially presents original results of a scientific research study and generally requires prompt dissemination. This type of article may include: developments, factors, perspectives, context, implications, etc. Authors are encouraged to include graphic aides.

  5. Case Reports: A document that presents the results of a study on a particular situation in order to disseminate the methodological and technical experiences used in a specific case. The report includes a systematic and commented literature review of similar cases. Authors are encouraged to include graphic aides.

  6. Theme Reviews: A document resulting from a critical revision of literature related to a specific topic.

  7. Letters to the Editor: Critical, analytical, or interpretive positions related to articles previously published in the journal. They must contribute critical insights to discussions in the field.


Form and preparation of manuscripts

Form and Style

Title page:Includes the title and the name, institutional affiliation, full postal address and e-mail address of each author in a separate word document from the article. Indicate the joint author to whom correspondence should be sent.

Abstract: An abstract written in English and Spanish (resumen) must be included. If the author is unable to translate an abstract into either language, please indicate this in your submission. The abstract should be between 150 and 200 words. Abstracts must clearly show the problem or issue under study, the theoretical perspective(s) under which the problem is examined, the methodology employed, and, finally, results and conclusions.

Key words: List four to six key words for the article. Write “key words:” in italics at the end of your abstract. Do not bold. Please include keywords (palabras claves) in Spanish as well as in English.

Graphic Aides: Authors are highly encouraged to submit graphic aides with their articles. Graphic aides could include tables, diagrams, appendixes, illustrations, etc. that help the reader better understand the article. They should include the corresponding reference citations. Please include graphic aides in a separate word document. Where a graphic aide is to be inserted in the text, on a separate line write [INSERT Graphic Aide Name HERE]. Each graphic aide should be clearly labeled with number and caption. They should be numbered Figure 1, Figure 2, Table 1, Table 2, etc. Graphics may be modified or left out by the decision of the editor, according to the needs of the publication. Any changes will be discussed with the author before publication.

Length: Articles normally should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words (including the abstract, footnotes, references, tables, figures, appendixes and all other matter).The length of the manuscript should not exceed 10,000 words. Contributions which exceed these maximum lengths may be considered for publication in those cases in which their scientific relevance justifies it.

Software Requirements: All articles should be submitted in a Microsoft Word operating system, including Word 93-2007, Vista, or Windows 7.

Languages published: Papers are received in formal academic English or Spanish. Linguistic expressions from other cultural groups (i.e., Spanglish, slang, Cockney, Afro-American, Quechua, etc.) are welcome as samples and objects of research.

Bio-data and anonymity: All articles go through a peer-review process and are read anonymously by a member of CALJ’s evaluation committee. Therefore, contributors are requested to include their full name and professional affiliation in a separate word document. In all cases, contributors are kindly asked to refrain from writing their names and professional affiliation in the body of their articles.

Guarantee of First Publication: Contributors will be asked to sign a letter acknowledging that the article sent to CALJ has been neither previously published in its submitted form or essentially similar version, nor sent elsewhere to be considered for print or electronic publication.

Publication Authorization Form: All contributors whose articles are accepted for publication will be required to sign an authorization form to agree that the Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal may publish the article on an Open Access database. Author(s) also agree that articles published in the Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal may not be reproduced, although they may request permission to reproduce published material. Signature of the form is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher unless a signed form has been received.

Compensation: Authors of articles will receive two complimentary copies of CALJ in which their article appears.

Permission and Consent: If the article contains extracts from other works, especially figures, tables, etc., please contact the authors and publishers (the holders of the copyright) before submitting the final version to seek permission to use their work. By submitting the article, authors warrant that they have obtained permission from the copyright holder to reproduce (in any printed or electronic format) material not written by the author and that the author has acknowledged the source. If primary data is to be included, research participants should have signed a consent form.

Submissions: The submission should be broken into three separate files: the title page, the article which has been blinded for review, and any graphic aides. Articles can be sent via email to,, or to the editor at

Waiver: Every article shall be subject to the review of the editorial committee. The editor reserves the right to make formal modifications to articles throughout the editing process.

Contact: Communicate with the journal at or by calling to Tel: (571) 323 84 00 Ext. 6362 or through postal mail at: CALJ, Editor, Maestría en Lingüística Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Inglés, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas, Avenida Ciudad de Quito No. 64-81 Oficina 704, Bogotá, Colombia, Sur América


Please follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Sixth Edition, 2010, for appropriate format. You might find the following links useful:

APA Style Guide:
APA Formatting and Style Guide:
APA Paper sample:

Font: Times New Roman, 12 points. Double space the entire document. Spaces between words or after full periods and colons should be a single space.

Margins: 1” margins on every side

Title: Center, do not bold, use lower case, capitalize only the first letter of every word except prepositions, may use up to two lines.

Header: Must appear on every page of your paper. Write the title of your paper in capital letters in the top left margin. Number pages consecutively in the top right margin.

Headings: No more than two levels of heading below the title. Headings should not be numbered. The first level heading is bold, lowercase except for the first letter of every word. A second level heading is italics, also lowercase except for the first letter of every word.

Paragraphs: A line space should be left between paragraphs. The first line of new paragraphs should be indented, using a ¼ cm indentation (½”). Do not use a hard return at the end of a line in running text except at the end of a paragraph.

Page breaks: Do not insert page breaks in the text. Do not insert extra spacing to avoid widows or orphans. Page breaks will be different in the typeset proofs. Turn Hyphenation and Justification off.

Proofread and spell check your work when you have finished. Make a back-up of all your work. If you detect any virus on your machine, please inform all your CALJ contacts immediately.

Documentation of Sources

Please follow APA guidelines for appropriate documentation of sources in your paper and for your reference list. You might find the following links useful:

APA Reference List:
APA In-Text Citations:

Footnotes: These should be kept to an absolute minimum and should be placed at the end of the main text. Do not use automatic footnote programs. Citations should appear within the text.

In-text references: These should appear in the body of the article, not in footnotes, giving the author's last name followed by the year and page number where relevant. Use double quotation marks for quoted material. Any quotation that runs for more than 40 words should be set off from the main paragraph and does not need quotation marks. Refer to APA for more information.


Sending of manuscripts

The correspondence must be sent to the following direction:

Editorial board
Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal
Facultad de Ciencias y Educación
Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas
Edificio de Postgrados
Bogotá - Colombia
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