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Submission Requirements

Foreign Language Annals publishes only original works that have not been previously published elsewhere and that are not under consideration by any other publication.  

All submissions to FLA are reviewed for presentation and analysis of new empirical data, expert use of appropriate research methods, and rigorous development of theories relevant to problems in foreign language education.  

FLA prefers that all submissions be written in a style that is accessible to a broad readership of professionals researching and teaching foreign languages.  If the topic of your submission focuses on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) it should be written in a manner that all second language professionals could benefit.  Manuscripts focusing solely on English as a Second language (ESL) will be returned without review.

FLA does not accept multiple simultaneous submissions from the same author because this practice monopolizes reviewers' time. Multiple simultaneous submissions will be returned without review. 

FLA wishes to represent a broad range of researchers and perspectives related to foreign language education.  If you have previously published as a solo author or co-author in FLA please wait to submit a manuscript until 12 months after your most recent publication (e.g., if you were published in the Summer of 2009, do not submit another manuscript for review until Spring 2010).

Focus and Scope

Foreign Language Annals is the official refereed journal of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and is published four times per year. Dedicated to the advancement of language teaching and learning, the journal seeks to serve the professional interests of classroom instructors, researchers, and administrators concerned with the learning and teaching of languages at all levels of instruction. The journal welcomes submissions of the highest quality that report empirical or theoretical research on language learning or teaching, that describe innovative and successful practice and methods, and/or that are relevant to the concerns and issues of the profession. All submissions must be written in English and must be previously unpublished. 

Foreign Language Annals focuses primarily on language education for languages other than English.  The journal welcomes manuscripts on a wide variety of topics including cross-disciplinary submissions that provide clear implications for teaching, learning, and/or research in the language field. Authors must be members of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

Manuscript Style and Format

APA style (the style set by the American Psychological Association) is used for text, references, and notes. Detailed style guidelines, including examples, are available in the Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation

Each submission must contain the following six components: (1) title; (2) list of authors (including designation of corresponding author); (3) abstract of the article; (4) five keywords; (5) subject classifications (including language and instructional level); (6) manuscript, including notes and references. 

All corresponding authors are required to read and accept the Author Agreement form on behalf of all authors on a submitted manuscript. This is a binding contract. The Author Agreement form is available on the ACTFL Web site at and on the Editorial Manager Web site at

To be considered for publication, manuscripts should be double spaced throughout (including notes and references) with margins of at least one-and-one-half inches. Preference will be given to manuscripts that do not exceed 35 double-spaced pages.  ALL MANUSCRIPTS SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN ENGLISH (See information on Language Polishing in Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation).  

To assure anonymity the names of the authors and school affiliation should not be included within the abstract or article itself. Any names identifying individuals or institutions (including acknowledgments) should be masked with “XXX” in the original submission. If the article is accepted, this information can be included in the final version.

Where to Submit

All submissions are to be made electronically via the Foreign Language Annals page hosted by Editorial Manager ( 

Once at the site, click on “Register” and choose Author to enter your contact information. You can also register as a Reviewer at the same time. You will receive your login ID and password via e-mail once this process is complete. If you have previously registered, simply click on “Log In” when you enter the site.

Only one author will be designated “corresponding author” for a manuscript. This person will be the only one receiving correspondence from the journal office and it will be his or her responsibility to communicate this information to any other co-authors. The corresponding author will be required to commit to an Author Agreement form on behalf of all authors. This is a binding contract.

Authors are required to upload two files in the submission process: a title page and a manuscript (with no identifying author information). You may also upload additional files such as tables, figures, and so on. You must input an abstract and five keywords when submitting a manuscript.

All properly submitted manuscripts will receive an e-mail acknowledgment of receipt from the Journal Office. All properly submitted articles will be sent out for peer review shortly after receipt. Authors will be informed about the status of the article once the peer reviews have been received and processed. Reviewer comments will be shared with the contact author. Once an article has been accepted for publication, the contact author will receive further instructions regarding the submission of the final copy.