Peer Review Policy

Publication of articles in  Journal of English Teaching and Applied Linguistics (JETAL) depends on scientific validity and coherence as judged by our editors and/or reviewers, who will also assess whether the writing is comprehensible and whether the work is a useful contribution to the field. Journal of English Teaching and Applied Linguistics (JETAL) recognizes the efforts and suggestions made by its reviewers to improve the substance of manuscripts to be published.

Initial Evaluation of Manuscripts

The editor will evaluate the administrative aspects of all submitted manuscripts first. Although rare, it is feasible to accept exceptional manuscripts at this stage. Those rejected at this stage are not original enough, have serious scientific flaws, or are outside the purpose, focus and scope of JETAL. Those that meet the minimum criteria are forwarded to a team of reviewers for review of the substance aspects of the article.

Types of Peer Review

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two to three experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientific and reasonable, whether it duplicates published work, and whether it is clear enough to be published. The method is double blind review.

Review Report: Reviewers are asked to evaluate about:

Errors (both terms and procedures),
Experimental design,
Methodology used by the reported study,
Significance and importance of the findings,
Originality and implications for the field,
Missing, inaccurate and recent references,
Having the results/findings clearly presented and supporting the conclusions, and
Following appropriate ethical guidelines.

Reviewers are not expected to improve or copyedit the manuscript. Language correction is not part of the review process.


Reviewers advise the editor, who is responsible for the final decision to accept or reject the article. The editors will reach a decision based on this report and, if necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board. The editor's decision is final.