submitted will be evaluated by at least two, normally three, members of the Editorial Review Board. Elements
to be considered in the evaluation process are the
article�s appropriateness for the journal�s readership, its contribution to
foreign language education and the originality of that contribution, the
soundness of the research or theoretical base, its implications for the
classroom, and finally, organization, focus, and clarity of expression.
As you prepare your manuscript for
submission to the NECTFL Review,
please keep the following guidelines in mind:
- We use the most recent APA [American Psychological Association] Guidelines, and not those of the
Modern Language Association (MLA) or the Chicago Manual of Style. Please use the latest edition (5th
ed., 2001) of the Publication Manual
of the American Psychological Association as your guide. For models of
articles and references, examine The NECTFL Review, the Modern
Language Journal, or a recent issue of Foreign Language Annals. These journals follow the APA style
with minor deviations (and those being primarily changes in level headings
within articles). Citations within articles, bibliographical entries,
punctuation, and style follow the APA format very closely. You can visit
the following web sites, which give you abbreviated versions of the APA
- APA Style Resources: http://www.psychwww.com/resource/apacrib.htm this excellent site offers links to several other sites that offer
guidelines for using the 5th edition
of the APA guidelines.
- APA Research Style Crib Sheet: http://www.docstyles.com/apacrib.htm this site by Russ Dewey at Georgia Southern University, offers a
summary of rules for use of the APA style.
- Do not
submit a diskette with article you are submitting. Instead, submit your
article electronically to email@example.com.
Please follow these guidelines carefully to expedite the review and
- Use an PC-compatible word-processing
program, preferably Microsoft Word
2000 or a later version.
- Do not
use the rich text format.
- Use a font size of 12 points and use only one font throughout we
require Times New Roman.
- Use italics and boldface type when necessary, but do not use underlining.
- Please think carefully about the title of your
article. Although catchy titles are permissible, even desirable in some
cases for conference presentations, the title of your article should be
more academic in nature, allowing the reader to determine at once what
subject the author(s) will be addressing. It should be brief, preferably
without subtitles, and no longer than 12
- Effective July
2006, we now require an
abstract of your article.
- Articles will not be accepted
if they appear to endorse or sell software, hardware, books, or any other
- Do not include
the names of the author(s) of the article on the first page of the actual
- On the first
page of the submitted article, authors should provide the following
The title of the article
Names and titles of the author(s)
Preferred mailing addresses
Home and office phone numbers
Fax numbers (if available)
For joint authorship, an indication as to which author
will be the primary contact person (not necessarily the first author listed on
the manuscript itself).
- The first page of the manuscript itself should have
the title only, followed by the abstract, then the text.
- It is essential that there be no direct references
to the author(s) in the manuscript to be read by
the reviewers. Any giveaways, such as references to a particular
institution, when it is obvious that the institution is that of the
author, should be avoided as well.
- If your article is accepted
for publication, you will be able to make the necessary changes in the
final manuscript. For the present, however, authors should refer to
themselves in the third person and refer to studies or projects at X
Middle School or X University.
- The APA guidelines suggest ways that authors can
achieve this necessary degree of anonymity. We do understand, however,
that references to certain web sites may necessarily reveal the identity
of the authors of certain articles.
- Include a short biographical paragraph (this will
appear at the bottom of the first page of the article). Please include
this paragraph on a separate page at the end of your article. This paragraph should include the following
information (no longer than 4-5 lines):
- Your name
- Your highest degree and what school it is from
- Your title
- What level(s) you have taught in
your teaching career: K-12, elementary school, middle school, high
school, community college, college/university, other.
- Your credentials.
Bovary (Ph.D., Duke University) is Professor of French and Foreign
Language Pedagogy at the University
of Montana. He
teaches/coordinates. His research. He has
- Please note that the length of manuscripts averages
approximately 20-25 double-spaced pages, including notes, charts, and
references. This does not mean that a slightly longer article is out of
- Authors will receive galley proofs of their article
prior to publication. At this stage, no
major changes can be made in the manuscript.
Authors are to read the galley proofs, verifying the accuracy of the
citations (including the spelling of names, page numbers, and publication
dates); the accuracy of the format of the references; punctuation,
according to the APA Guidelines; spelling throughout the article. Upon
receipt of the galley proofs, authors are expected
to inform the Articles Editor of any corrections that need to be made
within two weeks. Under no circumstances can major textual changes be made at this stage.
- Please consult the Checklist for Manuscript Publication. Promising articles have been rejected because authors did not spend enough
time proofreading the manuscript. Proofreading includes not only reading
for accuracy but for readability, flow, clarity. Using the Checklist will
help ensure accuracy. Authors are encouraged to have several colleagues
read the article before it is submitted.
These guidelines and the
accompanying checklist are based on similar documents
prepared by Maurice Cherry, Editor, Dimension,
a SCOLT publication.
Robert M. Terry
P.O. Box 25
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA� 23173-0025