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Applied Linguistics Review

Editor-in-Chief: Wei, Li


Your Benefits:

  • high quality peer-reviewed articles advancing real-world linguistic issues 
  • critical discussions and new theoretical and empirical research
  • agenda-setting proposals on emerging issues and themes
  • short turnaround times (on average 3-4 months)
  • international and renowned editorial board

Aims and Scope

Applied Linguistics Review (ALR) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that bridges the gap between linguistics and applied areas such as education, psychology and human development, sociology and politics. It serves as a testing ground for the articulation of original ideas and approaches in the study of real-world issues in which language plays a crucial role. ALR brings together critical reflections of current debates and new theoretical and empirical research.

Aspects of the linguistic and communicative competence of the individual:

  • bilingualism and multilingualism
  • first or second language acquisition
  • literacy
  • language disorders

Language and communication related problems in and between societies:

  • linguistic discrimination
  • language conflict
  • communication in the workplace
  • language policy and language planning 
  • and language ideology

Articles that not only report new research findings but also engage in philosophical and methodological debates and point to directions of future research are particularly welcome.

Type of Publication:

Researchers in the fields of Applied Linguistics, Communication, Education, Psychology, Sociology

Instructions for Authors


You can easily submit your manuscript online to:

Your benefits of publishing with us

Applied Linguistics Review has been accepted for coverage in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Current Contents/Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences Citation Index, Journal Citation Reports/ Social Sciences Edition, Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Submission process

  1. Check that your topic fits the scope of the journal
  2. Check that your manuscript conforms to our De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet
  3. Please submit your article to:
  4. The editorial office will forward your manuscript for double-blind peer-review. This takes on average 3-4 months.
  5. You will be informed by e-mail if your manuscript has been accepted or rejected or if it requires further attention.
  6. Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access.

Please note

  • Before submitting your article please have a look at our Publication Ethics Statement and our copyright agreement.
  • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract.
  • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors.

We look forward to receiving your manuscript!


Applied Linguistics Review was founded by De Gruyter Mouton and Li Wei in 2010. The first issue was published in June 2010.


Other publications in the field:

European Journal of Applied Linguistics
Editor-in-Chief: Kristin Bührig, María del Pilar García Mayo, Jan D. ten Thije

International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching
Hrsg. v. Peter Jordens,  Leah Roberts

Trends in Applied Linguistics
Hrsg. v. Ulrike Jessner, Claire J. Kramsch

Applied Linguistics Review is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • Celdes
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • De Gruyter - IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • De Gruyter - IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Elsevier - SCOPUS
  • ERIH PLUS (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • Linguistic Bibliography Online
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • ReadCube
  • ResearchGate
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Summon (Serials Solutions/ProQuest)
  • TDOne (TDNet)
  • Thomson Reuters - Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Thomson Reuters - Current Contents/Arts & Humanities
  • Thomson Reuters - Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Thomson Reuters - Social Sciences Citation Index
  • UB Frankfurt - BLL Bibliographie Linguistischer Literatur
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WorldCat (OCLC)

Professor Li Wei (李嵬), PhD, FAcSS, FRSA
Chair of Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Chair, University of Council of General & Applied Linguistics (UCGAL), UK

Associate Editors
David Block (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA), University of Lleida, Spain)

Christina Higgins (Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA)

Editorial Board
Keiko Abe (Kyoritsu Women's University, Japan)
Kingsley Bolton (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Vivian Cook (Newcastle University, UK)
Donna Christian (Center for Applied Linguistics, USA)
Annick De Houwer (University of Erfurt, Germany)
Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia, Canada)
Diana Eades (University of New England, Australia)
Yihong Gao (Beijing University, China)
Ofelia Garcia (City University of New York Graduate Center, USA)
Susan Gass (Michigan State University, USA)
Fred Genesee (McGill University, Canada)
Nancy Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Alex Housen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University, Australia)
Claire Kramsch (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
Mayouf Ali Mayouf (University of Sebha, Libya)
Tim McNamara (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Ben Rampton (King's College, London, UK)
Itesh Sachdev (SOAS, University of London, UK)
Elana Shohamy (University of Tel Aviv, Israel)
David Singleton (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Anna Verschik (Tallinn University, Estonia)
Terrence G. Wiley (Center for Applied Linguistics, USA)
Bencie Woll (University College London, UK)
Lawrence Jun Zhang (University of Auckland, New Zealand)

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