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Journal of English as a Lingua Franca

Ed. by Seidlhofer, Barbara


Aims and Scope

The Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (JELF) is the first journal to be devoted to the rapidly-growing phenomenon of English as a Lingua Franca. The articles and other features explore this global phenomenon from a wide number of perspectives, including linguistic, sociolinguistic, socio-psychological, and political, in a diverse range of settings where English is the common language of choice.

Instructions for Authors

Please submit your paper as an email attachment to

For the aims and scope of JELF please consult the journal website (especially 'Overview') at

Personal data with the name, title, affiliation, email and postal address, and a short bio (50-70 words) should be submitted with the paper in a separate file.

The journal operates a blind peer review that takes approximately 3-4 months. Editorial feedback and reviewers' comments will be made available to the authors via the editors. Every effort is made to respond to the authors in a timely manner.

Manuscripts. Scholarly articles published in JELF will usually be about 8,000 words long, including references. Authors should follow the
De Gruyter Mouton style sheet but with one change: While the standard style sheet stipulates, under 'Special attention', that authors should have their "contribution carefully checked by a native speaker", the editors of JELF simply expect authors to submit manuscripts written in an English which is intelligible to a wide international academic audience, but it need not conform to native English norms.

Abstracts and keywords. Authors are invited to provide two abstracts of their paper of about 200 words each: one in English, and one in a language they can choose entirely freely.
5-7 keywords should also be provided in both languages.

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Barbara Seidlhofer
University of Vienna
Institut für Anglistik & Amerikanistik
Universitätscampus AAKH
Spitalgasse 2

Review Editor

Please address all correspondence relating to the Reviews section of JELF to

Philip Riley
Rue Félix Bovie 41
1050 Bruxelles




Editorial Board

Martin Dewey (King's College, London, UK)
David Deterding (Universiti Brunei Darussalam)
Susanne Ehrenreich (Technische Universität, Dortmund, Germany)
Susan Gal (The University of Chicago, USA)
Gibson Ferguson (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Nobuyuki Honna (Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan)
Juliane House (Universität Hamburg, Germany)
Jennifer Jenkins (University of Southampton, UK)
Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University, Australia)
Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Tim McNamara (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
Salikoko Mufwene (The University of Chicago, USA)
Marie-Luise Pitzl (University of Vienna, Austria)
Wen Qiufang (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China)
Henry Widdowson (University of Vienna, Austria)


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