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Chinese as a Second Language Research

Editor In Chief: Istvan Kecskes
Edited by: Lizhen Peng

Your Benefits

  • First Chinese-English bilingual journal published by a Western publisher
  • Comprehensive overview of Chinese as a Second Language
  • Specialized expertise of Chinese and international experts
  • Invaluable evaluations of new research methods and tools for Chinese as a Second Language

Chinese as a Second Language Research (CASLAR) focuses on research on the acquisition, development, and use of Chinese as a Second Language. It supports scholars and researchers from different linguistic fields, and serves as a forum to discuss, investigate, and better understand Chinese as a Second Language. Each issue (2 per year) of the journal publishes three papers in Chinese and three papers in English; summaries are always provided both in Chinese and English.

We are especially interested in publishing articles and research papers that

  • investigate how empirical findings of CSL research can advance and develop better Chinese language teaching methodologies,
  • explore the implications of CSL research for theoretical developments and practical applications,
  • focus on the acquisition and use of varieties of CSL,
  • study the nature of interaction between native speakers and non-native speakers of Chinese,
  • address major issues of second language acquisition from the perspective of CSL,
  • analyze the ways in which language is both shaped by culture and is the medium through which culture is created,


The CASLAR journal is also a forum of the CASLAR Association that was established at the 3rd CASLAR conference at the University of Parma, Italy in 2014. Website of the CASLAR Association is www.caslarcenter.com

The CASLAR Association has bi-annual conferences. CASLAR-5 will be held on June 14-16, 2018 at the University of Hong Kong: https://bit.ly/2ssNQnK


  • Asian Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Intercultural Pragmatics

Article formats

Original papers, communications

Information on submission process

Journal Metrics

Cite Score
SCImago Journal Rank

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Chinese as a Second Language Research is covered by the following services:

  • Baidu Scholar
  • CNKI Scholar (China National Knowledge Infrastructure)
  • CNPIEC - cnpLINKer
  • Dimensions
  • EBSCO (relevant databases)
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Genamics JournalSeek
  • Google Scholar
  • IBR (International Bibliography of Reviews of Scholarly Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • J-Gate
  • JournalTOCs
  • KESLI-NDSL (Korean National Discovery for Science Leaders)
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online
  • Microsoft Academic
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • MyScienceWork
  • Naver Academic
  • Naviga (Softweco)
  • Primo Central (ExLibris)
  • ProQuest (relevant databases)
  • Publons
  • QOAM (Quality Open Access Market)
  • ReadCube
  • SCImago (SJR)
  • Semantic Scholar
  • Sherpa/RoMEO
  • Summon (ProQuest)
  • TDNet
  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory/ulrichsweb
  • WanFang Data
  • WorldCat (OCLC)
  • Yewno Discover


Please send inquiries and submissions:

in English to Prof. Dr. Istvan Kecskes (icup@albany.edu)

in Chinese to Prof. Dr. Lizhen Peng (plizhen@zju.edu.cn)

Your benefits of publishing with us

Submission process

  • Check that your topic fits the scope of the journal.
  • Check that your manuscript conforms to our De Gruyter Mouton journal style sheet.
  • Please submit your article in English to: icup@albany.edu or your article in Chinese to: plizhen@zju.edu.cn
  • The editorial office will perform a blind peer-review. The reviewing process takes on average 2-3 months. Submissions are sent to 2–3 reviewers.
  • You will be informed by e-mail if your manuscript has been accepted or rejected or if it requires further attention. Reviewers’ comments will be available to the authors. Every effort is made to respond to the authors in a timely manner.
  • 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
  • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
  • 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

Additional information for manuscript formatting

  • Personal data with the title, name, affiliation, email and postal address, and a short bio (50-70 words) should be submitted with the paper in a separate file.
  • Abstract must be no more than one page summarizing the main points.
  • Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced on one side of A4 or 8.5-inch paper with margins of at least 2.5 cm (or 1 inch) all round. The paper can be max. 9,500 words + references + appendix.
  • For bi- and multilingual examples, use italics for one language, CAPITALS and underlining for the others (in that order).

Hybrid Open Access

For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter's OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
Switzerland: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

Istvan Kecskes (State University of New York at Albany, USA), E-mail: icup@albany.edu

Lizhen Peng (Zhejiang University, China), E-mail: plizhen@zju.edu.cn

Assistant Editor:
Ned Danison (State University of New York at Albany, USA)

Editorial Board:
Jenn-Yeu Chen (National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan)
Anqi Ding (East China Normal University, Shanghai, China)
Michael Haugh (University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Shih-Chang Hsin (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan)
Cheng Le (Zhejiang University, China)
Ziyu Lin (Macao Politechnic Institute, Macao, China)
Elizabeth Loh, (University of Hong Kong, China)
Jane Orton (University of Melbourne, Australia)
Zengan Peng (Fudan University, Shanghai, China)
Alain Peyraube (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique [CNRS], France)
Yongping Ran (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China)
Helen Shen (University of Iowa, USA)
Carlotta Sparvoli (University College, Cork, Ireland)
Chaofen Sun (Stanford University, USA)
Hana Triskova (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Oriental Institute, Prague)
Hang Zhang (George Washington University, USA)
Xiaolu Wang (Zhejiang University, China)
Xiaohong Wen (University of Houston, USA)

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Audience: Researchers in Applied Linguistics, Chinese Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Intercultural Pragmatics.