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About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics is an open access, bilingual, scientific, and professional journal that publishes empirical research (framed within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods paradigms), theoretical articles, essays, and original literature reviews. The CJAL only considers manuscripts that have clear implications for language teaching, learning or use.

CJAL publishes these texts electronically in English or in French. The articles, usually between 15 and 20 of them, and book reviews are grouped to constitute three issues of the journal per year. There is one special issue on a specific theme each year.

The journal is affiliated with The Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / L'Association canadienne de linguistique appliquée.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to CJAL are subject to a two-stage evaluation process. Initially, manuscripts will be screened to determine if they are eligible for review. Once the Editor(s)-in-chief have determined that a manuscript is eligible for review, a double anonymized peer-review process will be initiated. Reviewers will be assigned with a request that the review would normally be submitted within 4 weeks. Once the reviews are received, the Editor(s)-in-chief will make one of four decisions:

  1. Accept the manuscript as is (Accept)
  2. Accept it with minor revisions (Revisions Required)
  3. Request that the manuscript be revised and resubmitted for further evaluation (Revise and Resubmit)
  4. Decline the submission (Decline)

Publication Frequency

Articles are published in one of the three issues, which are typically published in the winter, summer and fall each year. Articles are also added to our First View page on a continuous basis.

This journal does not charge publication fees. There are no fees for readers to access articles.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


This journal's digital content is archived by the University of New Brunswick's Centre for Digital Scholarship. This journal also uses the PKP PN (preservation network) plugin to preserve all published content via the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) Project.

IRIS Digital Repository

The IRIS digital repository ( is a collection of instruments, materials, stimuli, and data coding and analysis tools used for research into second languages, including second and foreign language learning, multilingualism, language education, language use and processing. Materials are freely accessible and searchable, easy to upload (for contributions) and download (for use). CJAL supports the IRIS database for research instruments by recommending all authors of empirical studies upload their instruments. 


The Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL)/ L'Association canadienne de linguistique appliquée (ACLA) is an officially bilingual scholarly association with approximately 200 members from across Canada and elsewhere. CAAL's overarching objective is the promotion of research and teaching in all areas of applied linguistics across Canada. Its specific objectives are to oversee the organization of the annual CAAL conference and the biannual publication of The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

CAAL is affiliated internationally with the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) and, on the national level, with the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) under the auspices of which it holds its annual conference.

Sources of Support

The Canadian Journal of Applied linguistics would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.