Articles’ Submission and Review Process


The Teaching English as a Second Language Quarterly is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Shiraz University Press, Shiraz, Iran. Authors are encouraged to submit complete unpublished and original works which are not under review in any other journal. They are kindly requested to refer to the journal website:, to register according to the instructions given. Once registered each author will be provided with a username and a password enabling him/her to follow up the reviewing process. The next step is to send the paper to the journal to be considered for reviewing. 


Peer Review Process

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Upon submission, an e-mail message or letter from the Journal Management System will acknowledge manuscript receipt. All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by one of our editors within one month to determine suitability for review in TESL Quarterly. If accepted for external review, manuscripts are peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the editor. Typically, one has broad general knowledge of the field, and one has expertise in the particular topic or methodology. Within four months, authors can expect to receive one of four decisions: (a) manuscript acceptance, (b) acceptance with revisions, (c) non-acceptance with an invitation for revision and resubmission for another round of review, or (d) rejection and recommendation for submission to a different publication. TESL Quarterly attempts to keep the review process as short as possible to enable rapid publication of new scientific data. We seek to provide authors with an understanding of the perceived strengths and weaknesses of their manuscript, the basis for the decision, and advice on how to proceed. By following this procedure, we expect to make sound decisions on all manuscripts and provide consistently thorough, constructive, and fair reviews of all manuscripts. It should be noted that the recommendations of reviewers are advisory to the editor-in-chief, hence the final responsibility for acceptance or declination rests with the editor-in-chief.

 Publication Process Flow Chart


All correspondence about your manuscript should be emailed to the editorial office at You may also call the Journal’s office (071-36272292), Saturdays to Wednesdays 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM and 13.00 PM to 15.30 PM to find out about the status of your paper submitted to the journal. The designated corresponding author should communicate with the editorial office on behalf of all authors during the review process. The corresponding author is expected to coordinate with co-authors as necessary.


Plagiarism Check

Authors need to check their work for plagiarism before submission using iThenticate ( and provide the report (PDF) when submitting the article. The editorial office also runs a plagiarism check on every manuscript upon final acceptance.



Authors submitting a paper do so on the grounds that the manuscript has been read and approved by all authors and that all authors agree on the submission of the manuscript to the Journal. The corresponding author should carefully check that all those whose works contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors. ALL named authors must have made an active contribution to the analysis and interpretation of the data and/or the drafting of the paper and ALL must have critically reviewed its content and have approved the final version submitted for publication.

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the manuscript content. They should also sign an agreement form confirming their contribution in writing the manuscript. Papers are only considered for publication once consent is given by all contributing authors.


Conflict of Interest and Source of Funding

 Authors are required to disclose any possible conflict of interest. These include financial issues (for example patent, ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker's fee). Author’s conflict of interest (or information specifying the absence of conflicts of interest) will be published under a separate heading entitled ‘Author declaration’ Click here


Authors Complaints Process

Before submitting manuscripts, authors are requested to read all the guidelines and policies regarding the processing and publication of the manuscript.

How to complain?

The authors have the right to complain and ask explanation if they perceive any misconduct in any applicable policies and ethical guidelines. The authors can raise their complaints by submitting a letter to

All the complaints regarding delinquencies in the work processes are investigated according to the prevailing publication ethics practices.


Complaints categorization

An author or any other scholar may submit their complaints about any issues related to:


Copyright violation

Deceiving in research results or wrong research results

Violations in the set standard for research

Unrevealed conflicts of interest

Bias in the review process

Manuscript processing time is unusually late

The peer-review comments are unsatisfactory

Authorship issues


Policy for Dealing with Complaints

Once a complaint is received, at first, an acknowledgment letter is sent to the complainant with the assurance that appropriate action will be taken on the complaint within three working days excluding the complaint receiving date.

The investigation process is initiated by the Journal handling team according to the directions of the Editor-In-Chief. After the investigation is over, a meeting is held with a complete report on the complaint. The decision is taken in and the same is forwarded to the concerned scholar through his submitted email ID.

We consider complaints as an opportunity to enhance our existing Manuscript Processing System. All the received complaints are dealt with in a polite and timely manner with certainty.


Publication Rate

Based on a survey of received papers to TESL Quarterly, the present acceptance rate of TESL Quarterly is about 15%.


Author rights reversion

Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later rejected in the publication process, even in some cases after public posting in "Articles in Press" form, in which case all rights will revert to the author.


The Financial Requirements for Publication in TESL Quarterly

According to the formal announcement made by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran, manuscripts submitted to TESL Quarterly for review and possible publication will be processed only when the following conditions are met:

  1. International contributors submitting to TESL Quarterly will not be charged for the review process or for publication.
  2. For Iranian contributors, upon submission and after screening by TESL Quarterly editors, 200,000 Tomans (about 6 US dollars) should be deposited in the Bank Markazi
    Account Code Shenaseh (Compulsive): 368071658115100141400285037100
    Account Code Shaba:  IR 53 0100 0040 0107 1603 0205 06 
  3. After final acceptance issued by the journal, 400,000 Tomans (about 12 US dollars) should be wired into the above bank account for publication as well.

Please make sure that a copy of your payment receipt is attached to your submission as an image file (either email it or upload it to the journal site).  It should be noted that all deposits are non-refundable.


General Writing Style Guidelines

1. File submission: Manuscript files must be written in MS Word.

2. Length: Length of manuscripts should be between 6000-10000 words, A4 paper size. Note that the maximum limit of words may be extended due to the exceptional circumstances of the papers. 

3. Submission: Submission of manuscripts should be sent electronically via the journal website: according to the paper submission template. A cover letter should accompany the manuscript and must include the following: manuscript title, author name(s), affiliation, department, surface mail address, phone number (home, office, and mobile phone), fax number, and e-mail address. In the case of a multiple-authored manuscript, the first or corresponding author must be designated in the letter and acknowledged in a footnote in the manuscript. (e.g., first author: Mina Ramzi; second author: Hassan, Ayat).

4.  The Journal does not publish more than one article, whether single- or multiple-authored, in a single volume.

5. Referencing style: Authors need to follow the exact style of the APA in their referencing list and in-text citations (references). Samples are provided in this volume.

Reference List - APA Style [Times New Roman; 10 points; 1.41 cm indentation starting from the second line]


[Journal article]

Bacon, S. M., & Finnemann, M. D. (1990). A study of the attitude, motives, and strategies of university foreign language students and their disposition to authentic oral and written input. The Modern Language Journal, 74, 459-473.


[Journal article with volume number]

Lee, M-B. (2002). A closer look at language learning strategies and EFL performance. Foreign Languages Education, 10 (1), 115-132.


[Edited book]

Jeremage, S. (Ed.). (1980). Bilingual education: Teaching English as a second language. Cambridge: CambridgeUniversity Press.


[Paper in conference proceedings]

Saeki, T. (2001). A study on English learning motivation between Japanese and Korean college students. Proceedings of the PAAL. Tokyo, 6, 361-365.


[Poster presented at a conference]

Ruby, J. & Fulton, C. (1993, June). Beyond redlining: Editing software that works. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Washington, DC.


[Unpublished conference proceedings paper]

Lanktree, c., & Briere, J. (1991, January). Early data on the trauma symptom checklist for children (TSC-C). Paper presented at the meeting of American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, San Diego, CA.


[Unpublished master's theses]

Almeida, D. M. (1990). Fathers' participation in family work: Consequences for fathers' stress and rather-child relations. Unpublished master's thesis, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


[Unpublished doctoral dissertation]

Zimmerman, C. B. (1994). Self-selected reading and interactive vocabulary instruction: knowledge and perceptions of word learning among L2 learners. Unpublished doctoral dissertation.University of Southern California, LA.


[Article in periodical]

Kandel, E. R. (2000, November 10). Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers to the study of brain and mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120.


[Unpublished manuscript]

Peterson, E. N. & Kim, S. (1995). Coherence and academic writing: Some definitions and suggestions for teaching. Unpublished manuscript, State University of New York at Buffalo.


[Same author, same year of publication: arranged in alphabetical order by the title of publication]

Peterson, J. R. (1996a). A Study of …

Peterson, J. R. (1996b). Investigating….


[Non-English journal article: original title and in brackets, the English translation]

Van Diojk, U. (1985). Biit ibozen van English in hot oblamden zoschrenden Pedagogik Studem, 28, 45-78.


[Electronic media]

Internet, follow guidelines for book or journal, cite the date of publication or update or the date of retrieval.

Hilts, P. J. (1999, February 16). In forecasting their emotions, most people flunk out. New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2000, from

Borman, W. C. (1993). Role of early supervisory experience in supervisor performance. Journal of Applied Psychology78, 443-449. Retrieved October 23, 2000, from PsyArticles database.



.... was videotaped weekly in a fixed-point manner of observation1.

1. The video camera was fixed in one comer of the room where the whole classroom can be framed in. another reason to adopt this way of videotaping was not to bother the children and disturb the class.

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Reference citation in text

 [Direct citation 1]

She stated, "the 'placebo effect' ... disappeared when behaviors were studied in this manner" (Miele, 1993, p.276), but she did not clarify which behaviors were studied.


[Direct citation 2]  Fewer than forty words

Lee (1999) found that "The EAP writing curriculum incorporates reading and analysis of major academic journal articles in the specific field to identify macro-level organization an obligatory 'moves' in conjunction with writing practice." (p. 21).


[Direct citation 3] More than forty words

Miele (1993) found the following:

The "placebo effect," which had been verified in previous studies, disappeared when behaviors were studied in this manner. Furthermore, the behaviors were never exhibited again, even when reed rings were administered. Earlier studies were clearly premature in attributing the results to a placebo effect. (p. 276)

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[Indirect citation 1]

Brown (1998) compared discourse styles...


[Indirect citation 2]

In a recent study of second language acquisition (Brown, 1998) ...


[One work by two authors]

Smith and Takamoto (1997) argued that. ...


In a recent study of SLA (Smith & Takamoto, 1997) ...


[One work by multiple authors: use et al

First citation: Jones, Benson, and Collins (1997) found that...

Ina recent study of second language acquisition (Jones, Benson, & Collins, 1997)...

Subsequent citations: Jones et al. (1997) further argued that. ...

Ina recent study of second language acquisition (Jones et al, 1997) ...


[One work by multiple authors, more than 6] First citation: Dresler et al. (1992). Showed that...

In a recent study of second language acquisition (Dresler et al., 1992) ...


[Multiple works: arrange in alphabetical order]

Previous research (Lass, 1992; Meyer & Sage, 1978, 1980; Nichols, 1987a, 1987b; Oats et al., 1973) ...


For works not included in the above examples refer to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.).