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Author Guidelines


Title should be written in Goudy Old Style, size 14. Title should reflect the core of the research in such informative ways.


The subtitle should be written in Goudy Old Style, size 11. Only the first letter of each words that should be capitalized.


Motivating Students in L2 Reading through Dialogue Journal: An Investigation on Students’ Perception


Abstract should be concise and should be between 150 to 250 words. Abstract is written in a single space form and justified. It should be written in ONE paragraph. For an empirical study, it should contain background of the study, aim of the study, research method, findings, and conclusion or implication of the study. Meanwhile, for a literature review, it should contain the main focus of the investigation, the criteria used to choose the studies analyzed in the paper, the participants of the studies analyzed, the main findings, and conclusions or implications. Neither citation nor quotation should be put within the abstract. Below the abstract, some keywords representing the key points of the research topic should be written in alphabetical order. The word “Keyword” is in italic, but the keywords are not, and separated by semicolon ( ; ).


Introduction should be written in 500 to1000 words. Font used is Goudy Old Style, 12, with 1.5 pt spaced. Introductions contain first, the background of the study. This should present the broad or general topic related to the focus of the study, followed by the importance of investigating the topic. The introduction also must include the related past studies that have been conducted related to the topic. It should be then followed by the presentation of gaps or controversies of the past studies and how the current study will fulfill its contribution to the related field and topic. Finally, the introduction should mention clear research questions or objectives that the study aims to answer.

Literature Review

The literature review is written in 1000 to 2000 words. Literature review should present the general picture within which the focus of the study may fit. For example, how “motivation” may fit into the field of “foreign language education.” It also should contain the conceptual definition of the main concepts or variables of the study and a theoretical support of the study. It is then followed by the analysis of previous studies related to the topic discussed in the study.


The length of methodology part is between 500 to 1000 words. Methodology should contain a clear explanation of the design or approach taken in the study. It should also include the clear explanation of the participants, population, or the sample of the study with their profile description. Data collection technique should be clearly explained afterwards. Lastly, data analysis or measurement should be explained clearly.

Findings and Discussion

Findings are suggested to be written within 1300 to 1500 words. Findings are presented based on the nature of the study. For a study using qualitative norm, the findings should be presented concisely without losing the clarity of the main points found in the study. For a study under a quantitative norm, all results of measurements that are explained in methodology parts should be presented concisely and clearly.


The discussion can be written in 1000 – 1250 words. There is no exact rule to write the discussions; however, it is strongly suggested that the discussion is written in the following format. First, it should restate the main objectives of the study and summarize the findings. It should relate back the findings to the previous studies and theoretical supports presented in the literature review. If there are unexpected findings, the discussion should include the possible explanation as to why the phenomena happen.


Conclusion and Implications

This can be written as many as 200 to 250 words. This part provides the brief summary of research aim and findings and the conclusion and implication drawn from it. It also should provide the limitations of the study and suggested direction for future research on related topic.


In total, the content of the paper should be within the length of 4500 to 7000 words.



This part contains the all references or sources used in the study. The references should be written in alphabetical order and in APA format.




Book (one author)

Author, A.A. (year). Book title. Place of Publication: Publication Company

Nunan, D. (2004). Task-based language teaching. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

For Place of Publication you should always list the city and the state using the two letter postal abbreviation without periods (Cambridge, UK).


Book (two authors)

Author, A.A. & Author, B.B. (year). Book title: Capital letter also for subtitle. Place of Publication: Publication Company.

Boardman, C.A. & Frydenberg, J. (2008). Writing to communicate: Paragraph and essays. (3rd.ed.). WhitePlains: Pearson Education, Inc.


Book (more than two authors)

Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (year). Book title. Place of publication: publication company.

Dalton-Puffer, C., Huttner, J., Jexenflicker, S., Schindelegger, V., & Smit, U. (2008). Content and language integrated learning an Osterreichs Hoheren Technischen Lehranstalten. Forschungsbericht. Vienna, Austria: Universitat Wien & Bundesministerium fur Unterricht, Kultur und Kunst.


Printed Journal (one author)

Author, A.A. (year). Article title. Journal name, Vol(no), journal page.

Farrell, T. S. (2008). Critical incidents in ELT initial teacher training. ELT Journal, 62(1), 3-10.


Printed Journal (two authors)

Author, A.A., & Author, B.B. (year). Article title. Journal Name, Vol(no), journal page.

Dever, K. J., & Frankel, R. M. (2000). Study design in qualitative research-2: Sampling and

data collection strategies, Education for Health, 13(2), 263-271.


Printed Journal (more than two authors)

Author, A.A., Author, B.B, & Author, C.C. (year). Article title. Journal name, Vol(no), journal page.

Li, F, Wang, Y, & Wang, X. (2012). The research on willingness on communicate in Chinese students’ EFL study. Journal of Language Teaching and Research, 3(1), 112-117.


Website Page (one author)

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Date published). Article title. Retrieved from

Meador, D. (2019, July 3). Meaningful life lessons we learn from teachers at school. Retrieved from


E-Journal (one author)

Author, A.A. (Year, Date of Publication). Article title. Journal Name, Vol(No), page. doi

Helm, F. (2009, July 23). Language and culture in an online context: What can learner diaries tell us about intercultural competence? Language and Intercultural Communication, 9(2), 91-104.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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