Aims and Scope

Given the name and the mission of Imam Khomeini International University, the need for a journal in the area of English language teaching and learning is hardly deniable. The emergence of the Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies, published by the English department of Imam Khomeini International University in Qazvin, Iran, provides an appropriate forum through which those involved with, or simply interested in, issues in language teaching, in one form or another, can present their views, debate theoretical and practical issues, and exchange ideas. This new quarterly, peer-reviewed journal seeks to offer space to scholars, researchers, and practitioners in language teaching so that they can address contemporary issues that concern the field in Iran and elsewhere.  

The aims of such a journal are obvious. The journal is dedicated to publishing empirical research in the teaching, learning, and assessing of English as a first, second/foreign, or additional language. In addition to this overarching goal, the journal will also consist of contributions in areas such as language skills and components, instructional methods, materials, and techniques, bilingualism and multilingualism, and teacher education. The journal also welcomes submissions in the areas of English for specific purposes, computer-assisted language learning, creation of corpora and their applications in language teaching, written and spoken discourse analysis, syllabus design and curriculum development, translation studies, the role of technology in language teaching, language policy and planning, and classroom interaction and discourse, and culture and identity provided that they have clear implications for language pedagogy.

The journal urges the varying use of research methods (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods) to unpack the complexities of language teaching. Therefore, the journal encourages submissions that use more innovative (and more creative) research methods and designs, including Bayesian approaches and collaborative auto-ethnography as well as more sophisticated statistical methods such as multilevel linear modeling, discriminant analysis, the Rasch analysis, and structural equation modeling, which are beginning to make inroads into applied linguistics. Such methods and techniques are proving promising for the immensely complicated relationships in the field of language education.

Article contributions are expected to offer clear implications for theory, research, and practice. Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies is committed to publishing manuscripts that bridge theory and practice. As such, the journal is a venue for studies that adopt appropriate theoretical frameworks, demonstrate sound research methods, report empirically-driven research findings, and explore clearly stated and well-supported implications for language pedagogy.

Contributing authors should note that our preference will be original empirical research articles. Therefore, systematic reviews, literature reviews, commentaries, letters to the editor, short communications, interviews, book and test reviews, and other formats (such as monograph-length publications) do not fit the objectives of this journal. State-of-the-art articles and meta-analyses will be accepted as long as the contributors are internationally renowned leading figures in the prospective field.

Journal of Modern Research in English Language Studies encourages the submission of previously unpublished articles, which are not under consideration in any other journal. By extension, authors are requested not to submit more than one article at a time. The journal also prefers that all submissions use a style of writing that is accessible to a broad readership.