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Editorial Board Regulations

Chapter 1 General Rules

Article 1 The official name of the editorial committee is designated as the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics Editorial Board.

Article 2 This editorial board falls under the auspices of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics.

Chapter 2 Structure

Article 1 The editorial board will consist of approximately 30 members: Editor-in-Chief(s), Editorial Board members, and an appointed review committee.

Article 2 The Editor-in-Chief is appointed by the PAAL officers. The duration of the term is equal to that of the general board members.

Article 3 The Editorial Board and external appointed review committee members are: tenure-track professors at the university-level who have substantial research achievements; selected from board or regular members of PAAL; appointed upon recommendation of the Co-Chair of PAAL; appointed upon approval from the general board. The term of the board is equal to that of general board members.

Article 4 The review committee is selected to represent various sub-fields of applied linguistics in order to cover the range of submitted manuscripts according to expertise.

Chapter 3 Function

Article 1 The editorial board designates the format of the journal, the number of times of publication, length, and the review standards of manuscripts and submission guidelines.

Article 2 The editorial board solicits review committee members to review submitted manuscripts, reviews the review results, and ultimately judges which manuscripts are to be published.

Article 3 Other than making final publication decisions, the editorial board's decisions must be approved and ratified by the general board for them to take effect.

Chapter 4 Meetings

Article 1 In order to review the submitted manuscripts and solicit review committee members and reach decisions, the editorial board must hold regular meetings taking the publication date of the journal into consideration.

Article 2 The editorial board is called into meeting by the Editor-in-Chief and can only be held if more than one-half of the board attends. Decisions are reached if more than one half of the members present.

Chapter 5 Review standards for submitted manuscripts

Article 1 Format and Form: Manuscripts must conform to the formatting standards outlined in the manuscript submission guidelines. Manuscripts must have logical content appropriate for the field of applied linguistics.


Article 2 Content: Must be related to theory or criticism of pure linguistics, empirical analysis or suggestions concerning applied linguistics, or theory or current state of foreign language education.

Article 3 Research methodology: The manuscript must have appropriate literature reviews, research design, analysis and discussion of results.

Chapter 6 Manuscript review process

Article 1 Evaluation: Manuscripts are to be submitted four months prior to publication date. The Editor-in-Chief is to correspond with the manuscript authors immediately upon receipt of manuscript. However, those manuscripts, which do not conform to the manuscript submission guidelines will not be considered for review and are to be returned to the author. (publication dates: (1) Summer: July 31, (2) Winter: December 31)

Article 2 Review solicitation: Once the Editor-in-Chief categorizes submitted manuscripts according to sub-field, reviewers are solicited, and a review solicitation letter and the manuscript to be reviewed are sent to the reviewer. Three reviewers are assigned to each manuscript. Any information, which may reveal the identity of the author is removed from the manuscripts prior to sending. If more than two manuscripts in the same sub-field is submitted, then the relevant reviewer may be assigned more than two manuscripts to review.

Article 3 Review: Each reviewer reviews their assigned manuscripts and judges them according to four categories: publish as is, publish with revisions, revise and resubmit, and rejection of publication. Reviewers must present detailed basis for their judgment. Especially when suggesting revisions, the parts to be revised need to be clearly defined and commented on.

Article 4 Reporting review results: Reviewers must include the review, evaluation of publication status, and items to be revised according a designated "Manuscript Review Sheet" and submit the sheet to the Editor-in-Chief.

Article 5 Editorial Board Meeting: The Editor-in-Chief calls an editorial board meeting to order. The reviews are reviewed during the meeting. Final publication decisions are made according to which of the four evaluation categories, the majority of the three reviewers of each manuscript decided on. In the case a majority cannot be determined, the publication decision is made at the meeting based on the quantitative evaluation results.

Article 6 Notification of results: The Editor-in-Chief is to send the manuscript authors a review report. Those manuscripts with a revise and resubmit result are subject to a second round of reviews in accordance with the initial review process.

Article 7 Upon receiving publication notification or even after publication, the manuscript may not be published in another venue. In addition, if evidence of publication elsewhere is known, according to the decision of the editorial board, publication is to be nullified.