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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.
  • All authors are PhD student or recent post-docs (within 5 years of PhD completion).
  • A separate file with author's biodata, including the year of PhD defense and ORCID identifier, has been included.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under review for another journal (if so, an explanation should be included in 'comments to the editor). If ANY of the content of the text has been published elsewhere, the author should include a copy of the published text along with the submission for a comparison of content to avoid allegations of plagiarism.
  • The manuscript is completely anonymised.
  • The text has been presented in editable format (e.g. docx).
  • The author has followed the guidelines carefully, read the FAQs and meets the profile of our authors as graduate or post-graduate students (please indicate this in the biodata).
  • The text adheres to the reference citations and style requirements as indicated in APA and includes DOI numbers when available.
  • The author has permission for the reproduction of data, figures and diagrams if they are not original to the text. The submission of a manuscript assumes the originality and legality of its contents and implies that the contents do not infringe any laws.
  • The text conforms to all the criteria mentioned in the author's responsibilities in the journal's ethics statement. If the text is accepted, the author will be required to sign a declaration and will be held liable of any infraction.

Author Guidelines

Important notice: We do not accept proposals sent by email. Please submit online after registering as an author. If you have problems, you can contact us at: bellaterra.journal@gmail.com

General Parameters

  • Length. Articles will have a maximum of 6000 words. Book reviews should have a maximum of 2000 words. Interviews should have a maximum of 4000 words. Invited editor's notes should have a maximum of 2000 words.
  • Titles, abstracts and keywords in four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English or French) will be required after acceptance. The abstracts should not be more than 150 words (each language). Special permission for the use of other languages apart from the four languages of the journal must be requested from the editor (bellaterra.journal@gmail.com).
  • Authors are entirely responsible for the linguistic accuracy of their texts.
  • Manuscripts must be completely anonymised. Submissions that do not include this information will be desk rejected.
  • Authors must submit a separate file with their biodata, including the year of PhD defense and ORCID identifier. Submissions that do not include this information will be desk rejected.
  • All authors must be current graduate students or recent post-docs (within 5 years of completion. Submissions that do not meet this requirement will be desk rejected.
  • Submission online implies confirmation by the author that the text meets the norms of ethics held by the journal.

Format Guidelines

  • Texts should use simple, free formatting at the submission stage. After acceptance, authors will be required to format manuscripts as per the journal guidelines.
  • The pages should be numbered.
  • The title and abstract of the article (in one language at the time of submission) should be included at the beginning of the text, followed by a maximum of 5 key words.
  • Up to three levels of subheadings are allowed and must be numbered.
  • Use footnotes, not endnotes. These should be kept to a minimum.
  • On submission, figures, charts and diagrams should be included in the article in their exact position in the text and include titles. On acceptance, authors will need to include all ifigures, charts and diagrams as a separatezip file saved in TIF, EPS or JPEG format with 300 dpi. resolution. They must be a maximum of 16 cm wide and in original colour.
  • Tables cannot be images, they must always be editable Word / OpenOffice tables.
  • To emphasize words, italics should be used, not bold or underline.
  • Quoting and referencing should follow the APA style (7th edition). All references should must DOI numbers if available. These can be found with the search function at crossref.
  • Only texts cited directly in the body of work should be included. This does not include secondary resources.

For other questions, consult our FAQ.

Invited Authors

Publication of articles by internationally renowned academic scholars in the fields of language and/or literature teaching methods.

Articles

Articles written by students and graduates of Master and/or Doctoral Programmes. Articles must be research-oriented and related to the fields of teaching and learning language and/or literature.

Special Editor(s)

Special Editor's introductory text. Reviewed by journal editors.

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