Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research

ISSN: 2322-1291


Publication Frequency: Twice a year

Publisher: Urmia University Press

Periodical Type: Academic, scholarly

Review Policy: Double blind review

Access: Open Access; Free of charge

Publication/Processing Fee: None


MSRT License Date and Number: 

1396/03/13 - 52013/18/3


Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research 

(IJLTR) was launched with the intention to make quality research output available for scholars in the field of language education. IJLTR is an open access academic, scholarly peer-reviewed journal and follows a double blind review policy. The Journal is scheduled for publication semiannually, in January and July, with the first issue to appear in January 2013. The journal team (and in particular the advisory board) is made of internationally renowned scholars in the field of Applied Linguistics and L2 education. As such, both our contributors and readers come from across the world. 


Aims and Scope:

The main focus of the Journal is on research done on language learning and teaching. We are in particular interested in research papers on L2 education (in particular EFL/ESL), in public and private contexts, in natural and classroom settings as well as in a variety of levels including school level, university level, institute level, etc. The Journal welcomes papers on teaching and learning any component of language, including skills and sub-skills, as well as teaching/learning translation, literature, etc. Research on the use of new technologies such as CALL and MALL for teaching/learning languages is also considered appropriate for this Journal. 


Although the focus is primarily on research on language education, we will also consider papers in other areas of applied linguistics such as language testing as far as they have clear implications for language teaching/learning. Reviews of literature are not acceptable for this Journal; however, status papers by experts in the field are called for as long as explicit implications are drawn in favour of language teaching and learning. Reviews of recently published books on language education are also accepted for publication. Contributors are advised to consult the Journal office before doing/sending a book review. 


Call for papers:

The Journal calls for unpublished original manuscripts to be considered for publication. The papers submitted to the Journal should not have already been published elsewhere except circulated as conference presentations, nor should they be submitted simultaneously to another journal. For author instructions and how to submit, select submission guidelines from the  menu at the top or click here.


Potential book review contributors (with the experience of reviewing books for other journals) are advised to consult the list of books recently published by Cambridge University Press and Routledge at the following addresses and inform the Journal editor ( of the title they would like to review. Arrangements will then be made for the publisher to send a review copy to the reviewer's address.

Books available at CUP:

Books available at Routledge:


IJLTR ​has moved to a new journal management system at its new website:  Previous issues of the journal (January 2013 - July 2017) are accessible both in this and the new websites. New issues (as of October 2017) will only be available at the new website.
NOTE: IJLTR no longer accepts email submissions. Online submissions can be made by registering at the new website.



IJLTR Office

English Language Department

Faculty of Humanities, Urmia University, Urmia 165, IRAN

TELEFAX: +98 443 338 4537



Journal application made to Ministry of Culture: 14 February 2011

Journal license issued: 24 July 2012

Journal website launched: 1 September 2012

First issue planned for: January 2013

First issue published online: 25 December 2012

Journal accepted for indexing in SCOPUS: 27 October 2015 

  This journal is a member of


(Committee on Publication Ethics)



2016 CiteScore=0.80

2016 SJR=0.24 


IJLTR is planning  to publish one Special Issue each year beginning with 2016 (in addition to two regular issues which appear on  the 1st of January and July every year).  Special Issues are theme-based and  guest-edited by leading figures in the field.  The Call for Papers for the following Special Issues is now open.


2016​  Special Issue: 

Guest editor: Jack C. Richards, PhD (University of Sydney)

Theme: Teacher Education


teacher training, teacher development, professional development, multicultural perspectives on teacher education and any aspect of teacher education

Deadline for paper submission: 1  May 2016


2017 Special Issue: 

Guest editor: John I. Liontas, PhD (University of South Florida)

Theme: Idiomaticity and Language Teaching Research


attainment of native-like idiomatic competence in ESL/EFL

applications of new media and multimedia technologies for idiomatic learning 

linguistic, pragmatic, or techno-pedagogical concerns in developing idiomatic competence

teacher training and professional development, materials and curriculum development, assessment 

issues as related to developing idiomaticity

Extended deadline for paper submission:  1  May  2017


2018 Special Issue: 

Guest editor: Dan Douglas, PhD (Iowa State University)

Theme: Assessment for Teaching


Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Learning Oriented Language Assessment (LOLA)

Alternatives in Assessment (AA)

Language Assessment Literacy (LAT)

Testers' Professional Development (TPD)

and any practical  aspect of language assessment

 Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2018


 2019 Special Issue: 

Guest editor: Sandra Lee McKay, PhD (San Francisco State University)

Theme: Teaching English as an International Language


Assessing proficiency in EIL

Standards in EIL

Intercultural competence and EIL

The use of digital media in EIL teaching/learning

Lexical innovation in EIL

Teaching the four skills in EIL

Monolingual and bilingual EIL teachers

Differentiating WE, ELF and EIL

Pragmatics and EIL

The historical development of EIL 

 Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2019


 2020 Special Issue: 

Guest editors: Zia Tajeddin, PhD (Allameh Tabataba'I University) &  Minoo Alemi, PhD (Sharif University of Technology)

Theme: Discourse in Second Language Classroom Context


Politeness and Impoliteness inTeacher and Learner Talk

Teachers’ and Learners’ Discoursal Identity

Teachers’ Discoursal Strategies for Learner Participation and Engagement

Discourse of Resistance in Teacher and Learner Talk

Discourse of Power and Agency in Teacher Talk

Gendered Discourse in the Classroom Context

Teachers’ and Learners’ Use of Speech Acts

Discourse of  Humor in  Classroom Context

Discourse of Turn Construction in  Classroom Context 

Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2020


Research-based papers can be submitted on the main theme and sub-themes of each Special Issue by

 the deadlines provided above. Potential contributors are invited to send their manuscripts to IJLTR editor ( following guidelines for submission available at the journal website.

Submissions should be in the form of email attachments, with the following phrase as the subject of the email: Submission for 2016/ 2017 /2018/ 2019/2020 Special Issue on Teacher Education/ Idiomaticity/Assessment/EIL/ Classroom Discourse




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