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Editorial Policy

Linda Terrier

Objectives of the journal

Les Cahiers de l'APLIUT, which became Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes (RPPLSP) in October 2011, is a journal published by the Association des Professeurs de Langues des Instituts Universitaires de Technologie (APLIUT).

The journal has four main objectives.

  • The first is to encourage the publication of research carried out in the field of teaching and learning languages in Higher Education, within the Instituts Universitaires de Technologie (IUT) in France as well as in other university programs for learning foreign and second languages, languages for specific purpose and languages for academic purposes. Since its beginnings the review has been oriented towards both theoretical and applied research while maintaining a pedagogical dimension through the publication of notes on teaching experiences in each issue.

  • The second objective is to contribute to the training of teachers of languages for special purposes by publishing research results and notes on teaching experiences. The publication benefits from a wide circulation: the printed journal was received by a large number of university laboratories and libraries until 2015, and it is offered on-line as part of OpenEdition Freemium for Journals from Cléo to which 86 universities and libraries have subscribed (figures given for January, 2014).

  • From the beginning, the third objective has been to encourage the teaching and learning of all foreign languages. Even though articles are written in French or English, the journal publishes contributions concerning English, Spanish, German, French as a Foreign Language as well as other less frequently taught foreign languages.

  • The fourth objective is to promote young researchers. To this end, editorial policy respects strict standards and all articles submitted to the RPPLSP are subject to anonymous peer review by two members of the review committee. The journal is recognized for encouraging new authors and, thanks to its wide circulation, allows young researchers to be introduced to the academic community.

An editorial team led by the Director of the journal and the Editor-in-chief produces the journal. The editorial team coordinates each issue and guarantees the scientific quality of the publication. In order to combine resources with other language associations working in the field of languages for non-specialists, each issue is prepared by an editorial team specific to a given association, in collaboration with the APLIUT.

Starting in 2015, the journal will be published bi-annually, in January and June. In addition, occasional issues will be published in October on matters concerning the teaching and learning of languages for special purposes.

Until 2015, the journal was both printed and published online. From 2016 onwards, the journal is published strictly online.

Submission categories

Full-length research articles (5,000 to 8,000 words / 25,000 to 40,000 characters maximum character spaces not included, all included except summaries and key words)

Full-length research articles present empirical research analysing original data or a reflection on current knowledge in a specific area. Discussion is based on fundamental knowledge in the field and should include substantial bibliographical references pertaining to the area of research.

Reports (2,000 to 4,000 words / 10,000 to 20,000 characters maximum character spaces not included, all included except summaries and key words)

Research reports present on-going or completed research with emphasis on the results of the research. Teaching reports present innovative experiments or teaching practices that are discussed within a theoretical framework. A selection of relevant bibliographical references is given.

Notes on teaching experiences (1,500 to 3,000 words / 8,000 to 15,000 character spaces not included, all included except summaries and key words)

Notes on teaching experiences present an in-class activity, innovative pedagogical material developed by the author or a personal teaching experience. They do not include a theoretical framework or a bibliography but may include annexes.

Review articles (1,500 to 3,000 words / 8,000 to 15,000 character spaces not included, all included except summaries and key words)

Review articles present books, journals, multimedia objects, conferences, etc. relevant to the teaching and learning of languages to non-specialists. They may include some bibliographical references.