Brief Reports

The Brief Reports section provides authors the opportunity to present preliminary findings of a research work-in-progress, a summary of a larger research project in a rhetorical style that makes it accessible for English language teachers, reports of materials development projects and innovations in teaching, and the like. The focus is on presenting empirical data and commenting on its implications, or possibly on new directions for the project. This is a great opportunity for higher degree research students, teachers undertaking action research projects, researchers who have completed larger studies, aspects of which could be recontextualised for language teachers, and others to showcase their work in a short report. Length is 1,500 words including table, references etc, and all submissions will be peer reviewed by two reviewers. 

Please note that submissions can only be considered if they meet the guidelines on this page. If a report is accepted for publication, the contributor will receive a complimentary copy of the journal issue in which their article appears. Therefore, contributors are asked to keep the English Australia Journal Editor informed of their current mailing address, e-mail and contact telephone number.

• When submitting, please specify the category for your article. If you are unable to identify a category, please write a paragraph explaining its relevance to the Journal.

• Authors should also indicate in their original submission what area of ELT/TESOL/Applied Linguistics is covered in their article, and a statement confirming their article’s alignment with the Journal’s readership.

• All submitted articles should make an original contribution to the profession. Literature reviews will not be accepted, unless they are comprehensive 'state of the art' articles written by specialists in the area.


General guidelines

The Journal publishes articles from accomplished authors as well as those new to teaching and/or research. If you are new to writing a peer-reviewed article for publication, the Executive Editor suggests that you seek out the support of a colleague, supervisor, mentor or the like to guide you through the process. Authors are encouraged to write to the English Australia Journal Editor before submitting their article (perhaps even before they start writing it) if they are not sure whether their proposed theme or topic will be suitable for the Journal. Authors are also encouraged to read recent peer-reviewed articles in the Journal to gain an idea of the type of articles that are published.



• Research-based reports - no longer than 5000 words (excluding abstract, references and appendix).

• Reports on innovative classroom practice - no longer than 3000 words (excluding abstract, references and appendix).

• Theoretical discussions of TESOL approaches relevant to classroom practice - no longer than 3000 words (excluding abstract, references and appendix).



• Articles should be written in formal academic prose that is accessible for the readership of the English Australia Journal.

• Headings and sub-headings signposting specific sections of the article are encouraged.

• Referencing:

  • Quotations or paraphrases based on specific parts of a publication must include page references. Any works cited must include page references where required and appear in a reference list at the end of the article. The English Australia Journal uses APA Style for referencing; APA guides can be easily found online, for example, see here. However, there are some differences in APA for Australian English, and there may also be some areas, such as layout of titles and captions, capitalisation and hyphenation, which follow the specific Style Guide of the English Australia Journal. Please refer to the Style Guide for more information.
  • References to the author’s own work should be de-identified in both in-text citations (use Author as pseudonym) and reference list (use Author’s work 1, or Author’s work 2)
  • Articles should be submitted as Word documents, double-spaced in a regular font size 11, using single spacing after full stops and Australian spelling.
  • Notes should be used sparingly, and will be collated as end notes at the end of the article. They should be indicated in your text by sequential numbers (where possible in superscript) immediately after the relevant word(s) or sentence(s), and should appear at the end of your manuscript following the same numbering system.



Tables, figures and images

Please ensure that any table, figure, photo, screenshot or illustration is:

• attached separately:
   - tables, graphs, charts and diagrams must be attached separately in their original file format (Word or Excel). Please do NOT send or embed as images.
   - photographs, screenshots or illustrations must be attached separately as individual files in .jpg, .eps, or .tiff format, and must be of sufficiently high resolution (300 dpi or above).
• named appropriately and sequentially (e.g., Table 1, Figure 2, Photo 3).
• titled/captioned in the appropriate place in the article, for example: [insert Figure 1 here] Figure 1. Results for EAP students pre- and post-course.
• not in breach of copyright (see ‘Copyright’ below).
• reproducible in grayscale for the print edition (i.e., with sufficient contrast, and not dependent on colour differentiation to be understood).
• formatted in accordance with APA Style where applicable.

NB: Note that any table, figure, photo, screenshot or illustration may be reformatted or placed differently due to layout reasons restrictions.



Authors are responsible for indicating clearly the holders of copyright in any illustrations, extracts, diagrams, etc., which they use in their article. Authors are responsible for contacting copyright holders and gaining permissions for copyright material to be used, and are responsible for any costs involved. Note gaining permission can take considerable time. Copyright must be acknowledged in the article.


Biographical details

Please supply, at the end of your article, brief biographical details. These should not exceed 50 words (per author), should be written in the third person, and should preferably contain some information about your professional background as well as your present place and area of work. In addition, please ensure you include your e-mail address. This information will be excluded by the Editor when sending the article for peer review.



Deadlines are negotiable. Articles are subject to a revision process, and if an article cannot be revised in time for a print deadline, it will be carried over to the next issue.


Editorial process

Articles are reviewed by at least two academics who are expert in the particular field of study. The peer review process can take up to 12 weeks. Authors submitting articles for peer review should expect a range of comments from reviewers and the Executive Editor. In general, the editorial strategy for reviewing articles at the English Australia Journal is based on respect for authors’ original work, acknowledging reviewers’ voluntary contributions to reviewing articles, and editorial overview of the integrated content of each issue. Wherever possible, feedback to authors is constructive, positive, fair and equitable. Submissions may be followed up with questions and/or suggestions for structure and content. It is preferred that contributors make their own revisions. Final submissions may be edited for style and length.


Articles are published twice-yearly (April and September). Issues are also published in open access format on the English Australia website. Please note that only a limited number of articles may appear in each issue, so there may be a delay between acceptance and publication. English Australia reserves the right to reject articles or withdraw them from publication. Published articles are the property of the English Australia Journal but may be republished with permission.

Executive Editor:
Philip Chappell
English Australia Journal
Department of Linguistics C5A 574
Macquarie University
New South Wales