Guidelines for Authors


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INTRODUCTION
Aim and scope

Strani jezici is a peer-reviewed journal of foreign/second/additional language acquisition and use as well as language teaching. The journal welcomes high-quality research and professional papers that deal with various aspects of second language acquisition and use in formal and informal contexts, as well as multiple language acquisition and use (bilingual/multilingual phenomena), and various aspects of second language teaching.

The journal is dedicated to the advancement and exchange of scientific and professional knowledge between scholars and professionals in Croatia and abroad, and the promotion of interdisciplinary second language related topics. Hence, all submissions must provide clear implications for teaching, learning and language use, and/or further research in the field. The journal also publishes book reviews and conference reports.

The journal is intended for scholars, students, teachers, instructors and translators, as well as wider community interested in the second language related topics.

The journal accepts submissions in Croatian, English, German, French, and Italian that have not been published previously or that are not under consideration elsewhere.
All manuscripts submitted for publication undergo a double-blind peer review.

Open Access Statement, Licencing and Archiving

Strani jezici is an open access (OA) journal which means that electronic versions of articles are accessible to readers, without any fees or registration, i.e. the Diamond Open Access Model. Everyone is allowed to freely create derivative works, download, copy and distribute the articles published in Strani jezici through any medium and for any purpose on condition that the original author(s) and source (journal title, volume and issue numbers, year of publication, hyperlink to the original article and doi) are properly credited and information about the Attribution 4.0 International ( CC BY 4.0) CC license is given

Creative Commons License

Authors retain the copyright and full publishing rights without restrictions. Authors may archive post-review and/or final publisher’s versions (immediately after publication) of their papers on their personal websites and/or in institutional repositories on condition that the original author(s) and source (journal title, volume and issue numbers, year of publication, hyperlink to the original article and doi) are properly credited and information about the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) CC license is given.

For articles published in Strani jezici there are no Article Submission Charges nor Article Processing Charges, i.e. accepted papers are published free of charge.

Journal’s archive is available at Strani jezici website, the central portal of Croatian scientific journals (Hrčak), and Croatian Web Archive .

Strani jezici is indexed in: ERIH PLUS, Hrčak, Proquest Social Science Permium Collection, Proquest Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) Proquest Linguistics Collection, Modern Language Association Database (MLA), Brill Linguistic Bibliography (BL Bibliographie Linguistique).


CONTRIBUTIONS

Types of contributions

Strani jezici accepts the following types of contributions: original research articles, preliminary communications, state-of-the-art articles, book reviews and conference reports.

Original research article is a type of contribution in which the results of the original unpublished study are presented in such a way that the study can be replicated or its results verified. Depending on the research type being reported, original research articles usually include the following sections:

  • Introduction: The idea/background and the goal of research are stated, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the methodology and results.
  • Theoretical and/or empirical starting points: A detailed review of the most recent and relevant literature is provided, i.e. an insight into the theoretical and empirical knowledge that laid the foundation for further research.
  • Goals and/or research questions and hypotheses: It is appropriate to start the section in which the research is presented with the goals and/or research questions and hypotheses which should be motivated by the previous research, clearly articulated and referred to in the subsequent sections of the paper, especially in the discussion.
  • Methodology: Depending on the research type, this section should contain a description of materials (e.g. questionnaires, tests etc.) and methods of data collection and analysis in a sufficient detail to demonstrate methodological and ethical appropriateness and rigor as well as to allow the work to be reproduced or verified.
  • Results: The presentation of results should be clear and concise.
  • Discussion: Referring to goals/research questions, the obtained results are interpreted, hypotheses confirmed or rejected and the significance of study findings corroborated by the comparison with the findings of previous research. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate.
  • Conclusion: A synthesis of the study, results and main conclusions are provided. Research limitations as well as recommendations for future studies in the field are often provided in this section.

Finally – and very importantly – original research article on the topic in the field of applied linguistics should consider specific, and educationally practicable pedagogical implications of the reported study.

Preliminary communication is a type of scientific paper in which the (preliminary) results of the original, unpublished and (un)finished study are presented or some new scientific insights are announced. By providing a thorough analysis of relevant literature, the authors are expected to give an expert judgement on the validity and/or contribution of certain theories and/or research to the understanding of the subject matter and emphasize their theoretical (and practical) contribution and significance.

State-of-the-art article is a type of contribution in which a critical review of the current knowledge in some field is given in such a way that the author’s original contribution to the field can be recognized. By analysing and discussing previous scholarship, authors of review articles should provide an expert assessment of the validity of individual theoretical and empirical studies, making clear their theoretical (and practical) relevance.

Professional paper is a type of paper in which a useful contribution to the profession is given through the description of application of some theoretical implications or research results in the own professional life, or the presentation of an action research and its results.

Book reviews focus on a particular book or edited volume (rarely more than one book), to cogently summarize its contents, strengths, and weaknesses. Authors of book reviews should assess the book’s quality and contribution to the field. A good book review uses an opening paragraph to place the book in the context of relevant scholarship and then proceeds to give a chapter-by-chapter evaluation of the contents. Alternatively, a more holistic structure is possible, where the key issues of the reviewed book provide the main structuring principle for the review.

Conference reports should mention the following key elements of the event: the theme and goal of the conference, its title, venue, organizers, attendance, the key participants, i.e. plenary and invited speakers, including topics and a few highlights from their talks (it is possible to add some background to remind readers of the authority of plenary speakers to speak on their subjects). A conference report should also mention any other talks of special significance, highlighting their relevance for the theme of the conference and/or the research community concerned.

All types of contributions must have a clear focus, be well-organized and coherent. Authors should write in an academic style and avoid word choices and sentence constructions that might imply bias against persons on the basis of gender, racial or ethnic group membership, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

Length of contributions

Original research articles, preliminary communications, state-of-the-art articles and professional papers should not exceed 9,000 words (including abstract, references, tables, figures and appendices). Book reviews should not exceed 2,000 words and conference reports 1,500 words. Longer contributions are accepted, depending on their merit.

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REVIEWING PROCESS

The Strani jezici journal uses a two-stage reviewing process. At the first stage, the in-house review, all submitted manuscripts are initially assessed by the Editor-in-Chief who decides whether the article is to be considered for publication. After a positive initial assessment, at the second stage, all the contributions, except book reviews and conference reports, undergo a peer review process. Strani jezici employs a double-blind peer review process, wherein the identities of authors and reviewers are not revealed throughout the process.

The review process is carried out by two independent reviewers. The reviewers assess whether the article meets professional academic standards and the standards of the journal on a provided Review form with the clearly stated quality assessment criteria. Each reviewer recommends one of four options (accept the article in the present form, accept the article after minor revisions, major revisions needed or reject the article) and gives recommendations for the categorisation of the article. The reviewer’s suggestions for changes (intended for the author) are provided in an anonymised document. If the two reviewer reports express contradicting opinions (one recommends the paper for publication as it is or after changes have been made, and the other rejects it), a third review is commissioned. In case there is a discrepancy in the categorisation of the paper the Editorial Board member and the Editor-in-Chief make the final decision.

 

PUBLICATION ETHICS

The journal Strani jezici is committed to maintaining high standards of ethical conduct and expects all participants of the publication process – the publisher, editors, authors and reviewers – to comply with the ethical research practices. The ethical standards the journal adheres to are stated in the document Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement, which all authors should read before submitting their manuscripts to the Strani jezici journal.

 

BEFORE SUBMISSION

Before sending in their contributions, authors should make sure that the topic of their work is relevant and consistent with scope of Strani jezici. It is also important that they make sure that their manuscript has a clear focus, is well-organized, written coherently and is of high quality language-wise, esp. concerning accuracy and appropriateness of style.

The manuscript should strictly follow the Manuscript Formatting Guidelines and be presented completely anonymously. Author(s) should make sure that their names are not announced explicitly on the manuscript itself. In the body of the text, the use of first person pronouns I or we in references to own published work must be avoided. Alternatively, formulations like “At least one study (AUTHOR, year) has shown that …” can be used. In the reference list, the citation should be marked as “AUTHOR (year)”, with no further information (i.e., manuscript name, journal’s title, etc.). Such citations are listed alphabetically, i.e. at the beginning of the reference list.

Authors are also advised to read Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement carefully before submitting the manuscript and to familiarize themselves with the quality assessment criteria provided in the Review form, and submission requirements.

 

SUBMISSION

All submissions are made via

Manuscripts should be sent in .doc or .docx format. The file name should contain a shortened version of the manuscript title (up to 40 characters, including spaces).

Together with their manuscript, authors need to provide their contact information as follows:

  • Author name
  • The author’s institutional affiliation (e.g. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb)
  • Complete postal address
  • Email address (institutional emails are preferred)
  • Phone or mobile number

 

In cases of multiple authorship, this information should be given for all authors, but the name of the corresponding author should be indicated clearly. The name of this file should contain the word AUTHOR and the shortened version of the manuscript title. The word AUTHOR and a shortened version of the manuscript title should be separated by an underscore.

The journal Strani jezici discourages authors from submitting multiple manuscripts to the journal until a final editorial decision has been made on the first submission.

 

AFTER SUBMISSION

The procedure after submitting the contribution includes the following steps:

  1. Initial in-house assessment

Each submission undergoes initial editorial assessment to determine its compatibility with the scope of Strani jezici, and its appropriateness for double-blind peer-review. The submissions that clearly fall outside the scope of Strani jezici will be rejected without sending it out for review.

If submissions are assessed as appropriate for review but deviate significantly from the journal’s style, they may be returned to author(s) for style corrections at this stage.

The author(s) will be notified, usually within 4-6 weeks, whether their submissions merit further consideration or not.

 

  1. Double-blind peer review

After a positive initial assessment, at the second stage, all the contributions, except book reviews and conference reports, undergo a peer review process. The submission is sent out to two evaluators. Possible outcomes of the review are: accept in the present form, accept after minor revisions, major revisions needed and reject. The reviewers give also opinion about the categorisation of the manuscript. Possible categories are: original research article, preliminary communication, state-of-the-art article, professional paper.

If the two reviewer reports express contradicting opinions (one recommends the paper for publication as it is or after changes have been made, and the other rejects it), a third review is commissioned. In case there is a discrepancy in the categorisation of the paper the Editorial Board member and the Editor-in-Chief make the final decision.

The review procedure lasts 4-8 weeks. Based on reviewers’ recommendations, the Editor-in-Chief and his editorial team make the decision regarding the manuscript, and inform the author(s) of the decision. Since the journal strives to handle the reviewing process as promptly as possible, authors may expect to receive an editorial decision, usually within three to four months of manuscript submission.

 

  1. Revision and/or style adjustment

Authors of papers accepted pending revision are asked to revise the manuscript within a given time-frame. When resubmitting, authors must (a) state clearly in a separate file how they addressed each reviewer’s comments, (b) attach a version of the paper with clearly marked (highlighted) changes in the revised text and (c) attach a final version of the paper without marked changes.

Any remaining style issues must be eliminated at this stage. Authors of accepted papers are asked to address minor issues in their manuscript (if any) and, if necessary, make final style adjustments.

 

  1. Final decision

Depending on the scope of requested revisions, the revised manuscripts may need to be sent out to the original reviewers for final evaluation. Alternatively, the Editor-in-Chief and his editorial team decide whether the revised manuscript has sufficiently addressed and repaired any shortcomings in the original submission specified by the reviewers, and communicate the final decision on acceptance/rejection of the manuscript to the authors.

 

  1. Publication

Once accepted, the manuscript is prepared for publication. The Editor-in-Chief and his editorial team reserve the right to request of the authors adjustments in the content and/or language of the manuscript even at this final stage of preparing the manuscript for publication.

First proofs of the manuscript will be sent to the corresponding author as a PDF attached to e-mail for a final check. Only the necessary technical corrections may be indicated at this point, but no changes to the content of the manuscript. The changes should be marked in the PDF file using PDF’s Comment and Markup tools and the corrected file must be returned to Strani jezici by e-mail within four business days of receipt of proofs.

 

AFTER PUBLICATION

After publication, authors receive a copy of the printed text.

If authors discover a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, they should promptly notify the Editor-in-Chief and cooperate with him/her to publish an erratum, addendum, corrigendum notice, or to retract the published article, where this is considered necessary.