JLTA Journal is inviting various types of contributions that include studies related to evaluation in a broader sense, such as classroom-based practice and program assessment that deal with issues and topics on testing and assessment. The submission deadline is April 30 every year.
Past issues are available from Japanese page.
Guidelines for Contributors to the JLTA Journal
1. Contributors, including all co-authors, must be members of the association.
2. Contributors should follow the following regulations regarding the copyright.
(1) The copyright on all the articles in the JLTA Journal belongs to the JLTA. The copyright includes the right to distribute the articles online.
(2) The JLTA unconditionally allows authors and their affiliated institutions to use the articles they have created for academic and educational purposes. They do not need to ask the JLTA for such permission, but need to include details about the article in the references (i.e., journal title, volume number, page number, year of publication). Academic and educational uses include reprinting the articles in various productions, and distributing them online and in the paper format. The JLTA unconditionally allows authors to revise and reuse their own articles.
(3) When authors or their affiliated institutions decide to distribute their papers online, they should provide the link available on the J-STAGE database through which all papers in the JLTA Journal are uploaded. This does not apply to cases where the final versions of the articles are uploaded.
(4) The JLTA allows readers to copy and redistribute the articles, based on the Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND). The JLTA may allow readers to use the articles for commercial purposes and/or modify them if it is contacted by the parties concerned and decides to permit these uses.
3. All articles should be written using word-processing software, arranged horizontally, and on A4 size white paper. Contributors need to indicate their address at which they can be contacted during the submission and vetting process. Both the digital Word file (.docx or .doc format) and PDF file should be sent to the chair of the Journal Editorial Committee as an e-mail attachment. (The PDF file will be used to check that charts and tables appear properly in the Word document.) There is no need to send the printout by mail.
4. The top page should include the title of the article and the name and affiliation of the author. The name in English should be given in the order of the first name and LAST NAME (e.g., Taro YAMADA).
5. Prior to submission, articles and abstracts written in a language of which the author is not a native speaker should be proofread by a native speaker of that language. The author is responsible for all grammatical, spelling, and mechanics errors, as well as other language-related errors. Please check these issues carefully both before submission and during author revision.
6. The article must fit within 20 pages including the main text, notes, references, tables, and charts. Notes should be included at the end of the text before references. Tables and charts should be numbered serially. Do not use the pagination feature provided by any word-processing software version.
7. The format of the references must follow the reference style of the American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Authors should use the templates, which can be downloaded on JLTA’s website (http://jlta2016.sakura.ne.jp/?page_id=62). Reviews will be made based on the quality of the article, not its adherence to the journal templates. Articles can be modified after acceptance to put them into accordance with those templates.
8. The acceptance of an article will be decided after careful vetting by the Journal Editorial Committee based on the scores given by two reviewers. An article which is judged as “minor revisions required” will be published after confirming the revisions being made. An article which is judged as “major revisions required” will be published in the following year after confirming proper revisions being made. Upon acceptance and publication, contributors must pay a publishing fee (5,000 yen per article). The article will be printed in B5 size.
9. The following should be carefully checked in submitting a manuscript.
(1) Please make sure that there is no other article under review or already published with the same or very similar content to the present submission
(2) If there is an already published article or one at printer’s that has been written by any of the submitters which is closely related to the present submission such as using the same data, the applicant(s) must attach a digital copy of the article together with the present submission. If there is any article which can possibly be considered a “duplicate submission” by the Journal Editorial Committee, it is strongly recommended that the applicant(s) attach the digital copy of the article together with the present submission.
10. Contributors will receive 20 complementary copies of the offprint of their paper. Additional offprints (1 copy or more) may be ordered from the Secretariat, but these are at the author’s expense.
11. The deadline for submissions is April 30 every year; articles must reach the Secretariat by this date.
12. Articles should be submitted to the chair of the Journal Editorial Committee at the following e-mail address:
The chair of the Journal Editorial Committee of the Japan Language Testing Association (JLTA): Kahoko MATSUMOTO