JLTA Journal

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.

Past issues are available from Japanese page.


Introduction of the Online Submission and Review System

We are pleased to announce that JLTA is going to introduce an “Online Submission and Review System” from the 2019 academic year. This system is organized by the International Academic Publishing Co., Ltd., which JLTA has commissioned part of JLTA’s administrative work since 2014. Within this system, all submission and review processes will be recorded online. Furthermore, to improve the JLTA Journal’s quality, submitted manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism using a database of published articles and for anonymity using human resources. The newly introduced system is similar to what international journals employ but may not be common to journals published in Japan. Thank you in advance for your understanding of the new online system.


  1. Submission period

-We accept submission during the following period in 2020 and onward: April 7 (Tuesday) to May 7 (Thursday).


Contact information of the JLTA editing office: jlta-edit@bunken.co.jp

  1. Procedures for submitting a manuscript using the Online Submission and Review System

-Despite some possible modifications, the basic procedures are as follows.

(a) Create your account (only for the first time you log in; the URL for this website will be notified later).

(b) Log into the system; select “Submission.”

(c) Input your article information.

(d) Input all authors’ information.

(e) Upload your manuscript and related materials if any.

(f) Check your submission information.

(g) Completion of the submission.


  1. Note

-Authors are required to use the system. However, they can make submissions to the JLTA editing office attaching their articles via email in 2019, if the system is difficult to use.

-The Guidelines for Contributors to the JLTA Journal has been revised due to the introduction of the system. Please see and follow the latest guidelines in case you consider submitting.

-The journal publication and distribution will be delayed by approximately one month due to the change in the submission period. The journal files will be uploaded onto J-STAGE earlier than the distribution.

-The review process will be the same while a Chair of the Journal Editorial Committee will use the system to determine reviewers and allocate review work to each reviewer.


Guidelines for Contributors to the JLTA Journal

1 Qualification/eligibility: Contributors, including all co-authors, must be members of the association.

2 Format/style:
2.1 Authors should use the templates, which can be downloaded on JLTA’s website (English version).

2.2 All articles should be arranged horizontally on A4 size white paper.

2.3 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).

2.4 The manuscript must fit within 20 pages including the title, abstract, main text, notes, tables, figures, references, and appendices. 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.

2.5 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.).

3 Submission: Submit a manuscript using the Online Submission and Review System (the URL will be notified later). The following includes files and information required for input or uploading upon submission.
3.1 A complete manuscript in Word or PDF format for the Chair of the Journal Editorial Committee

3.2 A manuscript in Word format for blind review
In order to maintain anonymity, the Word manuscript for blind review should not contain any identifying information such as author(s)’ names, affiliations, or any information in notes or acknowledgements that can identify the author(s). If the author(s) needs to cite their own previous works in the main text, the reference section, or elsewhere, please use the format provided in the examples below:

Main text
(e.g., 1) Regarding the finding, Author (2011, 2012) argues …

(e.g., 2) According to Authors (2014), …

(e.g., 3) Author. (2011). (Do not include other information such as article title and journal name; place them at the beginning of the Reference.)

(e.g., 4) Authors. (2014).

3.3  (a) author(s)’ name(s) (including Chinese characters and with Furigana [Hiragana] if available), affiliation(s), and information about whether each author is a JLTA member; and (b) the corresponding author’s name, correspondence address, telephone number, and email address.

4 Where to submit: Contact information of the JLTA editing office: jlta-edit@bunken.co.jp

5 Deadline: May 26 (Sunday) to June 2 (Sunday), 23:59 in 2019/April 7 to May 7 in 2020 and onward (tentative) (Japan time)

6 The following should be carefully checked in submitting a manuscript.
6.1 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.

6.2 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 author(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 author(s) attach the digital copy of the article together with the present submission.

6.3 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.

7 Review process:
The acceptance of an article will be decided after careful vetting by the Journal Editorial Committee based on the feedback given by two reviewers. An article which is judged as “minor revisions required” in the first review will be published after confirming the revisions being made. An article which is judged as “major revisions required” in the first review will be subjected to the second review by the Editorial Committee to confirm whether substantial revisions are made according to the suggestions or comments from the two reviewers. Reviewing will be made solely based on the quality of the article, not its adherence to the journal template. However, applicants are strongly advised to use the template at the time of submission because applying the template after acceptance often becomes effort-intensive for the journal.

8 Publishing fee and offprints:
Contributors must pay a publishing fee (5,000 yen per article). The article will be printed in B5 size. Contributors will receive 20 complimentary copies of the offprint of the article, which will be sent to the corresponding author. Additional offprints (1 copy or more) may be ordered from the Secretariat, but these are at the contributor’s expense.

9 Copyright: Contributors should follow the following regulations.
9.1 The copyright on all the articles in the JLTA Journal belongs to the JLTA. The copyright includes the right to distribute the articles online.

9.2 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.

9.3 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.

9.4 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.

(Revised on March 15, 2019)