About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) is a no-fee, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focused on CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), multilingualism, multilingual education, languages for special purposes, interculturality, and CALL (computer-assisted language learning) throughout Latin America and around the world aimed at teachers, researchers, and educational administrators who are interested in researching, implementing, or improving language-learning approaches, techniques, materials, and policies.

LACLIL welcomes article submissions from researchers whose work is inspired in or stems from instructional practices implemented in language-learning subjects or subjects taught in or through an additional language. Articles, commentaries, and reviews on (but not necessarily limited to) the following areas are welcomed:

  • educational approaches in which additional languages are used for the learning and teaching of both content and language (CLIL).
  • multilingual educational approaches.
  • language learning and teaching for specific purposes.
  • language learning, teaching, and/or evaluation practices aimed at fostering cognition and metacognition though language or content.
  • the use of information and communication technologies to foster communicative competences enhancing cognition, metacognition and the learning of language, content, or both.
  • the learning of culture and/or intercultural competences in or through additional languages.
  • teacher professional development initiatives in the aforementioned areas.

The journal does not normallly consider submissions that are translations of material previously published elsewhere.

Editorial Board

The main role of the Editorial Board is to oversee assurance of academic quality and thematic relevance for the journal. The Editorial Board also oversees the selection of contents for each issue.


The Editor-in-Chief is selected by the Univerisdad de La Sabana, in accordance with that university's Reglamentación 38, approved by the Comisión de Asuntos Generales del Consejo Superior, as Acta No. 1362 of 04 October 2012, on account of their academic experience and publications. These regulations specify that the Editor-in-Chief must, preferably, be a currently active researcher with publications from the preceeding 2 years in journals indexed in well-known citation indices. It is the Editor-in-Chief who in the first instance analyzes submissions for thematic relevance, rigor, clarity, and other requirements of the journal, and coordinates selection of and communication with peer reviewers. The Editorial Board, as a whole, oversees and collaborates in the fulfillment of these duties. In the event of any inconsistency with these requirements, the publisher will inform author(s).

Scientific Board

In accordance with the norms and expectations of academic publishing, the journal is accompanied by broad group of peer reviewers at educational and research institutions around the world. Peer reviewers are chosen on the basis of their academic qualifications and/or experience in relation to the topic(s) of the submission. It is their role to provide specific evaluation of works submitted for consideration by the journal relevant to their areas of expertise.


Presently, the journal regularly publishes 2 issues per year: in June (January-June) and December (July-December). Some special issues are published as additions to the regular biannual publication schedule.


Peer Review Process

The journal employs a referee system of peer reviewers, and all submissions are reviewed prior to approval and/or publication. Submissions are considered for publication on the basis of the quality of their evaluated quality and relevance or importance to the field. If a submission is provisionally approved by the Editorial Board, an anonymous version is forwarded to at least two peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are chosen on the basis of their academic qualifications and/or experience in relation to the topic(s) of the submission. The Editorial Board or external referees may suggest revisions, and articles may be accepted conditionally.

Response Times

The Editorial Board typically determines within 30 days from the date of submission whether or not a submission complies with the journal's requirements and can be passed to peer reviewers. For submissions that are passed to peer review, reviewers are ask to return their evaluations within 30 days.

The journal retains archived copies of all submissions, but any formally declined submission may be freely submitted to other publishers for consideration.


If an author has concerns about the decisions of the Editorial Board regarding their submissions, they may send an email to publicaciones@unisabana.edu.co. The Scientific Advisory Committee at the Publicaciones division of the Universidad de La Sabana will review the situation and issue a verdict. Authors are typically notified within 60 days.


Accepted submissions are passed to the journal's copyediting team for general proofreading and style correction. The journal reserves the right to suggest modifications that help ensure a submission complies with the journal's established style.

Completed copyedited submissions are returned to authors for their consideration, and any remaining questions or issues can be resolved. After all copyediting in completed, the copyedited submission passes to the journal's layout team to be prepared for print and online publication. A pre-print proofs are returned to authors for their consideration, though at this point no substantial changes to a submission may be made; only corrections of a typographical or similar nature. After final approval of the proofs, the submission is published (typically first online, then in print).

Authors of published submissions are provided with a complimentary printed copy of the issue in which their submission appears.

Important Considerations

By submitting an article for considertation by the journal, the author(s) affirms(s) that it has not been nor shall be sent to any other publisher or entity for publication or consideration for publication, until at least such time as the submission ir declined or a written (email) request to withdraw the submission has been formally acknowledged and agreed by the journal.

Authors, peer reviewers, and other persons involved with the content and/or production of the journal undertake to respect the periods set by the journal regarding the delivery and return of materials.


Publication Frequency

LACLIL publishes articles twice a year, January - June  and July to December.

Open Access Policy

The Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY 3.0) to all works it publishes; see the human-readable summary or the full license legal code). Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute, and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited. No permission is required from the authors or the publishers.

Appropriate attribution can be provided by simply citing the original article—for example: Crystal, D. (2008). Towards a philosophy of language management. Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning,1(1). 43-53.

For any reuse or redistribution of a work, users must also make clear the license terms under which the work was published.

This broad license was developed to facilitate free access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types. Applying this standard license to your own work will ensure that it is freely and openly available in perpetuity.

For more information about the Creative Commons License, visit the Web site: http://creativecommons.org/

Declaration of Originality

Authors must accept and sign the following Declaration of Originality, which is to be sent by email (scanned) to: laclil@unisabana.edu.co

Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) Statement of Originality

I hereby certify that I am/we are the original author(s) of the paper I am/we are submitting for publishing in the Universidad de La Sabana’s LACLIL journal since its contents are the result of my/our direct intellectual contribution.

All data and references to already published works are duly identified with their relevant citation and included in the references section and quotations used and, where required, I/we have the appropriate authorizations from those who own their economic rights.

Therefore, I/we declare that all works involved are free of copyright and I/we shall take responsibility for any intellectual property right-related litigation or claim and hold the Universidad de La Sabana harmless.

I/We further declare that this paper has not been previously published nor has been submitted to any other journal for peer reviewing and subsequent publishing. I/We also mark with an X whether the work I am/we are submitting derived from a:

(  ) Master’s dissertation

(  ) Doctoral dissertation

Having marked any of these options, I/we shall include the appropriate information of the base source as a footnote in the paper.

If the paper “<Name of the article / name of the paper / nome do artigo>” is approved for publishing:

A) As the author(s) and copyright owner(s), I/we hereby authorize the Universidad de La Sabana, without time restriction, to include this paper in LACLIL so that it can reproduce, edit, distribute, exhibit and disseminate it in the country and abroad by print, electronic, CD Rom, Internet, full text or any other means known or to be known.

B) I/We acknowledge the requirements of the journal and attach to this letter these basic data for the publishing of my/our work:

- ORCID of all authors of the paper

- Institutional mail of all authors of the paper or the corresponding author only

- If research was funded: all data of the funding institution and its relevant identification number.

- According to the citation style of the journal: official name(s) in the academic-scientific sphere for citations attributed to me/us in order to unify my/our name(s) in all databases and promote my/our citation. For example, following the style of the journal, Bruna Ruoso da Silva Neutzling is da Silva, B. R.; Maria del Carmen Solano-Ruiz is Solano-Ruiz, M. C.

C) Despite the fact that the journal is open access and fully available online, I understand that the Universidad de La Sabana offers to send the corresponding author a single copy of the number in which the paper is published, only once and subject to the eventualities that may arise in the shipment. Therefore, I mark with an X that:

(  ) I do require the shipment of a copy.

(  ) I do not require the shipment of a copy.

If so, I/we will attach to this letter the exact information for shipment: full name, address with all details, zip code, city, country and contact telephone number. If it is a shipment to Brazil: CNPJ and IE/RG (tax number).

In witness whereof, this statement is signed on this _________ __, ____ in the city of __________.


Full name of author 1

Short name as cited in citable documents

Institutional e-mail

ORCID number:

Funding (if applicable):

Shipment data (if applicable):


The articles published in this journal represent the opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Universidad de La Sabana.

Correction and Retraction Policy

In the event that it is necessary to present corrections to a previously published article, this is done by means of a note presenting errata and/or explanations that is published separately in the next available issue of the journal.

LACLIL does not remove articles from its online archive or printed issues. However, in the event that a serious problem with an article is discovered that exceeds the need for a simple correction or erratum notice—such as in a case of scientific misconduct, plagiarism, pervasive error, or unsubstantiated data—then the journal must publish a notice of retraction. This notice should clearly specify the reason that the article is considered invalid and has been retracted. Similarly, a retracted article is marked boldly, with an indication of where the associated retraction notice has been published. This policy is consistent with the standard practices of most scientific and scholarly journals.

Fraudulent submissions

If at any time during the editorial and/or review process, indications of forgery, data omission, duplication of submissions, or plagiarism is detected, the submission is returned the submitter(s) and due notification is made to their institution(s). All submissions to the journal are subjected to internal and external procedures intended to avoid plagiarism and the duplication of items. (A submission is understood as a "duplicate" if 75% or more of its content is substantially the same as that of a previous publication by the same authors).



Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures

Journal History

The Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning was first published in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, the Editor was Betsy Otalora. From 2011, Carl Edlund Anderson has served as Editor-in-Chief.