About the Journal

ISSN: 2011-6721 (until 2022) - e-ISSN 2322-9721 - DOI: https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil

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), as well as bilingual/multilingual education, languages for special purposes, and intercultural communicative competences 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 empirical articles, literature reviews, materials reviews, and reflective articles based on classroom experiences with a clear focus on CLIL. Submissions need to fall within these areas:

  • Teacher education and continuing professional development in/for CLIL.
  • CLIL across levels of education and contexts.
  • Content development in CLIL.
  • Cognitive development in CLIL.
  • Language development in CLIL.
  • Pluriliteracies. 
  • Translanguaging in CLIL.
  • Teaching and learning resources for CLIL. 
  • Bilingual education, ESP, EAP, EMI, and CLIL.

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


The following types of submissions are considered:

Empirical research articles: Report results of original research. Must comply with requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, including the following sections in this order: Introduction, Literature Review, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, and References. Should not exceed 8,000 words in length.

Literature review/state-of-the-art articles:  Are a critical review of the literature on a particular theme linked to CLIL. Must comply with requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Sections may vary but it must contain conclusions and implications for research and pedagogy. Contain a minimum of 30 quality references. Should not exceed 7,000 words in length.

Commentary articles: Present an argument and/or reflect on points of debate and/or topics in the field of CLIL. Must comply with requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Must include References section. Should not exceed 8,000 words in length.

Practice-based articles: Describe or discuss original CLIL activities, projects, initiatives, or lessons designed and/or carried out by practitioners. Together with a description (and discussion) of the CLIL practice, include an introduction, a brief conceptual framework, a context section, conclusion and implications. Must comply with requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Must include References section. Should not exceed 4,000 words in length.

Book/Product reviews: Offer a critical review of a book or educational product related to CLIL. The book/product under review cannot be more than two years old by the time the review is submitted. References may be included if appropriate. Should not exceed 1,500 words in length.

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 January and July. 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 consideration 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 is 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.

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/


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).


Facultad de Educación, Univerisdad de La Sabana.

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 2011-2016, Carl Edlund Anderson served as Editor-in-Chief. From 2016-2020, Jermaine S. McDougald served as Editor-in-Chief. From 2021, Carl Edlund Anderson has again served as Editor-in-Chief.

Content Permanence

CrossMark Policies

What is CrossMark?

It is a Crossref initiative identified with the brand’s flagship icon:

This method guarantees that the reader is accessing the current version of a publication, as long as it displays the CrossMark logo. Click on the logo to access the version history and find information regarding minor or major changes to the published versions. It is also linked to the DOI, ensuring the stability and permanence of updates over time.

In this journal, we upload the PDFs available to the public in two instances:

  1. when the editorial process ends, with the approval of the author and editorial team,
  2. when the last modifications are made to that PDF as a result of a design review for printing purposes.

Adding the CrossMark icon commits our journal to and makes it responsible for notifying and updating readers about any change in an article.

What kind of changes and updates are part of the CrossMark version history?

  • Addendum: Secondary documents that provide additional information about what has been published. It mainly presents other results. The content added will be specified.
  • Correction: New versions with minor changes that do not affect the meaning of the paper, such as typos or otherwise. Any version update due to this type of modification will be informed.
  • Duplicate: If a paper is already published in another medium or republished either due to technical errors or operational accidents, it will be clarified publicly. The appropriate files will be modified and updated in the CrossMark versions.
  • Erratum: Articles for which, after digital or physical publication, significant errors in the writing, images, tables, graphs, references, or otherwise are reported in the available version. The erratum will be specifically mentioned and corrected for the new version.
  • Rectification (corrigendum): When the author of the published article reports errata, the rectification and appropriate corrections will be explained.
  • Elimination: At the relevant authorized party’s request, all available content will be eliminated. Only the article’s citation information and an explanation will be included on the article page and the different means of accessing the content.
  • Retraction: At the relevant authorized party’s request, a statement of the retraction and, where applicable, the party’s note about the retraction will be posted on all the means of access to the article provided by the journal. The stipulated texts and the note will be retained on the article data page. The title will change to “Retraction: <article title>” and the PDF will have a watermark on all pages where the retraction is announced. The same applies to other versions in the reading formats that the journal may have (HTML, XML, ePub, etc.). For further information on the COPE policies we follow, click here.