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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor has it been submitted to another journal or publisher for consideration.
  • The submission file is in one of the following file format types: .doc or .docx (MS Word), .odt (OpenOffice), or .rtf (Rich-Text Format).
  • The text adheres to the bibliographic requirements and the style rules indicated in the Author Guidelines, which can be found in the “About” section of the journal.


  • Authors must accept and sight the Statement of Originality. This document must be uploaded with the paper submission. Find the option “Statement of Originality” when uploading.
  • References and audio-visual materials are included pursuant to the journal’s specifications, as outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • If I'm sending an article that is going to be peer-reviewed, I will make sure to follow the Ensuring a Blind Review instructions completely.
  • I understand and agree to the Policies set forth by the journal and thereby grant the journal permission to publish my submission.

Author Guidelines

The Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) attempts to make process as seamless as possible for authors to develop and present their work. To do so, LACLIL allows a wide range of styles in the articles and material it accepts for publication. There are, however, a series of minimum guidelines or instructions to be followed when submitting an article or piece of work.

Languages of publication. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) is published in English and Spanish; submission must be written in either of these languages.

Types and lengths of articles.

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, Methods, Results, Discussion, References. Should not exceed 8,000 words in length.
  • Analytical research articles (e.g. commentary/reflection/theory-based): Present an argument and/or reflect and/or offer critical commentary on points of debate and/or topics in the field based on analytical research methods and/or classroom-based experience. Must comply with requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, though need not include sections appropriate to empirical research articles (such as Methods and Results). Must include References section. Should not exceed 8,000 words in length.
  • Review articles: Summarizes the current state of understanding on a topic in the field by analyzing or discussing existing research. Must include References subsection. Should not exceed 5,000 words in length.
  • Book/Product reviews: Offer a critical review of a book or educational product related to CLIL and related topics appropriate to the journal's stated scope. Authors are encouraged to contact the editor prior to submission to ensure suitability of reviewed book/product. References subsection included if appropriate. Should not exceed 1,500 words in length.

Graphs, tables and illustrations, and the consolidated bibliography or reference list are included in the aforementioned word count limits.

Submitting articles.

Articles must be submitted through the Open Journal System (OJS). You must register to do so. Authors who are already registered only need to identify themselves. The system enables authors to upload the necessary files and to gather information for visibility and indexing, in addition to keeping abreast of the status of their article in the publishing process.

Abstract. Each article is to be submitted with an abstract of between 150 (minimum) and 250 (maximum) words in a structure that mirrors that of the article text itself. (E.g. The abstract of an empirical research article must mirror the APA-style IMRaD structure of the article itself, clearly indicating the topic/problem under study, the method used, the main findings, and the principle significance[s] of these findings.) No citations/references, unexpanded abbreviations, figures, or tables within or accompanying the abstract are permitted.

Key words. All material submitted for publication must be accompanied by a list of five key words drawn from the UNESCO Thesaurus. The purpose is to facilitate subject analysis and identification of the article in international indexes, pursuant to the descriptors established by the UNESCO Thesaurus.

Text formatting. Text submitted to Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning must be presented in digital format: .doc or .docx (MS Word), .odt (OpenOffice), or .rtf (Rich-Text Format). Text-formatting must comply with the requirements of the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (e.g., 12-pt serif font or 11-pt sans serif font, double-spacing, etc.). The text must be free of attributes such the use of different fonts, decorative icons, highlighting or any other feature that is not intended to be part of the final design and layout.

Tables and figures must be placed near to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the end or the beginning of the file, and must have concise, consecutively numbered captions, titles, or legends (not exceeding 15 words). All tables and figures must be cross-referenced from the main text. Tables must be presented as editable text and not as images. Any table or figure that is your own work, original to this submission, must be identified by the inclusion of the phrase "Author's own work" (or, as appropriate, "Authors' own work") in the numbered table/figure note. Any table or figure that is reproduced or adapted from another source must include a copyright attribution in the table/figure noteas specified in the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Acceptable file types for illustrations in figures are .tif and .png (preferable) or .jpg (preferably to be avoided) with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi, preferably 600 dpi for line drawings. Other files types such as .psd, .svg, .eps, or .ai files can be submitted as supplementary files. If text has been added to an illustration, a “clean” version of the illustration (without text) must also be submitted.

Audio-visual materials. The author must be the owner of or have the rights to use any audio visual materials (including but not limited to  graphs, charts, diagrams, drawings, photographs, audio recordings, video recordings) within the article or submitted as supplementary files.

Information about the author(s). The following information is required for each contributing author: full name, the official name of the institution at which the author teaches or conducts academic work, that institution's country, the author's official institutional e-mail address, the author's ORCID ID. Additionally, an individual and/or corresponding author must provide that same information along with a biographical statement within their profile on the journal's web site. The biographical statement must (at a minimum) clearly identify the author, their current position at their current institution, and any relevant research interests. A basic template for biographical statements is provided here: "Name Surname is a Position in the Department Name at Institution Name. Their research/pedagogical interests include [list 2-3 research/pedagogical interests]." However, because of the need for blind peer review, authors must ensure that the submitted text of their article and/or any supplementary material does not include any personal or contact information.

Citations and bibliographic references. All sources quoted, mentioned, or otherwise referred to must be identified clearly, in compliance with the the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Statement of Originality

To download the file, please click here or go to this link:

Authors must accept and sign the Statement of Originality, and give the information asked in it. Then, it must be uploaded into the manuscript documents as a PDF.  A digital image of the author's signature is valid.

To accomplish this, follow these steps:

Step 1: In the "2. Upload Submission" tab, once you uploaded your submission, click "Upload file"

Step 2: Upload the file. You must choose the following options and component, then, continue and finish the upload process.

Step 3: Double-check

You will find that the "2. Upload Submission" tab now has two files. If there is no other file regarding your submission, click "Save and continue", and follow the instructions to finish the submission process.

Anti-plagiarism software

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Since 2019, the Latin American Journal of Content and Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) has used Turnitin to check submissions before they begin the peer-review process.

Archived manuscripts ("Archived" status)

If your article is rejected for any reason, you will receive an email regarding this and your manuscript will automatically be filed on our platform as an "Archived" submission.

The archived status does not mean that your article is no longer unpublished or that it is in an active process with the journal. Therefore, it can be sent to another publication. The rejection email is proof of this.

If you have a specific request on this subject, we request to email us to

Policy added: 2020/04/21

Policy updated: 2021/03/02

Ensuring a Blind Review

To ensure the integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this press, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

  • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
  • The authors of the document have removed personal information from the file properties by taking the following steps:
    • Microsoft Word for Windows:
      • Go to File
      • Select Info
      • Click on Check for Issues
      • Click on Inspect Document
      • In the Document Inspector dialog box, select the check boxes to choose the type of hidden content that you want inspected.
      • Click Remove All
      • Click Close
      • Save the document
    • Microsoft Word for MacOS:
      • Go to Tools
      • Click Protect Document
      • Select Remove personal information for this file on save
      • Click OK and save the file
    • PDF:
      • Go to File
      • Select Properties
      • Remove any name in the author field
      • Click OK
      • Save the document



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