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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.


  • I will accept and sign the Declaration of Originality, which will be sent by email to:


  • Audio-visual materials are included pursuant to the journal’s specifications, as outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • If im sending an article that is going to be evaluated, i will make sure to follow the Ensure a Blind Peer Review instructions.
  • 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 of these languages. However, in special cases it is possible to publish articles in other languages, in their original version.

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 6th 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 7,000 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 6th 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 7,000 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 4,000 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 1,000 words in length.

Graphs, tables and illustrations are included in the aforementioned word counts. The consolidated bibliography or reference list is not included in the word count.

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 no less than 150 words, but no more than 250, 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 sstructure 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.) Do not include citations/references, unexpanded abbreviations, figures, or tables within or accompanying the abstract.

Key words. All material submitted for publication is to be accompanied by a list of five key words. 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 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (i.e. 12-pt Times New Roman text, 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.

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.

Tables, figures, and other illustrations must be placed next to the relevant text in the manuscript, rather than at the bottom or the top of the file, and must have concise, consecutively numbered titles or legends (not exceeding 15 words), with any sources cited if appropriate. Ensure tables are presented as editable text and not as images. 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.

Information on the author. Authors must include the following information in their profile on the journal website: full name, institution where the author teaches or conducts academic work, the author’s country, electronic address (e-mail) and biographical statement. The bio-statement should (at a minimum) clearly identify each presenter, their current position at their current institution, and any relevant research interests. A basic template for biographical statements is provided here: NameSurname is a Position in the Department Name at Institution Name. Her/His research/pedagogical interests include [list 2-5 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 or mentioned are to be identified clearly, in compliance with the the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


All works submitted to Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning (LACLIL) to be accompanied by a Declaration of Originality, signed by each of the authors. The form provided at the end of these guidelines is to be completed for that purpose.

Authors are advised to keep a copy of the original text, as the journal does not return material submitted for publication.

LACLIL is an academic journal designed as a vehicle to circulate the work of and for the academic community in general. As a non-profit publication, LACLILdoes not pay for the articles it receives. Likewise, the journal does not charge authors for submitting or processing articles for publication, nor are readers charged for access to the online publication.

Anti-plagiarism software

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LACLIL journal, since 2019, uses Turnitin to check the papers before they go in 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.

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Policy added: 2020/04/21



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