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Author Guidelines

Scripta Manent of the Slovene Association of LSP Teachers is a peer-reviewed open access journal designed primarily as a resource for LSP teachers and researchers. It is committed to contributing to the professional development of its readers around the world by publishing manuscripts that strive to bridge theory and practice in the LSP teaching profession. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts on applied and theoretical research in languages for specific purposes (LSP), e.g. learning and teaching methods, teacher education, assessment of language, needs analysis, materials development and evaluation, discourse analysis, language policies, etc. Reviews of scholarly books on LSP and reviews of local LSP coursebooks are also welcome.


Types of submissions

Scripta Manent welcomes previously unpublished manuscripts in the following categories:

Research articles

These present empirical research using original data, as well as replicable and verifiable research methodologies. Manuscripts should include a clearly defined research question and a description of research methods, a description of results, and a discussion section where the practical implications of the research are clearly identified. Manuscripts should be preferably about 8000 words long without tables and references.

Research articles should include an abstract in English of 120 - 150 words in length, keywords (up to six), and a summary of about 400 words summarizing the main points in Slovene. Summaries in Slovene for authors who cannot speak Slovene will be provided by the editorial team.

LSP teaching reports

These should draw on experiences with new LSP methods, materials, means of assessment and other areas of professional interest as well as practical applications of LSP description or analysis. Manuscripts describing carefully planned and executed experiments in the field of LSP are also welcome.

LSP teaching reports should seek to balance theory and practice by ensuring that practical descriptions relate to underlying theoretical principles and theoretical concepts to their practical applications. They should show awareness of recent work carried out in the area on which they report. They should be preferably about 4000 words long without tables and references.

LSP teaching reports should include an abstract in English of 120 - 150 words in length, keywords (up to six), and a summary of about 400 words summarizing the main points in Slovene. Summaries in Slovene for authors who cannot speak Slovene will be provided by the editorial team.

Book Reviews

Apart from relevant scholarly books on LSP, Scripta Manent aslo publishes reviews of LSP coursebooks that have been published locally and should not be overlooked. Reviews should be a reliable and valuable resource for teachers and researchers.

Reviews should situate the book in its wider context of relevance, summarize the main arguments, identify the intended audience and who would find it useful, and address the reviewer’s own critical but constructive commentary.

While reviews of individual books should not exceed 1200 words, comparative reviews of books could be up to 2000 words in length.

While we welcome suggestions for reviews, unsolicited reviews are not encouraged.

 

Submission languages

Submissions can be written in English, German, Italian, French or Slovene ‒ preferably in the language that the manuscript focuses on.

 

Submission process

Manuscripts should be submitted for blind review in electronic form using the journal's OJS system.

Authors should register first indicating their full names, affiliation, postal and e-mail addresses. If there are more authors, these details have to be provided of each author and the name of the corresponding author has to be indicated. Contact details must be kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Remove all identifying features from the paper and make sure that no author's name appears in the text, in-text citations or reference list.

All submissions should be proofread.

All contributions to the journal should be formatted and referenced using the APA Style (http://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial.aspx). Please use font 12 throughout the article and do not apply text styles. Instead of APA style formatting of headings you can also use numbering (maximum three levels).

The manuscript should be in .doc, .docx, .odt or .rtf format, the name of the file should be bearing the first words of the manuscript title (e.g., BusinessReports.rtf).

Please note that no fees or charges are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in Scripta Manent.

 

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The submission has been proofread.
 

Copyright Notice

Scripta Manent is an open access journal of the Slovene Association of LSP Teachers licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).

Open access means that all content is freely available without charge to the readers. Readers are allowed to read, download, copy, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative's definition of open access. The Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license permits any readers/users also to extract, reuse, adapt (e.g. translate), archive, mine, include in a collective work (e.g. an anthology) and distribute an article on condition they credit the author(s) appropriately, do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation, use the articles for non-commercial purposes only and license their new adaptations or creations under identical terms (CC BY-NC-SA).

Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. They can archive the pre-print and post-print or publisher's version of their work. They will, however, assign to Scripta Manent the permanent right to electronically distribute their manuscript and, after it has appeared in Scripta Manent, they may republish their text as long as they clearly acknowledge Scripta Manent as the place of the original publication.

There is no Article Processing Fee charged to authors and all articles are immediately available on the journal website once published.

Please note that the detailed legal code for CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 can be found at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/legalcode.

Publisher: Slovensko društvo učiteljev tujega strokovnega jezika | Slovene Association of LSP Teachers, Kardeljeva pl. 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

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