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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 article has not been published in or submitted for publication to any other journal.
  • The topic, length and structure of the article fulfil the journal’s requirements provided in the Author Guidelines. The article is accompanied by all the necessary information and appendixes.
  • The article is a Word Document, saved in Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version. Automatic hyphenation is disabled, alignment is justified, pages are numbered. The bibliography fulfils the journal’s requirements.
  • The text is fully anonymised: the author’s name is either not mentioned or substituted throughout with the word “author”, the author’s identification is deleted from the file’s properties (see the File menu in Word and Adobe Acrobat).
  • The text has been proofread before submission and cannot be improved further in its present state.

Author Guidelines

About the Journal

JALL is an international academic peer-reviewed journal that publishes analytical articles, the results of theoretical, experimental and practical research, short reports, reviews, chronicles, overviews, discussions and archival materials.  Periodically, thematic editions are prepared on specific theoretical or applied linguistic problems, as well as scientific fields and schools, and significant academic events. The purpose of such issues is to provide an in-depth comprehensive coverage to the current state of research in the relevant area of science.  For more information about the editorial policy of the journal, please go to “Editorial Ethics”.

Please note that the journal publishes articles primarily in English.

No publication fee is charged to the authors.

The editorial team reserves the right to reject the material at any stage, in case of non-compliance with the submission requirements — without consideration.



The editorial board of the journal, sharing the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) principles, strives to maintain the highest standards of academic reviewing and carries out a continuous collective assessment of incoming materials. Each article is initially reviewed by the editor for compliance with the journal’s submission requirements for published materials, and then subjected to a double-blind peer review.  For more information about the journal's policy on reviewing and publishing ethics, please go to “Review Statement”.


Authorial Ethics

When forwarding material to the editorial board, the author guarantees that their text is original, previously unpublished and not under current review by the editorial board of any other journal.

The author, whose article is accepted for publication by the decision of the editorial board, is to sign a license agreement with the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia on granting the right to use their work under a non-exclusive license.


Article Preparation

Length of papers

The journal has a limit on the length of published papers: 20 000 to 32 000 characters with spaces for articles; 10 000 to 15 000 characters with spaces for reviews and comments. Please note that the total length of the article includes the text of the article and the notes (footnotes), as well as the illustrative, reference and bibliographic material.


Formatting requirements

When preparing their articles, authors are advised to use the specially designed document templates in the .dotx format that are available for download on our website.  If you prefer not to use the templates, please consider the following principles when preparing the text.  After your article is accepted for publication, it will be subjected to scholarly and literary editing and formatted in accordance with the layout of the journal.

Download the Article Template


Completeness and presentation of papers

1. Papers are presented in the form of a single file in the .docx format that includes the following parts in the following order: information about the author (see “Information about the Author”), universal decimal classification (UDC), the title of the article, the abstract, and the keywords (see “Title”, “Abstract”, “Keywords”), the text of the article, a list of sources and references (see “Formatting text references and endnotes” and “Transliteration of references”), as well as a list of at least three proposed reviewers stating their full name, place of work and contact details. Since the latter requirement does not necessarily mean that the article will be sent to these reviewers, the author of the article is not required to obtain their prior consent.

2. To name the article file, use the author’s last name in Latin characters.

3. If the article text requires the use of non-standard fonts, complex formatting, etc., a .pdf file of the article text should be provided in addition to the .docx file. The files of the fonts used should be provided additionally.

4. If the article contains illustrations, each of them should be provided as a separate .jpg, .jpeg or .png file (see “Tables, figures, and charts”). To name the file, use “the author's last name in Latin characters, space, Pic, sequence number”.


Format, font, paragraphs: this article should use Times New Roman, 12 pt; line spacing — 1.5; margins — 2.5 cm; alignment — justified text; font colour — black; paragraph indent for the first paragraph inside a section — 1.5 cm from the left margin, for the following paragraphs inside the section — 0 cm.


Information about the Author

1. For the purpose of independent reviewing, the text of the article should be anonymized. In particular, it is not allowed to directly mention the authorship when referring to your previously published works (for example, to use such wording as: “as we wrote earlier ...”, etc.).

2. All information about the author should be stated on the first page of the article file sent to the editorial team.

3. The information about the author must include the following:

- the name of the author in full (if the name is natively written in non-Latin alphabet it should be transliterated in Latin characters which the author uses in all his publications);

- the academic degree;

- the position, the name of the organization (place of work);

- the legal address of the organization (not of its subdivision!);

- the author's email address;

- the contact phone number of the author with the area code;

- the author’s personal identification codes (SPIN-code, AuthorID for RSCI, ResearcherID, ORCID and Scopus AuthorID, if applicable).

If there are several authors, all of the above information is provided for each one of them.


UDC index: the UDC index should be specified on the left-hand side of the first page of the main text, giving an accurate reflection of the article’s subject.


The title should be given in bold; capital letters are used only at the beginning of the title and for proper names.

The editorial board will provide title, abstract and keyword translations for foreign-language authors.


The abstract should precede the main text of the article and be separated from it graphically; it should be at least 250 and not more than 300 words in length. The abstract should give the reader an opportunity to form an adequate idea of the subject and the course of ​​the research, and the conclusions reached by the author. Background information, general and insignificant statements, superfluous introductory words, etc., should be avoided when writing an abstract.

The editors provide a translation of abstracts into Russian submitted by foreign researchers in English.


Keywords must follow the abstract, precede the main text of the article and be separated from both graphically. Keywords are intended to help the readers find your article, so there should be no less than 5 and no more than 10 of them. The list of keywords should contain two words mentioned in the title of the article.


Section headings

Capital letters are used only at the beginning of the heading and for proper names.  The article should contain consistently formatted headings of different levels:

  1. first-level headings (for example, “Introduction”, “Conclusions”, etc.) should be given in bold type on a separate line;
  2. second-level headings are given in bold italic type on a separate line;
  3. third-level headings are given in italics on a separate line;
  4. fourth-level headings are given in bold italic type at the beginning of a paragraph, so that the text of the paragraph immediately follows the punctuation mark closing the heading;
  5. fifth-level headings are given in italics at the beginning of a paragraph, so that the text of the paragraph immediately follows the punctuation mark closing the heading.


Tables, figures, charts

1 .Tables should be presented in the final part of the article, after the main text (a table with a large number of lines can be split over several pages), figures and charts should be provided in separate files.

2. Immediately after the paragraph of the main text in which this table, figure or chart is first mentioned, a note of should be inserted on a separate line, such as [Table 1 should be here].

3. The content of the table, figure or chart should be clear without referring to the main text of the article and should not be duplicated in it.

4. Each table, figure or chart should have a heading typed in the format of the main text; the heading is placed above the object and is not separated from it graphically.

5. Objects are numbered continuously with Arabic numerals. A single object should not be numbered.

6. Captions to tables, pictures, charts, if they are necessary, must comply with the following format requirements: Times New Roman, 10 pt, line spacing 1.5, left alignment.

7. Pictures and diagrams should be provided in separate files in the JPG, JPEG or PNG format. Image quality should ensure it remains clear after resizing. Resolution — at least 300 dpi (dots per inch).


Spelling, punctuation

Em dashes (—) should be used whenever required, except when indicating number ranges (for Em dash, use the shortcut combinations “Ctrl + Alt + Minus” or “Alt + 0151” on the NumPad).


Style: the article should meet general requirements for the academic writing style.



1. Quotations that take up more than three lines in the article should be given on a new line with a left indent of 2 cm and should not be enclosed in quotation marks; font size 10 pt.

2. The reference to the source of quotation is given immediately after the quotation in brackets (see “Formatting text references and endnotes” below).


Examples and semantic highlighting

1. The meaning of language examples is given in single quotation marks (‘’).

2. For the purposes of semantic highlighting, bold or bold italic type (depending on the type of the main text) is used; text underlining is not allowed.


Page numbering: sequence numbers are placed at the bottom of the page with centre alignment (using footers).


Dates and numerals

1. Dates must be typed in accordance with the following format: 5 August 1982.

2. Numbers from 1 to 10 inclusively are written as words, numbers over 10 are written as numbers.

3. Centuries are marked by Roman numerals, decades are recorded in accordance with the following format: the 1980s.



1. At the first mentioning of a person’s name in the text, the surname is accompanied by the initials of the first name (and patronymic, if applicable); when mentioning it further, only the surname is given (unless the article mentions several people with the same surname).

2. Initials are separated from each other and from the surname by non-breaking spaces (shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + Space).

3. If it is necessary to include information about a person’s years of life, they are given at the first mentioning of the name to the right of it in parentheses, separated by an en-dash without spaces, for example:  F. Fortunatov (1848–1914).


List of abbreviations

The list of abbreviations, if abbreviations are used in the text of the article, should follow the list of references.



1. All lists are formatted using the automatic Word tool only.

2. Lists that are not part of top-level lists are formatted as numbered lists with an indent of 1.5 cm from the left margin.

3. The lists included in numbered lists are formatted as bullets with an indent of 2.0 cm from the left margin.


Formatting of footnotes

It is recommended to use footnotes as rarely as possible, in exceptional cases. If a note is necessary, it is formatted using the automatic Word tool “Insert Footnote” with continuous numbering at the bottom of the page; when formatting footnotes, keep to the line spacing of 1.5, but use the font size of 10 pt.


Formatting text references and endnotes

1. The layout and formatting of the list of references should be given very careful attention, since the appropriate formatting of the references will predetermine the recognition of the publications referenced by the author, as well as their citedness, in the scientometric databases.

2. The references should contain all sources to which the author refers directly or indirectly, and should not include any sources that are not mentioned in the text.

3. The list of references is placed after the text of the article in the form of an unnumbered list of bibliographic records arranged by the names of their authors in the alphabetical order. Several works by the same author are arranged under the author’s surname according to the chronological order of their publishing from earlier to later works. Russian sources are given first (if applicable), followed by sources in other languages ​​in the following order, according to the alphabet used: Cyrillic, Latin, Arabic, Chinese, all others.

4. The list of references is preceded by the title "References". The list of sources and dictionaries can be issued separately; in this case it is placed before the list of references and preceded by the title "Dictionaries and source texts".

5. In the text, works from the list of references are enclosed in parentheses, stating the surname of the author and the year of the publication: (Bakhtin 1963).

In case of referring to a specific passage in the work, the page number is stated, separated by a comma:  (Bakhtin 1963, 25).

If there were several works published by the author in a given year, then the year should be immediately followed by a Latin letter, corresponding to the alphabetical order of the works in question in the list of references:  (Bakhtin 1963a).

In case of referring to a document created by one or two authors, the authors' surnames should be given. In case of referring to works by more than two authors, or works in which the authors are not stated, the document should be named (shortening of long titles is accepted): (Philosophy of Culture 1999).

In case of referring to a multipart/ multi-volume document, the volume/ part type and number should be given: (Ivanov 2000, vol. 1).

If the reference contains information about several bibliographic items, their data are separated with a semicolon (;), and the sources are arranged in the alphabetical order:  (Bakhtin 1963; Ivanov 2000, vol. 1: 45).

No abbreviations are acceptable, such as replacing the reference to the source, for example:  “As before”, “Ibid”, “Op. cit."

6. Dictionaries may be referred to by their official acronyms rather than full titles, for example: OED for the Oxford English Dictionary.

7. References to present-day media are given using the common short forms, for example: [Ros. gas. 2016. No. 136], [NTV; Russia 1; Russia K], etc.

8. Examples of formatting the references are given in the section “Rules and examples of formatting bibliographic records”.

The number of pages is given in the following format: “250 p.” for books and “pp. 10–20” for articles.

The absolute URLs are used for links.

Please note that the titles of journals, books, theses, conferences should be highlighted in italics.  This is important because the use of italics helps to distinguish between the title of the article and the title of the source.


Transliteration of references

The Harvard referencing style is used in the References section. BSI standard is used for transliteration. This section provides a list of references in foreign languages ​​and a transliterated list of references in Russian (if applicable). The order of references is alphabetic and continuous (not divided by languages).

Authors’ names in Cyrillic characters should be transliterated into English; authors’ names in Latin characters should be provided in their original spelling (i. e. Genette G., Barthes R.; Köstlin K. R. von, etc.)

In reference to journals and newspapers, the official translation of their titles should be used (if available).

The original language of publications must be specified for all languages ​​except English, German, and French.

To transliterate the list of references in Cyrillic alphabet, it is recommended to use the following website:

The order of the provided information should be as follows: (1) The name of the author (if applicable). (2) The year of publication. (3) The title of the article/ paper. (4) The source title. (5) Publication data with notations in English. (6) The language of publication.

The algorithm for compiling a transliterated list of references 

Examples of formatting references in English and transliterated references

For English-language publications the pattern should be as follows: Author’s original name. Year of publication. Publication title. Source title. Publisher’s imprint in English.

For other foreign-language publications printed in languages that use Latin characters, the pattern should be as follows: Author’s original name. Year of publication. Original publication title. [Publication title in English]. Original source title. [Source title in English]. Publisher’s imprint in English. Language of publication.

For transliterated publications that use Cyrillic or other alphabets the pattern should be as follows: Author’s transliterated name. Year of publication. Transliterated publication title. [Publication title in English]. Transliterated source title. [Source title in English]. Publisher’s imprint in English. Language of publication.

For books

One author:

  • Author, A. A. (2000) Title of a book. Location: Publisher.
  • Avtor, A. A. (2000) Nazvanie knigi. Location: Publisher. (In Russian)

Several authors:

  • Author, A., Author, B., Author, C. C. et al. (2001) Title of a book. 2nd ed. Location: Publisher.
  • Avtor, A., Avtor, B., Avtor, C. C. et al. (2001) Nazvanie knigi. 2nd ed. Location: Publisher. (In Russian)

Chapter from a book:

  • Author, A. (2002) Title of a chapter. In: B. Editor, C. Editor (eds.). Title of a book. Location: Publisher, pages.
  • Avtor, A. (2002) Nazvanie glavy. In: B. Editor, C. Editor (eds.). Nazvanie knigi. Location: Publisher, pages. (In Russian)

A collection of papers with editors:

  • Editor, A. (ed.). (2003) Title of collection. Location: Publisher.
  • Editor, A. (ed.). (2003) Nazvanie sbornika. Location: Publisher. (In Russian)

For journal articles

One author:

  • Author, A. (2007) Title of an article. Title of a journal, volume, pages. DOI: 10.1000/0000-0000.2007.25-5-20. (In English)
  • Avtor, A. (2004) Nazvanie stat’i [English title of an article]. Nazvanie zhurnala — Title of a journal, volume, pages. (In Russian)

For two or more authors:

  • Author, A., Author, B. B., Author, C. C. et al. (2006) Title of an article. Title of a journal, volume (issue), pages.
  • Avtor, A., Avtor, B. B., Avtor, C. C. et al. (2006) Nazvanie stat’i [English title of an article]. Nazvanie zhurnala — Title of a journal, volume (issue), pages. (In Russian)

For proceedings of conferences, scholarly seminars, round tables

  • Author, A. (2008) Title of an article. In: B. B. Editor, C. Editor, D. D. Editor, E. Editor (eds.). Title of proceeding collection. Location: Publisher, pages.
  • Avtor, A. (2008) Nazvanie stat’i [English title of an article]. In: B. B. Editor, C. Editor, D. D. Editor and E. Editor (eds.). Nazvanie sbornika [English title of proceeding collection]. Place: Publisher, pages. (In Russian)

For Internet sources

  • Avtor, A. (2009) Nazvanie stat’i [Englsih title of an article]. Nazvanie zhurnala — Title of a journal, volume, pages. [Online]. Available at: (accessed 05.05.2015). (In Russian)

For newspaper articles

  • Author, A. (2010) Title of an article. Title of a paper, 10 January, pages.
  • Avtor, A. (2010) Nazvanie stat’i. Nazvanie gazety, 10 January, pages. (In Russian)

For book reviews

  • Author, A. (2011) Title of a rewiew. [Review of a book Title of a book, by B. Author]. Title of a journal, volume, pages.
  • Avtor, A. (2011) Nazvanie retsenzii [English title of a rewiew]. (Review of a book Title of a book, by B. Avtor). Nazvanie zhurnala — Title of a journal, volume, pages. (In Russian)


Submission of Papers

The papers, formatted in accordance with the rules stated above, are sent to the JALL editorial board through the file uploading system on the journal’s official website Paper manuscripts, as well as articles sent by e-mail to the editorial staff, will not be accepted.

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered on this journal’s website will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.