Journal of Second Language Pronunciation

The Journal of Second Language Pronunciation is a scholarly journal devoted to research into the acquisition, perception, production, teaching, assessment, and description of prosodic and segmental pronunciation of second languages in all contexts of learning. The journal encourages research that connects theory and practice, enhances our understanding of L2 phonological learning processes, and provides connections between L2 pronunciation and other areas of applied linguistics such as pragmatics, CALL, and speech perception.

The Journal publishes papers in four main areas: experimental, instructed, and naturalistic research about second language pronunciation; review articles that synthesize research perspectives of key pronunciation issues from different disciplines;teaching-oriented papers detailing successful practices and research-based instruction; and reviews of technology and books focused on second language pronunciation.

Contributions focusing on empirical research will represent all portions of the methodological spectrum including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. The journal invites papers on topics such as intelligibility and comprehensibility, accent, phonological acquisition, the use of technology (such as automatic speech recognition, text-to-speech, and CAPT), spoken language assessment, the social impact of L2 pronunciation, the ethics of pronunciation teaching, pronunciation acquisition in less commonly taught languages, speech perception and its relationship to speech production, and other topics.
ISSN 2215-1931 | E-ISSN 2215-194X | Electronic edition
Sample issue: JSLP 1:1
John M. Levis | Iowa State University |
Editorial Assistant
Sinem Sonsaat | Iowa State University
Editorial Board
Michael Carey | University of the Sunshine Coast
Juli Cebrian | Autonomous University of Barcelona
Tracey M. Derwing | University of Alberta & Simon Fraser University
David Deterding | Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Jennifer A. Foote | University of Alberta
Tetsuo Harada | Waseda University
Luke Harding | University of Lancaster
Debra M. Hardison | Michigan State University
Rachel Hayes-Harb | University of Utah
Sam Helmuth | University of York
Okim Kang | Northern Arizona University
Sara Kennedy | Concordia University
Ee-Ling Low | National Institute of Education, Singapore
Joan Carles Mora | University de Barcelona
Murray J. Munro | Simon Fraser University
Mary Grantham O’Brien | University of Calgary
Kazuya Saito | Birkbeck College, University of London
Jane Setter | University of Reading
Ron I. Thomson | Brock University
Pavel Trofimovich | Concordia University
Chunsheng Yang | University of Connecticut
Beth Zielinski | Macquarie University
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Current issue: 4:1, available as of May 2018

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CFDC: Language acquisition

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  1. Authors wishing to submit articles for publication in JSLP are requested to do so through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site. All other inquiries should be directed towards the editors by e-mailing the journal at:
  2. Submissions should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. Submissions that do not follow the APA style or that do not correspond to the focus of JSLP  will be returned to authors without review.
  3. Contributions must be in English. Spelling should be either American English or British English and should be consistent throughout the paper. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker prior to submission.
  4. All articles published in this journal are double-blind peer reviewed. Self-identifying citations and references in the article text should either be avoided or left blank when manuscripts are first submitted. Authors are responsible for reinserting self-identifying citations and references when manuscripts are prepared for final submission.
  5. For initial submission, authors should submit their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form in Word only, double-spaced with 3 cm/1 inch margins. While submitting the manuscript, authors must provide a concise and informative title of the article; the name, affiliation, and address of each author; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words) that should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references, and five to ten keywords to be used for indexing purposes.
  6. Submissions should be approximately 8,500 words long.
  7. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word).
  8. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in JLSP is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.
  9. Authors should provide the final version of the 100-150 word abstract in English.
  10. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1.; 1.1.1.). Authors are advised not to use more than three levels of displayed headings.
  11. Line drawings (FIGURES) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. Reference to any FIGURES should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.
  12. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text. TABLES should be created with Word’s table function, not as spreadsheets.
  13. NOTES should appear as ENDNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and numbered consecutively throughout the paper.
  14. REFERENCES in the text should be formatted according to APA style:
    • A Work by Two Authors: Name both authors in the signal phrase or in the parentheses each time you cite the work. Use the word “and” between the authors’ names within the text and use the ampersand in the parentheses.

      Research by Wegener and Petty (1994) supports...

      Research supports…. (Wegener & Petty, 1994)

    • A Work by Three to Five Authors: List all the authors in the signal phrase or in parentheses the first time you cite the source.

      (Kernis, Cornell, Sun, Berry, & Harlow, 1993)

    • In subsequent citations, only use the first author’s last name followed by “et al.” in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

      (Kernis et al., 1993)

    • In et al. , et should not be followed by a period.
    • Six or More Authors: Use the first author’s name followed by et al. in the signal phrase or in parentheses.

      Harris et al. (2001) argued...

      (Harris et al., 2001)

    • Two or More Works in the Same Parentheses: When your parenthetical citation includes two or more works, order them the same way they appear in the reference list, separated by a semi-colon. That means that they are in alphabetical, not chronological order.

      (Berndt, 2002; Harlow, 1983)

    • Authors With the Same Last Name: To prevent confusion, use first initials with the last names.

      (E. Johnson, 2001; L. Johnson, 1998)

    • Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year: If you have two sources by the same author in the same year, use lower-case letters (a, b, c) with the year to order the entries in the reference list. Use the lower-case letters with the year in the in-text citation.

      Research by Berndt (1981a) illustrated that...

    • Book (monograph):

      Montrul, S.A. (2008). Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism. Re-examining the age factor. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    • Dissertation:

      Anderson, B. (2002). The fundamental equivalence of native and interlanguage grammars: Evidence from argument licensing and adjective position. Unpublished dotoral dissertation, Indiana University.

    • Book (edited volume):

      Brinton, D., Kagan, O., & Bauckus, S. (Eds.). (2008). Heritage language education. A new field emerging. London: Routledge.

    • Article (in book):

      Bullock, B.E., & Toribio, A.J. (2009). Trying to hit a moving target: On the sociophonetics of code-switching. In L. Isurin, D. Winford, & K. de Bot (Eds.), Multidisciplinary approaches to code switching (pp. 189-206). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    • Articles (in journal):

      Grosjean, F. (1998). Studying bilinguals. Methodological and conceptual issues. Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 1(2), 131-149.

      Bobaljik, J.D., & Wurmbrand, S. (2002). Notes on agreement in Itelmen. Linguistic Discovery, 1(1). Available from

    • Electronic, online sources:

      Liberman, M. (2006). Uptalk is not HRT. Language Log, 28 March 2006, retrieved on 30 March 2006, from

  15. Authors are kindly requested to check their manuscripts very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a PDF file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author’s alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.
  16. Authors of main articles will receive a complimentary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.
  17. Manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s online submission and manuscript tracking site.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors:


Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal's online submission and manuscript tracking site. Please consult the guidelines and the Short Guide to EM for Authors before you submit your paper.

If you are not able to submit online, or for any other editorial correspondence, please contact the editors by e-mail: