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class Author Guidelines

The editors invite academics, researchers, graduate students, and policymakers on first, second, and foreign language learning to submit original research articles. These should be original, research-based, unpublished, and not under review for possible publication in other journals. All submitted papers are subject to review by the editors, editorial board, and blind reviewers. Submissions that are not in the focus and scope of the journal or that violate our author guidelines, such as not using Microsoft Word document file format, Mendeley, or the article template, will be rejected without review.

Online Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be sent online to Vision: Journal for Language and Foreign Language Learning portal at 

Steps for Submitting Manuscripts

  1. Authors should register and check the “author” column on the registration page:
  2. After logging in, click "New Submission". The stages of article submission are as follows:
    • In the Start section, complete all the checklists, then click Save and Continue.
    • In the Upload Submission section, upload the article manuscript file in MS Word. Then click Save and continue.
    • In the Enter Metadata section, enter the data of all the authors and affiliates. If there is more than one author, click ‘add author’, then fill in their data in the same way as the first author, and so on. Next, fill in the title, abstract, keywords, research methods, and bibliography in each available column.
    • In the Upload Supplementary Files section, uploading supporting files, cover letters, or other documents is permissible.
    • In the Confirmation section, click Finish Submission if all the data are correct.

General Instructions

  1. Articles should be formatted according to the writing pattern of scientific journals. The rules in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Seventh Edition, should be followed. You may use Mendeley or Zotero reference management software and select the setting for the American Psychological Association (APA), the 7th Edition. For an explanation of the APA Citation Guide, please see APA Referencing Style. The minimal number of references (mostly reputable journal articles) is 20.
  2. Articles should be original works, not previously published in any printed or online journal.
  3. When the submission (article) status is under review or has been published for this journal, the author(s) will not be allowed to submit the article to another journal.
  4. Submit the article to the editors online via the Open Journal System (OJS).
  5. The Calibri font (11 pt) should be used, with 1.15 spacing with a top and bottom margin of 4.2 cm and left and right margin of 2.75 cm, in Microsoft Word format with an A4 page size (210 x 297 mm). The words should be between 4000 and 5000, or around 13-15 pages, including pictures, graphs, and tables (if any).
  6. Use the article template to find a header on an even page indicating the name of the Journal, Volume, Number, month, year, and page number of the publication.
  7. The page number should be inserted at the footer, on the right for odd numbers, and on the left for even numbers.
  8. The article must be written in English with correctness, clarity, engagement, and delivery.

Particular Instructions

  1. The article should be the results of empirical research on first, second, and foreign language learning.
  2. Because of the "Single-Blind Review" system, authors could include their name, affiliation, affiliation address, or email address on the cover of the article. Also, authors’ names, names of institutions, and email addresses are listed at the time of registration on the OJS author page. Please also give us your telephone number when you send your article so we can contact you easily.
  3. The content and guidelines of articles should be in narrative essay format, written in paragraphs, with no numbering or bulleting of headings, and should include these components:
  • Title. This section should be succinct, with no subheadings. It should be a brief content formulation and be compact and clear. It may be creative to attract readers. It should be a maximum of 15 words, proper-cased, left-justified, with a Verdana font size of 14. Major keywords are reflected in the title, free of jargon, abbreviation, and unnecessary terms.
  • Abstract. It should be in English. It should comprise one single-spaced paragraph and not exceed 200 words. It should be brief and clear, comprising five elements: 1) the background and aims of the research, 2) the method, 3) the results, 4) the conclusion, and 5) the implications of the research. Do not use abbreviations or citations.
  • Keywords. These can be drawn from the research variables, the characteristics of the subjects, and the referenced theories (a minimum of three words or combinations of words, arranged in alphabetical order and separated using semicolons).
  • Introduction. This section should be succinct, with no subheadings. It should briefly provide information about 1) the background discourse, 2) resource overview in the last ten years, the results and conclusions of previously published studies to help explain why the current study is of scientific interest, research gaps, originality of the work, hypotheses (if using a quantitative method), and 3) objective(s). Avoid the use of secondary citations.
  • Methods. These should inform readers about 1) the research design, 2) participants, including the population, sample profile or size, and sampling procedure, 3) research instruments, including data sources, clearly comprehensive data collection, and elaboratively justified data analysis, 4) procedure in which sufficient information is given to allow for replication of the research, and 5) data analysis. 
  • Findings. These present the outcomes of the study. Use statistical tables and figures whenever appropriate. The findings should be able to answer the research questions or hypotheses.
  • Discussion. It contains critical thinking on the comparisons and contrasts between the current findings and previous relevant/similar studies done by other researchers. The authors should also address the strengths and limitations of their study. This section should not be a repetition of the results section. It should also provide practical implications for findings.
  • Conclusion. It presents the summary and restatement of the main findings. It should be presented in concise, clear, and compact sentences based on the results and discussions in paragraphs (not in bullets or numbers). This section should also highlight the limitations, implications of the findings, and possible prospective research while stating the findings holistically.
  • References. Ones from the last ten years are recommended. Provide a list of references alphabetically and prepared following the American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style (7th Edition). All citations must be cited in references. In addition, the DOI for each reference must be provided if available. It is suggested that authors use reference manager programs such as Mendeley or Zotero.

Tables and Figures

The relationship between the tables or figures and the text should be clear. Authors must explain what the readers should look for when using tables or figures. All tables and picture captions are written with text. The arrangement and placement of tables and figures must refer to the APA 7th Edition about tables and figures. Tables and figures must be placed at the top or bottom of the page, not in the middle. Examples of how to display data in the form of tables or figures can be seen in Article Template.


message 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 with another journal for consideration.
  2. The submitted file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, full URLs for the references are provided.
  4. Mendeley has been used for citations and references in the manuscript and the article template has been used in the manuscript.
  5. The manuscript adheres to the requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines and the minimal number of references (mostly reputable journal articles) is 20.

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  • Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) after the publication process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access)

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English Education Department,
Faculty of Education and Teacher Training,
Universitas Islam Negeri Walisongo Semarang
Jl. Prof Hamka Ngaliyan Semarang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia