SLW News Submission Guidelines

Articles

Articles should
  • be no longer than 1,750 words
  • contain no more than seven citations
  • include a 50-word (maximum 500 characters) abstract and two- to three-sentence author biography
  • be accompanied by an author photo (.jpg)
  • follow the style guidelines in the fifth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition (APA style)
  • be in MS Word (.doc/.docx) or rich text (.rtf) format

Graphics and Photos

Graphics and digital photos must
  • be .jpg, .gif, or .tiff format
  • be at least 300 dpi resolution (higher is better)
  • include a caption, the name of each person in the photo, and, if known, the name of the photographer

Permissions

The author(s) should obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce graphics such as tables, figures, and photos taken from a published source.

If the author(s) take a photograph of a person, he or she should obtain a release from that person to reproduce the photograph in the newsletter. No release is necessary for photos of the author(s).

How to Submit

Please send your submissions and questions to the SLW News Managing Editor, Ilka Kostka and Elena Shvidko.

Deadlines

August/September Issue: June 30
February Issue: December 31

Action Research Projects

SLW News welcomes summaries of classroom-based action research projects. Submissions should include a discussion of the following items:
  • statement of the problem
  • research design
  • proposed solutions
  • analysis of results
  • final reflections
Please include any relevant classroom materials that emerged from the research.

Book/Media Review Policy

SLW News welcomes reviews of teacher resource books and student texts dealing with second language writing, teaching, research, and administration. Anyone interested in writing a review for SLW News may choose a recently published book in the field and contact the editor for approval and review copies. Reviews will be considered for publication based on the quality of the reviewer’s evaluation and description of the book as well as the book’s relevance and importance to the field.

Reviews should
  • be in APA format
  • be 600–900 words in length
  • include a 50-word (maximum 500 characters) abstract and a two- to three-sentence author biography

CALL Submissions

SLW News welcomes CALL-related articles, announcements, reports, and reviews in the following categories:
  • Software/Hardware (e.g., organizing systems or integrating software/hardware in learning environments to enhance writing instruction, assessment, or program evaluation)
  • Materials Design (e.g., using software such as Flash or MonoConc to design language-learning activities or materials that address specific language-learning goals, including discovery activities, practice exercises, storybooks, quizzes, or games)
  • Curriculum Design (e.g., using course management software such as Blackboard or eCollege to design e-courses, e-programs, or hybrids for second language writing)
  • Applied Writing Research (e.g., writing computer programs to identify lexicogrammatical features, discourse patterns, or errors/learner variation in writing, i.e., corpus linguistics).

EFL Submissions

SLW News welcomes submissions focusing on EFL contexts. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • statements of instructional problems
  • summary of research
  • literature review with pedagogical implications
  • book/media review
  • lesson plans
  • handouts and activity sheets
  • proposed joint research projects
In order to ensure diversity of interest and coverage of as many areas of instruction in the field of EFL writing as possible, SLW News encourages submissions on the following themes:
  • university writing classrooms
  • preK–12 writing instruction
  • learner communities in the writing classroom
  • computers and the Internet in the writing classroom
  • writing for tests (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS)
  • technical writing as a genre in the EFL context
  • EFL writing instructors’ professional development

Writing Center Submissions

Given that many ESL/EFL students need (and want) more individualized or in-depth assistance with their writing than instructors can understandably provide, these students look to the writing center for support. This phenomenon has been reflected in the increasing number of writing-center-related sessions at professional conferences, as well as discussions on various e-lists.  

To share information on this topic with a wider audience, SLW News encourages submissions highlighting:
  • research,
  • programming,
  • administration, and/or
  • best practices.
Articles can focus on
  • tutor development,
  • one-on-one tutorial sessions,
  • writing groups,
  • workshops, and/or
  • other models.