TESOL Quarterly Research Guidelines

Because TESOL Quarterly reports substantive findings and models research in the field, articles submitted for publication must meet high research standards. The guidelines below for reporting quantitative research and three types of qualitative research--case studies, conversation analysis, and critical ethnography--also appear in TESOL Quarterly, 37(1), 157-178. Each set of guidelines explains the expectations for research articles within a particular tradition and provides references for additional guidance.

Researchers may also wish to review the TESOL Research Agenda. By examining subfields and foregrounding areas that require additional research, the Research Agenda Task Force (RATF) hopes to provide assistance with the field's collective research efforts, efforts that extend beyond sponsoring research symposia and other presentations at TESOL conferences.

  • TESOL Quarterly Submission Guidelines 
    This section contains detailed instructions for submitting articles to TESOL Quarterly.

  • Qualitative Research: Case Study Guidelines 
    These guidelines are provided for submissions reporting case study research aimed at understanding a bounded phenomenon by examining in depth, and in a holistic manner, one or more particular instances of the phenomenon.

  • Qualitative Research: Conversation Analysis Guidelines 
    These guidelines are provided for TESOL Quarterly submissions using an ethnomethodological approach to conversation analysis (CA) as originated by Sacks, Schegloff, and Jefferson (1974) and Schegloff, Jefferson, and Sacks (1977). From this perspective, the principal goal of CA is to explicate and interpret how participants achieve everyday courses of action by orienting to the underlying structural organization of talk-in-interaction.

  • Qualitative Research: (Critical) Ethnography Guidelines 
    These guidelines are provided for submissions to TESOL Quarterly adopting an ethnographic approach by developing a firsthand, contextualized, naturalistic, hypotheses-generating, emic orientation to the study of TESOL through the study of culture. Ethnography represents diverse research approaches (Atkinson, Coffey, Delamont, Lofland, & Lofland, 2001), and the form and content of ethnographic reports thus vary considerably.

  • Quantitative Research Guidelines 
    These guidelines and references are provided for quantitative research papers submitted to TESOL Quarterly.

  • Informed Consent Policy Statement and Release 
    TESOL expects authors of books or articles in our serial publications or contributors submitting chapters or units to any collective TESOL publication to adhere to ethical and legal standards for work with human subjects. Although TESOL is aware that such standards vary among institutions and countries, TESOL requires authors and contributors to meet, as a minimum, its Informed Consent Policy before submitting a manuscript for review.