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 appear in TESOL Quarterly,  50(1), 130-153. 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.

  • 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.