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Submission Guidelines

Types of Manuscripts Accepted

NIDA Journal of Language and Communication (NIDAJLC) welcomes submissions of research papers, academic papers, and book reviews. Submitted research and academic papers should address issues that are significant to the diverse areas of language and communication. Papers accessible to both scholarly audiences and the learned public are encouraged.

Research papers must be based on current empirical research contributing to connecting theories and practices in the related fields. Both qualitative and quantitative research papers are accepted. Submitted papers should make an important, substantive contribution to existing or emerging bodies of knowledge. Suitable manuscripts should not exceed 8,500 words, including references and appendices. Each manuscript must include an abstract (not exceeding 250 words) and five keywords are also required for each manuscript.

Academic papers present a comprehensive review of up-to-date scholarship and interest in the related area of language and communication. Manuscripts based on interpreted references to others’ works should offer a critical discussion of implications or applications for theory and practice. Suitable manuscripts with references should not exceed 4,500 words with an abstract of no longer than 250 words.

Book reviews are based upon recent books in the fields of language and communication. Manuscripts should not exceed 1,200 words.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

  • Authors have to register before submitting a paper.
  • Authors are requested to submit a paper electronically by using the submission site at the following address: This site will guide authors through the submission process. Submissions that do not adhere to this procedure will not be considered for the review process.
  • Authors’ names, all references to the authors and institutional affiliations must not appear in the manuscript for the blind review. Only the title and the abstract should be included on the first page.
  • A bio-data of 50 words, an email address, and an affiliation must accompany each submission.
  • Submission of a manuscript implies that it has not been published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere in either the same or a different language. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permission to publish materials (e.g., figures, tables) for which they do not own the copyright.
  • After submitting a manuscript to NIDAJLC, the author maintains that he/she will not submit the manuscript to another outlet, either in the same or in a different language, without first withdrawing it from consideration by NIDAJLC. Submitted manuscripts which overlap substantially with manuscripts already published elsewhere will not be accepted.
  • The authors must carefully edit for language quality before submitting a manuscript to the journal.
  • There is no article processing charge or publication fee.
  • Authors can track the status of a submitted paper online by logging onto the submission system.

Manuscript Format Guidelines

  • Manuscripts submitted to the journal must conform to the stylistic guidelines prescribed by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition.
  • Submitted manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced, and in 12-point Time New Roman font with margins of 1.5 inch for top and 1 inch for bottom, left and right sides.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All pages must be numbered except the title page.
  • Page numbers must be placed at the top of the page in the upper right-hand corner.
  • The article title and headings must be printed in bold style and placed at the center of the page. Sub-headings should be italicized and positioned at the left margin.

Reference Format Guidelines

All sources cited in the manuscripts must follow the American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition), and must be alphabetically ordered. Purdue University provides a comprehensive on-line source for APA guidelines which can be accessed through its website (

In-text Citations
Within the text, only brief author-date citations should be made, giving the author’s last name, year of publication and page number(s) where relevant. For example:

According to Jones (1998), "manuscripts must be properly cited" (p. 199).

Long Quotations
Direct quotations that are 40 words or longer should be placed in a free-standing block of text. Start the quotation on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the left margin without quotation marks. For example:

Pawley and Syder (1983) also pointed out the importance of ready-made lexical units in language production:

In the store of familiar collocations there are expressions for a wide range of familiar concepts and speech acts, and the speaker is able to retrieve these as wholes or as automatic chains from the long-term memory; by doing this he minimizes the amount of clause-internal encoding work to be done and frees himself to attend to other tasks in talk-exchange, including the planning of larger units of discourse. (p. 192)

Paraphrase and Summary
Paraphrase and summary allow authors to include other people’s ideas without cluttering up paragraphs with quotations and help the authors to take greater control of paper writing. Do not forget to include a proper citation when summarizing and paraphrasing. For example:

A thorough understanding of a writer’s identity construction requires an understanding of the writer’s linguistic choices (Matsuda, 2015).

As emphasized by Flowerdew and Wang (2015), in academic writing, the discursive view of identity has questioned the extent to which individuals are free to construct their identity and this construction is controlled by contextual forces.

Examples of References

Schmitt, N. (2010). Researching vocabulary. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave McMillan.
Celce­–Murcia, M., & Larsen–Freeman, D. (1999). The grammar book (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Heinle & Heinle.

Articles in Periodicals
Ellis, N. C. (2002). Frequency effects in language processing. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 24(1), 143–188.
Durrant, P., & Schmitt, N. (2010). Adult learners’ retention of collocations from exposure. Second Language Research, 26, 163–188.

Articles in Edited Books
Tomasello, M. (2009). The usage-based theory of language acquisition. In E. Bavin (Ed.), Handbook of child language (pp. 69–87). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Unpublished Theses
Niglas, K. (2004). The combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods in educational research. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Tallinn Pedagogical University, Tallinn, Estonia.

Notes on Thai Language References

  • The romanization of Thai words should follow the Royal Thai General System of Transcription (RTGS), published by the Royal Institute of Thailand (1999). The RTGS, however, does not include diacritics, which phonetically indicate the variation in vowels and tones.
  • The transliteration of Thai names, preferentially adopted by Thai individuals—such as, Nidhi Auesriwongse and Chetta Puanghut—should not be altered.

Review and Selection of Manuscripts

  • All manuscripts submitted for publication are initially reviewed by the editor for appropriate content and style. If a manuscript is clearly outside the scope of the journal, its author(s) will be notified, but the editor reserves his/her right not to return such manuscript.
  • Manuscripts that meet the basic requirements will be passed on to two anonymous reviewers and a double-blind review process will be used. Reviewers are chosen by the editor based on their expertise in the topic and/or research methods.
  • The authors will receive comments from reviewers and will be notified of the journal’s decision. The editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject manuscripts and to make editorial changes to any manuscripts accepted for publication to enhance clarity and style. The editorial board also reserves the right to shorten the article when necessary without altering the original meaning. The authors will be informed if the content alteration is considered necessary. Editors reserve the right to accept or reject the manuscript and the editors’ decision is considered final.
  • Authors usually receive a decision on their manuscript within 8 weeks after submission.
  • On special occasions or in special editions, the editor may invite authors with a particular expertise to submit manuscripts. In such cases, the publication decision rests with the editor. Such manuscripts are designated as “invited.”
  • Any breach of ethical standard for publication found after the article is published may result in the article being retracted from the NIDA Journal of Language and Communication.


By submitting a manuscript, the author transfers the copyright for the article to School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication. Though the journal is an open-access, reproduction of any material published in NIDA Journal of Language and Communication for non-personal and/or commercial purpose requires a written permission from School of Language and Communication, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

Publication Ethics

The integrity of academic content and publishing process is important to NIDAJLC. The journal follows the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors ( to ensure that any malpractices such as authorship disputes, allegations of plagiarism and dual submission, and accusations of data mishandling or fabrication are prevented.


Authors of submitted manuscripts must provide appropriate citations and references when including information from other sources, whether from their own or others’ publication. Authors must also present an accurate account of the work performed and must be prepared to provide public access to the research data supporting their paper for editorial review and/or to comply with the open data requirements of the journal.

NIDAJLC will require authors to sign and submit a plagiarism declaration form confirming that their work is original, that it represents their own scholarly product, that the manuscript has not been submitted to any other publication for consideration, that all sources are properly cited, and that the authors have obtained permission to publish materials (e.g., figures, tables) for which they do not own the copyright.


The editor will ensure that all submitted papers receive the same treatment during the review and publication process. The editor will also ensure the strict confidentiality of the content of a submitted work and will reject submissions that would result in a duplicate publication. In addition, the editor will respond promptly and fairly when an ethical issue or complaint concerning a submitted or published manuscript arises.


Opinions and recommendations published in the article are the viewpoint of the author and may not represent the view of NIDA Journal of Language and Communication.


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