Call for Papers 2012

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Modern Language Journal


Monograph/Focus Volume Series

Guidelines for Prospective Monograph Authors

The following guidelines should be used by authors submitting proposals for the 2012 MLJ monograph. The Monograph (to be under 400 manuscript pages in length) may treat any topic related to second language learning and teaching, that is, within the scope of the MLJ. Both theoretical topics and extended research studies are welcome. Preference will be given to topics concerning languages other than English, although work in ESL and EFL will be considered if it has implications for teaching other languages as well.

Monograph proposals should include the following:

1. In a detailed statement of purpose (5–7 pages double spaced, 12 pt. font), include the following:

— The objective of the proposed monograph and an explanation of the unique and significant contribution it makes to the field of second language acquisition or foreign language pedagogy.

— The language(s) addressed or illustrated and, if applicable, additional languages to which the work would offer insights.

— A comparison/contrast with monographs that have covered the same or similar topics, and an explanation of what sets your monograph apart from them.

— An explanation of how the approach taken in the monograph does or does not represent a departure from, or extension of, conventional wisdom. Explain how this monograph will contribute to the discipline.

— Other comments that reveal different, original, or interesting aspects of your proposed project

— A sentence or two explaining why you are submitting your proposal to the MLJ monograph series.

— If possible, a brief description of anticipated special production issues such as the number and type of illustrations, photographs, tables, maps, glossary, appendixes, etc., and whether they will require any special design considerations, copyright permissions, etc.

2. A separate annotated outline (table of contents), including a short narrative for each section that describes how that section contributes to the monograph.

3. If you have a sample chapter, please include it with your proposal.

4. A list of suggested readers, including those who might have already read the manuscript. Some of these readers may be contacted for review, but additional readers will also be chosen.

5. Author(s) information: Your curriculum vitae, including publications, selected talks, and offices held in professional organizations, as well as contact information.

— Electronic files containing monograph proposals are due to the Editor of the series (Barbara Lafford,<>) by October 15, 2010. The Editor will inform prospective authors of publication decisions by November 30, 2010. The author(s) of the manuscript chosen will be sent more detailed guidelines and a timeline for manuscript preparation for the 2012 publication date.