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From ARAL—An update!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alison Mackey, Kendall King, and Lara Bryfonski
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The Annual Review of Applied Linguistics (ARAL) has seen many changes over the past three volumes. In 2015, a new editor and editorial board began their terms, and the journal underwent changes in design and content. A contemporary cover and format were added, and the scope of publications was expanded to include position papers, shorter and longer reviews and original empirical papers. The focus of the 2015 issue, Identity in applied linguistics, was developed in order to correspond to the theme of AAAL's 2015 conference.  The 2016 issue focused on Task-based language teaching and learning. That same year, 2016, ARAL also began to publish Blogs and ‘Extra Papers’ to extend the academic content available to AAAL members.

Volume 37 (2017) on Younger Second Language Learners is currently available, and explores the theme of child second language acquisition from a wide range of disciplinary and context perspectives. AAAL members can read papers by: Nelson Flores, Ofelia García, Judit Kormos, Asta Cekaite, Rhonda Oliver, Agurtzane Azkarai, Eva Alcón-Soler, Gigliana Melzi, Adina R. Schick, Kelly Escobar, María del Pilar Garcâ Mayo, Udane Loidi Labandibar, Casey Lew-Williams, Johanne Paradis, Brian Rusk, Tamar Sorenson Duncan, Krithika Govindarajan, Camen Muñoz, Kate Menken, Sharon Avni, Virginia P. Collier, Wayne P. Thomas, Jeff MacSwan, Marilyn S. Thompson, Kellie Rolstad, Kara McAlister, Gerda Lobo, Alison L. Bailey, Tara W. Fortune, and Zhongkui Ju (listed here in order of appearance). All AAAL members have online access to the journal as part of their membership. Furthermore, a list of all topics covered by ARAL in previous years of its history can be found on the website.

ARAL’s theme for 2018 will be International language learning. For this issue, the term broadly construed and taken up to mean language learning through intensive short-term, long-term or permanent immersion in a new national context.  The issue will include research carried out in a wide range of settings, including the various study abroad contexts for secondary and tertiary education students; home environments (including international adoptions and family reunification); work on policy and theory as it relates to international language learning and teaching, including immigration and migrant research, as well as meta-analytic and synthesis work on international educational findings and outcomes.

We are pleased to report that this year the journal’s impact factor rose substantially. ARAL is now ranked 12th of 180 linguistics journals (up from 80th). Additionally, authors are now asked to upload their materials to IRIS (Instrument Repository for Research into Second Languages), and we are doing the necessary preparation work so that ARAL 2018 can adopt the open materials badge (via disclosure), and also comply with the Center for Open Science initiative’s TOP (Transparency and Openness Promotion) Guidelines, self-described as “a community-driven effort to align scientific ideals with actual practices.” These exciting new updates to ARAL can be expected in the 2018 issue.

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