Aims and Scope, Publishing Policy, Formatting

Please refer to TLC Guidelines Handbook for details on:

  • efficient manuscript publication
  • previous distribution
  • language and style
  • author details required
  • TLC aims, scope and mission
  • subjects covered
  • ethical matters
  • errors and retractions

  • copy, print and download
  • peer review terms and policy
  • manuscript structure
  • manuscript format
  • book review guidelines
  • return of manuscript
  • paper template with comments
  • submission instructions

Aims and scope

TLC aims to:

  • enhance the scientific foundation of the teaching process
  • promote stronger ties between theory and practical training
  • strengthen mutually enriching international cooperation among teachers and other professionals
  • publish peer-reviewed academic articles, reports, and reviews of interest to the scientific community

Subjects covered

TLC covers a range of subjects including:

  • linguistics and language teaching and training
  • cultural awareness and intercultural teaching and training
  • teacher training for languages, culture, and diversity
  • technology in language and culture learning and teaching
  • testing and assessment

Materials published

TLC is committed to publishing:

  • empirical, theoretical and methodological studies on subjects covered
  • articles by ICC and RUDN University members and associates
  • reports on events and EUROLTA
  • book reviews
  • upcoming news about member organisations and activities

Publication ethics

TLC is dedicated to following best practices on ethical matters, errors, and retractions. The prevention of publication malpractice is one of the important responsibilities of the Editorial Board. Any kind of unethical behaviour is not acceptable, and TLC does not tolerate plagiarism in any form. Authors submitting articles to TLC affirm that manuscript contents are original. Furthermore, they warrant that their article has neither been published elsewhere in any language fully or partly, nor is it under review for publication anywhere.

The author should disclose any prior distribution and/or publication of any portion of the material to the Managing Editors for their consideration and ensure that appropriate attribution to the prior distribution and/or publication of the material is included.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.

TLC allows you to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full texts of articles and use them for any other lawful purpose. The journal does not charge authors an article processing charge (APC).

Peer Review

Training Language and Culture is committed to ensuring a fair and productive double-blind peer review process

The submitted papers are subject to a peer review process. The purpose of peer review is to assist the Editor in making editorial decisions and through the editorial communications with the author it may also assist the author in improving the paper. A manuscript goes through a double-blind peer review meaning that reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. The typical pariod of time allowed for reviews is 6 weeks.

The choice of reviewers is at the Editors' discretion. The reviewers must be knowledgeable about the subject area of the manuscript: they must have no affiliation with the authors' institution and they should not have recent joint publications with any of the authors. Reviewers must not have conflict of interest with respect to the research, the authors and/or the funding sources for the research. If such conflicts exist, the reviewers must report them to the Editor without delay. Any selected reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor without delay.

Reviews must be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. TLC expects the reviewers to express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Any manuscript received for review will be treated as a confidential document.

Authors submit manuscripts to Editorial Office via the online system available at TLC website. The acknowledgement letter will be sent to the author to confirm the receipt of the manuscript.

Manuscripts that are not suitable for publication in the journal will be rejected. A rejection letter will be sent to the author stating the reason for rejection.

If the manuscript conforms to aims and scope of Training Language and Culture and formally abides by journal requirements, it shall be sent out for review. Depending on the type of the paper, it could be accepted for publication immediately (invited editorial, book review, etc.).

Manuscript structure and formatting

Please refer to TLC Guidelines Handbook for detailed information on manuscript structure and formatting, including information on peer review and book review guidelines

We accept manuscripts prepared in a Microsoft Word file (.docx) and following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., with presentation in Times New Roman 11 pt. The article length is up to 6000 words, including all parts and sections, tables, references, figure captions, endnotes. For reports on events and EUROLTA, as well as book reviews – within 1500-2000 words. Please, consult the paper template as a general formatting reference.

Manuscripts should be structured and formatted as follows:

  • title (bold type, left-justified alignment, no abbreviations if possible)
  • author's name (left-justified alignment)
  • author's bio note (up to 100 words)
  • abstract (1500-200 characters in italics, left-justified alignment)
  • keywords (5 to 7)
  • main text (left-justified alignment)
  • references (APA style)
  • acknowledgements (if any)

The bio note is provided in the manuscript file following the author's name and should contain general information about the author, including their affiliation and brief history of research activity.

Headings should be as follows:


Level 2 - 1.1 Lowercase letters, bold

Level 3 - 1.1.1 Lowercase letters, bold & italics

The article should be divided into clearly defined sections and subsections. Section and subsection headings should appear on separate lines. Recommended sections:

INTRODUCTION. State the study topicality, objectives, subject matter, and the problem under consideration, other research premises.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. Highlight the material to be analysed and state the methods of analysis from the angle of their expedience for the particular topic. Make a review of works related to the article topic, with a special note of disputable and/or undeveloped issues.

STUDY AND RESULTS. Describe the research procedure that reveals the analysis results. Focus on new findings. Present the results in concise and clear statements.

DISCUSSION. Estimate the significance and contribution of the study results, the prospects for their practical implementation and for further research on the topic. A combined Results and Discussion section may be appropriate depending on the nature of the study.

CONCLUSION. Briefly sum up what has been analysed and the conclusions you have eventually come to.

When using APA format, follow the author-date method of in-text citation. This means that the author's last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in the text, for example, (Jones, 1998), and a complete reference should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. If you are referring to an idea from another work but NOT directly quoting the material, or making reference to an entire book, article or other work, you only have to make reference to the author and year of publication and not the page number in your in-text reference. All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

  • Use single quotes throughout the text.
  • If you refer to the title of a source within your paper, capitalise all words that are four letters long or greater within the title of a source: Permanence and Change. Exceptions apply to short words that are verbs, nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs: Writing New Media: There is Nothing Left to Lose.
  • When capitalising titles, capitalise both words in a hyphenated compound word: Natural-Born Cyborgs.
  • In the References section, capitalise the first word after a dash or colon: Defining film rhetoric: The case of Hitchcock's 'Vertigo'.
  • Italicise the titles of books, edited collections, movies, television series, documentaries, or albums.

Please download the paper template for detailed information on style and formatting with comments.


Peer Reivew

A manuscript goes through a double-blind peer-review. The typical period of time allowed for reviews is 6 weeks. Note: Can be modified during the editorial process. Please refer to TLC Guidelines Handbook for more information.


Structure and Format

TLC accepts manuscripts prepared in a Microsoft Word file (.docx) and following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Please refer to TLC Guidelines Handbook for more information.


Book Reviews

A book review should present an objective critical assessment revealing a book's merits and/or drawbacks in terms of its contribution to the relevant field of research. Please refer to TLC Guidelines Handbook for more information.

TLC Submission Guidelines

Before you proceed to submit your paper, please make sure it meets our requirements