TRAINING, LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

Before you proceed to submit your paper, please make sure it meets our requirements. The complete description of TLC submission requirements is offered in TLC Submission Guidelines available for download.

We also encourage authors to download the paper template containing detailed information on style and formatting with comments.

General Regulations

TLC invites authors to submit manuscripts that have not been published before and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions are accepted in English. Submitted manuscripts must comply with the general academic requirements, fall within the aims and scope of the journal, present original research, and appeal to a wide range of specialists within the scientific community. If previously published figures, tables or parts of text are to be included, the copyright holder’s permission is to be obtained prior to submission. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.


Publication Efficiency

Please read and follow these instructions carefully. Doing so will ensure that the publication of your manuscript is as rapid and efficient as possible. The publisher reserves the right to return manuscripts that are not prepared in accordance with these instructions.


Submission Procedure

Manuscripts are submitted electronically via the TLC Online Submission System. Before submitting the manuscript, authors make sure it is prepared in accordance with these guidelines. This journal follows an established submission procedure, whereby authors are required to formally acknowledge that the following requirements have been met:

  • the submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration;
  • the submission file is in Microsoft Word (.docx) document format;
  • where available, URLs and DOIs for the references have been provided;
  • figures and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points rather than at the end;
  • the text adheres to the requirements outlined in the TLC Submission Guidelines.

In the submission process, authors are also required to specify whether their contribution constitutes original research or a review, indicate their full names, affiliations, country and city of residence, full academic title and degree, email address (will require verification), and phone number. Authors are also required to provide a short bio note to disclose their professional background and research history, identify any organisations, projects or other agencies supporting their publication, and support their submission with a cover letter for editors' consideration.


Manuscript Format and Structure

Training, Language and Culture accepts 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 and endnotes. For reports on events and EUROLTA, as well as book reviews – within 1500-2000 words. Please, consult this paper template as a general structure and formatting reference.

Please note that author details revealing their identity are only provided in the 20-step submission process using the TLC Online Submission Systemas described above, while the manuscript file proper should contain no such details to ensure unhindered double-blind peer review procedure. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that their manuscripts are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. In this vein, the authors need to ensure that they are submitting the manuscript with no author details both in the text and the document metadata (the Blinded Manuscript). Besides the obvious need to remove names and affiliations under the title within the manuscript, there are other steps that need to be taken to ensure the manuscript is correctly prepared for double-blind peer review. To assist with this process, the authors are required to:

  • cite papers published by the author in the text as follows: (Author, 2007);
  • make sure figures do not contain any affiliation related identifier;
  • limit self-references only to papers that are relevant for those reviewing the submitted paper;
  • remove references to funding sources;
  • remove acknowledgments;
  • remove any identifying information, including author names, from file names and ensure document properties are also anonymised.

Thereby, the manuscript file should be structured as follows and contain only the following parts:

  • title (bold type, left-justified alignment, no abbreviations if possible);
  • abstract (1500-2000 characters, italicised, left-justified alignment);
  • keywords (5 to 7, italicised, left-justified alignment);
  • main text (left-justified alignment);
  • references (APA style strictly).

Language

Training, Language and Culture publishes articles in English only. Only British spelling should be used consistently throughout the text. Abbreviations should be defined at their first mention and used consistently.


Headings and Paragraphs

Headings should be as follows:

Level 1 - 1. ALL CAPITALISED, BOLD

Level 2 - 1.1 Lowercase letters, bold

Level 3 - 1.1.1 Lowercase letters, bold & italics

The manuscript should be divided into clearly defined sections and paragraphs that will appear on separate lines. Recommended sections include:

  • INTRODUCTION stating the relevance of the study, as well as its aim, subject matter, and other research premises as appropriate;
  • MATERIAL AND METHODS highlighting the material to be analysed and stating the methods of analysis from the angle of their expedience for the particular topic, as well as providing a review of works related to the article subject matter, with a special note of disputable and/or undeveloped issues;
  • STUDY AND RESULTS describing the research procedure that reveals the analysis results, focus on new findings, and presenting the results in concise and clear statements;
  • DISCUSSION estimating the significance and contribution of the study results, the prospects for their practical implementation and for further research on the topic (combined Results and Discussion section may be appropriate depending on the nature of the study);
  • CONCLUSION briefly summing up what has been analysed and the conclusions the authors have eventually come to.

Some General Formatting Rules

  • 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 recent motion pictures.
  • Italicise the titles of books, edited collections, movies, television series, documentaries, or albums.

In-Text Citations

Training, Language and Culture follows the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) for citations and references. When using APA format, follow the author-year-page method for in-text citations as in (Jones, 1998, p. 13) for a single author, or (Jones & Smith, 1998, p. 13) for two authors, or (Jones et al., 1998, p. 13) for three or more others. A complete reference for the citation should appear in the reference list at the end of the paper. When 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.


References

Following the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), references should be formatted as follows.

FOR BOOKS

Jones, M. A. (1998). When cultures collide: A new perspective on culture studies. London, UK: Oxford University Press.

FOR JOURNAL ARTICLES

Jones, M. A., & Smith, P. C. (1998). When cultures collide: A new perspective on culture studies. Training, Language and Culture, 2(3), 8-21. Doi: 10.29366/1998example2.3.1

FOR CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

Jones, M. A., Pond, A. S., & Smith, P. C. (1998). When cultures collide: A new perspective on culture studies. In C. Hall & A. Webster (Eds.), The complete guide to culture studies (pp. 198-237). New York, NY: Springer.

FOR ONLINE RESOURCES

Jones, M. A., & Smith, P. C. (1998). When cultures collide: A new perspective on culture studies. Retrieved from http://rudn.tlcjournal.org

For detailed formatting information please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Authors are also encouraged to consult this paper template as a general structure and formatting reference.


Book Review Guidelines

A book review should present an objective critical assessment of the books revealing their merits and/or drawbacks in terms of their contribution to the relevant field of science within the range of the journal focus areas. Book reviews should follow the same format and style requirements as articles, the length being 1,500 to 2,000 words.

The review should introduce the reader to the book's content and focus on the subject of the book being reviewed. Reviewers need to include an exposition of how the book fits into the current thinking on the subject (e.g., a novel approach, an introduction, a magisterial review, the finest book on the subject ever written, etc.) and avoid repeating its table of contents; rather, give the reader some idea of the author’s thesis and how they develop it.

If the book is an edited collection of essays, or chapters by different individuals, reviewers need to give some idea of the overall theme and content, but be free to focus on specific chapters they consider particularly significant or worthwhile. A review should inform the reader about what is happening in the area of academic activity the book addresses; what the state of knowledge is in the subject; and how this new book adds, changes, or breaks new ground in our knowledge of this subject.

The review should be fair to the author, convey the content of the book (not chapter by chapter so much as the entire book), include pungent or revealing quotations from the book or notable facts or findings.

It is advisable to include the following components into the review:

  • an introduction to the author, including the author’s title and place of work, and some indication of who the author is (e.g., the renowned authority; a bold young scholar; a frequent critic);
  • a summary of the intended purpose of the book and how it contributes to improving academic life and operations and to the discipline generally;
  • a description of the way the author approaches his or her topic, the rigor of the research and scholarship, the logic of the argument, and the readability of the prose;
  • a comparison with earlier or similar books in the field to place the book in the existing literature;
  • an evaluation of the book’s merits, usefulness, and special contributions, along with shortcomings the reviewer believes are necessary to point out.

Reviewers are expected to establish their authority to write the review, not point out the author’s flaws, but display in a detailed and instructive way their expertise on the subject.

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TLC Peer Review

TLC uses double-blind review, which means that reviewers are unaware of the identity of the authors, and authors are also unaware of the identity of reviewers. Please refer to TLC Submission Guidelines for more information on this journal's peer review policy.

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TLC Aims and Scope

TLC is a peer-reviewed journal that aims to promote and disseminate research spanning the spectrum of language, communication, education and culture studies. Please refer to TLC Submission Guidelines for more information on the journal's aims and scope.

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TLC Publication Ethics

TLC is committed to encouraging responsible publication practices and adheres to the policies promoted by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Please refer to TLC Submission Guidelines for more information on this journal's publication ethics.

TLC Submission Guidelines

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