Manuscripts are only accepted electronically and submitted through our submission system. Additionally, all parts of the manuscript should be double-spaced--including title page, text, tables, charts, references, notes, and appendixes--and must adhere to the guidelines of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).


A title page should be uploaded separately and include the title, name(s), and affiliation(s) of author(s) and full contact addresses for correspondence (including e-mail). Also entered separately into the system is the title, an abstract of no more than 200 words, and a list of at least 3 key words


The main document should include the title (but no author identification). There is no need to add the abstract or key words to the main document. Use either American or British spelling consistently within an article. In order to ensure a blind review, this main document must not contain any identifying information of the author(s).


Manuscripts should normally be no more than 25 to 30 double-spaced pages (including references, notes, figures, and tables). Minimize the number of notes. Use endnotes rather than footnotes. Tables and figures should be uploaded separately, one by one, with an indication as to where in the text where they occur in the main document. (e.g., INSERT FIGURE 1 HERE).


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Critical Inquiry in Language Studies: An International Journal (CILS) is the peer-reviewed, quarterly official journal of the International Society for Language Studies. Language studies overlaps fields of applied linguistics, language policy, language planning, modern languages and literatures, education, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, psychology, and cultural studies (including related fields such as law, media, and information technology).  CILS is published by Taylor & Francis.


CILS focuses on critical discourse and research in language matters, broadly conceived, that is generated from qualitative, critical pedagogical, and emergent paradigms. In these paradigms, language is considered to be a socially constituted cultural construct that gives shape to, and at the same time is shaped by, the larger social, political, and historical contexts of its use. Research on issues of language from such perspectives has historically been marginalized as well as compartmentalized within academic disciplines. The primary purpose of the journal is to provide a forum for discussion of the research from such emerging paradigms and at the same time to bridge arbitrary disciplinary territories in which it is being done.


CILS seeks manuscripts that present original research on issues of language, power, and community within educational, political, and sociocultural contexts with broader reference to international and/or historical perspective. Equally welcome are manuscripts that address the development of emergent research paradigms and methodology related to language studies. Though CILS seeks to present a balance of research from contributing disciplines, interdisciplinary foci are encouraged, with the goal of fostering a dialogue among those who teach languages and literatures and those who teach about language(s) in related fields. A second focus of CILS is to provide, through its book and media review section, a vehicle for communication among disciplines regarding existing publications and research in the field of language studies.




Paul Chamness Miller, Ph.D.Akita International University, Editor

Xia Chao, Ph.D.Duquesne University, Managing Editor

Ryuko Kubota, Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Associate Editor, Media Reviews

Lisa Stevens, Ph.D.Boston College, Associate Editor, News & Notes




Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin

Elsa Roberts Auerbach, University of Massachusetts Boston

Francesca Balladon, University of Natal

Dennis Baron, University of Illinois

Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara

Sari Knopp Biklen, Syracuse University

James Cummins, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Richard Donato, University of Pittsburgh

Carole Edelsky, Arizona State University

Rosalie Finlayson, University of South Africa

James Gee, University of Wisconsin

François M. Grin, Université de Genéve

Joan Kelly Hall, Pennsylvania State University

James Lantolf, Pennsylvania State University

Cynthia Lewis, University of Minnesota

Angel Lin, The University of Hong Kong

Allan Luke, University of Queensland 

Donaldo Macedo, University of Massachusetts, Boston 

Frank Nuessel, University of Louisville

Margaret Obondo, Rinkeby Institute on Multilingual Research, Stockholm

Terry A. Osborn, University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee

Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University

Alastair Pennycook, University of Technology Sydney

Robert Phillipson, Copenhagen Business School

Timothy Reagan, Central Connecticut State University

Elana Shohamy, Tel Aviv University

Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, University of Roskilde

François Tochon, University of Wisconsin

James Tollefson, International Christian University

Guadalupe Valdés, Stanford University

Teun A. van Dijk, Universitat Pompeu Fabra