Focus and Scope

The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, CALJ, is a peer-review journal published in Bogotá, Colombia by Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas for a global audience of professionals in education interested in research and teaching issues in the field of Applied Linguistics for the Teaching of English. The CALJ declares that the contributions that are published are original and have not been published elsewhere. All manuscripts we receive are first verified through Turnitin. It provides a service to determine the originality of texts based on comparisons with their internal database and net-wide searches 

The authors that submit articles to CALJ need to consider the following requirements in their contributions. Be original and interesting concerning the subject, methodology, and conclusions;  Be relevant to current research and theoretical implications; Include knowledge of previous research in the same field; Be scientifically rigorous and have great depth of analysis; Be accurate in the use of concepts and terminology; Have correct formatting, style, and organization according to APA style; Be well-written with sophistication and conciseness; Be without bias or prejudice.

The CALJ has published articles by authors from Latin American countries, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, The United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Finland, Iran, Turkey. Therefore we have a global readership that is permanently reported in Google analytics.

Currently, the journal is indexed in Redalyc, SciELO, Latindex, ERA, MLA, and Publindex-Colombia. It is visible in the directories Ulrich Periodicals, EBSCO Publishing, DOAJ, SHERPA/ROMEO.


Peer Review Process

The steps that are regularly followed in the process of publishing a manuscript in the journal CALJ include:
a). Receipt of the article through OJS, review of requirements and submission of manuscripts to the editorial board.
b). blind evaluation of abstracts and first evaluation by members of the editorial committee in session to define whether the article continues evaluation process, and assign juries.
c). Receipt of authorization forms and guarantee of first publication by the authors.
d). sending the manuscript to juries (with screenshots of how to upload the evaluations to OJS), communication to authors who have been selected to continue the evaluation process. (All jurors are given a term of 15 working days for the first evaluation. For second evaluation, seven working days, and for third onwards, two working days).
e). reception of evaluations through OJS and communication to the author of evaluation results of the article. (If the result were major modifications, the authors are given 15 working days to make the corrections; if the result is minor modifications, the term is seven working days).
f). Preparation of the table of contents with the different sections and translation of abstracts into three languages. Once the table of contents is clear, assign the DOI.
g). Preparation of articles for submission to the proofreader. All citations must be linked to their reference (check that all citations are in the reference list and that all references are cited), and all titles must be identified (T0, T1, T2...).
h). Submission to proofreading (English and Spanish).
I). Submission of the versions sent by the proofreader to the authors specifying that they review and comment in the same comment boxes that the proofreader (in English) made in the version called "final". Authors should not accept, reject or make changes to the body of the text, as only the proofreader gives the final version that will be sent to layout. The version corrected by the authors is sent back to the proofreaders and they send the version for layout.
j). Sending the files to diagramming. When the PDFs of all the articles are ready, the authors should be sent to them to verify if there is an error in their name or institutional affiliation. Once they have approved their PDF, it is sent print-proof.
k). Review of the proof of printing by the editor and assistant.

Publication Frequency

The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, CALJ, is published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

As the Open Access policy contributes to the exchange of global knowledge, this journal provides an immediate free access to all of its content. All readers from all around the world can read and download every article for free. In addition, authors do not have to pay any fee in order to publish in CALJ.

Article processing and submission charge

The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal is interested in the exchange of global knowledge. The process and submission of the manuscript are for free. The Manuscript is submitted and evaluated by the Editorial Committee, by Review Board members, by the proofreader and been published without any cost.

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The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, CALJ has a wide global audience. It is intended to inform the local, national and international community of educators interested in investigating the areas of English as a Foreign Language (EFL), Spanish as a Foreign Language (SFL), Spanish as mother tongue, and Applied Linguistics.

Journal History

The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal was created in 1998 in the Master’s Program in Applied Linguistics to TEFL at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogotá, Colombia. Its initial purpose was to publish contributions from faculty and graduate students of the different ELT programs in Bogotá and Colombia. Thus, the journal had a local and national circulation. In 2000, the editor and the members of the research group LECTOESCRINAUTAS committed themselves to making the journal known globally. In 2004, the editor invited national and international scholars to be part of the editorial committee and editorial review board to contribute to make the publication a rich and rigorous scholarly publication. The Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal (CALJ) was visible in international indexes like the Educational Research Abstracts (ERA) and Modern Language Association Bibliography (MLA). In 2009, Publindex, the national index ranked the CALJ as a top journal among many in the field nationally.

Currently, the journal is indexed in Redalyc, SciELO, Latindex, ERA, MLA, and Publindex-Colombia. It is visible in the directories Ulrich Periodicals, EBSCO Publishing, DOAJ, SHERPA/ROMEO. 

We have gone from the printed text of the journal in 1998, which was circulating locally, regionally and nationally to the digital text since 2009 with the Open Journal System and open access for all readers globally. We have increased CALJ frequency of publication publishing two issues a year.

In April this year (2018), we celebrated the 20 years of publication of the CALJ as a peer-review journal. In its 20 years, we report contributions from nearly 400 authors from different countries in 29 volumes. We count with the professional support that evaluators from 28 countries, provide to our academic publication. They have contributed to maintain the quality, periodicity and rigorous quality of our publication.