English Language Research Journal

  • ISSN 2057-4215

Aims and scope

English Language Researchis a double-blind peer reviewed open access journal with an emphasis on original research into both theoretical and applied linguistic issues in context. The journal is based in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham, and has been the forum for many seminal works. It has been relaunched and expanded in 2013 as a journal committed to free online access, whilst maintaining the benchmarks of academic rigour and originality. The journal also actively welcomes submissions from postgraduate researchers and early career academics.

The next issue of the journal will be on a specific theme and a call for papers will be issued soon.

For enquiries about the suitability of studies for publication in English Language Research, prospective authors are welcome to contact the editors at: elr@contacts.bham.ac.uk.


Call for Papers: Special issue on Metaphor Research

The ELR Journal has recently been relaunched at the University of Birmingham and welcomes submissions from academics and post graduate researchers.  It is a journal committed to free online access, while maintaining high levels of academic rigour and originality.

The editorial team is pleased to invite papers focusing on metaphor research to be included in the forthcoming special issue of the ELR Journal.

We would be very happy to receive enquiries about reviewing or submitting an article for this issue; please email us at elr@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Manuscript submission

English Language Research accepts articles written in English. In order to eliminate errors and to ensure that reviewers can fully understand the content of submissions, all authors are encouraged to have their manuscript proofread by a highly-proficient English speaker before submission.

Prospective authors should submit three separate MS Word files to the editors at: elr@contacts.bham.ac.uk. These should be (1) a title page, (2) an abstract, and (3) the article, with accompanying figures and tables included at the end of the document. Please ensure that document (3) contains no mention of the name(s) of the author(s), especially in headers/footers and references. All references in the text to previous publications by the author(s) should be given as ‘Author’ (nnnn) where ‘nnnn’ gives the year of publication, and included in the list of references in the same manner (do not provide the title of the publication or any other identifying detail).

(1) Title page

This file should include the title of the paper and the name, institutional affiliation, and email address of each author. Please also indicate which author is to be the corresponding author.

(2) Abstract

The abstract must not exceed 150 words. It should contain an informative summary of the main argument(s), including, where relevant, the purpose, methodology, type of data, special characteristics of subjects used, and conclusions. Please also include 5 key words for the article after the abstract.

(3) Article

English Language Researchwelcomes original research articles of 6,000 to 8,000 words (not inclusive of any figures, diagrams, end notes, title, abstract, and references). Substantially longer or shorter articles will not be considered.

Figures and tables should be included at the end of the document. Authors should indicate clearly in the text where figures and tables should appear (e.g. <Insert Figure 1 here>).

Authors should consult the style guide section for further information on preparing a manuscript.

(4) Copyright Transfer Agreement

You will be asked to sign and abide by a Copyright Transfer Agreement, which reads as follows:

This paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.

Submission guidelines

Articles submitted to English Language Researchmust conform to the following guidelines to be considered for review:

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word using ourtemplate.
  2. Text is to have 1.5 line spacing.
  3. Articles must adopt a system of clear headings – (1), (1.1), (1.1.1).
  4. British or American Spelling is acceptable, but authors should use oneconsistently throughout. Authors should indicate which variety they have used on the title page.
  5. Latin abbreviations are acceptable, if used sparingly.
  6. End notes are acceptable, but are to be kept to a minimum.
  7. Each page should be numbered at the bottom right.
  8. Use APA Reference Style.
  9. In all other respects, manuscripts should be prepared according to APA standards.

Editorial Board / Review Board


Phil Bennett, University of Birmingham
Lee Oakley, University of Birmingham
Sarah Turner, University of Birmingham

Advisory Board

Michael Barlow, University of Auckland
Ylva Berglund-Prytz, University of Oxford
Silvia Bernardini, University of Bologna
Alice Deignan, University of Leeds
Mel Evans, University of Birmingham
Lynne Flowerdew, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Nicholas Groom, University of Birmingham
Susan Hunston, University of Birmingham
Chris Kennedy, University of Birmingham
Jeannette Littlemore, University of Birmingham
Sofia Malamatidou,University of Birmingham
Ute Römer, Georgia State University
Gabriela Saldanha, University of Birmingham
Michael Stubbs, Universität Trier
Caroline Tagg, University of Birmingham
Paul Thompson, University of Birmingham
Geoffrey Williams, Université de Bretagne Sud