Submission guidelines for new articles

Updated 16 January 2018


Thank you for submitting your article for consideration in our journal. Please read the following instructions carefully as it will facilitate the review process and avoid unnecessary delays in communicating decisions with regards to the acceptance of proposals.




Papers submitted should not have been previously published nor submitted for current consideration elsewhere. They should not exceed 7000 words including footnotes, diagrams, tables and references. The Editorial Board reserves the right to extend this limit in the case of articles of special scientific interest. We would recommend that the title is short (maximum 15 words), informative and without abbreviations. Papers should also include two abstracts of 200 each, one in English (or the language of the article) and the other one in Spanish, together with four or five key words. Abstracts should include the purpose, main procedures, key findings and principal conclusions. If the paper is written in Spanish the second abstract must be written in English. The author or authors are responsible for the content of articles submitted, and for any opinions expressed therein. Manuscripts should be prepared in Microsoft Word and submitted online, as indicated below.


Focus and scope

Porta Linguarum aims to publish empirical studies, critical revisions, and theoretical models that relate to the many factors that influence the FL teaching and learning processes:


Contributions should be sent as an e-mail attachment. The title, author name(s), affiliation, contact telephone number, and e-mail address should all be clearly indicated in an initial cover page.


General Requirements:

Language: Authors are recommended to write the paper in British English (exceptionally, some originals could be written in Spanish, French or German).


Length of Paper:

Papers of 6000 words are preferred. Exceptionally, longer papers may also be published at the discretion of the Editor.


Title Page:

When uploading a submission file, author identities should be removed from it. You should upload the title page as a supplementary file by indicating: The title, author(s): name, affiliation, contact telephone number, e-mail address and bio data with a 100 word CV (approximately). So, two files should be sent, the anonymous paper and the title page.


Preparation of Text:

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:


Title: (not more than 15 words are recommended)

ABSTRACT (bold capital letter) and Keywords (bold lower case letter)

RESUMEN (bold capital letter) and Palabras clave (bold lower case letter)


Paper organisation/structure

The papers including descriptive empirical studies will be organized as follows: introduction (justification of the paper and anticipation of aims), theoretical framework and literature review, method (participants, hypothesis, objectives and/or research questions, instruments and procedures used to collect data and their validation procedure), results and discussion, conclusion and references in alphabetical order.


Format and style.

Page format should be 17´24 cm. Papers should be typed using Times New Roman 10 font for the text, 9 for quotations, and 8 for footnotes. The font used inside tables and as captions should also be 9. Spacing should be single-space for the text and quotations. Citations should be made in the text by giving the name of the author and the year of publication, with page references where necessary (Sánchez, 1998:15). References should be listed in full at the end of the paper. Quotations of more than three lines should be indented 1cm from the left and right margins; inverted commas should not be used. Footnotes should be used, and indicated in superscript consecutively throughout the text. Graphics should be in [.tif] format. (See examples of citations and references below).


Please use the following criteria:

Font: Times New Roman; Size: 10 pt.

Heading 1: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; Bold; for example, 1. FIRST-LEVEL HEADING

Heading 2: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; Italic; for example, 1.1. Second-level Heading

Heading 3: Times New Roman; 10 pt.; for example, 1.1.1 Third-level Heading


Abstract: Abstracts should be between 150 and 200 words. The abstract should state the purpose of the research, method, the principal results, and major conclusions.


Keywords:Immediately after the abstract, provide 3-6 keywords. 


Tables: Number tables in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place caption above the table in italics, Times New Roman, size 10. Example:



Table 1. Participants in the study.



N= 197



In rural schools

In urban schools





In public schools

In private schools

In charter schools








Figures:Figures must also be numbered in accordance with their appearance in the text. Place caption and description below the figure body in italics, Times New Roman, size 10. Graphics should be in [.tif] format and a minimum resolution of 300 dpi is necessary. It is advisable that original papers do not include more than four boxes, tables or figures.



Figure 1. Mean scores for the four types of school (Madrid, 2011:210)


















Quotations: Quotations of more than three lines should be indented 1cm from the left and right margins; inverted commas should not be used.


Book Reviews

Reviews should be no longer than 500 words, and should comply with the directions given above. An illustration of the book cover should

be included in “.tif” format (for example, see the format used at


Selection of work submitted

Submitted papers will be sent by the Editorial Board to two external referees who are specialists in the subject for review on the “double blind” basis - this process is anonymous. All those wishing to contribute to the Journal are required to accept these conditions, and agree to abide by the decision of the Scientific Committee. In sum, the process will follow the following steps:

a)    Upon receipt of a submission, the editor sends an e-mail of confirmation to the submission’s author within one week. If you do not receive this confirmation, your submission e-mail may have been missed.

b)    Peer review. We use a double-blind system for peer review; both reviewers’ and authors’ identities remain anonymous. The paper will be reviewed by at least two experts. The review process may take two to three months.

c)    Authors will be notified of the result of review by e-mail.

f)     A PDF version of the journal will be available for download on the journal’s webpage free of charge (


Citations in the Text:

Each reference cited in the text must appear in the reference list, and each entry in the reference list must be cited in the text. Examples:(Pérez Cañado, 2012;Wilson& White, 2017; Santamaría, Arribas, Pereña&Seisdedos, 2016).



All references included in the article must be for genuine, scientific reasons and not for the purpose of increasing the visibility of work by the authors, associates or potential reviewers. They must be listed as follows:




Book with one author:

Ur, P. (2001). A course in language teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Book with two authors:

Coyle, D., Hood, P., & Marsh, D. (2010). Content and language integrated learning. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Edited book:

Brumfit, C.J. & Carter, R. (Eds.) (1986). Literature and language teaching. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Two or more works by the same author:

Arrange by the year of publication, the earliest first.

Postman, N. (1979). Teaching as a conserving activity. New York: Delacorte Press.

Postman, N. (1985). Amusing ourselves to death: Public discourse in the age of show business. New York: Viking.


Works by the same author in the same year:

McLuhan, M. (1970a). Culture is our business. New York: McGraw-Hill.

McLuhan, M. (1970b). From cliché to archetype. New York: Viking Press.


Unpublished theses and dissertations:

Jordan, J.J. (2005). Psychosocial effects of gifted programming (Unpublished master’s thesis). University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Proceedings published in book form:

McKay, G. (1999). Self-determination in aboriginal education, in L. B. Muller (Ed.), Changing the climate: Proceedings of the 1998 Conference for Graduate Students in the Social Sciences and Humanities (pp. 1-11). Saskatoon, Canada: University of Saskatchewan.


Book by an institution:

Associations, corporations, agencies, government departments when there is no single author:

American Psychological Association (1972). Ethical standards of psychologists. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Book chapters:

Vez Jeremías, J.M. (1996). The social context of EFL, in N. McLaren & D. Madrid (Eds.), A handbook for TEFL (pp. 25-34). Granada: Grupo Editorial Universitario.

Pérez Cañado, M.L. & Ráez Padilla, J. (2011). Introduction and overview, in D. Marsh, M. Pérez Cañado, & J. Ráez Padilla (Eds.) CLILin Action: Voices from the Classroom (pp. 1-12).Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars.




Article in a journal:

Cook, V.J. (1983).What should be language teaching be about? ELT Journal, 37(3), 229-34.

Klimoski, R., & Palmer, S. (1993). The ADA and the hiring process in organizations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice andResearch, 45(2), 10-36.

Madrid, D. & Pérez Cañado, M.L. (2004). Teacher and student preferences of native and non-native foreign language teachers. Porta Linguarum, 2, 125-138,available from:, accessed 11 November, 2008.


Paper presentation:

Liu, S. (2005, May). Defending against business crises with the help of intelligent agent based early warning solutions. Paper presentedat the Seventh International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, Miami, FL. Available from:, accessed 11 November, 2008.



The appendix comes after the references.