Heritage Language Journal

An online blind-refereed journal dedicated to the issues underlying the teaching and learning of heritage languages.

The Heritage Language Journal invites submissions of articles based on original research in all areas related to the study of heritage language education, including linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, sociology, education, language acquisition, and foreign language methodology. Potential contributors are asked to observe the following:

  • The language of publication is English.
  • The journal will occasionally reprint a previously published article to provide to the readership a comprehensive collection of articles that are relevant to the field. All submissions that have been previously published must be identified as such. The HLJ will seek reprint permission from the original publication.
  • Submit manuscripts in MS-Word format to jOSS, our online submission system. To get to jOSS, go here.
  • Include a 200 word abstract.
  • Hyperlinks may be included.
  • Translation must be provided for any text in languages other than English.
  • List authors' names, institutions, e-mail addresses, and web addresses if available.
  • Include a brief biographical statement (50 words or less).
  • Article submissions should be at least 8,000 words but no more than 10,000 words in length.

  • Manuscripts should adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style and observe standard APA format.
  • The editors reserve the right to make minor stylistic changes in any accepted articles.

Review Process

Submissions will undergo a two-stage review process:

  • The editors will determine whether a manuscript fits the general scope of the journal (1 month).
  • Following the editors’ preliminary review, the submissions undergo blind, peer, external review by 2-3 experts in the discipline (2-3 months).
  • The editors will notify the authors of the receipt of their manuscripts and will keep them informed of the status of the review process.
  • If the reviewers' response is favorable, authors undertake the necessary revisions and resubmit the manuscript (time frame variable according to authors)