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.
  • 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)



Statement of Compliance

In order to ensure the research integrity of our publications, HLJ works closely with authors and editors to promote adherence to the core principles of publication ethics. All manuscripts are expected to conform to the standards of ethical behavior provided below.

Violations of Publication Ethics

Conflicts of Interest

Incompatibility of aims, objectives, concerns, priorities, and advantages between parties often due to affiliation or official capacity, particularly when one or more parties stands to benefit materially or reputationally from such incompatibility. Furthermore, the individual with a conflict of interest is unable equitably to manage the actual or potential adverse effects of the conflict of interest on the other parties. Authors, editors, and reviewers have an ethical obligation to disclose conflicts of interest.

Discriminatory and Harassing Research Practices and Language

Differential treatment of and conduct toward an individual or group of people based on their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital and parental status, disability, or sexual orientation.


Manufacture of information (to include but not limited to data, citations, quotations, and visual supporting materials) intended to deceptively promote or diminish or otherwise mislead.

Failure to Acknowledge Sources

Includes all forms of plagiarism (see below). Also includes intentionally or unintentionally omitting to cite irreproducible sources.


Alteration through addition, omission, or distortion of information (to include but not limited to data, citations, quotations, and visual supporting materials) intended to deceptively promote or diminish or otherwise mislead.

Ideological Bias

Explicit or implicit sympathy or antipathy toward another school of thought or propensity or differential treatment of another school of thought or propensity that results in the objective standards of intellectual rigor being discarded in favor of a personal and tendentious assessment of merit.

Malicious Use of Logical Fallacies; or Inflammatory Practices and Language

Specious deployment of argumentation; or hateful and incendiary methods and speech/writing intended to attack and undermine the legitimacy, credibility, and/or reputation of another.

Misrepresentation of Authorship

Exaggerating or understating/omitting contribution by one or more parties to a publication.

  • Ghostwriting: Contributing, in part or in whole, to a publication with the expectation that one’s authorship will not be credited and will be intentionally concealed. Inducements for ghostwriting often include either the liberty to promote controversial ideas or to avoid accusations of conflicts of interest, or both. This might also take place as a favor to elevate the standing of the acknowledged author(s).
  • Marketplace authorship: Buying or selling authorship of academic manuscripts, regardless of whether the manuscripts have already been accepted for publication, typically for a perceived or real reputational or material advantage.
  • Honorary authorship: Naming senior and often executive or influential members of one’s department or the institution where research occurred who may have helped secure funding and may be able to do so again.
  • Gift authorship: Naming a senior or junior colleague as an author with the understanding, explicit or implicit, that the other party will do the same at some point (often a means of inflating publication lists).
  • Guest authorship: Inclusion of senior or high-profile authors in an attempt to improve chances of publication and/or the impact of the publication.
  • Coercive authorship: A senior researcher forcing a (often) junior researcher to include an honorary, gift, or guest author.
  • The Council of Science Editors has identified principles of authorship on which there is general consensus across disciplines.

Misrepresentation of Qualifications and/or Experience

Deliberately providing false information regarding the nature or duration of one’s educational and professional background, experience, activities, affiliations, memberships, associations, degrees, or certifications.

Multiple Manuscript Submission

Submitting the same manuscript to more than one publisher, or even to more than one publication at the same publisher, without full disclosure.


Appropriation of another person’s words, ideas, methods, results, or artwork as one’s own (i.e., without appropriate citation).

  • Self-plagiarism: Repurposing of one’s own words, ideas, methods, results, or artwork without appropriate citation.
  • Compression plagiarism[1]: Distillation and repurposing of the words, ideas, methods, results, or artwork of a substantially longer work without appropriate citation. Concealment of this ethical violation relies on a ruse of concentration.
  • Translation plagiarism: Repurposing of the words, ideas, methods, results, or artwork of a work written in a foreign language without appropriate citation. Concealment of this ethical violation relies on interpretational and grammatical divergences.


The use of a false name for the purposes of concealment of one’s identity. Motives for the use of pseudonyms are often a combination of the following: to discuss/promote one’s own work; to conceal authorship of unpopular or controversial articles; to conceal one’s identity from a particular editor. All of these motives are unacceptable and constitute breaches of publication ethics for reasons of accountability, accuracy, illusion of interest, and the effect on downstream literature.

Segmented Publication

Also known as “salami publication” or “salami slicing,” the practice of dividing the data from one research project among multiple publications, often with redundancies in hypotheses, methodologies, and conclusions, as a strategy to inflate the number of one’s publications.

Undisclosed Errors in Published Work

Failure to report errors discovered after publication to the publisher and/or editor. It will likely be necessary to issue an erratum or corrigendum, according to the nature of the case.

Undisclosed Misconduct and/or Publication Ethics Violations in Published Work

Failure to report instances of research misconduct and/or publication ethics violations discovered after publication to the publisher and/or editor. It will likely be necessary to issue a retraction.

Reporting Cases of Research Misconduct or Violations of Publication Ethics

In cases of suspected or verified research misconduct or violations of publication ethics, the first course of action should always be to notify HLJ’s Editor in Chief, Dr. Andrew Lynch (a.lynch@miami.edu)




[1] Michael V. Dougherty, “The Pernicious Effects of Compression Plagiarism on Scholarly Argumentation,” Argumentation (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10503-019-09481-3

[2] Michael V. Dougherty, “In the aftermath of authorship violations in philosophy: problems and solutions” (presentation, COPE North American Seminar 2019, Philadelphia, PA, May 3, 2019)