Language, Literature, Language Teaching, English Literature

Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Journal of Language includes the following areas:

1. Linguistics

2. Literature

3. English Language Teaching

4. Discourse Analysis

5. Sociolinguistics

6. Psycholinguistics

7. Translation


Section Policies


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

Journal of Language operates a peer review process and promotes a double-blind reviewing, in which the identity of the author(s) and the reviewer(s) are not revealed to each other. The number of reviewers assigned to each paper is three.

The acceptance or rejection of articles will be decided by the editorial boards based on the review results supplied by the reviewers. There are no communications between authors and editors concerning the rejection decision. Before going to review process, all manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism practice. If there is an indication of plagiarism, the manuscript will be instantly rejected. Authors whose papers are rejected will be informed with the reasons of the rejection.

The editors reserve the right to suggest to the authors to have their manuscripts proofread and edited by professional proofreaders, and to decline publication of manuscripts whose authors do not comply with the editors' suggestions.


Publication Frequency

This journal is published twice a year in May and November. 


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Journal of Language (JoL) is an open access and a peer reviewed scientific journal covering research reports in linguistics, literature or language teaching, and critical evaluations of books on the related areas published by Faculty of Literature, Islamic University of North Sumatra (UISU), Medan, Indonesia. The main objective of JoL is to provide a platform for scholars, academicians and researchers to share the contemporary thoughts mainly in the fields of language, literature, and language teaching. This journal is published twice a year in May and November.


Publication Charge

The publication processing fee for a research paper is 50  (fifty) USD (for domestic author(s), please convert the USD to current IDR rate). The publication fee is charged only for accepted paper. The author/corresponding author has to pay the publication fee after the paper is declared accepted. The publication process fee can be made to the following account:

Account Number: 106.00.1244695.4

Bank Name       : Bank Mandiri

Account Name   : Susi Ekalestari, SS, M.Hum.

Swift Code        : BMRIIDJA (only for international transfer)

After the publication process fee has been made, kindly send us the payment proof (copy of the payment receipt):  to: with the subject: Payment Proof of the Publication Process.


Editorial Process

Once a manuscript is submitted, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Language inspects the submitted manuscript. If the Chief Editor determines that the manuscript is not of sufficient quality to go through the normal review workflow or if the subject of the manuscript is not appropriate to the journal's scope, the Chief Editor rejects the manuscript without further processing. If the Chief Editor determines that the submitted manuscript is of sufficient quality and falls within the scope of the journal, the Chief Editor sends the manuscript to three reviewers for peer-review.

The Chief Editor of Journal of Language has the authority, and reserves the right to reject any manuscript submitted due to inappropriateness of its subject content, lack of quality, incorrectness of its results and recommendations, inaccuracies in the experimentation etc. The final decision on paper publication is made by the Chief Editor upon recommendation of Editorial Board members or with respect to the acceptance or rejection of a manuscript recommended by the reviewers. 

No changes in paper will be accepted once the decision of acceptance is announced thru email to the communicating/corresponding author. Therefore, authors are requested to make all the corrections well prior to the decision of acceptance for paper publication.


Copy Right Policy and Licensing

Journal of Language (JoL) is licensed under License Creative Commons Atribusi 4.0 Internasional

Creative Commons licenses work as “Some rights reserved” rule instead of “All rights reserved” rule. CC offers a diverse set of license conditions – the freedoms and limitations. This allows the author to define rules on which he or she would like to share his or her creations with others. At the same time users gain more rights to the use of his or her works. 

Attribution 4.0 – This license lets you (others) distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon the workn published in Journal of Language, even commercially, as long as they credit Journal of Language for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).