About Journal

Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research (IJLTR) was launched with the intention to make quality research output available for scholars in the field of language education. IJLTR is an open access academic, scholarly peer-reviewed journal and follows a double blind review policy. The Journal publishes two regular issues per year (in January and July) and a special issue since 2016 (in October). The journal team (and in particular the advisory board) is made of internationally renowned scholars in the field of Applied Linguistics and L2 education.


​IJLTR is planning  to publish one Special Issue each year beginning with 2016 (in addition to two regular issues which appear on  the 1st of January and July every year).  Special Issues are theme-based and  guest-edited by leading figures in the field.  The Call for Papers for the following Special Issues​ is now open.
2016​  Special Issue: 
Guest editor: Jack C. Richards, PhD (University of Sydney)
Theme: Teacher Education
​teacher training, teacher development, professional development, multicultural perspectives on teacher education and any aspect of teacher education​
Deadline for paper submission: 1  May 2016
2017 Special Issue: 
Guest editor: John I.​ Liontas, PhD (University of South Florida)
Theme: Idiomaticity and​ Language Teaching Research
​attainment of native-like idiomatic competence in ESL/EFL
applications of new media and multimedia technologies for idiomatic learning 
linguistic, pragmatic, or techno-pedagogical concerns in developing idiomatic competence
teacher training and professional development, materials and curriculum development, assessment 
​issues as related to developing idiomaticity
Extended deadline for paper submission:  1  May  2017
2018 Special Issue: 
Guest editor: Dan Douglas, PhD (Iowa State University)
Theme: Assessment for Teaching
Assess​ment for Learning (AfL)
Learning Oriented Language Assessment (LOLA)
Alternatives in Assessment (AA)
Language Assessment Literacy (LAT)
Testers' Professional Development (TPD)
and any practical  aspect of language assessment
 Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2018
 2019 Special Issue: 
Guest editor: Thomas S.C. Farrell, PhD (Brock University)
Theme: Reflective Practice in TESOL
Operationalizing Reflective Practice
Reflective Tools that Facilitate Reflection
Reflective Practice in Teacher Education
Reflective Practice in In-service Teacher Development
and any other aspect of Reflective Practice in TESOL
Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2019
 2020​ Special Issue: 
Guest editors​: Zia Tajeddin, PhD (Allameh Tabataba'I University) &  Minoo Alemi, PhD (Sharif University of Technology)​
Theme: Discourse in Second Language Classroom Context
Politeness and Impoliteness inT​eacher and Learner Talk
Teachers’ and Learners’ Discoursal Identity
Teachers’ Discoursal Strategies for Learner Participation and Engagement
Discourse of Resistance in Teacher and Learner Talk
Discourse of Power and Agency in Teacher Talk
Gendered Discourse in the Classroom Context
Teachers’ and Learners’ Use of Speech Acts
Discourse of  Humor in  Classroom Context
Discourse of Turn Construction in  Classroom Context 
Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2020​
 2021 Special Issue: 
Guest editor​: Jack C Richards (University of Sydney)
Theme: On-line Professional Development in TESOL

Designing an on-line course

Teaching and learning models

Innovative approaches to on-line course delivery

Critical issues in on-line teaching

Case studies of effective practice

What can and cannot be taught on-line

Impact on teachers and learners

Current research approaches

Online assessment issues and practices

Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2021​
 2022 Special Issue: 
Guest editors: Michael Byram PhD (Durham University) and Petra Rauschert, PhD (Muenchen University, Germany)
Theme: Language Teaching, Education for Democracy and Cross-curricular Connections
Deadline for paper submission: 1  March 2022
Research-based papers can be submitted on the main theme and sub-themes of each Special Issue by​ the deadlines provided above. Potential contributors are invited to submit their manuscripts following guidelines for submission available at the journal website.​
2023 Special Issue
The theme for 2023 Special Issue of IJLTR is Technology Mediated Langauge Learning, Teaching and Assessment: Social Justice Considerations
Contributors are invited to submit their MSs online by the end of April 2023. Papers related to CALL, TALL, TELL, MALL, CALA and other technology applications to language education are welcome provided that significant attention is made to discussing and addressing issues related to social justice, more specifically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2024 Special Issue
Theme: New Insights into the Study of Classroom Emotions: Emerging Research Methods for Exploring the Implications of Positive and Negative Emotions in Language Education Environments
Guest Editords: Dr Ali Derakhshan, Golestan University, Iran; Prof Lawrence Zhang, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Emotions and Learners/Learning: Positive and negative meotions and langauge learners' well-being, willingness to communicate, behaviouiral, cognitive and emotional engagement,  and academic success
Emotions and Teachers/Teaching: Positive and negative emotions and language teachers' organisational committment, turnover intentions, subjective and psychological well-being; professional growth and development, identity formation, agency, work engagement and professional success 
Research/data collection methods encouraged: time-series design, nested ecosystem model, ecological momentary assessment, Q-methodology, retrodictive qualitative modeling, idiodynamic method, latent profile analysis and similar emerging resarch methods
Submission Deadline: 30 April, 2024
Publication: December 2024
Submission can be made using journal online submission system, by selecting 'Special Issue on Classroom Emotions' submission category.