Editorial Policy

The Korea Association of Foreign Languages Education
Editorial Policy

Enactment: May 10, 1998
1st Revision: July 10, 1999
2nd Revision: December 16, 2000
3rd Revision: June 22, 2001
4th Revision: December 10, 2001
5th Revision: September 4, 2003
6th Revision: June 30, 2007
7th Revision: July 21, 2007
8th Revision: June 19, 2010
9th Revision: April 9, 2011
10th Revision: March 25, 2017
11th Revision: September 8, 2018
12th Revision: February 17, 2020
13th Revision: July 16, 2020

Chapter One: General Provisions

Article One: The name of the committee shall be The Korea Association of Foreign Languages Education (herein referred to as KAFLE) Editorial Board.

Article Two: In accordance with Chapter Five of the KAFLE’s Constitution, the Editorial Board shall be considered an integral part of KAFLE.

Chapter Two: Members of the Editorial Board

Article One: In consideration of languages, specializations, and localities, the Editorial Board shall consist of approximately 30 members, including Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editorial Managers.

1. Consideration of languages: Members of the Editorial Board shall represent professionals in a wide range of foreign languages in education.
2. Consideration of specializations: Members of the Editorial Board shall represent a wide range of specialists in foreign language teaching so that submissions may receive quality reviews.
3. Consideration of localities: Members of the Editorial Board shall be representative of the professionals affiliated with universities or research institutions in localities covered by the journal’s scope. When necessary, foreign professionals can be included.

Article Two: KAFLE’s Vice President in charge of editorial work and publications shall serve as Editor-in-Chief for the duration of his or her term of Vice Presidency.

Article Three: Executive Editorial Managers and other members of the Editorial Board shall be chosen from among the officers of the Standing Executive Board or the KAFLE’s membership. Their appointment shall be recommended by the President based on proven records of research activities and publications and approved by the Standing Executive Board. The term of office for Executive Editorial Managers and other members of the Editorial Board shall coincide with that of the Standing Executive Board.

Chapter Three: Editorial Board Regulations

Article One: The Editorial Board shall determine guidelines for the format, annual publication frequency, and volume of KAFLE’s journal Foreign Languages Education. The Editorial Board shall also constitute bylaws for article review criteria and procedure and establish manuscript submission guidelines.

Article Two: Editor-in-Chief shall nominate reviewers for each submitted article. Based on the reviews, the Editorial Board shall make the final decision as to whether each submission is to be published in the journal.

Article Three
: The Editorial Board’s decisions other than those regarding article reviews shall be effective contingent on the Standing Executive Board’s approval.

Chapter Four: Meeting

Article One: Meetings for editorial work and publications shall be convened regularly for the timely publication of the journal.

Article Two: Meetings shall be called into order contingent on the presence of a majority of the Editorial Board members, and resolutions shall be considered binding if they are favored by a majority of those present at the meeting.

Chapter Five: Article Review Criteria

Article One: Appropriateness and Relevance of Content
Each submitted manuscript shall have to deal with theories of foreign language teaching, critical reflections on practice, experimental research studies, and/or new proposals. Submissions linked with linguistics, literature or other related disciplines shall be considered for review only when they present explicit pedagogical implications for the teaching of the foreign language.

Article Two: Creativity of Content Submissions shall have to be based on original and creative research whose results have not been published in other domestic and international journals.

Article Three: Observance of Manuscript Guidelines Submissions shall have to observe the manuscript guidelines for the journal.

Article Four: Appropriateness of Structure and Development
Submissions shall have to follow the generally accepted conventions in the field of foreign language teaching regarding how an article should be structured and its thesis developed.

Article Five: Appropriateness of Research Methodology
Submissions shall have to be based on sound research methodology in terms of research questions, research design, and data analysis.

Chapter Six: Article Review Procedure

Article One: Acceptance for Review
Submissions shall be accepted for review in accordance with the schedule set by the Editorial Board. An article is submitted online via KAFLE’s online submission system. However, submissions shall not be accepted for review if they fail to meet the journal’s manuscript guidelines. The dates of publication scheduled for the spring, summer, fall, and winter issues of the journal shall be February 28, June 30, September 30, and December 31, respectively.

Article Two: Examination of Plagiarism
Every manuscript is subject to KCI plagiarism test, and its result will be reflected in the final acceptance decision.

Article Three: Selection of Reviewers
The Editor-in-Chief shall examine submitted manuscripts and classify them according to their languages and fields. The Editor-in-Chief shall nominate at least three reviewers for each submitted article, and if necessary, non-members can be solicited as reviewers. Reviewers with the same affiliations as the submitter shall be excluded from the reviewing process.

Article Four: Review Requests
The Editor-in-Chief shall send each of the reviewers “a review request form” and the submitted article. The Editor-in-Chief shall make sure that the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) are removed from the manuscript. The history of receiving subsidiaries is omitted for a review paper, and it will be added after the final decision of publication.

Article Five: Review
Each reviewer shall review the assigned manuscript and rate it using the 5 rating system (A, B, C, D, & 5) with the total score, based on the review criteria in the form. Each reviewer shall have to offer explicit justifications for his or her rating in writing.

Article Six: Reviewer Reports to the Editor-in-Chief
Each reviewer shall complete a “reviewer report” using forms A and B and send it to the Editor-in-Chief before the given deadline. The reviewer report shall include the reviewer’s remarks, rating, and demands for revisions. The reviewer shall make sure that the reviewer report is accompanied by the submitted manuscript.

Article Seven: Editorial Board Meetings and Notification of the Editorial Board’s Decisions to Authors
Editorial Board meetings shall be convened by the Editor-in-Chief, and members of the Editorial Board shall go over the reviewer reports. The manuscript will be rated as “accepted without change” when two or larger number of viewers give greater than “B” and as “rejected” when two or larger number of viewers give lower than ”E.” The final decision for the publication of the other manuscripts should undergo screening of the Editorial Board based on the total scores of all three reviewers. “Rejected” can be for the manuscript with 20 percent of a KCI plagiarism result regardless of the three reviews. A manuscript which is rated as “to be reviewed after revisions” shall be reviewed for the next issue of the journal if the manuscript is revised by the author(s) and submitted again.

Article Eight: Notification of the Editorial Board’s Decisions to Authors
Editor-in-Chief shall send to the author(s) the reviewer reports and the manuscript containing demands for revisions, with “accepted,” “to be accepted with revisions,” “reviewed with revisions,” and “rejected.” The manuscripts with “reviewed with revisions” should undergo a review from reviewers from the start to be accepted for publication, and manuscripts whose revisions are not submitted are “rejected.” The manuscripts with “rejected” and with no response to revision calls won’t be published for the issue. In case there were an appeal about the manuscript, the corresponding author can make an appeal within 30 days after the notification of the review result. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for re-reviewing the appealed manuscript and informing its result within 15 days.

Article Nine: Ethics
Manuscripts either rated as “accepted for publication” or already published in the journal shall be nullified through a resolution by the Editorial Board and submissions for three years shall be not allowed, if they are found to have been published elsewhere or if unethical conduct by the author(s) has been revealed.

Article 10
The publication year, month, and date of each article are marked at the end of the last page.

Article 11
: Scheduled Publication Date
The publication dates for the journal are scheduled as follows.
Issue 1: February 28      Issue 2: June 30 Issue 3: September 30      Issue 4: December 31