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ReCALL has a new address for submissions:

Aims and scope

ReCALL is the journal of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL). It seeks to fulfill the stated aims of EUROCALL as a whole, and more particularly to promote the use of foreign languages within Europe and beyond, providing an international focus for the promulgation of innovative research in the area of Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL) in education and training.

Typical subjects for submissions include theoretical debate on second language acquisition and development in technology-rich learning environments and their influence on design; practical applications at developmental stage; evaluative studies of the use of technology in the teaching and learning process; assessment of the potential of technological advances in the delivery of language learning materials and enactment of language learning activities; exploitation of online information systems; and discussions of policy and strategy at institutional and discipline levels. Survey papers are welcome provided that they are timely, up-to-date and well-structured.

Following standard procedure, submissions to ReCALL are double-blind peer-reviewed by three researchers with relevant expertise and credentials.

General instructions

Submission of a paper to ReCALL is held to imply that it represents an original contribution not previously published and that it is not being considered elsewhere.

The language of ReCALL is normally English. However, papers in other major European Languages, with an abstract in English, are welcome.

Papers submitted to the ReCALL journal should meet the following criteria for original academic research in the field of CALL:

  • There should be a clearly-stated topic of investigation, under a suitably academic title, supported by a rationale which relates the investigation to specific areas of research and/or development and/or practice in computer-assisted language learning.

  • The topic should be located with regard to other work in CALL and related fields, by means of a literature or state-of-the-art review, which makes it clear what has been learned from the work of others, and what is original about the current investigation.

  • The topic should be located with regard to other work in CALL and related fields, by means of a literature or state-of-the-art review, which makes it clear what has been learned from the work of others, and what is original about the current investigation. This should be reflected in the reference list to include recent and relevant research from some of the major CALL journals (ReCALL, LLT, CALL, Calico Journal, etc.).

  • Where appropriate, there should be evidence, or consideration, of relevant data analysis and its role in indicating, supporting or confirming findings or conclusions. This should specify whether data is actual or potential, whether analysis is quantitative and/or qualitative, and whether the investigation is repeatable or replicable.

  • Actual or potential conclusions or products should have a relevance to research, development, or practice in CALL beyond the context of the investigation itself.
  • As of 2018, ReCALL no longer accepts reviews of websites, software, apps, books or other material. However, proposals can be submitted to The EUROCALL Review; please see

    Before being sent to reviewers, each submission is first checked by the editors for its suitability for ReCALL. The following checks are performed, including for:

    • Relevance (i.e. the relationship between technology and language teaching/learning is clearly explicated in the article)

    • Originality/substance (i.e. the paper brings something new to the field)

    • Indication, where appropriate, of rigorous data collection and analysis

    • Bibliography (i.e. up-to-date and relevant to CALL)

    • Language (all authors are strongly encouraged to have their manuscripts thoroughly checked for language and style by an expert prior to submission)

    • Form (i.e. compliance with manuscript requirements, structure and style appropriate to an academic international publication)

    • Plagiarism
    • If any of the above is deemed unsatisfactory, the editors will notify the authors that their paper is not suitable for ReCALL at this time.

      Manuscript requirements

      1. Papers should not exceed 8000 words (including abstract, references and appendices) and should be preceded by an abstract of 250 words maximum. Beneath the abstract, please provide up to six keywords of your choice. For format requirements, please use the template provided which includes detailed instructions for style.

      2. Initial submissions should be appropriately anonymised. Please ensure that all references to the authors’ publications have been replaced by Author (Year) in the body of the text and that the complete entry is removed from the references section. Any other features that could identify the authors (e.g. name of institution) should also be removed. If the paper is accepted, authors will be asked to submit the non-anonymised version.

      3. All relevant files, carefully labelled, should be submitted at All Figures and Tables should be included in the text, as well as Appendices, “About the author” notes, and all other material with the sole exception of “supplementary materials”. For full instructions on how to prepare your figures, refer to the Cambridge Journals Artwork Guide. Text should be in Microsoft Word, and not in any other word-processing or desktop-publishing formats.

      4. It is the responsibility of authors to provide written permission for the reproduction of any graphics or screen-shots included with the paper. It is also the responsibility of authors to check the accuracy of URLs cited within articles or in references at the time of submission.

      5. Charges apply for all colour figures that appear in the print version of the journal. At the time of submission, contributors should clearly state whether their figures should appear in colour in the online version only, or whether they should appear in colour online and in the print version. There is no charge for including colour figures in the online version of the journal but it must be clear that colour is needed to enhance the meaning of the figure, rather than simply being for aesthetic purposes. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.


      First proofs may be read and corrected by contributors provided that they can guarantee to return the corrected proofs, via the online system provided by Cambridge University Press, within four days of receipt. Contributors should correct printers’ errors but not introduce new or different material at this stage. Please note that any supplementary materials will not be copy-edited, whether on the ReCALL homepage hosted by CUP or on IRIS, for example (see author template).


      In lieu of offprints, contributors will be provided with the .pdf file of the paper.

      Open Access

      Please visit for information on our open access policies, compliance with major funding bodies, and guidelines on depositing your manuscript in an institutional repository.

      Contact address

      Papers should be submitted to:

      For any queries related to the submission process, please contact

      Other queries should be addressed to the Editor: Alex Boulton,

      Last updated 16th September 2017