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ReCALL has a specific address for submissions:

Aims and scope

ReCALL is the journal of the European Association for Computer Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL). It seeks to fulfil the stated aims of EUROCALL as a whole, i.e. to encourage the use of technology for the learning and teaching of languages and cultures, and especially the promotion and dissemination of innovative research and practice in areas relating to CALL including, but not limited to: Applied Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Digital Pedagogy, Digital Literacies, Computer-Mediated Communication, Learning Analytics, Second Language Acquisition, and Educational Science. The journal publishes research articles that report on empirical studies (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods); provide rigorous meta-analyses or other syntheses or surveys; or contribute to theoretical, epistemological or methodological debates.

Typical subjects for submissions include foreign or second language learning and development in technology-enhanced learning environments; theoretical debate and practical applications at developmental stage; evaluative studies of the potential of technological advances in the delivery of language learning materials and enactment of language learning activities; and discussions of policy and strategy at institutional and discipline levels.

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 ReCALL 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. 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.).
  • There should be a coherent and appropriate method of investigation to address clear research questions, in which the nature of actual or potential findings, outcomes or products is clearly indicated. Methods may include theoretical discussion, experimental or ethnographic studies, design or evaluation methodologies, action research, or any other systematic way of generating an outcome to the investigation.
  • 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 in a double-blind format, each submission is first checked by the editors for its suitability for ReCALL, 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)
    • Similarity
    • 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 author template provided which includes detailed instructions for style.

      ReCALL strongly encourages authors to provide supplementary materials which are non-essential to a straight-forward reading of the paper, but which can benefit the community, e.g. for data collection instruments (typically in MS Word) or full data sets (preferably in MS Excel), or pdf format if preferred. These can be on the ReCALL homepage hosted by CUP, though authors might alternatively like to consider uploading their data collection materials to the IRIS database (see the author template for further information).

      2. ReCALL is now able to add an ORCiD number to all new submissions, thus solving the longstanding name ambiguity problem in scholarly communication. ORCiD is a freely available digital identifier service that directly links a researcher to their work, ensuring that individuals and their publication/research activities can be easily distinguished and identified by anyone anywhere in the world. To facilitate this new initiative, we are requiring all authors and coauthors to have an account in the journal's system at ScholarOne and to add their ORCiD ID to their account information. Should authors have a serious concern about ORCID they should get in touch with the editor at to further discuss the matter.

      3. 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.

      4. 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.

      5. 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.

      6. Colour figures will appear as such online, but in black and white only in the printed journal unless authors clearly state that they wish them to be in colour, in which case charges will apply. If colour is requested 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 authors via the online system within the specified period. Authors should correct printers’ errors but not introduce new or different material at this stage. Authors would be strongly advised to read the proof thoroughly as any errors missed may appear in the final published paper. Once the article is published, either online or in print, no further changes can be made. 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 sent to the Editor: Alex Boulton,

      Last updated 28th November 2019