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Instructions to authors

This section is to be used by authors who write their text in English.

Please use the model article file attached when writing your text.

1. Submission and publication principles

Authors whose texts have been accepted agree to transfer the associated rights permanently to the Alsic journal. They are free to re-publish these works (in printed or electronic form) subject to the following conditions:

  • they clearly indicate the references to the original publication in Alsic;

  • they notify the journal's editorial management and send them a copy of the new publication.

Authors whose texts have been accepted release the Alsic journal from any claim or action by a third party (editors, authors, etc.) whose copyright has been infringed, deliberately or not. Authors are responsible for the exactitude of references and quotations.

The editorial committee of the Alsic journal reserves the right to make editorial changes to any text accepted for publication for the purposes of stylistic correction or clarification. The authors will only be consulted in the case of major modifications.

Text must be submitted in Word 2003 format (.doc only).

2. Presentation formats

All texts for the journal have a precise format of presentation. Please comply with it scrupulously.


2.1. Preliminary notes


2.1.1. Important general notes

  • Do not paginate your text or add page headers or footers.

  • To introduce a new paragraph in your text, use a single line break only. The vertical spacing of paragraphs will be organized by the editorial team.

  • Never use the tab key to format your text.

  • To insert tables, use the "table" function in your word processor.

2.1.2. Highlighting and typographic styles

To make reading easier, please limit the number of highlights using typographic styles in the text and stay consistent in the use of the chosen style. Therefore:

  • use bold or italics to highlight a word or group of words;

  • do not underline;

  • do not write a group of words or a sentence in upper case;

  • limit the number of highlights.

2.1.3. Fonts to be used, line spacing

You must use the Times New Roman font. The font size must be as follows.

  • Heading 1: Times New Roman 18

  • Heading 2: Times New Roman 16

  • Heading 3: Times New Roman 14

  • Footnotes: Times New Roman 10

  • Normal: Times New Roman 12

Use line spacing of 1.5 and justify your text.

2.2. The beginning of your article

In the article header, include the following information in the order shown. Information identifying you will not be sent to reviewers.

  • Article title

  • First name(s) and last name (in that order)

  • Brief biographical note approximately 50 words long, indicating your function and field of expertise

  • Your affiliation

  • Your email address, plus if applicable your personal or business online homepage address

  • Your full postal address

  • An abstract of the article - maximum 200 words

  • Keywords, separated by commas

2.3. The body of your article

2.3.1. Headings and paragraphs

The body of your article must include the following elements.

  • Several sections marked by headings, without automatic numbering. You must use your the styles of your word processor ("Heading 1", "Heading 2", etc.).

  • Simple paragraphs (style "Normal" by default).

The introduction and the conclusion must have a heading ("Introduction", "Conclusion" or other heading) and the heading must have the "heading 1" style and be numbered.

2.3.2. Quotations and references in the body of the text

All references in the body of the article must be referenced with an indication of the page number (if possible) and included in the References section at the end of the article. Note that the page numbers are not preceded by the abbreviation p. or pp. but by a colon.

Short quotations (less than two lines) are included in the body of the text, surrounded by quotation marks.

Long quotations (over two lines) are put in a separate paragraph. The text is shown without quotation marks.

As Isabelle De Ridder points out:

although many things have been said about what should appear on the screen to obtain better results in language learning, how these features should appear to the learner-user is still under investigation (De Ridder, 2002: 123).

2.3.3. Tables and figures

Tables and figures must be numbered ("Table 1", "Figure 1", etc.) and accompanied by a title. In the text of a title do not put any cross-reference to a bibliographical reference or a page footnote. Please follow the models below precisely: the title of a figure starts with an upper case letter, it is separated from the caption by a dash; the title text starts with an upper case letter and ends with a full stop.

In the main text include the reference to the image file in the following format.
Figure 1 – Here write the text of your figure title.

Here insert FIGURE 1 (file figure01.gif)
Tables created using the "table" option in your word processor must be included in the main document. The title of each table must be shown above it, as shown below.
Table 1 – Here insert the title of your table.

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Bla bla

Very complex tables, containing special signs or particular formatting, should preferably be treated in the same way as image type files. They must be supplied by the author in the form of a GIF or JPEG file. They will therefore be integrated into the article in the same way as figures (see above) but will be called Table 1, Table 2, etc.

2.3.4. Images

These must be supplied in a separate file, of maximum quality (300 dpi); the formats accepted are: JPEG, GIF, PNG.

2.3.5. Footnotes

Footnotes should be avoided where possible. To insert, use the Insert | Footnote function of your word processor. If a footnote includes bibliographical, website or software references, follow the rules stated above. Do not use the endnotes function.

2.4. The References section at the end of the article

In accordance with established practice, the References section should only include works, articles, websites or software applications mentioned in the body the article itself.

2.4.1. Format of bibliographical references

Al-Seghayer, K. (2001). "The effects of multimedia annotation modes on L2 vocabulary acquisition: A comparative study". Language Learning and Technology, vol. 5, n° 1. pp. 202-232.

Conole, G. & Alevizou, P. (2010). A literature review of the use of Web 2.0 tools in Higher Education. Report commissioned by the Higher Education Academy.

Hulstijn, J.H. (1992). "Retention of inferred and given word meanings: Experiments in incidental vocabulary learning". In Arnaud, P. J. L. &. Béjoint, H. (dir.). Vocabulary and applied linguistics. London: Macmillan. pp. 113-125.

Kaplan, A. M., & Haenlein, M. (2010). "Users of the world, unite! The challenges and opportunities of social media". Business Horizons, vol. 53. pp. 59-68.

Levelt, W. J. M. (1989). Speaking: From intention to articulation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

XXX, G. W. (2010). "The importance of social media". Journal of bla bla, vol. 5, n° 2. pp. 41-63. Available on line:

2.4.2. Format of website references

In the article text, include a cross reference of the same type as the bibliographical references, in order to indicate to the reader that the full reference can be found at the end of the article. It would be useful, where possible, to include in the reference the name of the organization, the country, etc. that developed the site. If the website (or the part of the website referenced) is clearly the work of an author or a group of authors, include a cross-reference in the text giving the name of the author(s), in the same way as for bibliographical references.

2.4.3. Format of software references

Tatiana (2008). Trace Analysis Tool for Interaction ANAlysts.

3. Propose a special issue

If you want to propose a special issue to Alsic, please send a framework text to the editors (

Your text should include

  • the issue title;

  • arguments supporting the interest of the theme;

  • the name(s) of the person(s) who will be responsible for the editorial work in liaison with the journal managers, together with their summary CVs;

  • the names of some potential authors if applicable;

  • suggestions of members for a specific reading committee to be set up if necessary.

Any possible avenues of finance will be welcome.

Alsic is a French language journal which welcomes articles written in other languages, with the aim of facilitating exchanges between communities. We prefer articles in two languages. Within the framework of an issue related to our participation in a European project, we published a special issue, volume 15, no. 1, containing articles in English. In the same spirit of openness we welcome proposals including texts in a language other than French. The journal will take responsibility for translating one of the texts.

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