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OCJ Section Descriptions and Criteria

Thank you for your interest in OnCUE Journal. Authors wishing to contribute to the journal are asked to visit the Submission Guidelines page for information on formatting papers. All submissions to OCJ should be sent via email as attached files. OCJ does not accept submissions pasted in the body of email messages.

Types of Articles Sought:

Contact: Glen Hill
Feature articles focus on language education and related issues at the tertiary level and are APA referenced (2,000 to 4,000 words).


  • Focus on issues likely to be perceived as relevant to language teaching in Japan
  • Well designed and reported quantitative or qualitative research
  • Writing that situates issues within the context of relevant previous work while refraining from quoting for the sake of quoting
  • Thought-provoking theoretical pieces provided that clear practical implications are developed.

Research Digest
Contact: Joe Falout

Research Digest articles are perspectives on applying theory to practice in SLA or a related field. The format includes reviews of research studies, analyses or personal reflections on research methodologies, and reviews of resources for teachers and researchers (up to 2,500 words).

Professional Development
Contact: Paul Moritoshi
The term Professional Development (PD) covers issues including vocational education, training, employment, conducting research, publishing, presenting, résumé-building and professionalism, among many others. Articles of approximately 1,000 to 2,500 words may be reflective, opinion-based or empirical (qualitative and/or quantitative) studies pertaining to the above.

Opinion and Perspective
Contact: Keith Ford
Opinion and Perspective (including Readers Respond and Right to Reply) Short opinion pieces, perspectives on teaching and learning, point-counterpoint, responses to any articles in previous issues (up to 3,000 words).

  • Short opinion pieces
  • Perspectives on teaching and learning
  • Point-counterpoint
  • Responses to any articles in previous issues.

Contact: Terry Fellner

Papers on CALL-related research, technology and technology-related classroom practices (1,000 to 2,500 words).

Book Reviews
Contact: Eri Fukuda

Reviews of books, textbooks, videos, presentations, etc. 600 words; 1,500 words for scholarly review essays.

Conference Reviews
Contact: Jonathan Brown

Reviews of academic conferences or workshops inside or outside Japan (500 to 1,500 words).

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