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Author Guidelines

Author Guideline

Journal of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics


SMART: Journal of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics is a peer-reviewed, scientific journal published by LPPM Universitas Muhammadiyah Pringsewu Lampung. The journal publishes both conceptual and research-based articles within the fields of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics.

The scopes of the journal include the following topic areas:

  1. English Language Pedagogy
  2. English Language Literacy
  3. English for Specific Purposes
  4. ELT Materials Development and Evaluation
  5. English Language Testing and Assessment
  6. Teaching English to Young Learners
  7. English Literature
  8. Language Policy and Planning
  9. Second Language Acquisition
  10. Applied Linguistics


It published biannually in the months of January and August.

SMART accepting articles that have not been previously published, nor is it under review or consideration for a book chapter or journal publication elsewhere. Manuscripts submitted to SMART should follow the following guidelines:

Manuscript and File Type Manuscript should be written in 1,5 spaced using essay style academic English on A4 paper (with 2,5 cm from all margins) in Microsoft Word program (.doc, .docx, or .rtf), in size 12 of Times New Roman font.


Manuscript format


Title, abstract, and keywords

The title of the manuscript submitted to SMART should not exceed of total 15 words typed using Times New Roman size 14, all capital, italic, bold, and center. It followed by an abstract of a maximum of 100 words. The author should also provide 3–5 keywords underneath the abstract using Times New Roman size 11, single-spaced, and Italic.


The article should cover: (a) Title; (b) Author’s name(s), (c) Affiliation(s), and e-mail of Correspondence(s); (c) Abstract, which includes objectives, method, and findings of research; (d) Keywords; (e) Introduction, which includes research objective(s); (f) Research Method; (g) Findings and Discussion; (h) Conclusion; (i) References; and (j) Appendix, if any.


Citations and references

Manuscript submitted to SMART Journal should follow APA style 7th edition for citations and references. In this phase, the use of reference tools, such as Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley, etc. is highly suggested and recommended.

Manuscript submission

The manuscript should be sent via OJS through our online system:

The author registering first before submitting the manuscript or log in if the author already had the SMART Journal Account to submit the article.


All submitted manuscripts to the SMART journal will be firstly read by the editorial staff. Manuscripts evaluated to be of potential interest to journal readership will be preceded to peer-reviewed process. Throughout the review process, the identity of the author(s), as well as the reviewer(s), will be concealed, so that both sides will not get to know each other. The editors will then make a decision by considering the reviewers’ recommendation with 3 possibilities: decline submission, accept the submission, and revisions required. Please kindly bear in mind that a ‘revisions required’ decision does not guarantee acceptance. The acceptance decision will be made if the editor is satisfied with the revisions made.


The editorial board is permitted to edit the accepted manuscripts to keep format consistency without changing the essence.


Authors whose manuscripts are accepted or rejected will get a notification from the SMART editorial board. The Editorial Board has the authority to return the rejected manuscripts without asserting the causes.



Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Copyright Notice

The copyright to this article is transferred to the Lembaga Penelitian dan Pengabdian Masyarakat (LPPM) University Muhammadiyah of Pringsewu if and when the article is accepted for publication.