Submission Guidelines

If you are interested in submitting an article to Idiom for consideration, please review the following guidelines before submitting.

Guidelines for Article Submission:
Idiom seeks to publish articles covering a range of issues couched within a theoretical framework relating to all levels of learners.

• Length: Maximum 900 words (include a word count excluding references and author’s bio)
• Formatting: Please use APA guidelines, particularly when citing references.
• Articles: Please send completed articles in DOC or DOCX format.
• Graphs and charts: Please embed in body of document. Please include as JPG or PNG files.
• An author’s brief biographical statement (three sentences maximum), email and degree (e.g. Ed.D., M.A.), must be at the bottom of the article (after references).
• The article should contain in-text citations and references, which must be done according to proper APA format. Please check out an important web site on APA citation style here
• Be sure your article includes your byline underneath the article’s title.
• Anonymous contributions cannot be published. Please do not submit dissertations or theses. Literature reviews for dissertations, dissertations or excerpts, or submissions that do not follow these basic guidelines cannot be considered for publication.
• Articles should be typed in Times New Roman font size 12

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Promising Practices:
Length: Maximum 1,000 to 1,200 words
The Promising Practices column features practical classroom activities, techniques or ideas that have been shown to be successful, challenging, and inspiring for students in your ESL/EFL classes at any grade level or in your teacher-training courses. Your activities must be research-based and supported with 3-5 references following Idiom'sGeneral Guidelines for Article Submission. Both theory and practice are combined. Appears 2x per year, Fall and Spring issues.


Idiom's editorial goals are to be accurate, to maintain the writer's message, content, and style, and to fit the work in the space allotted. Idiom reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for clarity, brevity, and style; the editors will consult with contributors on substantive revisions. Articles from Idiom may be reprinted with proper acknowledgement of the source.

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Idiom Co-Editors

Ravneet Parmar and Genie Smiddy

Promising Practices

Ann Wintergerst

Production, Access, & Technical Support

Mark Aaron Polger

Deadlines for 2017

Issue: Fall 2017

Deadline: October 28, 2017

Theme: Overcoming the Challenges

Issue: Winter 2017-2018

Deadline: January 13, 2018

Theme: articles based on presentations at the NYS TESOL Annual Conference