Types of Manuscripts Accepted
NIDA Journal of Language and Communication (NIDAJLC) welcomes submissions of
research papers, academic papers, and book reviews.
Research papers must be based on current empirical research contributing to
connecting theories and practices in the related fields. The journal publishes both
qualitative and quantitative research findings. Suitable manuscripts should not exceed
8,500 words, including references and appendices. Each manuscript must include an
abstract (not exceeding 250 words) and 5 keywords are also required for each
Academic papers present a comprehensive review of up-to-date scholarship and
interest in the related area of language and communication. Manuscripts based on
interpreted references to others’ works should offer a critical discussion of implications
or applications for theory and practice. Suitable manuscripts with references should not
exceed 4,500 words with an abstract of no longer than 250 words.
Book reviews are based upon recent books in the fields of language and
communication. Manuscripts should not exceed 1,200 words.
Manuscript Submission Guidelines
Manuscript Format Guidelines
- Authors have to register before submitting a paper.
- Authors are requested to submit a paper electronically by using the submission site. This site will guide authors through the submission
process. Submissions that do not adhere to this procedure will not be considered for
the review process.
- Authors’ names, all references to the authors and institutional affiliations must not
appear in the paper for the blind review, leaving only the title and the abstract on the
- A bio-data of 50 words, an email address, and an affiliation must accompany each
- Authors must conform to the manuscript format guidelines and the reference format
guidelines as given in the following sections.
- Manuscripts must be carefully edited for language quality which is academically
appropriate to the standard of English before submitting to the journal.
- It is understood that a manuscript submitted to the journal has not been published
and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
- The submission file must be in Microsoft Word file format, A4 page layout. PDF
files are not acceptable.
- There are no article processing charges or publication fees.
- Once submitted, a paper will be considered by the editor and if it passes initial screening, it will be sent for peer review by experts in the field. Authors can track the status of a submitted paper online by logging onto the submission system.
Reference Format Guidelines
- Manuscripts submitted to the journal must conform to the stylistic guidelines
prescribed by the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
(APA), 6th edition.
- Submitted manuscripts must be typewritten, double-spaced, and in 12-point Time
New Roman font with margins of 1.5 inch for top and 1 inch for bottom, left and
- All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate
points, rather than at the end.
- All pages must be numbered except the title page.
- Page numbers must be placed at the top of the page in the upper right hand corner.
- The article title and headings must be printed in bold style and placed at the center of
the page. Sub-headings should be italicized and positioned at the left margin.
All sources cited in the manuscripts must follow the American Psychological Association
(APA) guidelines (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th
edition), and must be alphabetically ordered. Purdue University provides a comprehensive
on-line source for APA guidelines which can be accessed through its website
Within the text, only brief author-date citations should be made, giving the author’s
surname, year of publication and page number(s) where relevant. With the exception of
Thai language sources, only first name(s) or first name(s) and surname(s) can be cited. For example:
According to Jones (1998), "manuscripts must be properly cited" (p. 199).
Direct quotations that are 40 words or longer should be placed in a free-standing block
of text. Start the quotation on a new line, indented 1/2 inch from the left margin without
quotation marks. For example:
Rather than simply being a set of relations between the oppressor and the
oppressed, says Foucault (1980) in Power/Knowledge:
Paraphrase and Summary
Power must be analyzed as something which circulates, or as something
which only functions in the form of a chain.... Power is employed and
exercised through a net like organization.... Individuals are the vehicles of
power, not its point of application. (p. 89).
Paraphrase and summary allow authors to include other people’s ideas without
cluttering up paragraphs with quotations and help the authors to take greater control of
paper writing. Do not forget to include a proper citation when summarizing and
paraphrasing. For example:
Examples of References
Kojchakorn Sareechantalerk (2008) states in her study of Thailand’s feminine
beauty discourse that the traditional description of beauty (before 1868 A.D.) can
be segregated by class and ethnic distinctions into different sets of rules
governing the presentation of attractive bodies and postures that are said to
indicate individual class and ethnic identities (p. 26).
Butler, J. (1993). Bodies that Matter: On the discursive limits of sex. London: Routledge.
Butler, J. (1999). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity (10th
London: Routledge. (Original work published 1990)
Notes on Thai Language References
Articles in Periodicals
Lau, H. H. (2004). The structure of academic journal abstracts written by
Taiwanese PhD students. Taiwan Journal of
TESOL, 1(1), 1-25.
Li, L. J. and Ge, G. C. (2009). Genre Analysis: Structural and linguistic evolution of the
English-medium medical research
articles (1995-2004). English for Specific
Purposes, 28(2), 93-104.
Articles in Edited Books
Mulvey, L. (1985). Visual pleasure and narrative cinema. In B. Nichols (Ed.), Movies
and Methods (Vol. 2). Berkley:
University of California Press.
Tonkiss, F. (1998). Analysing discourse. In C. Seale (Ed.), Researching Society and
Culture. (pp. 245–260). London:
Kojchakorn Sareechantalerk. (2008). A Discursive Study of Thai Female Beauty:
(Unpublished Master’s Thesis). Thammasat
University, Bangkok, Thailand. [in Thai]
- According to Thai convention, Thai scholars are listed and referred by their first
- The romanization of Thai words should follow the Royal Thai general system of
Transcription (RTGS), published by the Royal Institute of Thailand (1999). The
RTGS, however, does not include diacritics, which phonetically indicate the
variation in vowels and tones.
- The transliteration of Thai names, preferentially adopted by Thai individuals, for
example, Nidhi Auesriwongse, Chetta Puanghut, should not be altered.
Manuscripts submitted to the journal will go through an internal review and if they meet the
basic requirements, they will be passed on to reviewers and the double-blind review process
will be used. Comments from the reviewers will be sent to the authors and they will be
notified of the journal’s decision. The editorial board reserves the right to make editorial
changes to any manuscripts accepted for publication to enhance clarity and style, and accept
or reject manuscripts. This entire process will take approximately 8 weeks after the
- Authors publishing in NIDA Journal of Language and Communication retain their
copyright. The journal asks only for a license to publish the article as the first
publisher. Request for reproduction should be directed to authors.
- All published articles in this open access journal which have undergone peer review and upon acceptance are immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download.
- Manuscripts should address, but need not be limited to, issues that are significant to
the diverse areas of language and communication, and should make an important,
substantive contribution to existing or emerging bodies of knowledge.
- Research accessible to both scholarly audiences and the learned public is encouraged.
- Papers submitted for publication must not be under consideration by any other
publishing outlet at the time of submission. By submitting to the journal, each author
maintains that he/she will not submit the manuscript to another outlet without first
withdrawing it from consideration by the journal.
- Authors should not submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages,
simultaneously to more than one journal. Papers that overlap substantially with one
already published, without clear, visible reference to the previous publication will not
- Authors will usually receive a decision on their manuscript within 8 weeks after
- The editorial board cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising
from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions
expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect of the editorial board
and the Graduate School of Language and Communication.
- The editorial board reserves the right to make minor adjustments and, if necessary,
shorten the article without altering the meaning. However, the authors will be
informed if the content alteration is considered necessary.
Peer Review Policy
- All manuscripts submitted for publication to NIDA Journal of Language and
Communication are initially reviewed by the editor for appropriate content and style.
If a manuscript is clearly outside the scope of the journal areas, its author(s) will be
notified, but the editor reserves his/her right not to return such manuscript.
- If approved by the editor, manuscripts are then reviewed by two anonymous
reviewers (either internal or external). Reviewers are chosen by the editor based on
their expertise with a submitted manuscript’s topic, methodology, and research foci.
- On special occasions or in special editions, the editor may invite authors with a
particular expertise to submit manuscripts. In such cases, the publication decision
rests with the editor. Such manuscripts are designated as “invited.”