Guidelines for Authors

Submission Guidelines

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 manuscript.

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

  • Authors have to register before submitting a paper.
  • Authors are requested to submit a paper electronically by using the online submission and review 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 first page.
  • A bio-data of 50 words, an email address, and an affiliation must accompany each submission.
  • 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.
Manuscript 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 right sides.
  • 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. 
Reference Format Guidelines
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 ( 

In-text Citation 
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). 

Long Quotations 
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: 

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 
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: 

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). 

Examples of References 

Butler, J. (1993). Bodies that Matter: On the discursive limits of sex. London: 
Butler, J. (1999). Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of identity (10th Anniversary Edition.). 
London: Routledge. (Original work published 1990) 

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: Sage. 

Unpublished Theses 
Kojchakorn Sareechantalerk. (2008). A Discursive Study of Thai Female Beauty: Multidimensional approach (Unpublished Master’s Thesis). Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. [in Thai] 

Notes on Thai Language References

  • According to Thai convention, Thai scholars are listed and referred by their first names.
  • 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. 

Review Policy
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 manuscript submission. 

  • 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.  
  • After publication, two hard copies of the journal will be sent to the corresponding author. More copies can be requested. Please contact the journal coordinator. 

Submission Policy 
  • 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 be accepted. 
  • Authors will usually receive a decision on their manuscript within 8 weeks after submission. 
  • 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.”

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