CFP: International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, inaugural issue

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal entitled International Journal of Learner Corpus Research (IJLCR) published by John Benjamins Publishing Company and edited by my colleague Marcus Callies and myself (with the help of Sylviane Granger as consulting editor). From 2015, the journal will publish two issues per year and is meant to be a forum for researchers who collect, annotate, and analyze computer learner corpora and/or use them to investigate topics in second language acquisition and linguistic theory in general, inform foreign language teaching, develop learner-corpus-informed tools (e.g. courseware, proficiency tests, dictionaries, and automatic spell- and grammar-checkers), or conduct natural language processing tasks (e.g. automatic spell- and grammar-checking, L1 identification). IJLCR will thus highlight the multidisciplinary and broad scope of practice that characterizes the field and will publish original research covering methodological, theoretical and applied work in any area of learner corpus research.

We would like to invite you to submit a manuscript for IJLCR first issue.

The first issue will be published in the spring of 2015 and feature, among other things, research papers that represent strengths and current developments in the field. Research papers should be between 7,000 and 10,000 words (including references). We are particularly interested in publications that focus on:

- the acquisition of pragmatic, discourse, genre and writing skills in L2
- longitudinal studies of learner language through learner corpora
- learner speech
- strong SLA-informed analyses of learner corpus data
- practical pedagogical applications of learner corpora (i.e. the use of learner corpora in the classroom or in curriculum and materials design)
- NLP-oriented papers (e.g. annotation, error detection and correction)

The (very strict) schedule is as follows:

- Mark of interest by return (to callies@uni-bremen.de and magali.paquot@uclouvain.be)
- 30 November: a 500-word abstract including a clear description of data, methodology and results;
- Mid December: Formatting guidelines sent to a shortlist of authors (based on the submitted abstract)
- 30 March 2014 (at the latest, if possible earlier, great!): Full papers
- 30 May 2014: Comments from reviewers send to authors
- 30 August 2014: Revised papers

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by two members of the editorial board and will only be accepted for the inaugural issue if they are recommended for acceptance with minor revisions. Priority will be given to articles that display a strong theoretical background and solid methodology (including statistics if relevant) and feature one or more of the special areas of interest listed above. Other accepted manuscripts will be published in subsequent issues of IJLCR.

Don’t hesitate to share this with colleagues who may be looking for an outlet for their manuscripts in progress.

Please contact us if you have any queries. We are looking forward to receiving your abstracts.

Thank you for your consideration,

Best wishes,

Marcus Callies and Magali Paquot
General editors of the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research