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HEIS News Submission Guidelines

Call for Submissions

HEIS News is soliciting articles on classroom research and practice concerning English as a second or foreign language in higher education settings worldwide.

The editors welcome articles that apply to classroom situations and focus on
  • ESL/EFL pedagogy
  • second language acquisition
  • academic literacy
  • language assessment
  • applied socio- and psycholinguistics
  • advocacy
  • administration
  • other related areas

Submission Guidelines

Articles should
  • be no longer than 1,750 words
  • include a 50-word (500 characters or less) abstract
  • contain no more than five citations
  • follow the style guidelines in Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition
  • be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or rich-text (.rtf) format
All submissions will be edited for clarity, style, and length. Articles requiring revision will be returned to the author with suggestions. The author is expected to respond to the feedback and resubmit the article in a timely manner. Submission of articles does not guarantee publication. 

Graphics and Photos

Graphics and digital photos must
  • be .jpg, ,gif, or .tiff format
  • be at least 300 dpi resolution (higher is better)
  • include a caption, the name of each person in the photo, and, if known, the name of the photographer


The author(s) should obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce graphics such as tables, figures, and photos taken from published sources, including websites.

If the author(s) take a photograph of a person, he or she should obtain a release from that person to reproduce the photograph in the newsletter. No release is necessary for photos of the author(s).

If you have any questions about permissions, please contact TESOL Publications.

How to Submit

Please direct your article submissions and general newsletter questions to Zhenjie Weng.

Book Review Policy

HEIS News welcomes reviews of scholarly books and textbooks dealing with English teaching, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language assessment, or other disciplines as they relate to ESL or TESL instruction in higher education settings.

HEIS members will be notified of books available for review. In addition, anyone interested in writing a review for the newsletter may choose a recent book in the field and contact the editor for approval. Reviews will be considered for publication based on the quality of the reviewer's evaluation and description of the book, and the book's relevance and importance to the field.

Reviews should
  • follow the style guidelines in the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition
  • include a 50 word abstract
  • be 600-900 words in length
  • contain no more than five citations
  • include a 50-word (500 character or less) abstract
  • be in MS Word (.doc or .docx) or rich-text (.rtf) format
Further information and book review suggestions are available from the newsletter editor, Zhenjie Weng.