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Journal of Language and Communication


Discipline(s) / Subdiscipline(s):

     1. Arts & Humanities
         - Languages & linguistics

     2. Social Sciences
         - Media & communication

Print ISSN: 2289-649X
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia
Publication type: Print
Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year
Journal Website: http://www.fbmk.upm.edu.my/penerbitan-2981

Contact Info

Journal Publication Office
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang,/br> Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: +603-8946 8326

Email: jlc@upm.edu.my

The Journal of Language and Communication (JLC) of Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, published its inaugural issue in March 2014. JLC is dedicated as an additional platform by the university to provide the research and academic community to disseminate their works internationally in the growing fields of language and communication. JCL is a refereed journal published in English, and submitted articles are subject to double blind review by experts in the field.

Aim and scope
The journal aims to provide a forum for high quality research in the areas of language and communication. The journal invites papers on language, linguistics, applied linguistics, literacy, language use in communication, and other related fields.

Frequency of publication
Two issues per year published in March and September.



Rosli Talif (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

Editorial Board

  • Ain Nadzimah Abdullah (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Jariah Mohd Jan (Universiti Malaya)
  • Kiranjit Kaur (Universiti Teknologi Mara)
  • Lee Yuen Beng (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Matt Davies (University of Chester, UK)
  • Rohimmi Noor (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Sabariah Md Rashid (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Shamala Paramasivam (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Shameem Rafik-Galea (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Ting Su Hie (Universiti Malaysia Sarawak)
  • Wong Bee Eng (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Zalina Mohd Kasim (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

    Associate Editors :
  • Afida Mohd Ali (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Arbaayah Ali Termizi (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Carol Leon Universiti Malaya
  • Chan Mei Yuit (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • G. Samigorganroodi (Fanshawe College, London)
  • Hamisah Hassan (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Helen Tan (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Lin Siew Eng (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Mohd Nizam Osman (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Ramiza Darmi (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Shakila Abdul Manan (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
  • Wan Roselezam Wan Yahya (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Vahid Nimehchisalem (Universiti Putra Malaysia)
  • Yong Mei Fung (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

  • Alireza Jalilifar (Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Iran)
  • Cynthia White (Massey University, New Zealand)
  • Glen Cameron (University of Missouri, USA)
  • James Dean Brown (University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA)
  • Martin Cortazzi (University of Leicester, UK)
  • Thomas Ricento (University of Calgary, Canada)



    Publication policies
    • The JLC prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. It prohibits as well the publication of any manuscript that has already been published either in whole or a substantial part elsewhere. It also does not permit the publication of a manuscript that has been published in full in Proceedings.

    • A manuscript submitted to the JLC for publication consideration will be Turnitin-checked and deposited in the journal repository. It cannot be pulled out at any stage of the review, revision and editing processes.
    Editorial process
    • Authors are notified on receipt of a manuscript and upon the editorial decision regarding the publication.

    • Manuscript review: Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are sent to the Editorial Board members and/or other reviewers. We encourage authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers. Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within twelve to sixteen weeks from the receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author's revision of the material.

    • Author approval: Authors are responsible for all statements in articles, including changes made by editors. The corresponding author must be available for consultation with an editor of the journal to answer questions during the editorial process and to approve the edited copy. Authors will receive edited typescript for the final approval. Changes cannot be made to the copy after the edited version has been approved.
    Manuscript preparation
    • JLC accepts submission of mainly two types of manuscripts. Each manuscript is classified as either regular or review articles. Articles must be in English, and they must be competently written and argued in clear and concise grammatical English. Acceptable English usage and syntax are expected. Do not use slang, jargon, or obscure abbreviations or phrasing. Metric measurement is preferred; equivalent English measurement may be included in parentheses. Always provide the complete form of an acronym/abbreviation the first time it is presented in the text. Contributors are strongly recommended to have the manuscript checked by an experienced English language editor.
      1. Regular articles
        • Definition: Full-length empirical investigation, consisting of introduction or background, objectives or research questions, methods, results and discussion, and conclusion.
        • Length: Between 4000 to 5500 words (excluding the abstract, references, tables and figures).
      2. Review articles
        • Definition: Critical review and evaluation of current research studies that have already been published based on an identified topic. Review articles should aim to provide systemic overview, evaluation and interpretation of research in a given field.
        • Length: Between 4000 to 5500 words (excluding the abstract, keywords, references, tables and figures).
    Special Issue
    • Proposals for a themed journal as a special issue are welcome. Usually a special themed journal comprises papers based on research studies presented at a conference, seminar, congress or a symposium.
    • The paper should be formatted in one column with 4 cm margins on all sides and 1.5 line spacing for the text proper. Tables and references can be single-spaced. Authors are advised to use Times New Roman 12-point font. Be especially careful when special characters are used, as those inserted in different fonts may be replaced by different characters when converted to PDF files.
    • A maximum of eight keywords should be indicated below the abstract in alphabetical order to indicate the content of the manuscript. Leave a blank line between each paragraph and between each entry in the list of bibliographic references. Tables should preferably be placed close to the mention in the text. Authors should consult a recent issue of the Pertanika JSSH for page and table layout.
    • Every page of the manuscript, including the title page and references should be numbered. However, no reference should be made to page numbers in the text; if necessary, one may refer to sections. Do not underline any words.
    • We recommend that authors prepare the text as a MS Word file.
    1. Manuscripts
      In general should be organised in the following order:
      • Page 1: Running title (Not to exceed 60 characters, counting letters and spaces). The running title is an abbreviated title used as the running head on every page of the manuscript.

        The subject area most relevant to the study is to be indicated on this page.

        In addition, names, institutions and e-mail addresses of four reviewers in the related field outside the author’s institution are to be suggested by the corresponding author on this page.

      • Page 2: Author information. This page should contain the full title of your paper with full name(s) of all the authors, institutions, full postal addresses, telephone numbers (including extension), handphone numbers, and e-mail addresses for editorial correspondence.

        The correct order of author names and the corresponding author are to be indicated on this page.

      • Page 3: This page should repeat the full title of your paper with only the abstract and 4-8 keywords. The abstract should be below 250 words.

      • Page 4 and subsequent pages: This page should begin with the Introduction of your article, and the rest of your paper is to follow.

    2. Abbreviations
      • Words or phrases that are abbreviated should be written out in full at the first mention, with each abbreviated form in parenthesis.

    3. Tables
      • All tables should be prepared according to APA styles, and should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Explanatory materials should be given in the table legends. Each table should be prepared on a separate page. Tables must be submitted as .doc, .rtf, Excel or PowerPoint file because tables submitted as image data cannot be edited for publication.

    4. Equations and Formulae
      • These must be set up clearly and should be typed triple spaced. Numbers identifying equations should be in square brackets and placed on the right margin of the text.

    5. Figures & Photographs
      • Submit an original figure or photograph. Line drawings must be clear, with high black and white contrast. Each figure or photograph should be prepared on a separate sheet and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Numbers, letters and symbols should have an appropriate size, and no smaller than 2 mm after the reduction to a single-column width (85 mm), 1.5-column width (120 mm) or full 2-column width (175 mm). Failure to comply with these specifications will require new figures, and will cause delay in publication. Create figures by using applications that are capable of preparing high resolution TIFF files. In general, we require 300 dpi or higher resolution for coloured and half-tone artwork, and 1200 dpi or higher for line drawings. Illustrations may be produced at extra cost in colour at the discretion of the Publisher; the author could be charged a fee for each coloured page.

    • Manuscripts should follow the style of the latest version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). The journal uses British spelling, and authors may follow the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary for British spelling.

    • Manuscripts related to language are to be submitted through e-mail to:
        Chief Editor, Journal of Language and Communication
        e-mail: jlc@upm.edu.my
    Cover letter
    • All submissions must be accompanied by a cover letter detailing what you are submitting, and confirming the originality of the submission. Papers are accepted for publication in the journal on the understanding that the article is original and the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. A sample cover letter is appended for reference.

    Peer review
    • JLC follows a double-blind peer-review process. Peer reviewers are experts chosen by journal editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the written research, with the aim of improving the research reporting and identifying high quality papers for the journal.

    • In the peer-review process, three referees independently evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted manuscripts. Authors are encouraged to suggest four potential reviewers from other institutions, but the editors will decide who to engage as reviewers.

    • Manuscripts should be written so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. They should be written in a clear, concise, direct style. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of content, the Editor reserves the right to modify the typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition, and to improve communication between authors and readers. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

    Review process
    1. The editorial board examines the paper to determine whether it is appropriate to be sent for review. If not appropriate, the manuscript is rejected and the corresponding author is informed.

    2. The chief editor emails the article with author information removed to three reviewers who are specialists in the related subject matter. Review comment form, and review guidelines are also sent to the reviewers.

    3. The chief editor examines the review comments and decides whether to reject the manuscript, invite the author(s) to revise and resubmit the manuscript, or seek additional reviews. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board. In rare instances, the manuscript is accepted with almost no revision. Almost without exception, reviewers' comments (to the author) are forwarded to the author for revision.

    4. The authors address the reviewers' comments and the editor's concerns. The authors submit a revised version of the paper to the chief editor along with specific information describing how they have answered the concerns of the reviewers and the editor.

    5. The chief editor sends the revised paper out for re-review. Typically, at least one of the original reviewers will be asked to examine the article.

    6. When the reviewers have completed their work, the chief editor in consultation with the editorial board examine their comments and decide whether the paper is ready to be published, or needs another round of revisions, or be rejected.

      Journal Coverage

    Indexed by MyJurnal (2018)
    H-Index 1
    Immediacy Index 0.053
    Rank 14/20,Q3(Arts & Humanities)
    39/54,Q3(Social Sciences)

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