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Call for Proposals: Language Testing Special Issue 2021
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2/28/2019 to 6/30/2019
When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Call for Proposals: Language Testing Special Issue 2021

The editors of Language Testing invite proposals from prospective guest editors for the 2021 special issue of the journal. Each year Language Testing devotes a special issue to papers focused on an area of current importance in the field. Guest editors are responsible for overseeing the solicitation, review, editing, and selection of articles for their special issue. Past special issue topics have included the following:

  • 2020:  Repeated Test Taking and Longitudinal Test Score Analysis, edited by Anthony Green and Alistair Van Moere
  • 2018:  Interactional Competence, edited by India Plough, Jayanti Banerjee and Noriko Iwashita
  • 2017:  Corpus Linguistics and Language Testing, edited by Sara Cushing
  • 2016:  Exploring the Limits of Authenticity in LSP testing: The Case of a Specific-Purpose Language Tests for Health Professionals, edited by Cathie Elder
  • 2015:  The Future of Diagnostic Language Assessment, edited by Yon Won Lee
  • 2014:  Assessing Oral and Written L2 Performance: Raters’ Decisions, Rating Procedures and Rating Scales, edited by Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder
  • 2013:  Language Assessment Literacy, edited by Ofra Inbar-Lourie
  • 2011:  Standards-Based Assessment in the United States, edited by Craig Deville and Micheline Chalhoub-Deville
  • 2010:  Automated Scoring and Feedback Systems for Language Assessment and Learning, edited by Xiaoming Xi
The Language Testing editors will be happy to consider proposals on any coherent theme pertaining to language testing and assessment. For the 2021 special issue, we are particularly interested in proposals that make use of Open Science Initiatives, including open data and open materials.
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of (1) their scholarly quality, (2) the degree of compelling need presented for developing a particular area of language testing and assessment, (3) the prospect for obtaining a sufficient number of papers of excellent quality, typically including a call to the field for participation, (4) the degree of transparency the collective research papers will have, (5) the record of the proposing editor(s), and (6) the prospect of the proposed issue to make a significant impact by providing important, novel perspectives.

Directions for Submission of a Special Issue Proposal

Special issue proposals should be uploaded to the Language Testing ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system ( byJune 30, 2019  to be considered for the 2021 special issue, which ideally will be published as issue 1 in 2021. Before drafting a proposal, read the “Language Testing – Special Issue Instructions for Guest Editors” document ( Language Testing’s ScholarOne Manuscripts submission system involves the following proposal-submission steps: 

Step 1:
• Select “Special Issue Proposal” as the submission type; 
• Enter a Title of 50 words or less;
• Enter an Abstract summarizing the proposal in 200 words or less.

Step 2:
• Upload a Title Page with the (or each) guest editor’s name, position, affiliation, and contact information.
• Upload a Main Document that includes:
o Definition of the proposed topic and explanation of the need and rationale for this special issue;
o Description of the source of potential papers for inclusion in the special issue and their origin (e.g., a colloquium from a conference, researchers working on the theme who have agreed to submit …);
o Information on the planned degree of transparency that the collective research papers will have;
o Proposed timeline (actual timeline will need to be agreed upon with the editors), guided by the “Language Testing – Special Issue Instructions for Guest Editors” document (; 
o Qualifications of the editor(s) (please include previous editing and managerial experience);
o A draft of the call for abstracts for the issue (to be used in soliciting papers from prospective contributors).

Step 3: Provide a minimum of five, and up to ten, keywords for the special issue proposal.

Step 4: Enter the (or each) Special issue editor’s name (listed as here as “author”), with institutional affiliation and ORCID ( ID. 

Step 5: You may add suggested proposal reviewers.

Step 6: Upload a Cover letter (optional); and answer all required responses to questions about the proposal manuscript. 

When submitting a special issue proposal online, please note that the abstract (less than 200 words) need not be in the Main Document: The abstract is to be entered in a text box during “Step 1” of the submission. Within “Step 1,” special issue proposal submitters should click “No” to the question “Is this manuscript a candidate for a special issue?” Within “Step 1,” Open Science Badges should remain unselected. 

Questions may be posed to Luke Harding and Paula Winke, Editors, Language Testing  

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