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Focus and Scope

JESLA is the Journal of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA). It publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed open-access articles in the field of second language research. Its aim is to maintain a uniquely transdisciplinary approach to promoting the understanding of second language learning and use, and stimulating the debate on the bilingual and multilingual individual and society. JESLA publishes one continuous issue per year, comprising the best research from the EuroSLA community.

Each year one submission is awarded the JESLA Best Article Prize, based on peer review ratings of its originality and contribution to the field.

The scope of the journal covers fundamental and applied issues in second language learning, in children, adolescents and adults; second / bilingual language use and processing, language representation, bilingual cognition, as well as second language assessment and education. JESLA welcomes empirical, theoretical and methodological research papers, including meta-analyses. No specific theories or approaches are given preference.

The readership includes second language researchers from the fields of linguistics, psychology, sociology, education, as well as related sub-disciplines and interdisciplinary areas. All articles in the journal undergo rigorous peer review based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous reviewers. The journal editor is Dr Sarah Ann Liszka (University of Greenwich), supported by the editor-in-chief, Dr Clare Wright (University of Leeds), and high-profile Editorial and Advisory boards. 

Publication Frequency

JESLA publishes one continuous issue per year comprising the best research from the EuroSLA community.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page. See our special collections guidelines for more information.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Journal Archiving

The journal’s publisher, White Rose University Press, focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration. The journal is also available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.


This journal is indexed by the following services:

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please let us know by emailing or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.


JESLA is published with the support of the European Second Language Association, and some set up funding has been provided by the libraries of the University of York and the University of Leeds.

Journal History

JESLA was previously published as the EuroSLA Yearbook by John Benjamins.