Journal Code of Ethics

TEANGA Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement

TEANGA: The Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics follows the principles of publication ethics and publication malpractice statement mainly based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011) Additionally, in order to spell out the procedures applied by the editors in any case involving any form of malpractice, the editors accept the procedures outlined by the Committee on Publication Ethics on their website. All articles for publication are evaluated by Urkund originality checker.

Responsibilities of the Editor(s)

  1. The Editor(s) holds responsibility for the decision as to which of the papers submitted to the journal will be published.

  2. The Editor(s) will not consider the authors' race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy as pertinent to the selection of the text for publication.

  3. The sole criteria for the selection of the text will include: 
    - the submission’s relevance to the field of study and to the scope of the journal
    - the submission's originality
    - the quality of the submission's language
    - the clarity of the argument 
    - observance of all legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism.

Duties and Responsibilities of Guest Editors

Guest editors are responsible for: 

- defining the subject matter and role of every article in a thematic issue;

- providing clear guidelines to authors regarding the topic and boundaries of their contributions and the overall design of the issue;

- ensuring, in collaboration with the executive editorial board, that appropriate reviewers are selected for all the articles (whether they have been commissioned or submitted as a result of a call for papers);

- establishing a timeline for draft paper submission, peer review, revision and final paper submission with the executive editorial board, and ensuring that all deadlines are met; and

- writing the Introduction to the issue.

Guest editors serve as equal editors of a volume as the journal’s main editor(s).


Until the moment of the admission of the article for publication, the Editor(s) and any editorial staff will not disclose any information about the submitted manuscript to any third party other than:

  • corresponding Author(s)

  • peer reviewers

  • members of the editorial team

  • the publisher

  • copyeditors, proof-readers, typesetters involved in the production of the journal
    as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest 
Unpublished original material submitted to the journal will never be used by the Editor(s) or any party with access to the material prior to its publication for their own research purposes without the author's explicit written consent.

Reviewer’s responsibilities

  1. Reviewers will provide the Editor(s) with information that will allow them to make an informed decision concerning the publication of the material.

  2. Reviewers will provide the Author with relevant information allowing him or her to revise her contribution to meet the highest standards of academic quality or to improve their writing in the future.

  3. Reviewers will deliver their review promptly or will notify the Editor(s) about any circumstances that prevent them from the timely delivery of the review.

  4. Reviewers will be impartial in their evaluation of the submission.

  5. Reviewers will express their views clearly and unambiguously.

  6. Reviewers will never use ad-hominem arguments.

  7. Reviewers will not use the review to strengthen their own academic or professional status.

  8. Reviewers will disclose to the Editor(s) any conflict of interest. They will decline the review upon the discovery of any conflict of interest and will inform the Editor(s) about such instances.

  9. Reviewers will treat received documents as confidential.

  10. Reviewers are obliged to identify insufficient identification of sources or potential plagiarism, of which cases the referee will notify the Editor(s).

Author's Responsibilities and Obligations

  1. Authors will prenent original research.

  2. Authors will offer honest and precise descriptions of their research procedures.

  3. Authors will present reliable and intersubjectively verifiable data.

  4. Authors will provide full and honest list of references, crediting all other researchers and other authors whose work has made the submission possible.

  5. Authors will never submit contributions including fraudulent data or misrepresented statements.

  6. Authors will offer an impartial, methodologically sound, discussion of the data. 

  7. Upon request, Authors will provide raw data for assessment by the Editor(s) supported by an expert in the field represented by the contribution, and will be prepared to make the data available publically if necessary (if laws allow it and individuals, including proprietary and confidentiality rights, are not jeopardized).

  8. Authors will submit only and exclusively original work, duly quoting and properly crediting work of others, including works belonging to the canon of the discipline that have influenced the overall orientation of the research presented. 

  9. Authors will not submit plagiarized work, be it a plagiarism based on uncredited translation, uncredited citation or reference to someone else's unpublished work, or ideas knowingly harvested from others, including students, whose unpublished work remains theirs.

  10. Submitting Authors agree that plagiarism is not only a crime, but also the most degrading act in the space of academia and therefore will take special care that no part of their work should leave any doubt in terms of academic honesty.

  11. Authors will properly cite their sources, credit their mentors and other authors, and document their data with reliable and verifiable source references.

  12. Authors will not submit material published previously elsewhere, except by explicit invitation of the Editor(s), who see the reprint of already copyrighted material as important to the overall concept of the issue.

  13. Submitting the same paper to a number of journals will be considered unethical, therefore Authors will not submit contributions considered for review in TEANGA elsewhere.  

  14. In submitting material to TEANGA, Authors retain the rights to the published material. 

  15. If their work is accepted and published, Authors retain the right to the published material, permitting the use of their work under the provisions of the Creative Commons License 4.0 International: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

  16. Authorship will be limited to Individuals who made a significant contribution to the study submitted to TEANGA, whether in terms of data, conception, methodology, or execution of research. All individuals who did perform work substantial to the contribution will be given proper credit as co-authors irrespective of their status in the academic hierarchy, assistants and students being thus no exception.

  17. No uninvolved individuals will be listed among the Authors or Co-Authors of the submission.

  18. Authors will disclose instances of the conflict of interest to the Editor(s), especially financial or other substantive interests that might influence the results of research or interpretation of data.

  19. Authors will report any fundamental errors or inaccuracies that could not have been verified by referees or editors to the Editor(s), requesting an erratum.

Based on: 
Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors. Retrieved from <>. Some material was also adapted from the journal Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition.