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1. Manuscript types

SCLT welcomes the following five types of manuscripts in Chinese or English:
1)    Pedagogical reports
2)    Research papers
3)    Reviews of books and software
4)    Forum entries
5)    Student work

2. Manuscript format

All manuscripts should include a coversheet with the name and contact information of the contributor(s). Students should also include the name and contact information of their advisor(s). Pedagogical reports and research papers should include another page with the title of the paper and abstracts written in both English and Chinese (300 words in each language, single-spaced). Manuscripts and coversheets should be submitted through sclt-submission@lists.andrew.cmu.edu.

The following section provides details on formatting of each type of manuscript:

2.1 Research papers (in Chinese or English) (>>Top)

Research papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words plus references, should be double-spaced, and conform to the latest APA style. They should preferably be empirical and synthesis studies. They should include the following sections: introduction, background (literature review), method, result and discussion. SCLT advocates studies using various research methods (i.e., qualitative, quantitative and mix-methods). All research papers should be unpublished and original. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word or compatible formats. They are subject to a double-blind peer review, which usually takes four months.

 2.2 Pedagogical reports (in Chinese or English) (>>Top)

Pedagogical reports should be between 3,000-5,000 words plus references, should be double-spaced, and conform to the latest APA style. It should include an introduction, literature review, and a description of the teaching practice (e.g., the curriculum design, study-abroad program design and classroom assessment). Results should be discussed with pedagogical implications. Submissions should be unpublished original work and in Microsoft Word or compatible formats. They are subject to a double-blind peer review, which usually takes 3-4 months.


2.3 Forum entries (in Chinese or English) (>>Top)

Forum entries should be between 500 and 800 words plus references (in the latest APA style) and double-spaced.  SCLT is especially interested in topics on Chinese language learning and teaching. All entries should be unpublished and original. Submissions are reviewed by the forum editors (via email) for comments and publishing decisions. Accepted entries of the same thread are combined for publishing. Readers are welcomed to submit their responses (as new entries) to the forum. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word or compatible formats.

2.4 Reviews of books and software (in Chinese or English) (>>Top)

Book and software reviews should be between 1,000-2,000 words plus references, should be double-spaced, and conform to the latest APA style. Selected books and software should relate to Chinese language, literature and culture education. All reviews should be unpublished and original. They should be submitted in Microsoft Word or compatible formats to the review editor(s) (via email) for comments and publishing decisions. The reviewer should be responsible for the cost of the selected book/software.

2.5 Student work (in Chinese or English) (>>Top)

SCLT publishes student work such as essays and other printable work (e.g., calligraphy). Student essays should be between 800-1,500 words, double-spaced, and conform to APA style. Student advisors should provide comments that explain the significance of the content (500 words, in English), which will be submitted along with the essay. Other printable work should have all information (e.g., words and pictures) on one page, and have a separate page for the advisor’s explanation of its significance (500 words, in English). All submissions should be unpublished original work, in Microsoft Word or compatible formats. They are reviewed by the student work editor (via email) for comments and publishing decisions.

3. Submission guidelines (>>Top)

Your submission should meet the following requirements:

    1) Name
         Your email and all attachments' names  should start with a number indicating the type of
          manuscript
         1 for pedagogical report
         2 for research paper
         3 for book/software review
         4 for forum entry
         5 for student work

    2) Cover sheet
         1. Manuscript name
         2. Author contact information
         3. Advisor contact information (for student work only)

    3) Abstract (in both Chinese and English, for pedagogical reports and research papers only)
        1. Manuscript name
        2. Abstract (maximum 300 words in each language)
        3. Keywords (maximum 5 words)

    4) Manuscript
         1. Manuscript name
         2. Content  (proofreading before submission)


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