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Author Guidelines

Note: From 2020 on, all submissions to the journal that contain reports of research carried on with human beings must present ethics clearance by an Ethics Research Committee.

1. The intellectual content of the paper is the responsibility of the authors. The Editors assume no responsibility for opinions and statements of authors.

2. The Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada follows the Committee of Publications Ethics (COPE) - Guidelines. It does not accept any unethical behavior and does not tolerate any form of plagiarism. The journal abides by the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors which prescribes that "Authorship credit must be based on substantial contributions to (A)   substantial contributions to conception, design, analysis and interpretation of data, (B) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (C) responsibility for the final approval of the version to be published. All conditions (A, B and C) must be met."

3. By submitting a manuscript, the authors agree that the copyright for their article is transferred to RBLA upon acceptance for publication, which, in turn, uses the Creative Commons Attribution License.

4. The journal welcomes articles in Portuguese, English and Spanish that address the many complex phenomena of language-related real life problems, concerning language use in different contexts or language learning.

5. The titles and the abstracts (10 lines maximum each), along with their respective keywords, must be written in both Portuguese and English. Submitted papers should have from 7000 to 12000 words (including references, notes and tables), font “Times New Roman”, size 12. Sections and subsections must be numbered. (The section headings must not be indented and must have arabic numerals (not followed by a dot)). The main file must be sent in .doc or .docx format.

6. Priority will be given to papers that introduce actual research results bringing new contributions to the field of Applied Linguistics.

7. Articles which originate from theses and dissertations must make it explicit in order to avoid self-plagiarism. Supervisors must not be included as co-authors in order to obey Brazilian copywriting legislation (Law 9.610, Feb. 19, 1998. Art. 15: § 1º). Supervisors’ names should appear in a footnote on the first page.

8. Any notes must be in the form of footnotes. Acknowledgements must be collated in a specific section at the end of the article, rather than in footnotes. If the publication was funded through a grant, the funding agency must also be acknowledged.

9. Previously published tables and illustrations should include their original sources.

10. References should follow ABNT conventions (see examples below).

11. All submissions must be anonymous, with no obvious references to identify the author(s).

12. The papers must be accompanied by a supplementary document containing:

  • Name(s) of the author(s);
  • Institution to which they are affiliated;
  • Academic degree of the author(s);
  • Mailing address;
  • E-mail;
  • Complete references to any other papers by the author(s) if cited in-text.
  • Signed statement that the contribution has neither been partially or fully published elsewhere,  in print or in electronic media, nor is it under review for publication anywhere.

13. In cases where the author(s) cite their own papers, the identifications must be replaced by XXX in the references and in the text. Complete references must be submitted in the supplementary document.

14. The papers must be submitted through the Journals webpage of the School of Letters of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), available at


As standard procedure, the Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics carries out checks on all submissions for both plagiarism and self-plagiarism. If a submitted article is shown to have plagiarised, the submission will be immediately declined. Under no circumstances, the Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics will accept articles previously published on other platforms. In the case of articles that have been translated from a previously published text, the Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics may consider its publication. However, this must be disclaimed before submission, and a reference will have to be made as a footnote in the published article.

If an article is found to have plagiarized after its publication, it will be immediately removed from the platform and the author(s) will be notified and removed from the list of contributors to the journal.

The Brazilian Journal of Applied Linguistics does not take any legal responsibility for plagiarism.

Guidelines for bibliographical references:

COATES, J. Women talk. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996. 324p. 
KASPER, G.; KELLERMAN, E. Communication strategies: psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Essex: Addison Wesley Longman, 1996. 398p.

FREEMAN, D. Redefining the relationship between research and what teachers know. In: BAILEY, K. M.; NUNAN, D. (Ed.). Voices from the language classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. p. 88-115.

JENSEN, J. B. A investigação de formas de tratamento e a telenovela: a escalada, parte 1. Revista Brasileira de Linguística, Petrópolis, v. 4, n. 2, p. 43-73, 1977.

DELL'ISOLA, R. L. P. Ensino de Língua Portuguesa: ações meta e epilinguísticas em coleção didática. In: SIMELP: 3, 2012, Macau. Anais... Macau: Universidade de Macau, 2012. p. 568-576.

CARMAGNANI, A. M. G. Individualised instruction; reporting an experience. In: National BRAZ-TESOL Convention, 3, 1994, São Paulo. Proceedings... São Paulo: BRAZ-TESOL, 1994. p. 236-243.

Dissertation and thesis
DALACORTE, M. C. F. A participação dos aprendizes na interação em sala de aula de inglês: um estudo de caso. 1999. 221 f. Tese (Doutorado em Linguística Aplicada ao Ensino de Línguas Estrangeiras) - Faculdade de Letras, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte.

Electronic documents
References are followed by: Available at: <http://.....>. Accessed:
GRADDOL, David. (Ed.). Applied Linguistics for the 21st Century. AILA Review 14. Catchline/AILA 2001. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 01 maio 2006.

SOUZA, R. A. O “chat” em língua inglesa: interações na fronteira da oralidade e da escrita. 2000. 154 f. Dissertação (Programa de Pós-Graduação em Estudos Linguísticos) - Faculdade de Letras, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte. Disponível em: <> Acesso em: 01 maio 2006.