There is increasing discontent with the predominant business model publishers use: The author submits the paper for free, the reviewer works for free, the editor typically works for free, but then the publisher acquires the copyright and keeps the work behind expensive paywalls. This business model is outdated. With the available technology, most of what publishers were needed for is no longer justifiable. The current publishing system is a rip-off and is bad for science

So how to support open access? One way is to be involved with open access journals, whether by submitting your work to them, reviewing for them, or joining their editorial boards. Another way is to read research published in these journals and cite it in your research (if it is genuinely relevant). If you cite research published in the last two years, the journal impact factor increases.

List of Open Access Journals

The journals below are diamond (also called platinum) open access, which means that neither the author nor the reader pays any fees. Generally, as a quality assurance measure, the journals listed below are indexed in Wed of Science (previously known as ISI), Scopus, and/or Directory of Open Access Journals. Journals indexed in Web of Science (esp. SSCI for applied linguistics; see below for explanation) are perceived to be of higher status and to have higher standards (i.e., harder to publish in). Web of Science has an additional category called Emerging Sources Citation Index, which lists journals provisionally included in Web of Science with no impact factor yet (possibly easier to publish in). 

These journals are related to applied linguistics broadly defined (literature & translation journals are not listed). So you need to make sure that your paper fits the scope of the journal you plan to submit your paper to. These journals also publish in English, though they might additionally publish in other languages, so don't be surprised when you open the website of a journal and find it in a foreign language. Most of these journals have a button to switch to English. 

Finally, the information in this list can change, particularly the indexing. If you spot a problem with the information or would like to suggest adding a journal, please let know. And as I mentioned above, the primary quality assurance measure I used to compile this list is indexing in Web of Science, Scopus, and/or Directory of Open Access Journals. (Don't think I have first-hand experience with every single one of these journals!) So, if you suspect that a journal is engaging in questionable practices, please let me know to remove it. Having said this, the risk that a diamond access journal is predatory is low (they aren't charging you any money to start with). The bigger risk is that their peer review may not be up to par, allowing shaky research to be published. This is where we as a community should step in and give a hand by agreeing to review to these journals and by offering constructive feedback to manuscript submitters.  


SSCI = Social Sciences Citation Index. Perceived to be the most prestigious. A service by WoS. 

ESCI = Emerging Sources Citation Index. Conditionally accepted, no impact factor yet. A service by WoS.

Scopus = A service by Elsevier. Offers a different set of impact factors (e.g., SJR & CiteScore). 

  1. Across the Disciplines 

  2. Alsinatuna: Journal of Arabic Linguistics and Education 

  3. Altre Modernita Scopus, ESCI

  4. Arabiyat 

  5. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching 

  6. Atlantis Scopus, ESCI

  7. Aula Abierta Scopus, ESCI

  8. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Scopus, SSCI

  9. Babylonia 

  10. Bahastra 

  11. BC TEAL Journal

  12. Bellaterra Journal of Teaching & Learning Language & Literature Scopus 

  13. Beyond Words

  14. Boletin de Literatura Oral Scopus, ESCI

  15. CALL-EJ Scopus 

  16. Caracteres Scopus, ESCI

  17. Chi'e: Journal of Japanese Learning and Teaching

  18. Circulo de Linguistica Aplicada a la Comunicacion Scopus, SSCI

  19. CLIL Journal of Innovation and Research in Plurilingual and Pluricultural Education

  20. Communiquer Scopus, ESCI

  21. Computational Linguistics Scopus, SSCI

  22. Comunicar Scopus, SSCI

  23. Culture, Language and Representation Scopus, ESCI

  24. Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics

  25. DELTA: Documentação de estudos em lingüística teórica e aplicada Scopus

  26. Dialectologia Scopus, ESCI

  27. Dialektika

  28. Dialogic Pedagogy Scopus, ESCI

  29. Dialogues: An Interdisciplinary Journal of English Language Teaching and Research

  30. Dinamika Ilmu

  31. Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  32. Edukasi: Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pengajaran

  33. E-JournALL: EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages

  34. Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (e-FLT) Scopus

  35. ELT Forum: Journal of English Language Teaching

  36. ELT Worldwide: Journal of English Language Teaching

  37. English Australia Journal Scopus

  38. English Community Journal

  39. English Language Teaching Educational Journal

  40. ESP Today Scopus, ESCI

  41. Estudios de Asia y África Scopus, ESCI

  42. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada Scopus, ESCI

  43. Forma y Funcion Scopus, ESCI

  44. GIST Education and Learning Research Journal

  45. Global Business Languages

  46. HOW Journal

  47. IAFOR Journal of Education Scopus

  48. Iberica Scopus, SSCI

  49. IC Revista Cientifica de Informacion y Comunicacion Scopus, ESCI

  50. Indonesian EFL Journal: Journal of ELT, Linguistics, and Literature

  51. Indonesian JELT

  52. International Journal of Arabic Teaching and Learning

  53. International Journal of Emerging Issues in Early Childhood Education

  54. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education Scopus, SSCI

  55. International Journal of English Studies Scopus, ESCI

  56. International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Research

  57. International Journal of Language Teaching and Education

  58. International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

  59. International Journal of TESOL Studies

  60. International Journal on Language Research and Education Studies

  61. Investigaciones Sobre Lectura

  62. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research Scopus, ESCI 

  63. Italian at School

  64. Journal of English Language and Education

  65. Jurnal Ilmiah Bahasa dan Sastra

  66. Journal for Research on Adult Education

  67. Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning

  68. Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development 

  69. Journal of Classics Teaching

  70. Journal of Communication Pedagogy

  71. Journal of ELT Research

  72. Journal of English Educators Society

  73. Journal of English Language Teaching in Indonesia

  74. Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

  75. Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, & Practice

  76. Journal of Language and Education Scopus, ESCI

  77. Journal of Language and Law Scopus, ESCI

  78. Journal of Language and Literature Education

  79. Journal of Language Contact Scopus, ESCI

  80. Journal of Language Education and Research

  81. Journal of Media Literacy Education

  82. Journal of Mother Tongue Education

  83. Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  84. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

  85. Journal of Teaching and Learning ESCI

  86. Journal of the European Second Language Association

  87. Journal of Writing Research Scopus, ESCI

  88. Jurnal Bahasa Lingua Scientia

  89. Jurnal Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia Metalingua

  90. Jurnal Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan

  91. KOME Scopus, ESCI

  92. Konin Language Studies

  93. L2 Journal

  94. Laboratory Phonology Scopus, SSCI

  95. Language & Literacy

  96. Language Development Research

  97. Language Documentation and Conservation Scopus, ESCI

  98. Language Learning & Technology Scopus, SSCI

  99. Language Teaching and Educational Research

  100. Language Value Scopus 

  101. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning

  102. Lenguas Modernas Scopus

  103. Lexikos Scopus, SSCI

  104. LingTera

  105. Lisanuna: Jurnal Ilmu Bahasa Arab dan Pembelajarannya

  106. LITERA, the International Journal of Linguistics, Literature, and their Teaching

  107. Literator Scopus, ESCI

  108. LLT Journal: A Journal on Language and Language Teaching

  109. Metathesis: Journal of English Language, Literature, and Teaching

  110. MEXTESOL Journal Scopus

  111. Mimbar Pendidikan: Jurnal Indonesia untuk Kajian Pendidikan

  112. Muróbbî: Jurnal Ilmu Pendidikan

  113. NYS TESOL Journal

  114. Ocnos

  115. Onomazein Scopus, SSCI

  116. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment ESCI

  117. Parole: Journal of Linguistics and Education

  118. PASAA Scopus

  119. Pixel-Bit, Revista de Medios y Educacion Scopus, ESCI

  120. Polish Journal of English Studies 

  121. Polyglot: Jurnal Ilmiah

  122. Porta Linguarum Scopus, SSCI

  123. Problems of Onomastics Scopus, ESCI

  124. Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural Scopus, ESCI

  125. Professional Discourse & Communication

  126. Profile: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development Scopus 

  127. Psiholingvistika Scopus 

  128. Quaderns de Filologia: Estudis Literaris Scopus, ESCI

  129. RATE Issues

  130. Reading & Writing Scopus, ESCI

  131. Reading in a Foreign Language ESCI

  132. Recherches en didactique des langues et des cultures

  133. Res Rhetorica Scopus, ESCI

  134. Research in Corpus Linguistics

  135. Research Papers in Language Teaching and Learning

  136. Researching and Teaching Languages for Specific Purposes Scopus, ESCI

  137. Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento Scopus, ESCI

  138. Revista de Lingüística y Lenguas Aplicadas Scopus, ESCI

  139. Revista EntreLínguas

  140. Revista Espaço

  141. Revista Nebrija de Linguistica Aplicada a la Enseñanza de Lenguas

  142. Revista Signos Scopus, SSCI

  143. RLA, Revista de linguistica teorica y aplicada Scopus, SSCI

  144. SCENARIO Journal

  145. Scripta Manent

  146. SED - Journal of Art Education

  147. Sign Systems Studies Scopus; Arts & Humanities Citation Index (a service by WoS)

  148. Sintagma Scopus, SSCI

  149. Sinteze

  150. SiSAL Journal Scopus 

  151. Special Education and Rehabilitation Scopus, SSCI

  152. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus Scopus 

  153. Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL

  154. Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

  155. Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching Scopus, SSCI

  156. Sustainable Multilingualism

  157. Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice

  158. Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders Scopus, ESCI

  159. Tejuelo

  160. TESL Canada Journal ESCI

  161. TESL-EJ Scopus

  162. Texto Livre: Linguagem e Tecnologia Scopus, ESCI

  163. The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics ESCI

  164. The Journal of Asia TEFL Scopus, ESCI

  165. The Journal of Teaching English with Technology Scopus 

  166. The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages

  167. The Literacy Trek

  168. Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition Scopus

  169. Tomsk State University Journal of Philology Scopus, ESCI

  170. Training, Language and Culture

  171. Westcliff International Journal of Applied Research

  172. Word and Text - A Journal of Literary Studies and Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  173. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft Scopus, SSCI

In 2017, I published a paper with Joe Vitta listing applied linguistics journals (44 in total only). Our inclusion criterion in that paper was indexing in Scopus and SSCI (not open access status as in the list above). That paper received thousands of reads and a great deal of attention, which suggested to me that there is a need for a list of journals for the field. Some trivia: That paper also listed the impact factors of the journals. At that time, the mean JCR impact factor (WoS) for applied linguistics journals was 1.554 with a standard deviation of 0.76, while the mean SJR impact factor (Scopus) was 0.738 with a standard deviation of 0.65. Check out the full paper here

As the indexing status can change over time, it is wise to double-check it before you decide to submit: 

For WoS, copy and paste the journal title here

For Scopus, copy and paste the journal title here

And if you do spot something that needs updating, please drop me a line


Open Access Book Publishers


Unfortunately, there aren't many diamond open access publishers (that charge neither the author nor the reader). If you come across any, please suggest it to me

  1. Language Science Press