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 This business model is outdated.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. Atlantis Scopus, ESCI

  6. Aula Abierta Scopus, ESCI

  7. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Scopus, SSCI

  8. Babylonia 

  9. Bahastra 

  10. BC TEAL Journal

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

  12. Beyond Words

  13. Boletin de Literatura Oral Scopus, ESCI

  14. CALL-EJ Scopus 

  15. Caracteres Scopus, ESCI

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

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

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

  19. Communiquer Scopus, ESCI

  20. Computational Linguistics Scopus, SSCI

  21. Comunicar Scopus, SSCI

  22. Culture, Language and Representation Scopus, ESCI

  23. Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics

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

  25. Dialectologia Scopus, ESCI

  26. Dialektika

  27. Dialogic Pedagogy Scopus, ESCI

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

  29. Dinamika Ilmu

  30. Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  31. Edukasi: Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pengajaran

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

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

  34. ELT Forum: Journal of English Language Teaching

  35. ELT Worldwide: Journal of English Language Teaching

  36. English Australia Journal Scopus

  37. English Community Journal

  38. English Language Teaching Educational Journal

  39. ESP Today Scopus, ESCI

  40. Estudios de Asia y África Scopus, ESCI

  41. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada Scopus, ESCI

  42. Forma y Funcion Scopus, ESCI

  43. GIST Education and Learning Research Journal

  44. Global Business Languages

  45. HOW Journal

  46. IAFOR Journal of Education Scopus

  47. Iberica Scopus, SSCI

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

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

  50. International Journal of Arabic Teaching and Learning

  51. International Journal of Emerging Issues in Early Childhood Education

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

  53. International Journal of English Studies Scopus, ESCI

  54. International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Research

  55. International Journal of Language Teaching and Education

  56. International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

  57. International Journal of TESOL Studies

  58. International Journal on Language Research and Education Studies

  59. Investigaciones Sobre Lectura

  60. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research Scopus, ESCI 

  61. Italian at School

  62. Journal of English Language and Education

  63. Jurnal Ilmiah Bahasa dan Sastra

  64. Journal for Research on Adult Education

  65. Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning

  66. Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development 

  67. Journal of Classics Teaching

  68. Journal of Communication Pedagogy

  69. Journal of ELT Research

  70. Journal of English Educators Society

  71. Journal of English Language Teaching in Indonesia

  72. Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

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

  74. Journal of Language and Education Scopus, ESCI

  75. Journal of Language and Law Scopus, ESCI

  76. Journal of Language and Literature Education

  77. Journal of Language Contact Scopus, ESCI

  78. Journal of Language Education and Research

  79. Journal of Media Literacy Education

  80. Journal of Mother Tongue Education

  81. Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  82. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

  83. Journal of Teaching and Learning ESCI

  84. Journal of the European Second Language Association

  85. Journal of Writing Research Scopus, ESCI

  86. Jurnal Bahasa Lingua Scientia

  87. Jurnal Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia Metalingua

  88. Jurnal Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan

  89. KOME Scopus, ESCI

  90. Konin Language Studies

  91. L2 Journal

  92. Laboratory Phonology Scopus, SSCI

  93. Language & Literacy

  94. Language Development Research

  95. Language Documentation and Conservation Scopus, ESCI

  96. Language Learning & Technology Scopus, SSCI

  97. Language Teaching and Educational Research

  98. Language Value Scopus 

  99. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning

  100. Lenguas Modernas Scopus

  101. Lexikos Scopus, SSCI

  102. LingTera

  103. Lisanuna: Jurnal Ilmu Bahasa Arab dan Pembelajarannya

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

  105. Literator Scopus, ESCI

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

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

  108. MEXTESOL Journal Scopus

  109. Mimbar Pendidikan: Jurnal Indonesia untuk Kajian Pendidikan

  110. Muróbbî: Jurnal Ilmu Pendidikan

  111. NYS TESOL Journal

  112. Ocnos

  113. Onomazein Scopus, SSCI

  114. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment ESCI

  115. Parole: Journal of Linguistics and Education

  116. PASAA Scopus

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

  118. Polish Journal of English Studies 

  119. Polyglot: Jurnal Ilmiah

  120. Porta Linguarum Scopus, SSCI

  121. Problems of Onomastics Scopus, ESCI

  122. Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural Scopus, ESCI

  123. Professional Discourse & Communication

  124. Profile: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development Scopus 

  125. Psiholingvistika Scopus 

  126. Quaderns de Filologia: Estudis Literaris Scopus, ESCI

  127. RATE Issues

  128. Reading & Writing Scopus, ESCI

  129. Reading in a Foreign Language ESCI

  130. Recherches en didactique des langues et des cultures

  131. Res Rhetorica Scopus, ESCI

  132. Research in Corpus Linguistics

  133. Research Papers in Language Teaching and Learning

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

  135. Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento Scopus, ESCI

  136. Revista de Lingüística y Lenguas Aplicadas Scopus, ESCI

  137. Revista EntreLínguas

  138. Revista Espaço

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

  140. Revista Signos Scopus, SSCI

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

  142. SCENARIO Journal

  143. Scripta Manent

  144. SED - Journal of Art Education

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

  146. Sintagma Scopus, SSCI

  147. Sinteze

  148. SiSAL Journal Scopus 

  149. Special Education and Rehabilitation Scopus, SSCI

  150. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus Scopus 

  151. Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL

  152. Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

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

  154. Sustainable Multilingualism

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

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

  157. Tejuelo

  158. TESL Canada Journal ESCI

  159. TESL-EJ Scopus

  160. Texto Livre: Linguagem e Tecnologia Scopus, ESCI

  161. The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics ESCI

  162. The Journal of Asia TEFL Scopus, ESCI

  163. The Journal of Teaching English with Technology Scopus 

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

  165. The Literacy Trek

  166. Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition Scopus

  167. Tomsk State University Journal of Philology Scopus, ESCI

  168. Training, Language and Culture

  169. Westcliff International Journal of Applied Research

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

  171. 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