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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 This business model is outdated.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. Alsic. Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d’information et de communication 

  3. Alsinatuna: Journal of Arabic Linguistics and Education 

  4. Altre Modernita Scopus, ESCI

  5. Arabiyat 

  6. Asian Journal of English Language Teaching 

  7. Asp. La revue du GERAS 
  8. Atlantis Scopus, ESCI

  9. Aula Abierta Scopus, ESCI

  10. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Scopus, SSCI

  11. Babylonia 

  12. Bahastra 

  13. BC TEAL Journal

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

  15. Beyond Words

  16. Boletin de Literatura Oral Scopus, ESCI

  17. CALL-EJ Scopus 

  18. Caracteres Scopus, ESCI

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

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

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

  22. Communiquer Scopus, ESCI

  23. Computational Linguistics Scopus, SSCI

  24. Comunicar Scopus, SSCI

  25. Culture, Language and Representation Scopus, ESCI

  26. Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics

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

  28. Dialectologia Scopus, ESCI

  29. Dialektika

  30. Dialogic Pedagogy Scopus, ESCI

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

  32. Dinamika Ilmu

  33. Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  34. Edukasi: Jurnal Pendidikan dan Pengajaran

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

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

  37. ELT Forum: Journal of English Language Teaching

  38. ELT Worldwide: Journal of English Language Teaching

  39. English Australia Journal Scopus

  40. English Community Journal

  41. English Language Teaching Educational Journal

  42. ESP Today Scopus, ESCI

  43. Estudios de Asia y África Scopus, ESCI

  44. Estudios de Lingüística Inglesa Aplicada Scopus, ESCI

  45. Forma y Funcion Scopus, ESCI

  46. GIST Education and Learning Research Journal

  47. Global Business Languages

  48. HOW Journal

  49. IAFOR Journal of Education Scopus

  50. Iberica Scopus, SSCI

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

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

  53. Indonesian JELT

  54. International Journal of Arabic Teaching and Learning

  55. International Journal of Emerging Issues in Early Childhood Education

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

  57. International Journal of English Studies Scopus, ESCI

  58. International Journal of English for Academic Purposes: Research and Practice 

  59. International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching and Research

  60. International Journal of Language Teaching and Education

  61. International Journal of Social Sciences & Educational Studies

  62. International Journal of TESOL Studies

  63. International Journal on Language Research and Education Studies

  64. Investigaciones Sobre Lectura

  65. Iranian Journal of Language Teaching Research Scopus, ESCI 

  66. Italian at School

  67. Journal of English Language and Education

  68. Jurnal Ilmiah Bahasa dan Sastra

  69. Journal for Research on Adult Education

  70. Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning

  71. Journal of Child Language Acquisition and Development 

  72. Journal of Classics Teaching

  73. Journal of Communication Pedagogy

  74. Journal of ELT Research

  75. Journal of English Educators Society

  76. Journal of English Language Teaching in Indonesia

  77. Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

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

  79. Journal of Language and Education Scopus, ESCI

  80. Journal of Language and Law Scopus, ESCI

  81. Journal of Language and Literature Education

  82. Journal of Language Contact Scopus, ESCI

  83. Journal of Language Education and Research

  84. Journal of Media Literacy Education

  85. Journal of Mother Tongue Education

  86. Journal of Research in Applied Linguistics Scopus, ESCI

  87. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation

  88. Journal of Teaching and Learning ESCI

  89. Journal of the European Second Language Association

  90. Journal of Writing Research Scopus, ESCI

  91. Jurnal Bahasa Lingua Scientia

  92. Jurnal Pendidikan Bahasa dan Sastra Indonesia Metalingua

  93. Jurnal Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan

  94. KOME Scopus, ESCI

  95. Konin Language Studies

  96. L2 Journal

  97. Laboratory Phonology Scopus, SSCI

  98. Language and Linguistics Scopus, SSCI

  99. Language & Literacy

  100. Language Development Research

  101. Language Documentation and Conservation Scopus, ESCI

  102. Language Learning & Technology Scopus, SSCI

  103. Language Teaching and Educational Research

  104. Language Value Scopus 

  105. Latin American Journal of Content & Language Integrated Learning

  106. Lenguas Modernas Scopus

  107. Lexikos Scopus, SSCI

  108. LingTera

  109. Lisanuna: Jurnal Ilmu Bahasa Arab dan Pembelajarannya

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

  111. Literator Scopus, ESCI

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

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

  114. MEXTESOL Journal Scopus

  115. Mimbar Pendidikan: Jurnal Indonesia untuk Kajian Pendidikan

  116. Muróbbî: Jurnal Ilmu Pendidikan

  117. NYS TESOL Journal

  118. Ocnos

  119. Onomazein Scopus, SSCI

  120. Papers in Language Testing and Assessment ESCI

  121. Parole: Journal of Linguistics and Education

  122. PASAA Scopus

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

  124. Polish Journal of English Studies 

  125. Polyglot: Jurnal Ilmiah

  126. Porta Linguarum Scopus, SSCI

  127. Problems of Onomastics Scopus, ESCI

  128. Procesamiento del Lenguaje Natural Scopus, ESCI

  129. Professional Discourse & Communication

  130. Profile: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development Scopus 

  131. Psiholingvistika Scopus

  132. Psychology of Language and Communication Scopus 

  133. Quaderns de Filologia: Estudis Literaris Scopus, ESCI

  134. RATE Issues

  135. Reading & Writing Scopus, ESCI

  136. Reading in a Foreign Language ESCI

  137. Recherches en didactique des langues et des cultures

  138. Recherche et pratiques pédagogiques en langues de spécialité. Cahiers de l'APLIUT

  139. Res Rhetorica Scopus, ESCI

  140. Research in Corpus Linguistics

  141. Research Papers in Language Teaching and Learning

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

  143. Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento Scopus, ESCI

  144. Revista de Lingüística y Lenguas Aplicadas Scopus, ESCI

  145. Revista EntreLínguas

  146. Revista Espaço

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

  148. Revista Signos Scopus, SSCI

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

  150. SCENARIO Journal

  151. Scripta Manent

  152. SED - Journal of Art Education

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

  154. Sintagma Scopus, SSCI

  155. Sinteze

  156. SiSAL Journal Scopus 

  157. Special Education and Rehabilitation Scopus, SSCI

  158. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus Scopus 

  159. Studies in Applied Linguistics & TESOL

  160. Studies in Language Assessment ESCI

  161. Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis

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

  163. Sustainable Multilingualism

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

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

  166. Tejuelo

  167. TESL Canada Journal ESCI

  168. TESL-EJ Scopus

  169. Texto Livre: Linguagem e Tecnologia Scopus, ESCI

  170. The Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics ESCI

  171. The Journal of Asia TEFL Scopus, ESCI

  172. The Journal of Teaching English with Technology Scopus 

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

  174. The Literacy Trek

  175. Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition Scopus

  176. Tomsk State University Journal of Philology Scopus, ESCI

  177. Training, Language and Culture

  178. Vocabulary Learning and Instruction: A Journal of Vocabulary Research

  179. Westcliff International Journal of Applied Research

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

  181. 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 Journals

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. Here is what is currently available: 

  1. Language Science Press

  2. Open Book Publishers 

Open Access Book Publishers
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