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Author Guidelines

The manuscripts submitted to IJISS are required to meet the following criteria:
1. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should normally be between 5,000 to 7,000 words and should be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 250 words.
2. Manuscript should be written in English in one-half space, using Microsoft Word, font size 12, Times New Roman, top and left margin 3 cm, bottom and right margin 3 cm, printed in A4.
3. For research-based articles, the outline used is: introduction (without heading or subheading), method, findings and discussion, conclusion, and references
4. The title should be less than 15 words, capitalized, centered, with font zize 14.
5. Unless otherwise indicated earlier, abbreviations should be avoided. Titles of articles should be written out in full.
6. On the abstract, explicitly write in bold: introduction, objective of the papers, method, findings, and conclusion followed with three to seven keywords.
7. The introduction should consist of the background of the study, research contexts, literary review, and research objective. All introduction should be presented in the forms of paragraphs, not pointers.
8. The method section consists of description concerning the research design, data sources, data collection, and data analysis.
9. The findings and discussion section consist of description of the results of the data analysis to answer the research question(s) and their meanings seen from current theories and references of the area addressed.
10. The conclusion section consists of the summary, restatement of the main findings.
11. Use only horizontal lines when using tables. Put table number and the title of the table on top of it.
12. Every source cited in the body of the article should appear in the reference, and all sources appearing in the reference should be cited in the body of the article.
13. Citation is done using bracket (last name and year of publication). When the sources are cited verbatim, page number is included (p. 78 or pp. 78-89).
14. Quotation and references should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) and be included at the end of the article in the following examples:
Altstaedter, L. L., & Doolittle, P. (2014). Students’ perceptions of peer feedback. Argentinian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2(2), 60-76. Retrieved from

Berg, C. E. (1999). The effects of trained peer response on ESL students’ revision types and writing quality. Journal of Second Language Writing, 8(3), 215–241.

Cresswell, J. W. & Clark V. L. P. (2011). Designing and conducting mixed method research (2nd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fithriani, R. (2017). Indonesian students’ perceptions of written feedback in second language writing (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from

Fithriani, R. (2018). Discrimination behind nest and nnest dichotomy in ELT professionalism. In The 1st Annual International Conference on Language and Literature, KnE Social Sciences & Humanities, pp. 741-755. DOI: 10.18502/kss.v3i4.1982

Hyland, K., & Hyland, F. (2006). Contexts and issues in feedback on L2 writing: An introduction. In K. Hyland & F. Hyland (Eds.), Feedback in ESL writing: Contexts and issues (pp.1–19). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Waugh, L.R., & Monville-Burston, M. (eds.). (1990). On language: Roman Jakobson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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