About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The International Arab Journal of English for Specific Purposes(IAJESP) is a peer-reviewed, open-access, annual journal that welcomes original research papers from across the world. The purpose of this journal is to further the progress of English for Specific Purposes by reporting new research and promoting its growing importance and benefits. The IAJESP Journal covers a diverse array of subject areas, ensuring a comprehensive exploration of topics essential to the advancement of English for Specific Purposes. The IAJESP Journal covers the following areas:

  1. ESP Methodology: Approaches and methods in teaching English for Specific Purposes; Designing and developing ESP courses and materials; Needs analysis in ESP contexts.
  2. ESP Disciplines: ESP in business and economics; ESP in science and technology; ESP in medicine and healthcare; ESP in engineering and technology; ESP in law; ESP in tourism and hospitality.
  3. Technology and Innovation in ESP: Artificial Intelligence in ESP; Online and blended learning in ESP; Use of multimedia and digital resources in ESP; ESP and Technology-enhanced Language Learning; The Digital Divide and Language Teaching/Learning; social media and Language Education; Innovative practices in ESP instruction and research.
  4. Assessment and Evaluation: Developing effective assessments for ESP; Evaluation of ESP programs; Validity and reliability in ESP assessment; ESP Teaching, Testing Techniques, and Teacher Training; Developing innovative testing techniques for ESP; ESP Learner Performance and Assessment.
  5. Cross-Cultural Communication and ESP Translation: Addressing cross-cultural communication challenges in ESP; Developing intercultural competence in ESP learners; Intercultural Communicative Language Teaching; ESP Translation and Interpreting; Discourse Analysis.
  6. Professional Development: Training ESP teachers; Continuing professional development for ESP practitioners; Addressing challenges in ESP teacher education; ESP, internationalization, and professional development.
  7. Language Policy and Planning: Policies related to the use of English for specific purposes in Arab countries; Planning for effective implementation of ESP programs.
  8. ESP in Specific Regions: Research and practices specific to the Arab region; Comparative studies with other international ESP contexts; post-Covid19 and Reshaping ESP Teaching/Learning.
  9. ESP and Soft Skills: Developing soft skills in ESP contexts; Integrating professional skills in ESP programs; Development of Soft Skills in ESP Classes; Learner Needs and Motivation; ESP and Employability.
  10. Language and Social Issues: Gender and Race in ESP Research; Inclusive Practices in ESP; Bias and Stereotypes in ESP Materials; Empowering Underrepresented Groups; Teacher Training for Inclusive ESP; Language and Social Justice in ESP.

Publication Frequency

Annual. The journal is open to submissions throughout the year.

Editorial Policies

This journal does not accept the use of author-suggested (recommended) reviewers. Reviewers of this journal are experts in their fields and are able to provide an objective evaluation of the manuscripts submitted. The journal adopts the following policy:

• Reviewers who are based at the same institution as any of the co-authors are not contacted for article assessment.

• Reviewers who are based at the funding body of the paper are not contacted for article assessment.

• Reviewers who are recommended by the author are not contacted for article assessment.

As an initial stage, manuscripts are reviewed by the editor. Only manuscripts that meet the journal’s aim and scope are sent to the reviewers. Authors can expect a decision normally within five working days as to whether or not their article will be sent to the reviewers or instead be rejected.  In case of rejection, authors receive a response providing constructive feedback that is supportive and helpful in nature.      

If an article is sent to the reviewers, all information about the author (s) such as name(s) and institution(s) are removed from the article.  The IAJESP recognizes that authors receive decision as soon as possible, and reviewers are asked to return their decisions to the Editor within three weeks so that the decision can be sent to authors within that timeframe. After each decision, authors get one of the four standard decisions, that is, “accepting the article as is”, “accepting the article, but minor modifications should be done”, or “rejecting the article”. When revisions have been satisfactorily completed, the editor explains the next steps in the publication process, including when the article/manuscript is likely to appear online.

Authors can register in the journal using their ORCID iD, which is a widely accepted unique identifier for researchers/authors. It is a simple numerical identifier (e.g. 0000-0001-6578-5220) that helps them distinguish themselves from other researchers and reliably connect with their own professional affiliations and contributions.

Journal Ethics

Authors’ Duty

Originality: Authors should submit original work. Data should be represented accurately in the paper.  The article should include sufficient detail and references to allow other researchers to replicate the work. Generally, articles describing the same research should not be published in more than one journal.

Articles submitted to this journal should not be under consideration in any other journal.

Authors should inform all co-authors in advance before submitting their articles.

If any material is taken from already published work, it should be acknowledged and properly cited. In case the author would like to use already published figures, tables or data, he/she should receive a permission letter from the original authors.

In some studies, approvals from certain authorities for conducting surveys should be submitted.

Data access: Authors might be asked to provide the raw data of their study, they should be prepared to make the data available.

Disclosure of funding sources: All funding sources should be declared. The information that should be disclosed is the granting agencies, number of grants and the role of each participant from the agency.

Declaration of conflicts of interest: Authors should declare any potential conflicts of interest. They must disclose in their manuscript any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript.

Editor’s Duty

Editor should ensure that decisions are made on the basis of the manuscript’s merit and that the author’s race, gender, religious or political beliefs, ethnicity, or citizenship are not considered.

Confidentiality: Any information related to the article under review must be kept confidential. The editor must not use the unpublished information in submitted work for their own projects without the authors’ written permission.

Solving misconduct: The editor should settle the issues with authors/reviewers, if any misconduct has happened.

Editor treats plagiarism seriously and they have the right to reject papers and retract the submitted article from the journal’ system and all processing.

Declaration of conflicts of interest: Adopting Elsevier ethics, the editor must not be involved in decisions about papers which he/she has written him/herself or have been written by family members or colleagues or which relate to products or services in which the editor has an interest (Elsevier, 2022).

Reviewers’ Duty

Peer review should help the editor in making editorial decisions and communicate with the author and provide him/her with feedback that might support him/her.

Confidentiality: Any information related to the article under review must be kept confidential. Reviewers must not share the review or any details about the article with anyone. They should not contact the authors directly without permission from the editor.

Reviewers must not use the unpublished information in submitted work for their own projects without the authors’ written permission.

Objectivity and Acknowledgment of Sources: Adopting the Elsevier ethical methods in scientific research, reviewers of this journal must abide by the following ethical instructions:

They should be objective in their evaluations. Their feedback should be clearly expressed and accompanied by data or supportive arguments. Personal criticism of the author(s) is not accepted at all.

Reviewers should consult the editor before agreeing to review a paper where they have potential conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers (Elsevier, 2022).

Open Access Policy Statement:

This journal is committed to the immediate provision of open access to its content. Grounded in the principle that offering research to the public without cost enhances the global exchange of knowledge, we strive to facilitate widespread access to valuable information.