Issues in Language Studies or ILS (e-ISSN 2180-2726) is an open-access online journal of the Faculty of Language and Communication, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. The journal publishes articles on teaching, learning and the study of languages covering areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, language education, technology-mediated language learning, and other related areas. It offers a forum for the discussion of local issues that are of global concern. It is a refereed open-access journal published biannually (in June and December every year).  ILS welcomes articles relevant to language studies written in English and Bahasa Melayu (Malay). Manuscripts submitted in Malay should be accompanied by an English abstract. There are no submission charges. However, starting from the June 2022 issue, ILS will charge a publication fee of RM500 for articles that are accepted for publication. ILS has been indexed in SCOPUS since 1 September 2020

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Please take note that your review process will take approximately 3-4 months due to large number of submissions as well as reviewers' availability. We also suggest you to recommend qualified reviewers in your submission, this is to speed up the process. Recommendation can be done in the submission notes.

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ILS would also welcome qualified academics to be our reviewers. Please send the following details to the Chief Editor, Associate Professor Dr Su-Hie Ting at :

  1. full name with title
  2. affiliation, and
  3. email address.

Also, our reviewers now have the opportunity to opt-in to receive recognition for their review contributions at Publons allows you to track, verify and showcase your review work and expertise without compromising anonymity. You can sign up and verify your review for Issues in Language Studies here:

    • Aspect in Malay Verbs: Realigning Time and Volition to Malay Events by Jyh Wee Sew (Vol 5 No 1)
    • Salience effect on the processing of idioms in L1: Evidence from Malay Simpulan Bahasa by Radina Mohamad Deli (Vol 4 No 2)
    • Fonologi Variasi Kumpang di Sungai Ketungau: Analisis Perbandingan by Chong Shin (Vol 4 No 1)
    • The Plausibility and Implausibility of Using Corpora by Siaw-Fong Chung (Vol 7 No 1)
    • Syntactic Translation Strategies for Retaining Parallelism in the Arabic Translation of Moby Dick by by Mohd Nor Ikbal, Syed Nurulakla Syed Abdullah and Omar Osman Jabak (Vol 5 No 2)
    • Advertising language: A pragmatic approach to cigarette advertisements in Indonesia by Ahmad Muammar Qadafi and Ribut Wahyudi (Vol 3 No 1)
    • Malay, English and Religion: Language Maintenance in Multilingual Singapore by Mukhlis Abu Bakar (Vol 4 No 2)
    • Schema influence on listening and speaking input retention by Ernisa Marzuki, Ahmed Shamsul Bahri, Salina Pit and Faidz Felani Majeri (Vol 2 No 2)
    • Aplikasi media sosial dalam pembelajaran Bahasa Inggeris: Persepsi pelajar universiti by Kee-Man Chuah (Vol 2 No 1)
    • Problematising unfocused written feedback: A case study on four university students’ essays by Daron Benjamin Loo (Vol 4 No 1)
    • The question of questions in Malaysian English by Radina Mohamad Deli and Asniah Alias (Vol 2 No 2)

    (*Based on Google Scholar Citations)