Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Japanese Language and Literature is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese. (Before 2001 [Volume 35] the journal was entitled Journal of the Association of Teachers of Japanese.)

In existence since 1966, JLL provides a scholarly forum for AATJ members and the larger academic world in the area of Japanese literature, Japanese linguistics, teaching Japanese as a second or foreign language, and Japanese culture. Two issues are published each year.

Japanese Language and Literature is abstracted in all major abstraction services, including the JSTOR archive, which offers a full-text retrieval capability of past issues (those dated up to one year prior to the current volume).

The journal welcomes full-length articles that report new analyses, research findings, and insights as well as English translations of Japanese literary texts. Strong preference is given to articles that engage primary source material in Japanese. Manuscripts on the following topics may be submitted:

     Japanese literary studies in any historical period

     Literary or linguistic study

     Cultural studies as it relates to Japanese

     Japanese language or literature pedagogy, classroom practice

     Second language acquisition as it relates to Japanese

     Japanese linguistics

     English translations of Japanese literature and translation studies as it relates to Japanese

     Fields related to the above that are likely to be of interest to the readership

Short, non-research papers, preliminary research notes or findings, or provocative essays on a topic of interest to the readership are also welcome. These will be considered for the JLL Forum section in the journal.

A group of research papers on the same theme may be considered for a special section of the journal.

Only submissions written in English are accepted. Linguistic examples, language data, quotations, and so forth may be in any language.

AATJ membership is not required to submit a manuscript to JLL. Membership is very strongly encouraged, however.


Section Policies


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  • Yumiko Nishi
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  • Sachiko Matsunaga
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  • Motoko Tabuse
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  • Janice Brown
  • Suwako Watanabe
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  • Janice Brown
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  • Hiroshi Nara
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Peer Review Process

All submissions will be screened by the appropriate editor(s) and reviewed by at least two anonymous readers. The journal follows a double-blind process, where identifying information from submissions is removed so as to ensure anonymity of the authors. Comments from reviewers are screened by the editor(s) to ensure the reviewers remain anonymous to the author.


Publication Frequency

This journal will be published twice annually, in issues dated April and October of each year.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Style Guidelines for Literature Article Submissions

Detailed style guidelines for articles and reviews on literature are available at the following URL:




Style Guidelines for Linguistics and Pedagogy Article Submissions

Detailed style guidelines for articles and reviews on linguistics and pedagoty are available at the following URL:



Manuscript Review Guidelines

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Book Review Guidelines

Detailed guidelines for reviewers of books for the journal are available at the following URL:



Guidelines for Special Section

Occasionally a section of JLL is dedicated to a set of manuscripts on a special topic and edited by a guest editor. A group that wishes to propose a special section should do the following.

Decide who will serve as the guest editor in your group. Let Coordinating Editor know who that is along with the person’s contact information.

The guest editor should write a short (2-3 pages) proposal for the special section and send it to the Coordinating Editor with a copy to Literature Editor or Language and Linguistics Editor as appropriate. The proposal will be circulated among the editors of the Journal to evaluate its suitability. This proposal should contain information on each of the following items:

  • Content/scholarly description of the special section. Theme? Relevance and timeliness to the field?
  • Names and affiliations of proposed contributors.
  • Topics/tentative titles on which each of the contributors will be writing. In addition, a short description of each article is requested.
  • Approximate number of articles and the length of the special section, including bibliographies and other materials. (Try to keep the length under 150 journal pages or approximately 61,000 words).
  • Timeframe. When (more or less) will the contributions be ready for submission to the journal? The guest editor should allow time for steps (b) and (c) in 1 below. The preparation time on your end may be anywhere from 6 months to 12 months.
  • Special requirements the journal should be aware of, such as photographs (size and number) or other artwork.

As soon the proposal is received, it will be circulated among the editors. We will do our best to respond to the proposal in a timely manner about whether or not the proposal is accepted and, if yes, when the section might be scheduled.

Please note the following:

The guest editor will be expected to (a) serve as the main pipeline between the journal editors and the contributors of the special issue, (b) make sure that the articles submitted for review are removed of all identifying information of the authors, (c) ensure that all the articles are consistent in format and abide by the JLL style sheet, (d) have the authors make necessary changes in response to the feedback from reviewers (who will read the section manuscript in response to a request from the literature or linguistics editor), if contributions are accepted for publication, (e) copyedit the accepted contributions and make them conform to the JLL style, and (f) send the Coordinating Editor the copyedited manuscript with any other ancillary materials, such as photographs, digital files, artwork, etc. Once the Coordinating Editor has approved the section, it will be prepared for print.

  1. If the guest editor is a non-native speaker/writer of English, the journal expects the guest editor to consult a copyeditor who is a native speaker/writer of English to make sure that the contributions are error-free.
  2. In the past, the journal has issued only one special section per year, and this publication schedule is likely to be maintained.
  3. It is likely that more than one group will be working on special sections at any given time. Under these circumstances, the editors will not be able to schedule your special section until all the materials for your section have been submitted to the journal. When all of your materials are in, the editors can evaluate the timing of your section vis-à-vis any other special sections in progress and/or articles that have already been accepted at that point. We would be happy to receive the completed manuscript at any time you are ready, but we would like to abide by the following internal deadlines—August 31 for Fall issues and February 28 for Spring issues. Please try to stay flexible about the timing of the publication. We cannot guarantee that your special section will be published in the fall, for example, even if you meet the August deadline, if the fall issue is very much set by the time you submit it. Your special section will be published in the next available spot.



Editorial Advisory Board

Van Gessell

Brigham Young University


Amy Heinrich

Columbia University


Seiichi Makino

Princeton University


Senko Maynard

Rutgers University


Naomi McGloin

University of Wisconsin, Madison


Mari Noda

Ohio State University


Laurel Rasplica Rodd

University of Colorado, Boulder


Masayoshi Shibatani

Rice University


J. Marshall Unger

Ohio State University