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Thu Dec 23 2021

Calls: Language Acquisition / Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 21-Dec-2021
From: Lizz Huntley <>
Subject: Language Acquisition / Studies in Second Language Acquisition (Jrnl)
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Full Title: Studies in Second Language Acquisition

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Call Deadline: 01-Apr-2022

Replication in Second Language Research Special Issue of Studies in Second Language Acquisition, September 2024 Call for Proposals Due April 1, 2022

Guest Editor: Kevin McManus (Penn State University, USA)

In 1993, Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA) launched a new section of the journal titled Replication Studies, recognizing that “the way to more valid and reliable SLA research is through replication” (Valdman, 1993, p. 505). This innovation is as important today as it was in 1993, especially given that discussions of methodological rigor and transparency are changing how SLA research is designed, conducted, and disseminated. To highlight the role of replication studies in the growth and development of the discipline and to re-affirm the journal’s longstanding commitment to publishing replication studies, SSLA will publish a Special Issue consisting entirely of (close and approximate) replication studies in 2024.

As a research methodology, replication is used to verify, consolidate, and advance knowledge and understanding within empirical fields of study. A replication study works toward this goal by repeating a study’s methodology with or without changes followed by systematic comparison to better understand the nature, repeatability, and generalizability of its findings (Porte & McManus, 2019; Schmidt, 2009). In this way, replication helps assure the reliability, validity, and accuracy of our work precisely because it aims to systematically reconsider, refine, extend, and sometimes limit previous research findings. This is why replication has long been considered an essential part of the research process (Peterson & Panofsky, 2021; Porte, 2012). As a result, claims that replication studies are infrequent are majorly troubling (Marsden et al., 2018; Porte & Richards, 2012), indicative of an uncritical approach to how a field accumulates knowledge and builds theories. This is one reason why calls for replication are becoming more common across the social sciences (Plucker & Makel, 2021; Zwaan et al., 2018), and why resources are needed to support the conduct of replication studies in our field (Marsden et al., 2018; McManus, 2021; Porte & McManus, 2019).

This Special Issue responds to this need in the field of SLA. Please visit the following link for detailed information about proposal submissions and criteria:

Proposals should not exceed four pages, double spaced, size 12 font (excluding references). The name and email contact of the primary author should be provided along with names of contributing authors. Proposal submissions are due by email to by April 1, 2022.

Please feel free to distribute this announcement to interested colleagues. If any other questions arise, please feel free to the Guest Editor at or SSLA at

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