The MEXTESOL Journal (, a professional publication of the Mexican Association of Teachers of English since 1976, is dedicated primarily to the classroom English teacher in Mexico and the world. It is an indexed, online, open-access journal, published four times a year. Previously unpublished articles and book reviews related to EFL teaching in Mexican, Latin American and other similar contexts throughout the world are accepted for publication in either English or Spanish. Articles can be either practical or theoretical in nature. The MEXTESOL Journal aims to be member/reader-friendly and to contribute to classroom teachers’ understanding of the processes of language teaching and learning and to improve their teaching practice.

A researched-based or theoretical article should report original research or discuss research-related issues. This type of article is usually submitted as refereed to be judged by two readers in blind arbitration. A note regarding the refereed status is noted on the published article.
The MEXTESOL Journal referees come from institutions representing the wide geographic reach of the Association and the diverse teaching situations found in Mexico and throughout the world.

Non-refereed articles usually include book reviews, descriptions of classroom practice which do not involve rigorous research, and any other previously unpublished articles relevant to EFL professionals in Mexico.

Send your manuscript (in Word) together with all of the tables, graphs, and references in an attachment accompanying your electronic message stating whether you would like your article submission to be refereed or non-refereed. Avoid using automatic referencing functions. Include all the necessary contact information.

Consult the MJ Manuscript Guidelines at: MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES

The Journal has no deadlines and articles are admitted to the reviewing process year round.

Send material to: Dr. Martha Lengeling, Editor-in-Chief,

General Requirements: Articles must be typed and presented in a Word file (.doc), double-spaced with ample margins.

The format of citations and references should conform to the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association (A.P.A must.) guideline format. A summary of APA can be found at the following site:

The following technical issues should be met:

1. Automatic Word Reference tools must not be used. Citations and references should be done manually.

2. All images/tables/charts/etc. must be ready to print and attractive. Preferably use the table function of Word or insert /jpg or /.png files rather than automatically inserting Excel tables and charts. Feel free to use colors, photos, etc. which make your article more accessible and professional.

3. Articles must be organized into logical sections and subsections which must NOT be numbered. Long quotes are indented and in italics.

Refereed vs. Non-refereed articles: All articles involving qualitative or quantitative research are automatically considered to be refereed articles. Book reviews and classroom tips are non-refereed. All other articles can be considered to be either refereed or non-refereed. A refereed article must be approved by two separate readers. A non-refereed article is read by one reader. Please specify which kind of article you are submitting.

Abstracts:A 250-word abstract in both English and Spanish (if possible) must be submitted, except for book reviews. In non-refereed articles the abstract should summarize the content of the article. In refereed articles it should briefly indicate the objectives, methodology and main findings of the study. Up to five key words should be included in the language in which the article is written.

In-Text Citations:
References within the text should be cited in parentheses using the author’s last name, year of publication and page numbers (shown below):

Rodgers (1994) compared performance on two test instruments.
or In a recent study of EFL writing (Rodgers, 1994) ……

or for Direct Quotes:

Rodgers (1994) argued that, “most existing standardized tests do not accurately assess EFL writing performance” (p. 245).


The list of all and only the references cited in the article must appear at the end of the text entitled “References”. The information must be complete and accurate. Authors are fully responsible for the accuracy of their references.

From the reception of an article to publication

There are two initial possibilities:

A)  An author requests information about submitting an article before submitting the article.

The Editor-in-Chief sends the author the following documents:

The Editorial Policy of the Journal
The brief Manuscript Guidelines
The Article Review Format
These Publishing Procedures

as a guide for the final preparation of the article and answers any other questions.

B) An already finished article is received by the Editor-in-Chief

1) The Editor-in-Chief receives the article and looks it over to determine its general suitability for the MEXTESOL Journal and that it is complete.

     He writes the author acknowledging receipt of the article and informs the author of the following steps.

**The author must state in the cover letter whether s/he wishes the article to be refereed or not.

2) The Editor sends the article to the appropriate Associate Editor (for Refereed or Non-refereed Articles) who, in turn will also read it and make a tentative decision regarding its suitability and its status as a refereed or non-refereed article.

     If the Associate Editor feels that the article is suitable for review…

3) The article is then sent on to two reviewers for refereed articles and one for non-refereed articles. These reviewers read the article without knowing who the author is (blind review). The two reviewers are from two different institutions and are believed not to know the author

4) The Associate Editor establishes direct contact with the author and informs him/her of advances.

5) In refereed articles the reviewers are called Reader A and Reader B. Reader A first reads the article for content and cohesion. It is possible that various rewrites will be necessary before the article is sent to Reader B, who besides reading for content and cohesion, concentrates on language and style. Once the article has been approved by both Readers it is sent to the Style Editor for further review. The process can take from various months to over a year depending on the amount of rewriting necessary and on the speed with which the article is rewritten.

6) In both refereed and non-refereed articles the author is almost always asked to make revisions according to the comments received. The Associate Editor relays information and the manuscript back and forth between the author and the reviewers as often as necessary until the article has the complete approval of all involved.

8) The Associate Editor now turns the article over to the Style Editor and then the Editor-in-Chief who makes a final reading for editing and proofreading purposes.

9) If additional changes are necessary, there may be further correspondence between the Editor-in-Chief and the Associate Editors and the author, or between the Editor-in-Chief and the author directly.

10) The author is informed of the final acceptance of the article and the approximate publication date. 

11) During the entire process the article’s status as either Refereed or Non-refereed is confirmed or modified and the author is informed of any changes.

12) After the article is published, the author can visit the website and download a pdf version of the article.

Download the Article Review Format in the next link.

Article Review Format