About the Journal

Focus and Scope 

Heregleenii hel shinjlel (further called Mongolian Journal of Applied linguistics (MJAL)) is a peer-reviewed journal annually published by the Institute of Language and Literature, Mongolian Academy of Sciences.   MJAL was launched in the year 2016, by the Institute of Language and Literature, Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The opinions and positions expressed in the articles in the MJAL are entirely those of the authors themselves and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and positions of the Institute of Language and Literature, MAS or any member of its editorial board.

The MJAL aims to publish articles which are interesting, relevant and challenging to readers who seek a broader and deeper understanding on applied linguistics and especially of Mongolian language use and terminology studies. It aims both to analyses use of general and specialized language issues for Mongolian readership and to present Mongolian perspectives to readers in other countries. Accordingly, the views expressed in contributions to the MJAL are those of the individual contributors.

MJIA offers the most authoritative opinions by leading Mongolian scholars and public officials on foreign policy, politics, and economics of Mongolia. We welcome manuscripts principally on Mongolia and its relations with the world.

Journal Abbreviation: MJAL.

It publishes refereed, original articles, reviews, and short communications describing all aspects, and translations of important articles on applied linguistics. The criteria for selection are: work of outstanding importance, scientific excellence, originality, and interest in a wide spectrum of applied linguistics including

  • Language Acquisition
  • Terminology Studies
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Language use
  • Sociolinguistics etc. 

Article Processing charge 

MJAL does NOT charge authors article submission fees and it does NOT charge article processing fees.

Audience effects are increasingly recognized as an important aspect of intraspecific communication. MJAL is a general science journal and all papers should be intelligible to a broad scientific audience. 

Exemption of responsibility 
MJAL assumes no responsibility for all contents of the published articles. 

Peer Review Process 

MJAL uses DOUBLE BLIND peer-review and authors’ names and affiliations are deleted from the manuscripts when they are sent to reviewers. All submitted manuscripts are subjected to an intensive peer review in consultation with members of the journal’s editorial board and independent external referees (usually 2-3 reviewers).

  • Reviewers are asked to evaluate a manuscript for:
  • Suitability interns of content and novelty;
  • Coverage of appropriate existing literature;
  • Adequacy of methodology, analysis and interpretation;
  • Relative importance;
  • Language of composition

All manuscripts are assessed within suitable time and the decision based on all the peer reviewers’ comments, taken by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.

Submissions from the Editor-in-Chief will undergo independent peer-review and will be submitted to another editor for decision on acceptance.

Average duration of manuscript processing from submission to final decision is 9-10 weeks.

For a copy of the Journal's current style guide, please contact the Editorial Manager at munkhtsetsegn@mas.ac.mn before producing the final text of any article or commentary. Articles must be no less than 4500 word and no longer than 7000 words including references and endnotes. Any articles exceeding this will not be accepted for publication.

Please note that the Journal’s policy is to publish original work for the first time. While articles based on speeches, seminar papers, working papers and the like may be acceptable as Commentaries, they cannot normally be accepted as refereed articles if they have been ‘published’ in some form elsewhere. If in doubt about the acceptability of a proposed article, please discuss the matter with the Journal Editor before submitting a text.

All manuscripts are assessed by at least two reviewers, within a suitable time and the decision is based on all the peer reviewers’ comments, taken by the journal’s Editor-in-Chief. 

Submissions from the Editor-in-Chief will undergo independent peer-review and will be submitted to another editor for decision on acceptance. 

The average duration of manuscript processing from submission to final decision is 9-12 weeks. 

Publication Frequency 

The Mongolian Journal of Applied Linguistics (MJAL) is published annually by the Institute of Language and Literature of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

Open Access Policy 

We support open-access publishing as part of our commitment to the widest possible dissemination of research outputs. 

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. 

Users have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles in this journal, or to use them for any other lawful purpose. 

Publication Ethics and malpractice statement

Publishing ethics of the MGS is based on those by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct guidelines available at www.publicationethnics.org

It is important to lay down standards of expected ethical behavior by all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher and the society-owned. This includes all parties treating each other with respect and dignity and without discrimination, harassment, bullying or retaliation.

Editor Responsibilities

The editor of a peer-reviewed journal is responsible for deciding which articles submitted to the journal should be published, and, moreover, is accountable for everything published in the journal. In making these decisions, the editor may be guided by the policies of the journal’s editorial board as well as by legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

  • The editor may confer with other managing editors or reviewers when making publication decisions. The editor should maintain the integrity of the academic record, preclude business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standards, and always be willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.
  • The editor should evaluate manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the author(s). The editor will not disclose any information about a manuscript under consideration to anyone other than the author(s), reviewers and potential reviewers, and in some instances the editorial board members, as appropriate.
  • The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.
  • The editor will be guided by COPE’s Guidelines for Retracting Articles when considering retracting, issuing expressions of concern about, and issuing corrections pertaining to articles that have been published in the journal.
     Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor’s own research without the express written consent of the author. Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage.
  • The editor is committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions.
  • The editor should seek so ensure a fair and appropriate peer review process. Editors should recuse themselves (i.e. should ask a co-editor, associate editor or other member of the editorial board instead to review and consider) from considering manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or (possibly) institutions connected to the papers. Editors should require all contributors to disclose relevant competing interests and publish corrections if competing interests are revealed after publication. If needed, other appropriate action should be taken, such as the publication of a retraction or expression of concern.
  • Editors should guard the integrity of the published record by issuing corrections and retractions when needed and pursuing suspected or alleged research and publication misconduct. Editors should pursue reviewer and editorial misconduct. An editor should take reasonably responsive measures when ethical complaints have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.

Reviewer Responsibilities

  • If the reviewer considers that there is any conflict of interest that may make compromise their review, they are required to make this known to the editorial office, and may be excused from performing the review. The reviewer may not be aware of this until they have accepted the invitation to review.
  • Any invited reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its timely review will be impossible should immediately notify the editor so that alternative reviewers can be contacted.
  • Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except if authorized by the editor.
  • Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inacceptable. Reviewers should express their views clearly with appropriate supporting arguments.
  • Reviewers should identify relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be accompanied by the relevant citation. A reviewer should also call to the editor's attention any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published data of which they have personal knowledge.
  • Reviewers are required to respect the confidentiality of the peer review process and "refrain from using information or ideas obtained during the peer review process for your own or another’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Reviewers are asked to return their reviews by the requested date, and to inform the editorial office if there is likely to be a delay.

Author Responsibilities

Authors ethical responsibilities are detailed in the Author’s guide.  See more information from the https://www.mongoliajol.info/index.php/MJAL/about/submissions

Publisher's Confirmation

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism the publisher, in close collaboration with the editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and to amend the article in question. This includes the prompt publication of an erratum or, in the most severe cases, the complete retraction of the affected work.


Institute of Language and Literature, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia