JNCOLCTL Editor's Search


NCOLCTL is looking for an editor-in-chief of its journal. It is expected that the editor is tenured or soon-to-be-tenured university professor. Please submit your letter of interest along with your curriculum vitae to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.by February 1, 2020.

Journal of Less Commonly Taught Languages appears online on the Directory of Open Access Journals (https://doaj.org/toc/1930-9031) and a limited number of print copies is also available.

The Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL) is a refereed semiannual publication. As the official journal of the Council, the journal serves the professional interests of teachers, researchers, and administrators of less commonly taught languages in all settings and all levels of instruction.

  • The duties of the editor encompass the following:
  • Advertising and soliciting submissions,
  • Finding at least two reviewers for each paper (a specialist in the language or languages addressed in the submission and a “generalist” who makes sure that the submission is useful for those without expertise in the language addressed in the submission)
  • Communicating reviewers’ comments to the authors and overseeing their revisions
  • Selecting papers for publication
  • Sending final versions of the papers and the editor’s note to the NCOLCTL Secretariat
  • Submitting the report to the Board at the NCOLCTL conference in late April

The deadlines to send the issue to the Secretariat are January 31 for the Spring issue and August 31 for the Fall issue. Historically, the acceptance rate for this journal has been 30%. There is a review template available and the outgoing editor will provide the guidance in the transition process, including contacts with previous reviewers. The first issue prepared by the new editor should be Fall 2020, which entails dispatching submissions to the reviewers on June 1, 2020, and sending selected papers to the Secretariat by August 31, 2020. The first conference report to the Board will be submitted in April 2021.

Our general editorial focus is on policy, education, programs, advocacy, and research in the field of less commonly taught languages AS FOREIGN LANGUAGES (all foreign languages except standard English, French, German, and Spanish). The areas of the submissions are as follows:

a. Methodology and Technology,

b. Academia,

c. Beyond Academia,

d. Social Embeddedness

The first area includes papers focusing on broader theoretical and technological issues in all fields of less commonly taught languages. The second area encompasses reports about research and teaching in
academia, at both K-12 and collegiate levels. The third area comprises papers addressing research and teaching in government and industry. Finally, the fourth area addresses the issues of a broader social environment, ranging from heritage communities to advancing LCTLs in federal initiatives and legislation.