Journal History

The Journal on English as a Foreign Language (JEFL), with p-ISSN 2088-1657; e-ISSN 2502-6615, was first published in 2011 (Volume 1 Number 1 in March) by Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Palangka Raya, Indonesia, to disseminate the latest or recent research findings in the English teaching and learning in the context of English as a foreign language (EFL) and it is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among scholars in the field of English language teaching, applied linguistics and literary pedagogy.

In 2016, JEFL migrated to Open Journal Systems (OJS), the open-source journal management and publishing system and all articles can be accessed online at the Journal website address http://e-journal.iain-palangkaraya.ac.id/index.php/jefl. JEFL has been indexed on several international academic publication databases, e.g.: Google Scholar, Sinta, ISJD, Mendeley, Moraref, Garuda, etc. Since December 2016, it has been indexed on Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

The alteration has been made since the publication of Volume 6 Number 1 March 2016. The article's format thereupon follows a new article template with one column.

JEFL’s new look and improved quality

As of Volume 8 Number 1 March in 2018, the journal has developed into international publication standards, with a greater focus on article quality. This is reflected in JEFL’s stricter submissions policy, with more detailed guidelines and thorough screening of articles, as well as aesthetic changes to the journal to increase readability. The cover (front and back covers) of JEFL has been changed into the new one. This change also brought with it a new, more comprehensive editorial policy, which will guide the direction of JEFL into its future as a respected journal in ELT. JEFL now boasts a modernized approach to academic publication, with a streamlined submission, review, and publication process.

In 2017, JEFL became a member of Crossref. So, since 2017 all articles published in JEFL have been included in the inclusion of the article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). To improve the quality of the journal publication, in November 2018 JEFL collaborated with the Association of Teachers of English Linguistics, Literature, and Education (ELITE Association) in Indonesia [MoU manuscript].

JEFL’s accreditation

JEFL is accredited “SINTA 2 or good level” as a scientific journal under the decree of the Directorate General of Research Enhancement and Development, Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education (KemenristekDikti) of the Republic of Indonesia, dated 8 August 2019, the Decree Number 23/E/KPT/2019, and effective until 2023.

JEFL’s new management

JEFL is built on the Open Journal Systems (OJS) and applies Open Access Policy. It guarantees immediate open access to its articles to readers. All articles published in JEFL are distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license. As of Volume 10 Number 2 September 2020, the copyright on articles is retained by the respective author(s), without restrictions.

Towards a reputed international journal, JEFL regularly registers to the international indexing institutions. Now, JEFL is indexed and abstracted in international academic publication databases (See Indexing and Abstracting).