Dear Colleagues,

Please see below a call for abstracts for a special issue that my
collaborators and I are putting together for *Journal of Second Language
Studies* on QRPs in the context of applied linguistics. Thanks for
considering this call. Please feel free to share with anyone else who you
think might be interested.




*Call for abstracts for special issue in Journal of Second Language
Studies on*

*Questionable Research Practices*

Questionable research practices (QRPs) comprise the vast gray area in
between ideal researcher behavior, on the one hand, and behaviors that are
clearly unethical or inappropriate, on the other (see Yaw et al., 2022
<>). Building on a growing body of
QRP-based research both within and beyond applied linguistics (e.g.,
Fanelli, 2009; Isbell et al., 2022), Larsson et al. (2023)
<> present a taxonomy of 58 QRPs
(found here)
applied linguistics along with ratings for their corresponding frequency
and severity.

These and other efforts have sought to raise awareness of QRPs in applied
linguistics, noting that many present potentially serious threats to the
validity of our findings. Nevertheless, this set of QRPs—both individually
and in the aggregate—needs to be more fully examined in order to gain a
clearer understanding of (a) how, when, and to what extent QRPs occur, (b)
when and to what extent they may be problematic, and (c) their
context-dependent nature. For example, one QRP is “excessive
self-citation”. But what is “excessive” in the context of applied
linguistics? Under what circumstances is it all right to frequently cite
your own work? Do (excessive) self-citation practices vary across journals,
author demographics, and so forth?

For this special issue of the *Journal of Second Language Studies*
<>, we invite proposals for articles that
explore one or multiple QRPs in applied linguistics, going beyond Larsson
et al.’s findings of QRP frequency and perceived severity. We invite
contributions applying any methodological approach including surveys,
corpus-based techniques, coding of primary studies for evidence of QRPs
(i.e., synthetic/meta-analytic techniques), case studies, reviews of
curricula and training materials, and interviews (e.g., with researchers at
different career stages).

The following article types/lengths will be considered:

- Full-length articles (maximum 9000 words)

- Short reports (3000-5000 words)

- Position papers (max 9000 words)


October 10, 2023

Abstracts (300 words max + references) sent to

November 10, 2023

Decisions with invitations to submit sent to authors

July 1, 2024

Initial submission of complete manuscripts for editorial and peer review

October 1, 2024

Final submission of manuscripts


Anticipated publication

*Special issue editors*

Luke Plonsky, Northern Arizona University

Tove Larsson, Northern Arizona University

Scott Sterling, Indiana State University

Kate Yaw, University of South Florida

Merja Kytö, Uppsala University
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