The Journal of Language and Communication (JLC) is the official journal of Universiti Putra Malaysia published by UPM Press. It is an open access online journal which is free of charge. It covers the discipline(s) or sub-discipline(s) of Arts and Humanities (Languages & Linguistics) and Social Sciences (Media & communication).


e-ISSN: 2637-0875

Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia

Publication type: on-line

Publication frequency: 2 time(s) per year

Journal Website: JLC Online UPM


Aims and scope

The journal aims to provide a forum for high quality research in the areas of language and communication. The journal invites papers on language, linguistics, applied linguistics, literacy, language use in communication, and other related fields.



The Journal of Language and Communication (JLC) of Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, published its inaugural issue in March 2014. JLC is dedicated as an additional platform by the university to provide the research and academic community to disseminate their works internationally in the growing fields of language and communication. JCL is a refereed journal published in English, and submitted articles are subject to double blind review by experts in the field.


Goal of JLC

Our goal is to bring the highest quality research to the widest possible audience.



We aim for excellence, sustained by a responsible and professional approach to journal publishing. Submissions are guaranteed to receive a decision within 14 weeks. The elapsed time from submission to publication for the articles averages 5-6 months.


Future vision

We are continuously improving access to our journal archives, content, and research services. We have the drive to realise exciting new horizons that will benefit not only the academic community, but society itself.


Publication Policy

JLC policy prohibits an author from submitting the same manuscript for concurrent consideration by two or more publications. It prohibits as well publication of any manuscript that has already been published either in whole or substantial part elsewhere. It also does not permit publication of manuscript that has been published in full in Proceedings.


Code of Ethics

JLC takes seriously the responsibility of all of its journal publications to reflect the highest in publication ethics. Thus journal and journal editors are expected to abide by the Journal's codes of ethics. Refer to JLC's Code of Ethics for full details, or visit the Journal's web link at Code of Ethics.



The author must ensure that when a manuscript is submitted to JLC, the manuscript must be an original work. The Author should check the manuscript for any possible plagiarism using any program such as Turn-It-In or any other software before submitting the manuscripts to the JLC Editorial Office, Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

The Guest Editor must submit the full reports of the originality check for each manuscript to the Chief Executive Editor to substantiate the acceptable similarity index range.


International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

An e-ISSN is an 8-digit code used to identify periodicals such as journals of all kinds and on all media-print and electronic. JLC have an e-ISSN.Journal of Language and Communication: e-ISSN 2637 0875 (Online).


Lag time

A decision on acceptance or rejection of a manuscript is reached in 3 to 4 months (average 14 weeks). The elapsed time from submission to publication for the articles averages 5-6 months.



Authors are not permitted to add or remove any names from the authorship provided at the time of initial submission without the consent of the Journal's Editor-in-Chief.


Manuscript preparation

Refer to JLC's Submission Guidelines at the back of this journal.


Editorial process

Authors are notified with an acknowledgement containing a Manuscript ID on receipt of a manuscript, and upon the editorial decision regarding publication.

JLC follows a double-blind peer-review process. Manuscripts deemed suitable for publication are usually sent to reviewers. Authors are encouraged to suggest names of at least three potential reviewers at the time of submission of their manuscript to JLC, but the editors will make the final choice. The editors are not, however, bound by these suggestions.

Notification of the editorial decision is usually provided within ten to fourteen weeks from the receipt of manuscript. Publication of solicited manuscripts is not guaranteed. In most cases, manuscripts are accepted conditionally, pending an author's revision of the material.


The Journal's peer-review

In the peer-review process, three referees independently evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted manuscripts.Peer reviewers are experts chosen by journal editors to provide written assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of written research, with the aim of improving the reporting of research and identifying the most appropriate and highest quality material for the journal.


Operating and review process

What happens to a manuscript once it is submitted to JLC? Typically, there are seven steps to the editorial review process:

  1. The Journal's chief executive editor and the editorial board examine the paper to determine whether it is appropriate for the journal and should be reviewed. If not appropriate, the manuscript is rejected outright and the author is informed.
  1. The chief executive editor sends the article-identifying information having been removed, to three reviewers. Typically, one of these is from the Journal's editorial board. Others are specialists in the subject matter represented by the article. The chief executive editor asks them to complete the review in two weeks.
  1. Comments to authors are about the appropriateness and adequacy of the theoretical or conceptual framework, literature review, method, results and discussion, and conclusions. Reviewers often include suggestions for strengthening of the manuscript. Comments to the editor are in the nature of the significance of the work and its potential contribution to the literature.
  1. The chief executive editor, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, examines the reviews and decides whether to reject the manuscript, invite the author(s) to revise and resubmit the manuscript, or seek additional reviews. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor-in-Chief, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication. In rare instances, the manuscript is accepted with almost no revision. Almost without exception, reviewers' comments (to the author) are forwarded to the author. If a revision is indicated, the editor provides guidelines for attending to the reviewers' suggestions and perhaps additional advice about revising the manuscript.
  1. The authors decide whether and how to address the reviewers' comments and criticisms and the editor's concerns. The authors return a revised version of the paper to the chief executive editor along with specific information describing how they have answered' the concerns of the reviewers and the editor, usually in a tabular form. The author(s) may also submit a rebuttal if there is a need especially when the author disagrees with certain comments provided by reviewer(s).
  1. The chief executive editor sends the revised paper out for re-review. Typically, at least one of the original reviewers will be asked to examine the article.
  1. When the reviewers have completed their work, the chief executive editor in consultation with the editorial board and the editor-in-chief examine their comments and decide whether the paper is ready to be published, needs another round of revisions, or should be rejected.

If the decision is to accept, an acceptance letter is sent to all the author(s). The article should appear in an online medium of https://journalfbmk.upm.edu.my/ojs3/index.php/jlc/issue/archive.Here is our Publication Protocol.

The Publisher ensures that the paper adheres to the correct style (in-text citations, the reference list, and tables are typical areas of concern, clarity, and grammar). The authors are asked to respond to any minor queries by the Publisher. Following these corrections, page proofs are mailed to the corresponding authors for their final approval. At this point, only essential changes are accepted. Finally, the article appears in the pages of the Journal and is posted on-line.