The Journal of Modern Languages (JML) is an international peer-reviewed, open access journal published by the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics at Universiti Malaya in Malaysia. It is devoted to publishing research reports and discussions that represent an important contribution to current understandings of central issues in the broad field of modern language studies. Founded in 1983, the Journal primarily published papers that describe scientific studies of language use, processing and development. Starting from 2019, the Journal also welcomes the submission of manuscripts in the form of review papers and meta-analyses, and from 2020, the Journal is publishing two issues per year.

JML aims to report state-of-the-art research and to provide a forum for both established experts and emerging talent. The Journal encourages interdisciplinary approaches to language research and acts as a reference for all those interested in modern language studies. 


Focus and Scope: JML welcomes papers in (but not restricted to):

  • Applied Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Descriptive Linguistics
  • Discourse Studies 
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Translation and Interpretation


Peer-review Policy: Manuscripts submitted to JML first undergo editorial screening, followed by peer review by  at least two anonymous reviewers. As regards the originality and similarity index, manuscripts are checked via the Turnitin software. However, in our experience, there have been cases of plagiarism which the software has failed to detect. In these cases, if the editor and/or reviewers doubt the originality of any part(s) of the work under review, the Editor-in-Chief's decision is final.

JML welcomes article submissions and charges no publication fee.

Print ISSN: 1675-526X
Publisher: University of Malaya
Publication type: Online