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Individual differences and learning contexts: Meta-analytical studies in SLA research


Editors of the special issue:

Kata Csizér (

Ágnes Albert (

Katalin Piniel (


As research studies proliferate in applied linguistics, there is an increasing need to take stock and understand how results from contextually-bound studies can be generalized. Therefore, there is a timely need to carry out meta-analytical studies in the field of individual differences research. Hence, this special issue of Studies in Second Language Learning and Teachingwould like to publish meta-analytical studies investigating the roles that individual differences play in language learning in different contexts for different learners. We are expecting studies covering individual differences in second/foreign language learning including but not exclusively, aptitude, motivation, learner autonomy, emotions, learning strategies as well as studies targeting the language teachers. We are looking for comprehesive and systematic/structured reviews of these topics addressing questions that necessitate the synthesis of (existing) individual studies.

We would like to ask prospective authors to send a 300-word abstract of their study to the editors to the above email addresses by March, 1, 2020. Authors will be informed within 30 days about our decision concerning the inclusion into this special issue.


The timeline for the special issue is as follows:

  1. March, 1, 2020: Deadline for submission of abstract
  2. April, 1, 2020: Feedback on acceptance/rejection of abstract
  3. April, 1, 2021: First draft of the articles
  4. October 30, 2021: Reviews of first drafts
  5. March, 30, 2022: Deadline for the submission of final version of the articles
  6. May, 30, 2022: Final version submitted to publisher


We are looking forward to reading your proposals,

Kata Csizér, Ágnes Albert & Katalin Piniel