About the Journal

Focus and Scope

LSP International Journal (LSPI Journal) aims to provide a forum for Language for Specific Purposes researchers, practitioners and users from all over the world to exchange research findings, experience and view on matters related to the following areas:

  • LSP, EAP and ESP
  • LSP and ESP initiatives (projects/techniques/innovations)
  • LSP and ESP Teacher/Professional Training
  • Academic/Workplace Literacy
  • Discourse / Genre Analysis
  • Materials/Course Design
  • LSP and ESP Methodology
  • Testing and Evaluation
  • CALL
  • Professional Discourse and Communication

Peer Review Process

The practice of peer review is to ensure that good paper is published (single blind review). It is an objective process at the heart of good scholarly publishing and is carried out on all reputable journals. Our referees therefore play a vital role in maintaining the high standards of LSP International Journal.

Special issues and/or conference proceedings may have different peer review procedures involving, for example, Guest Editors, conference organisers or scientific committees. Authors contributing to these projects may receive full details of the peer review process on request from the editorial office.

Publication Frequency

LSP International Journal is published online with a frequency of two issues per year (June and December). Besides that, special issues of LSP International Journal will be published non-periodically from time to time.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


  1. Authorship should be limited to
    • those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study.
    • those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors.
    • others who have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors.
  2. The corresponding author should
    • ensure that all appropriate co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper.
    • have agreed to its submission for publication.
    • manage any requests to add, delete or rearrange author names in an article published in an online issue.
  3. The authors should
    • ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited or quoted.
    • secured the necessary reproduction rights with the rights holder for any third party material (images, digital content, etc.) you have used prior to submission.
    • ensure that they have acknowledge any funding that have contributed to the publication.
    • provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to provide public access and retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.
    • NOT in general publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication.
    • NOT submit the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable.
    • include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest.
    • promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.
    • ensure that the manuscript contains a statement that all procedures were performed in compliance with relevant laws and institutional guidelines and that the appropriate institutional committee(s) has approved them.
    • include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects.
    • obtain appropriate consents, permissions and releases where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals.
  4. The Editors and/or Editorial Board should
    • keep information pertaining to submitted manuscripts confidential.
    • disclose any conflicts of interest.
    • evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.
    • be responsible for making publication decisions for submitted manuscripts.
    • review suspected incidents of plagiarism.
  5. Reviewers should
    • notify the journal of any conflicts of interest.
    • keep information pertaining to the manuscript confidential.
    • bring to the attention of the Editors any information that may be reason to reject publication of a manuscript.
    • evaluate manuscripts only for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Journal History

Formerly known as ESP Malaysia, the journal has come to a new phase in meeting the demands of today’s ever changing values and practices in language for specific purposes. With this rebranding, it gives a wider scope of areas for language researchers and practitioners to share their research findings and experiences with the rest of discourse community. Although it has been rebranded, past issues of ESP Malaysia can still be retrieved from the archive section.  

LSP International Journal is a blind, peer reviewed journal. It is published biannually (June and December) by Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. From time to time, the journal will also publish special issues arranged according to themes. The journal welcomes writers and researchers to publish their original articles on all aspects of language for specific purposes. The main objective of this journal is to become a platform for the sharing of articles related to research reports and discussions on current trends, issues and problems related to language at all levels and types of education, profession and society from all over the world.