System (journal)


System is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering the applications of educational technology and applied linguistics to problems of foreign language teaching and learning. It was established in 1973 and is published by Elsevier. As of 2023, the editors-in-chief, in alphabetical order, are Idoia Elola (Texas Tech University), Mairin Hennebry (The University of Tasmania), Jim McKinley (UCL Institute of Education, University of London), Lawrence Jun Zhang (University of Auckland), and Yongyan Zheng (Fudan University). The associate editor is Vincent Greenier (University of Aberdeen), the book reviews editor is Pascal Matzler (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso), the editorial assistant is Louise Maskill, and the student editor is Nathan Thomas (UCL Institute of Education). Until 2013, System published four issues per year. In 2014, it published six issues, and since 2015 it has published eight issues per year.

DisciplineApplied linguistics, education
Edited byIdoia Elola, Mairin Hennebry, Jim McKinley, Lawrence Jun Zhang, Yongyan Zheng
Publication details
6 (2022)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4System
OCLC no.833467391
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The journal is ranked 2nd in the Google Scholar category Humanities, Literature & Arts.[1] According to the Journal Citation Reports, in 2022 the journal had an impact factor of 6 (up from 4.518), ranking it 5th out of 194 (previously 12th out of 195) journals in the category "Linguistics"[2] and 16th out of 269 (previously 35th out of 267) journals in the category "Education & Educational Research".[3] Given the popularity of System as an academic research journal among second/foreign language researchers, the number of papers accepted and finally published is around 140 per year. Nonetheless, the citations to these published papers remain high.

Former editors

  • Lluïsa Astruc, The Open University
  • James A. Coleman, The Open University
  • Norman Davies (founding editor 1973-2010), Linköping University
  • Xuesong (Andy) Gao, The University of New South Wales
  • Marta González-Lloret, The University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Regine Hampel, The Open University
  • Sarah Mercer, University of Graz
  • Ursula Stickler, The Open University
  • Robert Vanderplank (Book Reviews Editor), University of Oxford
  • Liang Wang (Editorial Assistant 2013-2016), The Open University

See also



  1. ^ "Google Scholar top publications". Google. Retrieved 17 November 2023.
  2. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Linguistics". 2022 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2023.
  3. ^ "Journals Ranked by Impact: Education & Educational Research". 2022 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2023.
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