Relay Journal (ISSN 2433-5444) is a completely free, open-access journal dedicated to disseminating research and best practice in the broad areas of learner and teacher autonomy. It is firmly developmental in its aims, catering not just to established researchers but also to language practitioners in all contexts, reporting exploratory practice, action research, evaluations and development work. It covers a wide variety of formats, including research articles, reports on ongoing projects, opinion pieces designed to encourage active debate, graduate students’ work, interviews with people active in the field, and so on. We aim to include both text-based work, as well as innovative presentation of work through slide-sharing, audio and video recordings, as well as publication of artefacts (e.g. language learning materials developed, digital games, apps, etc).
Relay Journal uses a post-publication peer review model (following a cursory review by the editors, all papers are accepted and are reviewed after they are published online with reviews being visible and reviewers being known). This process aims to encourage collaboration and enable authors to participate in discussion with the wider community and improve their paper on an ongoing basis. Relay Journal accommodates papers in any language (with an abstract in English). In the interest of openness, all contributors are asked to submit all instruments they have used, which will also be published. Contributors have the option of uploading their raw data as well.
Relay Journal is published by the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) at Kanda University of International Studies (KUIS), Chiba, Japan. The journal and RILAE were established in 2017.
Open access commitment
Relay Journal operates a true open access policy in line with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), i.e.
“By “open access” to [peer-reviewed research literature], we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited” (BOAI website).