Published online bi-annually, the Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics (HKJAL) is an international, blind-refereed journal. It aims to promote the development of principled links between theoretical linguistics, educational research, language planning and the implementation of practical teaching programmes, with particular reference to the Asian context. It is intended to be of interest to all persons professionally concerned with issues related to the learning and use of a second or foreign language, particularly English, by different first language background learners.
HKJAL invites submissions of previously unpublished articles that address language issues in Hong Kong or the surrounding region and language-related issues in other contexts, including Chinese students studying overseas. Book reviews and brief reports or summaries of work in progress which address similar issues are also welcome.
The inaugural issue was published in October 1996; two issues are published yearly. In 2012, HKJAL was accepted for inclusion in The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Journal List 2012.
HKJAL is currently indexed and abstracted by EBSCO.