Call for paper

We have revised "Submission Guideline" and "Manuscript Preparation". This revision applies after Vol.18 No.2
(April 2th, 2018)

Invitation to Submit a Manuscript for KEIO SFC JOURNAL Vol.19 No.2

Special Editorial Board Member:

The Keio SFC Academic Society publishes the academic KEIO SFC JOURNAL, which reports the results of academic research conducted at SFC.
For this edition, Vol. 19, No. 2 (scheduled for publication in March 2020), we are accepting papers on the featured theme of "Toward the construction of a multilingual, multicultural society based on superdiversity: The new multilingualism and SFC/Keio's research and education"
Furthermore, we welcome submissions regarding any topic on a continual basis in accordance with the guidelines described below.

  • Special Issue: "Toward the construction of a multilingual, multicultural society based on superdiversity: The new multilingualism and SFC/Keio's research and education"

  • Purpose of This Special Issue:
    Throughout history, people have always moved and mixed, creating multilingual and multicultural societies. However, since the beginning of the 21st century, new topics have arisen in research and education in response to changes in the global society. These include new flows of refugees and immigrants, as well as movements to exclude them; difficulties in the survival or revitalization of indigenous or regional languages in modern societies, and novel experimental approaches to promoting them; and an increasing awareness of the importance of education through heritage languages other than the dominant language in multilingual societies. In addition, we are beginning to recognize that all social groups, including immigrant societies, are more diverse, linguistically and otherwise, than previous studies had assumed. Under such "superdiversity," opportunities to explore the current state of translanguaging, or language activities that transcend the boundaries of individual languages, are also increasing.
    As the multilingual and multicultural nature of societies intensifies, the circumstances and issues facing Japanese society are consistent with leading global trends. The aim of this special feature is to explore the new issues facing multilingual, multicultural societies from the perspective of SFC's research and education activities, and to envision a society where multiple languages and cultures can coexist more equally.
    In 2017, SFC launched the graduate school academic project (AP) "Multilingual, Multicultural Society." This project goes beyond mere praise of diversity, beyond "multilingualism" as a university curriculum that teaches a wide range of global languages equally. Here, faculty members and students are focusing on the disparity in power that multilingual situations bring, to develop joint projects based on a principle of critically engaging in and making a commitment to deepening multilingualism and multiculturalism. This special feature is based on joint research conducted for the AP, and utilizes a group of unique faculty members and students with access to various languages and social relationships that are not encountered at other universities or campuses.
    Deepening our knowledge of multilingual, multicultural societies provides an opportunity to reevaluate the education offered at SFC. Students enrolling in SFC hail from diverse backgrounds and have varied concerns and interests regarding their heritage languages. Many SFC students have been living in multilingual, multicultural societies before enrolling in university. Based on the idea of "learning from students," linking empirical research and education will enable initiatives that are unique within Japanese society, and will make it possible to create guidelines for updating the multilingualism that has been the philosophy of SFC from the outset, in preparation for a new era.

Guidelines Guidelines
  1. Categories of manuscripts

    1. Research articles:
      Research Articles should comprise reports of original work of empirical or theoretical nature. The articles should include clear research objectives, methods, findings, and discussion of possible implications.
    2. Review articles:
      Articles comprehensively evaluate or analyze information collected from relevant literature on the specified topic, discuss issues based on the literature, and present the author's original ideas and viewpoints.
    3. Practice reports:
      Practice reports should focus on innovative activities and field experiences. Ideally, the content of the reports should include implications for wider areas of practice, for scaled-up research, or for providing improvement to the policy in the given field.
    4. Progress reports:
      Progress reports summarize the status, preliminary findings and likely future direction of the research in progress.
    5. Books or media reviews:
      This category comprises critiques or introductions of books and other content.
    6. Academic trend reports:
      Academic trend reports include analysis of trends and perspectives in a specific research field, etc.

    *For the number of characters and details of each manuscript, refer to the writing procedure section below.

  2. Preparing your manuscript

    Submission deadline for camera-ready paper: 16:00, 5/31/2019

    Submission method: Prepare the manuscript with MS-Word software in the order of "cover (including abstract), body text, figures and tables," and submit the file both electronically and as a hard copy. An MS-Word or PDF file of the original manuscript, a PDF file of the manuscript for blind review, which must not refer to the author name, affiliation, job title, or acknowledgments, and a submission form should be sent to the secretariat of Keio SFC Academic Society by e-mail ( In addition, a hard copy of the manuscript for blind review should be printed in A4 size and be directly submitted to the secretariat of Keio SFC Academic Society in Tau #14 room in SFC. If accepted, you may be asked to submit diagrams and charts in the original format.
    * The submission form can be downloaded from.

    NOTE: Free subjects are accepted anytime in the year.

  3. Submission eligibility

    Those eligible to make submissions are as follows.
    • A member of the Keio SFC Academic Society
    • All undergraduate and graduate students, who are currently enrolled at Keio SFC.
    • Other members who have paid membership fees or who have been recommended by the editorial committee of the SFC Journal.

  4. Review process

    "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is a peer-reviewed journal. This journal uses double-blind review, which means that the identities of both the reviewer and the author are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The number of reviewers in each manuscript category is as follows:

    "Research articles", "Review articles", and "Practical reports"
    In principle, three people will review submissions, comprising an internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and two external reviewers.
    A "research articles," which is accepted for publication in the SFC Journal, can be considered as partially fulling the requirement of the Doctoral Program of Keio SFC's Graduate School of Media and Governance.

    "Progress reports"
    In principle, submissions will be reviewed by two people, one internal reviewer (the primary reviewer) and one external reviewer.

    "Books or media reviews" and "Academic trend reports"
    Submissions will be reviewed by a single reviewer.

  5. Notification of review result

    Preliminary feedback will be provided to the author in 1-3 months from the date of submission. The review result is either "A: Accept", "B: Accept with minor revision", "C: Revise and resubmit," or "D: Reject" Results will be returned with the comments of the reviewer(s). Manuscripts re-submitted with appropriate modifications will be re-reviewed, and we will inform the author of the result of the second review.

  6. Copyright policy (excerpt from "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" Publication Rules [Copyright] Article 5)

    1. The author will entrust the copyright of the paper and other materials published in KEIO SFC JOURNAL to the Keio SFC Academic Society. The Society will retain the compilation copyright and publication right.
    2. Based on 1, the Keio SFC Academic Society will have the right to re-publish and re-distribute the prints and electronic media versions of the original papers and other materials submitted by the author.
    3. In the event the submitted material is to be reproduced in other printed matters or electronic media, the author shall notify the Keio SFC Academic Society in advance.
    4. As a general rule, the Keio SFC Academic Society shall obtain the prior consent from the author in case the submitted material will be summarized and re-published or re-distributed in printed matters or electronic media.
    * In accordance with Article 5 of the Publishing Rules, the selected manuscripts will be registered and posted on the Keio SFC Academic Society website as well as websites and databases operated by Keio University.

  7. Research Ethics

    For research involving human subjects, it is necessary to ensure necessary ethical considerations in terms of bioethics, privacy protection, human rights protection, etc. When publishing such research papers, in principle, we need to obtain approval from the Ethics Committee of the institution (i.e. Institutional Review Board) to which the first author belongs. However, this does not apply to practical reports.

    - SFC Experiment/Ethics Committee (only available in Japanese)
    - About the research ethics review of the Graduate School of Health Management (only available in Japanese)

  8. Other

    In the submitted manuscript, please avoid making reference to the author's name, affiliation, or other personal information such as acknowledgment, grant information including Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research. "KEIO SFC JOURNAL" is A5 size and monochrome. Prepare tables and figures taking into consideration the reduction ratio and the appearance in monochrome, such that it occupies half of A5 size on all pages.