Ah, free journals. I love them so very much. Even if you join a professional organization, you sometimes still have to pay extra to get their peer-reviewed publications. Never fear: there are various online publications that are free, and yes, some of them are even refereed/peer-reviewed. Best of all, you don’t have to pay premium postage to get these delivered to your desk in Mongolia or wherever you happen to be teaching at the moment.
Here are a few I’ve bookmarked. Please let me know your favorites that I’ve missed. (Don’t forget–these are great places to try to get published, too!)
- L2 Journal (peer-reviewed; research papers; PDF; free membership required)
- TESL-EJ: Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (peer-reviewed; research papers, techniques, reviews; HTML and PDF)
- Journal of English as an International Language (peer-reviewed; research papers, reviews; Shockwave and PDF)
- Internet TESL Journal (informal, short, and practical articles on techniques; lesson plans; mostly HTML)
- JOLT – Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (peer-reviewed; research papers, position papers, and case studies; HTML and PDF)
- International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (peer-reviewed; research papers and technique papers; PDF)
- International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (peer-reviewed; research papers, essays, techniques; PDF)
In addition, the American Educational Research Association’s Communication of Research Special Interest Group has created a page called “Open Access Journals in the Field of Education”, featuring a huge, multi-national list of scholarly, peer-reviewed, free journals.