About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Critical Multilingualism Studies is a peer-reviewed, transdisciplinary journal of scholarship on multilingualism, monolingualism, and their related social, cultural, historical, and literary/medial phenomena.

Over the past few decades, scholars and teachers working in a patchwork of implicitly related fields have been coming to new conceptual terms with multilingualism. Social networking, hypertextuality, postnational approaches to civic policy, immigration and national security discourses in North America, the industrialization of multilingualism through data-mining and translation technologies—all of these have pushed multilingualism itself to evolve before our very eyes. As such, we are beginning to see that the nature of multilingualism is unmoored conceptually and at-large socially, while our apprehension of it is increasingly constrained by mono-disciplinary frameworks of knowledge and method.


Critical Multilingualism Studies invites scholarly contributions from various fields that take stock of collective paradigmatic and discursive developments vis-à-vis multilingualism in recent years. Fields from applied linguistics to Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, from film studies to history, from computational linguistics to political geography, from medical translation to security studies, from religious studies to anthropology have all been posing new and nuanced questions about multilingualism. CMS seeks to offer those fields an opportunity to dialogue with one another across and among various disciplinary conventions and vocabularies, while bearing in mind a diverse scholarly audience.

Peer Review Process

Articles and commentaries go through a two-step review process:

  1. Internal Review. The editors first review each manuscript to see if it meets the basic requirements and addresses issues that are of interest to the readership. The internal review generally takes 3-4 weeks. Following the internal review, authors are whether their submission is being sent on for external review.
  2. External Review. Submissions which meet the basic requirements are then sent out for blind peer review by 2-3 experts in the field. The external review takes approximately 3-4 months, based on reviewer availability. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers’ comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject).

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


To suggest reviews of scholarly books on multilingualism and related topics or to serve as a reviewer for CMS, please contact cms-journal@arizona.edu.

Journal History

The Critical Multilingualism Studies initiative began in January 2011 as a series of roundtable discussions among students and faculty of various disciplines, which culminated in the symposium Multilingual, 2.0? at the University of Arizona, Tucson, on April 13-15, 2012. The CMS journal established itself as a concurrent and continuing effort of the symposium organizers and participants.