Accessible summaries

The summaries are one-page descriptions of research articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals of language learning, language teaching, and multilingualism on the Social Science Citation Index. The summaries provide information about the study’s goals, how it was conducted, and what was found, written in non-technical language. Where relevant, they also highlight findings that may be of particular interest to language educators, although the initiative is not solely aimed at research with immediate practical implications. The summaries have all been approved, and often (co-)written, by the author(s) of the original journal article.


Why accessible summaries

OASIS aims to make research into language learning and teaching openly available and easily accessible to anyone who might be interested for professional or other reasons, because 1) research shows these findings do not reach stakeholders easily; and 2) research shows that academic publications are increasingly more difficult to read and understand for people outside the field. By establishing a culture of systematic production and dissemination of non-technical, open summaries, research would be made available and accessible not only physically, but also conceptually to people outside academia.


Supporting journals

The following international peer-reviewed journals support OASIS:     


* Journal that has fully adopted the procedure.



Current project activities

  • Produce more Accessible Summaries
  • Solicit feedback on the initiative and on the summaries themselves from stakeholders (practitioners, researchers, journal editors, etc.)
  • Adapt existing infrastructure for the dissemination of Accessible Summaries via a searchable interface, which will be linked to IRIS.


Recent outputs and presentations

To academic audiences:
  • Marsden, et al. (September, 2018). Presentation. Extending the reach of research: Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies. 
  • Andringa, S.  & Van Beuningen, C. (September 2018). Presentation. Dutch second and foreign language educators’ engagement with L2 research. EuroSLA conference in Münster, Germany.
  • Andringa, S. (June 2018). Presentation. Extending the reach of researchEstablishing and sustaining a culture of accessible summaries of applied linguistics research. AILA executive board meeting. Groningen, the Netherlands. 
  • Marsden, E. & Kasprowicz, R. (June 2018). Invited presentation. Making research into primary language learning accessible: Open Accessible Summaries of Research in Language Studies. Second Language Learning in the Primary Years ESRC funded conference, University College London.
  • Plonsky, L. (April 2018). Keynote speaker. Instructed second-language research: Taking a bird's-eye view. International conference on English Language Teaching and Learning, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

To student audiences:

  • Plonsky, L. (May 2018). Invited presentation. The SLA-practice interface: What do we know? Where are we going? University de la Sabana, Bogota, Colombia.



We are seeking feedback on this initiative. Please send questions/comments/ideas about the format of the summaries or any information you have about similar initiatives to:


OASIS project team

Emma Marsden (University of York; project lead)

Sible Andringa (University of Amsterdam)

Laura Collins (Concordia University)

Carrie Jackson (Penn State University)

Rowena Kasprowicz (University of Reading)

Luke Plonsky  (Northern Arizona University)


Network Collaborators

Marta Antón

Catherine van Beuningen

Claudine Bowyer-Crane

Heidi Byrnes

Aline Godfroid

Suzanne Graham

Heather Marsden

Kevin McManus

Florence Myles

Junlan Pan

Daniel Perrin

Charlene Polio

Andrea Revesz

Lieselotte Sippel

Natasha Tokowicz

Tessa Warren



Inge Alferink

Volha Arkhipenka

Elizabeth Bailey

Ines Martin

Lisa-Maria Müller

Lais de Oliveira Borges

David O’Reilly

June Ruivivar

Fatma Said

Angela Tellier

Sophie Thompson




Professional associations

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: ACTFL (Ali Moeller)

Association for Language Learning: ALL (Anna Lise Gordon)

Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (International Association of Applied Linguistics): AILA (Daniel Perrin)

British Association for Applied Linguistics: BAAL (Dawn Knight)

Center for Applied Linguistics: CAL (Joel Gomez)

International Federation of Foreign Language Teacher Associations: FIPLV (Terry Lamb)

Tenax Schools Trust (Ian Bauckham)

Research in Primary Languages: RiPL (Florence Myles and Angela Tellier)



We gratefully acknowledge funding from an Economic and Social Research Council Impact Acceleration Award and the Higher Education Impact Fund, via the University of York, UK, as well as a British Academy grant to fund a journal editors’ workshop in Chicago, March 28th 2018.