Welcome to STJE!

What is STJE?

The Society of Technical Japanese Education (STJE) works to promote the interdisciplinary research into technical Japanese education, develop knowledge of, and better practice in, this sphere of education, in addition to contributing toward the betterment of collaboration among its members.

From 1993, STJE grew from its foundation as a research group headed by the members of the (then) International Student Center at Osaka University, taking its present gassociationh form in 2005. It is designated as a cooperative body of the Science Council of Japan.

As of March, 2018, some 200 members consisting of, not only Japanese language educators and scholars, but also those in the fields of engineering, natural and social sciences, as well as specialists and instructors in various fields participate in the associationfs activities.

These include the discussion of topics that extend beyond just the research into and pedagogy around Japanese language for academic purposes, which is required at educational/research institutions, to the analysis and instruction of the technical and / or professional Japanese language used in various fields such as law, business, health care and medicine to name only a few of the areas where this is of great import.

Central to STJEfs activities are the annual conference and the publishing of our highly regarded research journal: Journal of Technical Japanese Education (JTJE).

At an STJE conference you will be involved in intense and inspiring discussions with no room for ceremonial courtesies, and at the social gatherings thereafter you will have an extremely fulfilling time talking with people who share the same interests and passion.

As for publishing in JTJE, though extremely difficult to be accepted, anonymity and fairness are ensured, and the utmost care in reviewing submitted materials is carried out.

The editors take pride in the tradition that detailed comments are offered to each and every submission.

Even if your work fails to appear in an issue of JTJE, you are sure to gain a helpful hint or two for further steps.

If your manuscript is selected for publication, you will most probably be required to revise it according to comments and suggestions by several referees, and this process might be repeated a few times before publication, in order to ensure the best quality possible.

Very few academic journals offer this much support and collaboration to subscribers. Thus, submission to JTJE will benefit you greatly, no matter how experienced you are as a researcher, and irrespective of success or failure in being published in the journal.

For further information, please access previous issues of JTJE that are published online. Issues up to 2011 are freely available, with more recent ones coming online later.

You can also access the abstracts and photos from past conferences.

The Conference

The conference of STJE, held once a year usually in early March, offers members an opportunity to present results of their research, report on pedagogical best-practice, and outline ongoing projects.

The conference includes lively sessions and the AGM in addition to a social gathering.

The contrast between the open but intense atmosphere during the discussions to the relaxed and cheerful spirit at other gatherings, is just one reason why this association is increasing its fan base.

The Journal

Journal of Technical Japanese Education (JTJE) is the official journal of the Society for Technical Japanese Education (STJE), and is published annually.

Qualification for submission

STJE membership in good standing is a basic requirement; where submission is a joint work, at least one of the authors is required to be an STJE member.

Submission procedure and deadline

Those who intend to submit a full-length article or a shorter research report should send an e-mail to notify their intention of submission by the 31st of July, and submit the manuscript by the 20th of August. Send your e-mail and manuscript to the office of JTJE.

Notification of the final decision

All submitted materials will be carefully and fairly reviewed by the editorial board members, and subscribers will be notified of the decision of either adoption or rejection during the middle part of September. Submitted materials will be rejected if any of the following apply:

  1. The manuscript contains nothing but findings/arguments easily inferable from already published works or generally shared knowledge.
  2. The description and discussion are incomplete and unlikely to be of any help to the readers of JTJE.
  3. The manuscript contains crucial mistakes and/or lacks intelligibility.
  4. The manuscript either contains grave problems in expressions and/or discourse structures, with little prospect of correction in a limited time; or is overly verbose to the point that content is unintelligible.
  5. The content assumes little relevance to the interests of the members of STJE.
  6. The manuscript contains some other problems that the referees consider to be crucial.

Adopted materials will be published in the coming issue of JTJE, which is usually issued toward the end of December. The author(s) of rejected works will be notified of the result with descriptions of the reasons for the rejection. For more details, see the submission guidelines (in Japanese).

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