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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The article should not have been published previously in any form (print or online). A short declaration stating that the manuscript has not been submitted or will be submitted to other journals while the review process is on should be given on a separate page sent as an attachment when the article is submitted.
  • Submissions from ELTAI members will be given preference and authors must mention their ELTAI membership number in their brief profile. Non-member authors will be requested to become ELTAI members if their papers are accepted for publication. Visit for details about membership benefits and rates.
  • A brief description of each author in about 100 words indicating their name, position, institutional affiliation, research interests and key achievements must be furnished along with the declaration mentioned in point 1 above.
  • Authors must ensure that they have a proper understanding of the plagiarism issues and that nothing has been copied in any form without proper acknowledgement or legal permission in any way that may violate others’ intellectual rights.
  • Authors must further ensure that they have read and understood the journal policies given in detail here.
  • Authors must use bias-free language in the manuscript while expressing their views on issues pertaining to gender, race, ethnicity, language and culture.
  • All pages should be double-spaced with a clear margin of 1 inch on all sides.
  • The title should be brief and focused, not broad or vague.
  • The article should carry only the title, the abstract, and the main paper.
  • The title, author(s)’ name(s) [the last name first], affiliation [i.e., the name of institution(s) the author(s) belong(s) to; city, country] and email address(es) should be provided on a separate cover sheet for the article. Please note that the author(s) need NOT send their photo(s).
  • Only sources cited in the article should be listed as references at the end of the article.
  • The article should follow the APA format (7thedition) for documenting the sources.
  • The tables and figures used in the manuscript should have numbers in sequence and clear, descriptive titles. The titles should appear above the tables and below the figures. The tables should NOT be sent as images; the contents of the tables should be typed and included in the manuscript.
  • If authentic samples of students’ written output are included, they should be typed. The scanned copies of such material should be sent separately as attachments for verification.
  • A list of all the references cited in the text should be given at the end of the article.
    ― In each reference, only the author’s last name and initials are to be provided.
    ― The year is placed after the author’s name.
    ― Only the first word of the title and the sub-title (after a colon) are capitalized along with proper nouns.
    ― Titles of books and journals should be in italics.
    ― Quotation marks are not to be used in the title.
    ― For electronic sources such as websites, the date of accessing the source should be given in brackets after the URL.
  • The filename of the article (in MS Word format) sent as an email attachment should contain key words from the title and the corresponding author’s name.

Author Guidelines

The Journal of English Language Teaching invites original and previously unpublished articles for its issues. There is no specific deadline for manuscript submissions for each issue and authors may send their submissions anytime during the year. However, articles received before the following dates will be considered for the corresponding issues:

  • 31st October - for the following February issue
  • 31st December- for the following April issue
  • 28th February - for the following June issue
  • 30th April  - for the following August issue
  • 30st June – for the following October issue
  • 31st August – for the following December issue

Guidelines for Preparation of Manuscripts

The editorial board of Journal of English Language Teaching is constantly trying to raise the standards of our publications. We expect the same kind of commitment from authors to conform to ethical norms by following our guidelines.

Authors should read the “Guidelines for Submission” before making a submission. The manuscript should be prepared according to the style and specifications that are given in these guidelines.

Articles submitted to JELT undergo a review process – editor, reviewer, and the editor’s final decision. Authors can speed up the process by submitting their work in accordance with the following guidelines:


  • Prepare your manuscript in A4 size with a 1-inch margin on all four sides.
  • The manuscript should be typed using the ‘Times New Roman’ font, 12 points, and in 1.5 lines as line space.
  • The title of the manuscript should not exceed 12 words.
  • The maximum length of the article should be 2000 words (excluding the abstract, figures, tables, references, and appendices, if any) and the abstract should be in about 100 words with 3-5 keywords.
  • A full-length research paper should not exceed 5000 words and the abstract of such a paper may be in about 150 words including 3-5 keywords.
  • All references mentioned in the list of References should be cited in the text, and vice versa. Please follow APA format (7th edition) for documenting sources.
  • The submission must be only in English. Quotes of other language texts must be accompanied by an appropriate, authenticated English translation.
  • Please proofread the articles for grammatical and typing errors before submitting your manuscript.

Book Reviews

  • The length of the book review, excluding references, should be between 750 and 1000 words.
  • Complete details regarding the book under review (Name of Author, Year of Publication, Publisher, No. of Pages, Price, ISBN/ISSN, etc.) should be given.
  • The book being reviewed must have been published within 18 months from the date of submission. Exceptions may be made in respect of significant and impactful books, in consultation with the editor.
  • The review should not be a mere paraphrase of parts of its contents. It should indicate the reviewer’s critical and analytical engagement with the context and relevance of the book to the readers of the journal.
  • The language of the review should preferably be semi-formal, i.e. neither too conversational nor too academic.
  • The review must be accompanied by 3-4 keywords and the image of the cover page of the book under review as a .jpg

Interview Transcripts

  • Transcripts of interviews with well-known professionals may be submitted for publication and the length should be between 1000 and 2000 words.
  • The submission should contain details of when, where, and how the interview was taken.
  • The interview must be accompanied by a declaration by the interviewer that the interview was taken with the clear consent of the interviewee.
  • The interview submitted for publication should not be older than six months from the date of submission. The final decision will, however, be made by the editorial board.
  • The interview transcript must be accompanied by an abstract in about 100 words, 3-5 keywords, a brief introduction about the interviewee and his/her achievement (not exceeding 150 words), the contact details of the interviewer, and an uncopyrighted photograph of the interviewee as a .jpg
  • Both the submission form and the blinded manuscript should be submitted only as email attachments to mentioning ‘Submission of Article for JELT’ in the subject line.
  • Every submission will be acknowledged within a week. In the unlikely event of an acknowledgement not received within 10 days, authors are requested to send a reminder mail with the basic details about the paper.
  • Upon submission of an article, the review process will be initiated by the Editor. Please read more about the review process in the Peer Review section. The review process usually takes a minimum of 60 days. Hence, authors are requested to be patient.


JELT adopts a double-blind peer-review system to avoid any potential bias in review. This means that the identities of the authors are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa. The reviewers are specialists in the field. The peer review process helps in ensuring the quality of articles published by JELT. It helps to evaluate the quality of research reported and submitted. It also enables authors to improve their manuscripts and facilitates editors in making decisions about the suitability of manuscripts for publication.

Reviewers are required to evaluate the manuscripts and provide useful comments to help the authors improve the quality of the manuscript and make one of the following recommendations about the manuscript:

  • Accept [The manuscript will be sent the editor for editing.]
  • Requires minor revisions [The manuscript will have to be sent back to the author(s) for making changes suggested by the reviewer.]
  • Requires major revisions [The manuscript will have to be sent back to the author(s) for making substantial changes suggested by the reviewer. The manuscript may be considered for further review after a major revision.]
  • Reject [The manuscript is considered not suitable for further processing. The reviewer is required to provide specific reasons why the manuscript is rejected.]

Upon receipt of the reviewers’ comments, the Editor reviews both the overall and specific comments. The comments are sent to the authors without revealing the reviewer’s identity. Based on the reviewers’ comments, authors make changes to the manuscript, substantive or otherwise, as the case may be, and submit a revised manuscript to the Editor within one-to-two weeks from the date when the comments are sent. Th revised manuscripts are processed as required.



  • Does this article present and/or discuss issues that are important and relevant to the teaching and learning of English in an ESL/EFL context?
  • Is the title clear, short and appropriate for the content of the article?
  • Is the abstract brief, clear, inclusive and consistent with the content of the article?
  • Is the introduction relevant, meaningful and purposeful?
  • Is the literature review relevant to the article and focussed?
  • Does the article establish a clear rationale for the study and state the problem clearly?
  • Are the techniques and tools used appropriate for the study?
  • Are the results clearly presented and discussed?
  • Are the findings based on a robust analysis of the data and clearly presented?
  • Are the conclusions appropriate and reasonable, and linked to other studies on the topic?
  • Are implications of the findings discussed in the article?
  • Are the references appropriate, current, sufficient and consistent with in-text citations?

Submission Policy

Any violation of the publication policy and publication ethics, or any other activity that threatens or tends to compromise the integrity of the publication process will be considered a potential misconduct. Suspected cases of misconduct will be investigated and the Editor, in consultation with members of the editorial board and the editor-in-chief, reserves all rights to take necessary steps against unethical practices.

Copyright Notice

Journal of English Language Teaching does not take ownership of the copyright of any published article. The articles published in the journal are the intellectual property of the authors, who retain the copyright to their articles and may republish these articles as part of a book or other edited volumes. However, while republishing an article published in JELT, authors must ensure that the following conditions have been met:

  • The original source of the publication (the title, volume, number, and year of publication in the Journal) should be acknowledged.
  • The article will remain published in JELT website (except in case of retraction of the article).

Readers of the journal are permitted to use, distribute and transmit only the original versions of the articles in our journal for educational or non-profit purposes so long as the name(s) of the author(s), the full title of the article, and the publishing details (i.e., volume, number and year of publication in the Journal) are given in the references section with appropriate in-text citation. Readers may not use the articles for commercial purposes without the written permission of the author and publisher.

Distribution and transmission of plagiarized works based on the articles that appear in our journal are not permitted. Any kind of copyright violation should be reported to the Editor at:

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