Guidelines for Authors

You may go to manuscript submission guidelines for specific instructions and guidelines for authors who wish to submit their articles/papers to the journal.

Guidelines for Submissions

Authors are expected to follow strictly the following guidelines while preparing their articles for submission:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Authors must further ensure that they have read and understood the journal policies given in detail here.
  6. Authors must use bias-free language in the manuscript while expressing their views on issues pertaining to gender, race, ethnicity, language and culture.
  7. All pages should be double-spaced with a clear margin of 1 inch on all sides.
  8. The title should be brief and focused, not broad or vague.
  9. The article should carry only the title, the abstract, and the main paper.
  10. 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).
  11. Only sources cited in the article should be listed as references at the end of the article.
  12. The article should use the author-date format for citations and references (e.g., Anderson 1997; Anderson 1997, p.17). Please follow the MLA format (either 7th or 8th edition) for documenting the sources.
  13. 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.
  14. 14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.

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.

Guidelines for Preparation of Manuscripts

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 MLA format (either 7th or 8th 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 file.

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 file.
  • Both the submission form and the blinded manuscript should be submitted only as email attachments to or with a copy to the editor at:, mentioning ‘Submission of Article for JELT’ in the subject line.
  • Every submission will be acknowledged within 48 hours. In the unlikely event of an acknowledgement not received within two 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 maximum of 30 days. Hence, authors are requested to be patient.