Guidelines for contributors
We welcome reports of research, including practitioner research; we are particularly interested in descriptions and discussions of the use of specific research methods; reflections and opinion pieces on issues in the world of ELT research; indications of useful resources for other researchers; relevant interviews, book reviews, and so on.
Your article should be up to 2000 words long [not including appendices but including references]. Footnotes and appendices should be included only where absolutely necessary and should be kept as brief as possible. If something is important put it in the main body of the text There is no need to include an abstract.
Either MS Word for Windows format or Rich Text Format (*.rtf). Please use Times New Roman font, size 12, and double-spacing. Number all pages.
Format headings and sub-headings as follows:
Do not use numbering systems for headings and sub-headings and do not go beyond three levels of heading.
Tables and Figures
Place any tables, figures or images in your text [not separately at the end]. Each table and figure should be numbered and have a title. Avoid colour and textured backgrounds (e.g. use shades of white, black and grey in graphs). For tables, place the number and title above it, for figures place these details below.
Please supply a few sentences about yourself as contributor for including as biodata (e.g. position, affiliation, email etc.)
If you are not a member of the IATEFL Research SIG, please supply your postal address so that we can send you a copy of the issue of ELT Research in which your contribution is published (if accepted).
Format your reference list according to the APA Publication Manual (5th ed., 2001). Examples of types of sources are given below.
Single author book:
Swales, J. M. (2004). Research genres: Explorations and applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bergman, M.M. (2011). The politics, fashions and conventions of research methods. Journal of Mixed Methods Research 5/2, 99-102.
Johnson, K.E. & Golombek, P.R. (2011). The transformative power of narrative in second language teacher education. TESOL Quarterly 45/3, 486-509.
Johnson, R. K., & Swain, M. (eds.). (1997). Immersion education: International perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Section of edited book:
Bygate, M. (1996). Effects of task repetition: Appraising the developing language of learners. In D. Willis & Willis, J. (eds.), Challenge and change in language teaching (pp. 136-146). Oxford: Heinemann.
British Educational Research Association. (1992). Ethical guidelines. Retrieved 22 May, 2004, from http://www.bera.ac.uk/guidelines.html
This free web tool for formatting references may be useful: Citation Machine
References in your text should follow this format:
According to Smith (1990), …
According to Dörnyei and Ushioda (2011), …
Several sources suggest that … (Johnson, 1993; Jones, 2005)
James (1999: 34) says that "whenever we…"
“if a teacher is motivated to teach, there is a good chance that his or her students will be motivated to learn” (Dörnyei & Ushioda, 2011: 158).
Please make sure that page numbers are given in your text for any direct quotes or for reference to information or ideas to be found on a specific page or pages of a reading source. Also ensure that all sources cited in your text appear in your reference list and that the reference list only includes the sources in your text. Do not over-reference your paper.
ELT Research is sent to all members of the Research SIG and your article may also be placed online, to be read more widely.Please attempt to communicate in terms which will be accessible to a general readership of ELT professionals.
Send your article as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact the editors at:
Ana Ines Salvi: email@example.com
Mark Wyatt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Kuchah Kuchah: email@example.com