Author Guidelines


IALTEACH is published as an international jounal. Readers of IALTEACH are scholars, teachers, and students whose interests are in ELT, teaching innovation, and teaching materials.

General information concerning submissions

We have set up a web-based online submission system for articles and we can now only accept contributions through this system.

Authors are not allowed to make multiple submissions of the same article to different journals at the same time. We hope that you will have written a submission especially for the specific readership of IALTEACH, so please do not send it to other journals until you have heard back from us. Articles must not contain libellous or defamatory material.

Please do not send more than one submission at a time. IALTEACH will only publish one article per author in each issue of the online journal.

All submissions received are blind reviewed by members of the Editorial Team. In order to maintain anonymity during the peer review process, please avoid stating your name when making a reference to your own work, either in the text or References, and use ‘Author’ instead.

Before you consider submitting your article to IALTEACH, please familiarize yourself with the Journal and the type of article we publish.

IALTEACH invites submissions in a number of categories:

We welcome articles that draw on innovations and materials in English language teaching. experience with new methods, techniques, materials, syllabuses, means of assessment, approaches to teacher training, and other areas of professional interest are also acceptable.

We are interested in receiving articles that describe carefully planned and executed development and experimental research, provided that they are designed to throw light on a topic which is itself of interest to our readers.

We are also glad to receive articles which deal with the issues implicit in English language teaching in context, e.g. the effects of educational policy, aspects of management, the planning and development of projects, review and evaluation procedures, cultural aspects of ELT, action research, and so on.

Contributors are asked to take into account the following important factors when writing their articles:

  • Articles should be of interest and relevance to the readers of IALTEACH.
  • They should be clearly and coherently written so that the contents are internally consistent and accessible to the readership.
  • IALTEACH is not a journal of primary research. There should be a balance between theory and practice in all submissions. Descriptions of practice should be related to underlying theoretical principles; theoretical concepts should be clarified by reference to their practical applications.
  • Articles that deal with a particular teaching or learning context should have clear implications for people working in a wide variety of different situations.
  • Articles must demonstrate an awareness of other and recent work carried out in the area on which they report.
  • The presentation and discussion of data must not pre-suppose more than a basic knowledge of statistics or of specialized terminology.
  • Care must be taken not to over-reference articles by supplying lists of sources which contain more than the key references. Articles should contain no more than 15 references. Of these, no more than two should relate to the author’s own work.


We welcome letters from readers in response to published articles, features, and reviews. Letters must be a maximum of 500 words and may be edited for length or content.

Preparing an article

In preparing your article, please pay close attention to the following:

Because of space and layout constraints, we cannot list more than two authors for an article on the contents page. However, all authors will be listed on the first page of the article. In the case of multiple authorship, names will appear in the order in which contributors give them, even if that order is not alphabetical. For purposes of online tagging, please ensure author names are supplied with the first name first, followed by the surname or family name.

Articles of 7-10 pages (bibiography and appenx do not count) in length are preferred. It is not possible for us to accept articles over 12 pages long.

Please try to make your article as easy to read as possible. Use short headings and subheadings to make the structure of your article clear. If appropriate, illustrate your article with examples, diagrams, tables, etc. If you introduce a term which you think may not be familiar to some readers, give a short definition in a note at the end of the article. The use of 'he' and 'his', 'she' and 'her' is acceptable only when a definite person is being referred to. Please use ‘he or she’, ‘his or hers’; ‘they’ or ‘them’; or plural nouns, e.g. ‘students’, ‘teachers’, etc.

Please use:
cooperative, email (no hyphen); internet (capital letter not necessary, but please be consistent); online (no hyphen); per cent (two words – only use % in tables/figures); sociocultural (no hyphen); website (no hyphen); learnt (not learned); focus, focuses, etc. (one ‘s’); none the less (three words); on to (two words).

One to ten (in words), 11, 12, and so on in figures, unless these appear at the beginning of a sentence or when both a small and large number appear in the same sentence, e.g. … ‘5 classes of 28 …’. When using thousands, please use a comma separator, e.g. 2,500. Fractions should be written in words and hyphenated. Percentages in the text are normally given as whole numbers, e.g. 27 per cent, but can be given with decimal points in tables/figures where necessary.

First level lists should be numbered first, with lower-level lists being alphabetized.

Numbered and alphabetized lists should have no full points or brackets around the initial number / letter, e.g.
1 The house they lived in was green.
a It used to be blue before it was green.
b It used to be red before it was blue.
2 The building they worked in was blue.

Alphabetized lists:
a The house they lived in was green.
b The building they worked in was blue.

Bulletted lists should have no punctuation at the end except for the final point:

  • houses were green
  • buildings were blue
  • garages were red.

Commonly used abbreviations
The following do not need to be spelt out in either the abstract or text:
EAP, EFL, ESP, ELT, ESOL, TESOL, NS (native speaker), NNS (non-native speaker), IATEFL, L1, L2, IT, CELTA

Countries and organizations: United States of America (USA, or US for descriptive purposes); United Kingdom (UK). (No full points.)

Foreign characters
These appear most commonly in names, and should be marked up for the typesetters. Foreign language words should appear in italics without single quote marks, e.g. ‘… the word platano means ‘banana’ in English’.

Title and abstract
Please give your article a brief, clear, and informative title. Titles should preferably be no more than 50 characters long, with an absolute maximum of 70, including spaces. Begin your article with an abstract of no more than 150 words summarizing your main points. Please do not make reference to other publications in the abstract; any abbreviations defined in the abstract (other than those listed above) should be spelt out again on first mention in the text.

Every article should contain: (a) Title; (b) Full name of contributor(s) without title(s) and institution(s); (c) Abstract (max. 200 words); (d) Keywords; (e) Introduction without heading, which includes review of related literature and research purpose; (f) Method; (g) Findings; (h) Discussion; (i) Conclusions and Suggestions; (j) References; and (h) Author’s Brief CV

Headings and subheadings
Level one headings are typed in ALL CAPITALS, BOLD, LEFT JUSTIFICATION (like this example)

Level two headings are typed in Capital-lowercase, Bold, Left Justification

Level three headings are typed in Capitals- lowercase, Italic-bold, Left Justification

Page numbers
Please make sure that pages are numbered.

References in the text
If you wish to make references in the text to other publications please do so clearly and in the following way: author’s surname, date, and page number in parentheses, e.g. (Timmis 2019: 2). If the reference is to a general argument or topic covered by the author, you may omit the page number. However, a quotation or a specific point made by an author must be supported by a page number reference. Please remember not to over-reference your article either in relation to specific points you make in the text (maximum of two references to support any specific point), or overall (maximum of 15 references overall). In your article, please make sure you refer to no more than two of your own previous publications.

As previously stated, in order to maintain anonymity during the peer review process, please avoid stating your name when making a reference to your own work, either in the text or References, and use ‘Author’ instead. If a publication has two or more authors/editors, please list all names in the References and in the first instance in the text (then use et al. thereafter); if referring to two or more publications, please list these chronologically rather than alphabetically, e.g (Nunan 1998; Ellis 2004).

List of references
Please give full bibliographical details of references and list them in alphabetical order of author. Follow APA referencing system (6th edition). Authors are highly encouraged to use Reference Manager Tools (Mendeley or Zotero) to manage the reference list


Avoid using footnotes.

Please do not include acknowledgements to colleagues or students who may have helped you during the writing of the article. It is often difficult to find space to credit all those who might be credited and we have therefore decided to leave it to authors to express their thanks personally.

If your article is to contain essential illustrations (including diagrams, tables, charts, etc.), please supply them in electronic form in a separate file from the main document, labelled Figure 1, Figure 2, etc. References to illustrations should be clearly indicated in parentheses in the text, e.g. (Insert Figure 1 here).

Please indicate clearly the holders of copyright in any illustrations, extracts, diagrams, etc., which accompany your contribution. It will be your responsibility to approach them to gain permission for copyright material to be used, and you will have to pay any costs involved.

Biographical note
It is not necessary to include biographical details with a first submission.

Pre-submission language editing

If your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please email the editor. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

Terms of acceptance

  1. The Editor does not undertake to return any copies of the manuscript. Contributors are advised to retain at least one copy for themselves.
  2. Contributions to IALTEACH are sent to members of the Editorial Team and acceptance is dependent upon their recommendation for publication. Within approximately three months of receiving it, the Editor will try to let you know whether, and if possible when, your contribution will be published.
  3. The Editor reserves the right to ask for reformatting of articles not submitted in the way indicated in this guide.
  4. The Editor reserves the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication to enhance style or clarity. A copy-edited version of the article will be sent to authors for approval, and should be returned with comments and/or corrections by the given date. Please, therefore, give your full address, fax number, and email address (if available).
  5. The Editor will assume that an article submitted for consideration has not been previously published, and is not being considered for publication elsewhere, either in the submitted form or in a modified version.

Third-party content in open access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access licence but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]

This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons licence of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.