Instructions for Authors

ELT Research Journal is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the publication of articles and general issues relating to research in English Language Teaching as a foreign/second language around the world. The ELT Research Journal is a forum for constructive dialogue among researchers who seek to illuminate current and emerging areas of interest to the workers of the field.

All articles are subject to independent anonymous peer review. Articles accepted for publication become the copyright of the journal, unless otherwise specifically agreed. All contributions should be original and should not be under consideration elsewhere. Authors should be aware that they are writing for an international audience and should use non-discriminatory language.

Papers to be published in ELT Research Journal must not have been published previously elsewhere. However, papers presented at a conference and not published in their entirety in the conference proceedings may be considered for publication providing that this is stated as a footnote under the title. A statement by the author is requested to this effect. All submissions will be checked to ensure originality by means of plagiarism detectors.

ELT Research Journal encourages accepted authors to upload their data collection materials to the IRIS database ( IRIS is an online repository for data collection materials used for second language research. This includes data elicitation instruments such as interview and observation schedules, language tests, pictures, questionnaires, software scripts, URL links, word lists, pedagogical interventions, and so on. Once an article has been formally accepted, the authors can upload their instrument(s) with an ‘in press’ reference, and the IRIS team will add page numbers to the reference once they are available. The sharing of research instrumentation benefits the research community and helps authors and journals increase the visibility of their published research, as download statistics for research instruments broadly reflect citation indices.

Submitted papers will be reviewed on the basis of the quality of their argument, the contemporary nature of their work, and the exemplary nature of their research for cross national contexts relating to teaching and learning of English as a foreign/second language.

To submit an article, authors must first register to the website. Articles are submitted through a five-step submission process. Please click on ‘start a new submission’ to submit your paper. An anonymous version of the paper (without the name(s) and affiliations of the author(s), without the acknowledgements) must be submitted. In the case of the author’s identity being clear from the text, the writer should refer to themselves as “AUTHOR” throughout the article. This is crucial for the blind review procedures.  ELT Research Journal Submission Form must be sent as a supplementary file. In submission form, a short biography, not exceeding 100 words, should be provided for each author. 

Dear Authors,

Thank you for your continuous interest in ELT Research Journal (ELTRJ). We would like to inform you about the latest updates regarding our journal. One of the indices, ULAKBİM, updated their evaluation and coverage criteria for 2020 in terms of research ethics and the required some supplementary documents. In this regard, the following guidelines will be applied and required from authors who have already submitted their papers as of the 1st of January, 2020 or are thinking of submitting their manuscripts to ELTRJ from now on.



  • It is obligatory to obtain an official document from Ethics Board/Committee Approval for all manuscripts which have been uploaded since the 1st of January, 2020 and are now in the reviewing process. If you believe that you will not be able to obtain such a document, it is advisable that you withdraw your submission. Even if your paper is accepted, it will not be published without presenting the official document. In addition, the manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the new template.
  • For the new submissions: Without the necessary official document from ethics board/committee approval for scientific research, it will not be possible to initiate the evaluation process of the articles.
  • Authors should refer to the approval of the committee in their paper as well. They need to present information (e.g., name of the board, date and the document number) in the methodology section. This information must also be placed either in the footnote of the first page or final page of the article.
  • Authors are required to conform to the ethical considerations and specify them in their manuscript. These statements should be included in the "Research and Publication Ethics Statement" part of the journal template.

The information that should be included in the manuscript

Research and Publication Ethics Statement (required)

In this section, the author’s statement on research and publication ethics should be included. This title should definitely be included for all articles.

Authors’ contribution (Optional)

This part specifies if two or more authors contributed to the manuscript equally. It is encouraged to specify, in narrative form, how each author contributed.

Funding (Optional)

In this section, if the research is supported by an institution or organization, information such as institution name and project number will be specified.

Acknowledgement (Optional)

This section will include information about the people or institutions that the authors would like to thank.

Declaration of Conflicting Interest (Required)

In this section, the statements of the authors regarding the conflict of interest will be included. This title should definitely be included for all articles.

Plagiarism Screening Policy

Manuscripts accepted for publication are subjected to plagiarism check through iThenticate plagiarism check software. Authors are expected to conform to the originality expectations of the journal. Once an act of over similarity/plagiarism is detected, authors are informed about the incident and their manuscript is rejected. Authors may be allowed to improve their manuscripts within acceptable limits of similarity.