Style Guidelines

The content of the journal is available only in English.

Length of articles

The length of articles, excluding appendices and bibliography, should be between 3.000 and 8.000 words. Longer articles of academic importance and topical interest may, however, be considered.  


The title of the paper should be less than 13 words.


The abstract (between 120-200 words) should be followed immediately by the Key Words (maximum 6) used in the article.

Full Text

Since ELT Research Journal is published in English, manuscripts should be submitted only in English.

Format of Electronic Articles

Articles sent to the journal in electronic form - Microsoft Word 97 or later - should be written in Times New Roman 12 point with double line spacing and justified on left. Margins should be arranged to 2.54cm on the right and left, and at the top and bottom. Page numbers, headers, and footers should not be used. Explanatory notes should be given as endnotes before the references, not as footnotes.

Tables and Figures

Any special characters used in the text should be sent together with the article. Tables, graphics, figures, and photographs included in the article must be inserted in the text. Tables need to be drawn according to APA guidelines. Any papers that do not conform to the policies outlined above in the style guidelines cannot be considered for publication in the Journal.

Referring to Other People’s Work in the Text

References within the text should be shown in brackets with the surname, date and/or page number [e.g. (Riding & Rayner, 1998, p. 1) or (Riding & Rayner, 1998)]. All references should be shown in the references section. Extracts of less than 40 words should be shown between the lines in “quotation marks” whereas longer ones should be indented 1,25 cm from the left and right margins without quotation marks as a block.


In their conclusion to their review of cognitive styles and learning strategies, Riding and Rayner (1998, p. 190) conclude that

Much of the work on style to date has been exploratory in nature – mapping the ground. The next stage is now required to systematically investigate the aspects, nature, role, relationship to other constructs and practical applications of style. This should significantly advance the understanding of individual differences and indicate the extent of the practical importance of style.