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Submission guidelines for Nelta Journal

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Submission Guidelines

As a peer reviewed professional journal, NELTA Journal requires contributors to follow the guidelines given below for their submissions to be considered for publication by the editorial board. Please note that selection for consideration for publication does not guarantee publication, and therefore, contributors are encouraged to take quality considerations beyond the initial selection of their work.  

  1. Please do not write author’s name in the manuscript until the editorial board has selected the article for consideration towards publication.
  2. Articles should be between 3000 and 5000 words (excluding references and appendices).
  3. Articles should be related to an area of Applied Linguistics, ELT, SLA, Sociolinguists, Teacher Education, Training and Development. In addition, we also accept practical training session plans to teach any skills and aspects of language and reflections on any teacher training program, articles coming out of classroom teaching experience or professional collaboration in ELT. Any article must be original, professionally relevant, and intellectually engaging.
  4. The manuscript should be typed in Time New Romans, 12 font size, with double space, and printed or printable in A4 paper. Manuscript should be sent as an e-mail attachment in a MS Word file. 
  5. If the manuscript includes any special fonts, please send the fonts attached along with the manuscript.
  6. The deadline for the submission is 30 July 2014.  However, we encourage authors to submit the article as soon as possible. Reviewers will be able to give you more substantial feedback if you submit early, although early submission will not affect the selection process itself.  


Publication Process

In order to improve the quality and professional rigor of the journal, submissions will be taken through a process of revision and improvement after their initial selection. The editorial board will make the initial selection completely anonymous and will continue to do so, as much as practicable, when the submission is sent back to the author for revision. 

  • We will acknowledge the receipt of each manuscript.
  •  The manuscript will be peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers.
  •  The acceptance or rejection of the manuscript, based on the feedback from the reviewers, will be notified to the author within 5-7 weeks of submission. 
  •  Comments of the reviewers will be forwarded to the author for final submission of the article (if the work is accepted in subsequent assessments). Initial consideration for publication based on one or more rounds of revision of a work will not guarantee the final publication of a work. 
  • Authors must submit a revised draft within one week of receiving the comment on the first draft. A second round of comments, if deemed necessary by the editorial board, may be offered to the author with five more days of extended time. Late submission, at any stage of the review process, may be considered as opting out of the publication process. 


Submission of manuscripts

Manuscript must be submitted as an email attachment accompanied by a well-written cover letter to the editorial address: neltajournal@gmail.com or neltaeditorialboard@gmail.com . Cover letter email will include author's full name, institutional affiliation, title of the paper, and any other pertinent information you might want to include.


A manuscript will be accepted on the understanding that it is an original contribution which has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Contributors must make sure to abide by scholarly practices including intellectual property and copyrights standards in the strictest manner. They are also encouraged to read past NELTA journals and build upon both the conventions and scholarship of the association. Two past of issues of the journal can be accessed online at Nepal Journal Online's page (http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/NELTA/issue/archive) as well as at NELTA's homepage (http://www.nelta.org.np/- via the link "journals" on top right). 


Manuscript specifications 


The entire manuscript, including the abstract, the reference list, and any tables or figures and their captions, should be presented as A4 doubled spaced typescript.

  • Sections: A manuscript should begin with a title page that includes the full title of the paper, a suggestedshorter title for running heads, and a list of keywords.
  • Notes: Footnotes must be avoided.
  • Structure:  The structure of the manuscript depends on the type of article. For example, if an article is research-based, it might include research questions or objectives, rationale and significance of the work, a review of literature along with the theoretical framework, research design and procedure, findings of the study and discussions. Similarly, if an article is a knowledge-based theoretical one, it might begin with a general introduction that clearly states what the article is about and how the author is going to organise his/her writing, followed by the sub-headings that connect the section and expand the central issue.

However, all articles must include the following sections/components:


  • Title: Title of the work must be precise and suggestive of the work's main idea. It must be in keeping with the tone of the work (but not cute or fancy).
  • (Please note that a work's title  can only be changed if approved or suggested by the editors after acceptance)
  • Abstract: No more than 150 words.
  • Key words: Authors should list up to five keywords related to their article.
  • Style of Documentation: APA style should be adopted throughout the manuscript
  • Uniformity: For uniformity please follow the same spelling, punctuation and other mechanical and format conventions throughout the manuscript. For example, if you spell a word as ‘organisation’ in the beginning please do not write ‘organization’ next time in the same manuscript.
  • Tables: If authors have table in their manuscripts, they should be numbered and given a brief title.
  • Figures: If there are figures and maps in your manuscript, please include under each figure a clear and brief caption describing it.




Journal Articles:

Lavery, L. & Townsend, M. (1998). Computer-assisted instruction in teaching literacy skills to adults not in paid employment. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 33, 181-192.

Tse, S.K., Lam, J.W.I., Lam, R.Y.H., Loh, E.K.Y. & Westwood, P. (2007). Pedagogical correlates of reading comprehension in English and Chinese. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 7 (2), 71–91.  



Naglieri, J.A. (1999). Essentials of CAS assessment. New York: John Wiley & Sons.


Edited books:

Richards, J. C. & Nunan, D. (Eds.). (1997). Second language teacher education. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Chapters in Books:

Torgesen, J.K. (1996). A model of memory from an information processing perspective: The special case of phonological memory. In G.R. Lyon & N.A. Krasnegor (Eds.), Attention, memory, and executive function(pp. 157-184). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Teale, W. & Yokata, J. (2000). Beginning reading and writing: Perspectives on instruction. In D.S. Strickland & L.M. Morrow (Eds.), Beginning reading and writing (pp. 3–21). New York: Teachers College Press.


Online resources:

Gallaudet Research Institute (2003). Literacy. Retrieved on 25th Jan. 2009 from:http://gri.gallaudet.edu/literacy

Darling-Hammond, L. (2000). Teacher quality and student achievement: A review of state policy evidence.Educational Policy Analysis Archives, 8(1). Retrieved on 25th Jan. 2009 fromhttp://www.epaa.asu.edu/epaa/v8n1



Short Quotations (less than 40 words) 

Lave and Wenger (1991) argues for ‘legitimate peripheral participation’ (p. 34).


Long Quotations (more than 40 words) 

Eckhert and McConnell-Ginet (1992) define community of practice as follows:

An aggregate of people who come together around mutual engagement in an endeavour. Ways of doing things, ways of talking, beliefs values, power relations – in short, practices – emerge in the course of this mutual endeavour. Likewise, there must be a mutual interaction among the members. (p. 464)



Single author:

The construction of teacher identity is a process in which teachers engage in interaction not only with other members but also with broader socio-cultural context (Wenger, 1998).

Multiple authors:

Identity is constructed through the reflective practice in which teachers listen to opinions of students in the classroom and change contents and methods of teaching for better learning (Richards, 1990; Bartlett, 1990).

(Note: if you are citing more than one work of the same author published in the same year, please put a, b, c after the date of the publication in a chronological order)

Three to Six Authors

Tse, S.K., Lam, J.W.I., Lam, R.Y.H., Loh, E.K.Y. & Westwood, P. (2007). Pedagogical correlates of reading comprehension in English and Chinese. L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 7 (2), 71–91.

More Than Six Authors

Nichols, W.D., Zellner, L.J., Rupley, W.H., Willson, V.L., Kim, Y., Mergen, S. et al. (2005). What affects instructional choice? Profiles of K-2 teachers’ use of reading instructional strategies and methods. Journal of Literacy Research, 37(4), 437–458.    


Newspaper article:

Schultz, S. (2005, December 28). Calls made to strengthen state energy policies. The Country Today, pp. 1A, 2A.

(Note: For more details on APA style, please go to http://www.apastyle.org/).  

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