This page contains information about (a) the Journal, (b) submission categories, (c) submission guideline, (d) copyright policy, and (e) generalinformation.
A. About Journal of NELTA
First published in 1996, the Journal of NELTA is a premiere publication of Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). The journal, an integral part of NELTA’s mission of enhancing the quality of English language teaching and learning through professional networking, supporting ELT practitioners and collaborating with ELE institutions and organisations, is a means of achieving Association’s goal of providing a ‘forum for exchanges of ideas and experiences at national, regional and international levels’.
The Journal particularly welcomes contributions that add to the contemporary discourses on ELT practices. Contributions that deal with ELT theories and methods will serve the professional community only to the extent that they are situated in the authors' own practices and/or in the contemporary educational and social contexts. Therefore, materials published in the Journal of NELTA are relevant to and situated in local, national and/or regional contexts, and represent voices of teachers, scholars, and educationists who are best able to define and advance the conversation and practice of ELT.
The Journal considers contributions on any aspect of the ELT theory and practice, including but not limited to the following:
- ELT theory: works that discuss or interpret ELT theory critically from local/regional perspectives
- Innovative practice: works that describe and explore how authors have developed or adapted any innovative methods or practices in ELT
- Establishing a context of practice: works that raise new issues of ELT that deserve the attention of the professional community, government, or society (e.g. 'reconceptualising teacher education)
- Success story: scholarly articles that narrate and reflect on successful implementation of ELT theory, method, or practice,
- Any other ELT subjects that is relevant to ELT professional community.
B. Submission Categories
Contributions may be submitted for one of the following categories
Full Length Articles/Reports (5000-6000 words):
- Empirical studies: full length articles based on the fieldwork on issues of ELT, language education, teacher development or training, language testing and other relevant issues of language teaching. Because local practices have been relatively little researched outside the university context, submissions that represent this area will get high priority for the publication.
- Knowledge-based perspectives: articles that articulate a comprehensive and critical discussion of innovative ELT concepts. Such articles must present the author's clear voice on the perspective that is of interest to the readers of the Journal.
- Classroom research and teacher reflections: articles coming directly out of the classroom teaching or teacher's own reflection of his/her teaching. These can be stories in the form of narrative descriptions or they can follow the typical format of cyclical action research reports.
Practical Pedagogic Ideas (2000 words):
- Many teachers look for ideas on the daily/regular basis which they can quickly adapt and put to practice. A short and simple teaching idea, which is illustrative and supported with relevant activities and materials, can address the need.
A pedagogical idea addresses any element/aspect/skill of the English language. As a micro-level teaching tip, the idea is purposeful and principled in the sense that it addresses a particular teaching objective and is based on or guided by some pedagogic principles.
- The write up of the idea may be 1500-2000 word long plus references (3-5 references only) and appendices.
- Ideas that are useful for teachers in the classroom (e.g., tips for teaching particular skills/aspects of language, lesson plans, tasks for teaching poetry, etc.) may be submitted under this category. A template is availablein the Journal of NELTA website.
Book reviews (1500 words):
- Reviews of recently published ELT books that are of professional significance to the readers. Reviews should generally provide a short introduction of the author and the purpose of the book, its descriptive summary, followed by its evaluative comments and its significance to the researchers and practitioners in Nepal. Reviews should not exceed 1,500 words including references.
Action Research Reports (3000 words)
This new section of the Journal of NELTA includes well-written action research report. The report may be 3000 word long and should include succinct description of (a) the research context, (b) brief literature review (a) research methodology (d) Data collection, (e) data analysis and interpretation, (f) discussion of findings and implication, and (g) references. These reports are not peer reviewed; however, they will be reviewed and edited by the editors.
Journal of NELTA Forum
The Journal of NELTA is also a platform for its readers to interact and share their ideas and opinions. For this reason, the Journal publishes an opinion-based article and invites its readers to send comments, responses, or critiques of the position of the author, which may be published, in the following issue of the Journal. The requirements for this article are the same as the full-length article but it may be shorter in length.
C. Submission Guidelines
Submissions must follow the guidelines provided by NELTA. To access submission guidelines, authors should visit the Journal of NELTA website under www.nelta.org.np. Manuscripts must be submitted as an email attachment accompanied by a well-written cover letter to the editorial address: email@example.com. The cover letter email should include author's full name, institutional affiliation, title of the paper, and any other pertinent information
D. Copyright Policy ©
The Journal of NELTA is copyright by Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). Apart from citing/referencing in academic works, no part of any materials may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from its copyright owner – NELTA. Requests and enquiries concerning reproduction and rights may be addressed to NELTA or the editorial board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E. Submission Review Process
Submissions received for Journal of NELTA undergo through a rigorous three-stage review process. In the first stage, the editorial board screens submissions which meet the requirements of originality, and appropriateness, and follow the Journal of NELTA style and format for the second stage. In the second stage, the articles are sent to two external reviewers for their blind reviews. Depending upon the review reports, articles are either rejected or selected for the next stage which may involve revisions. In the third stage, the re-assigned reviewers and the editorial board decide if the submissions meet all the Journal of NELTA requirements. All selected submissions are edited for language clarity and space.
E. General Information
(i) Frequency: Currently, Journal of NELTA is published once a year.
(ii) Rates and subscription: Its Owner decides the subscription rate of the Journal on the yearly basis. Readers interested in subscribing the Journal should write to the Central Committee of NELTA or its editorial board.
(iii) Ownership: The Journal of NELTA is owned and published by Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA).