SPELT ELT Research Journal

SPELT ELT Research Journal

Author's Guidelines
Current Issues
Call for Reviewers
Editorial Team
Advisory Board


The ELT Research Journal is a bi-annual, double-blind peer-reviewed journal that publishes original contributions for language educators globally. It aims to showcase intellectual contributions that are informed of local sensibilities and show awareness of international trends and theoretical advancements in the field. It is a sister journal of SPELT Quarterly Journal (SQJ) which has been a popular read among ELT enthusiasts for quality articles in theoretical and pedagogical domains since 1985.

Formatting & Composing

Yameen Burney

Ayesha Alavi                  

Shahmir Ali Khan

Cover Design: Nida Zubair

Article Processing Charge:

There is no submission fee for the year 2021-2022.

ISSN: 2790-4350

ISSN Hyperlink : ISSN 2790-4350 (Online) | ELT research journal | The ISSN Portal

License: SPELT ELT Research Journal (ELTRJ) is using Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution 4.0 International as a commitment to provide open access of its articles.

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Mission Statement

SPELT’s mission is to provide a professional forum for its members and practitioners teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language to facilitate effective communication and improve the teaching/learning standards of English in Pakistan.

Publication Frequency

Bi-annual (June & December)

Privacy Statement

SPELT ELT Research Journal considers all manuscripts on the condition that the manuscript has been only submitted to the SPELT ELT Research Journal and it is not under consideration, accepted for publication or published elsewhere.

If you are an author, your name, email address, affiliation and other contact details will be used for dissemination and promotion of your published article.

It is usual for your name and contact details to be included in the publication. Your published article will be made available on our website.

As an author, you must ensure that all co-authors and significant contributors agree to publication of the article or book and to being named as a co-author or contributor to the article or book. If you are a co-author or significant contributor, we will also process your personal information as mentioned above.

If you would prefer your information to be managed differently, please contact us at spelteditor@gmail.com.


Author's Guidelines


SPELT ELTRJ welcomes previously unpublished articles based on current theory and research in the field of English Language Teaching. SPELT ELTRJ submission categories include research-based papers, with strong pedagogical implications, and theory or concept-based practice manuscripts. Research-based manuscripts can be qualitative, quantitative, mixed, or other and must be based on a strong theoretical framework. Theory or concept-based manuscripts address approaches, methods, and practical strategies, from a theoretical or conceptual perspective. 
Please refer to the quick style guidelines when preparing your paper. Contributions should be submitted electronically through the email spelteditor@gmail.com. In case of queries, please feel free to contact us at spelteditor@gmail.com.


Manuscript Structure: Your paper should be compiled in the following order:
        1.Title Page (Separate sheet)
A separate title page should be provided which should include:
- Manuscript Title (maximum 15 words);
- Full names of all the authors;
- Affiliation(s) of all the authors (names and postal addresses of the institution);
- Email address and contact number of all the authors.
- Biographical note about the author(s) (maximum 100 words);
- Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of                                       reviewing and publication, also post-publication.
- Acknowledgements(if any): Please submit the acknowledgements in the title page of your  submission. Do not     include them in the main source file of your submission. In the acknowledgements, include information on grants received for research etc.).
      2. Manuscript
A separate Word File (in addition to the title page) should be provided which should include:
  Manuscript Title (do not include author(s) details)
- Maximum 15 words;
- Use bold font for the manuscript title, with an initial capital letter for any proper nouns.  -
- An abstract of 150-200 words;
- References should be avoided in the abstract;
- Also, non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at         their first mention in the abstract itself.
- Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum of 5 keywords. These will be used to index  your article   on search engines;
- Each keyword should begin with an initial capital letter and must be separated by a semi-colon (;).
Main text sections should include:
       1. Introduction
       2. Literature Review
       3. Research Methodology
       4. Findings
       5. Discussion
       6. Conclusion
       7. References
Manuscript File FormatManuscripts should be submitted as an editable Microsoft Word file titled ‘Manuscript-Submission Title’, which includes text, figures, and tables. In cases where extensive graphics or phonetic symbols are used, an accompanying PDF file is recommended. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible. 
Length: Manuscripts should be in the range of 4000-7000 words including references, tables, and end materials.
Font: Times New Roman, 12 points, double-line spaced. Use margins of at least 2.5 cm (or 1 inch).
Headings and Subheadings: Please indicate the level of the section headings (up to three) in your paper.
Level 1: Flush left, boldface, and Upper and Lowercase Heading (e.g. Introduction, Conclusion).
Level 2: Flush left, boldface, italicised, and Upper and Lowercase Heading (e.g. Theoretical Perspectives)
Level 3: Flush left, italicised, and Upper and Lowercase Heading (e.g. Dynamism)
Note:   Do not use a numbering or lettering system for headings.
Format: Flush left all paragraphs. Use single line spacing between paragraphs. The manuscript file must be fully anonymized, meaning that the names of the authors must be replaced with “Author 1,” “Author 2,” etc. and the titles of the authors’ works must be erased. All other identifying information such as names of institutions and places of residence must also be removed.
Word count: Please include a word count for your paper preceding the Reference section.
Tables: Please submit tables as editable text and not as images. Tables should be supplied within the manuscript and not as separate files. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text and place any table notes below the table body. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in them do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Please avoid using vertical rules and shading in table cells.
Figures: The actual figures should be supplied within the manuscript and not as separate files. Ensure that each figure/illustration has a caption. A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration. Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size). Figures should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: JPEG, GIF, or Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX).
Ensure you have permission to use any tables or figures you are reproducing from another source.
Running heads and received dates are not required when submitting a manuscript for review; they will be added during the production process.
Spelling and punctuation: Please use standard British spelling of words such as ‘centre’ or ‘colour’. Where British English has alternative spellings of words such as ‘recognize’/‘recognise’, please use the ‘z’ form, e.g. ‘summarize’. But note that in British English ‘analyse’ is spelt with ‘s’. Please use ‘for example’ in the text and ‘e.g.’ in lists of tables/figures. There should be no comma after ‘e.g.’ or ‘i.e.’. 
Please ensure whichever punctuation style you use is applied consistently. 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).
Numbers: 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.
Abbreviations: Abbreviations and acronyms that are not standard in this field should be spelled out in full at first mention, whether in the abstract or the article itself. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article.
Reference styleThe manuscripts must conform to the specifications of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (seventh edition). Basic information about the style can be found at:
APA Style (7th ed.) Quick Reference (Cardina Stritch University Library)
APA Style (7th ed.) Quick Guide (Dalhousie University Libraries)

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
1. The submitted manuscript is in English
2. The manuscript is submitted as Microsoft Word file titled ‘Manuscript-Submission Title’.
3. An author has been designated as the corresponding author with contact details (email address,                         contact number & full postal address).
4. All necessary files that is, Title Page on Separate sheet, Manuscript have been submitted in single email.
5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the quick style guidelines, which is       found in Authors Guidelines.
6. All identifying information has been removed from the manuscript, including the file name itself.
7. Manuscript has been 'spell checked' and 'grammar checked'.
8. All references mentioned in the Reference List follow APA 7th Edition and are cited in the text, and vice versa.
9. Manuscript does not exceed the word limit.
10. Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Internet)
11. Relevant declarations of interest have been made.
12. Journal policies detailed in this guide have been reviewed.
13. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it submitted to another journal for consideration (or        an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

Copyright Notice

The Author hereby warrants that he/she is the owner of all the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the Work and that, within the scope of the present Agreement, the paper does not infringe the legal rights of another person. The owner of the copyright work also warrants that he/she is the sole and original creator thereof and that is not bound by any legal constraints in regard to the use or sale of the work.
Upon acceptance of an article, author(s) will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Author(s) may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations. If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and/or credit the source(s) in the article.
Current Issues
Call for Reviewers
Editorial Team

 Chief Editor

Dr. Mehvish Saleem


Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi, Pakistan.



Prof. Dr. Fauzia Shamim


Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan.



Associate Editors

Dr. Sarwat Nauman


Institute of Business Management (IOBM), Karachi, Pakistan

Dr. Shumaila Memon


ELDC, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro




Managing Editor

Shumaila Omar


Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan.

Advisory Board

Dr Richard Smith

Warwick University, UK.

Dr Judy Sharkey

University of New Hampshire, New Hampshire, USA.

Dr Ram Ashish Giri

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr Nor Fazlin Mohd Ramli

Universiti Teknlogi, MARA Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Dr Prem Phyak

The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Dr Harry Kuchah

Leeds University, Leeds, UK.

Dr Naeema Hann


Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK.

Dr Noor Hanim Rahmat

Universiti Teknlogi, MARA Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Dr Naziha Ali

Lahore University of Management and Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dr Maria Isabel Maldonado

University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan.

Dr Fatima Dar

Iqra University, Karachi. Pakistan.

Dr Uzma Anjum

AIR University, Islamabad. Pakistan.

Dr Akhtar Abbas

AIR University, Islamabad. Pakistan.

Dr Nasreen Hussain

Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi, Pakistan.

Dr Muhammad Shaban

University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan.



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