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Author Guidelines

Journal of English Language Teaching and Cultural Studies provides a forum for publishing the original research manuscripts related to the English Language Teaching, Linguistics, Cultural, and Literary Studies that published twice a year on March and September. Scientific manuscripts dealing with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-research are particularly welcome. The journal encompasses the novelty and  the original research report. 

All manuscripts submitted to the journal are written in proper English. Authors for whom English is not their native language are encouraged to have their manuscript checked before submission for grammar and clarity. The work should not have been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. 

To be accepted by the journal, each submitted manuscript must meet: (1) the focus and scope (see focus and scope), (2) the article template (see the template), (3) written between 4.000 to 7.000 words including abstract and references, and (4) the plagiarism rate must be less than 25% (see plagiarism policy). The manuscript will be automatically rejected since it does not meet those requirements.  


1. General Author Guidelines

All manuscripts files (doc. or rtf. files) must be submitted to the Journal of English Language Teaching and Cultural Studies Editorial Office by Online Submission to, where the author register to the journal, and to, where the author submit the article. If the authors have any problems on the online submission, please contact Editorial Office at the following email:


2. Manuscript Template

Manuscript should be prepared according to the author guidelines in the MS Word article template.


3. Reviewing of Manuscripts

Every submitted manuscript is independently reviewed by the reviewers. Decision for publication, amendment, or rejection is based upon their reports/recommendation. If reviewers consider the manuscript unsuitable for publication in this journal, a statement explaining the basis for the decision will be sent to the authors within three months of the submission date.


4. Revision of Manuscripts

Manuscripts sent back to the authors for revision should be returned to the editor without delay. Revised manuscripts can be sent to editorial office through the Online Submission Interface The revised manuscripts returned later than two months will be considered as new submissions.


5. Editorial Office of Journal of English Language Teaching and Cultural Studies

All correspondences should be sent to the following Editorial Office:

Dr. H. John Pahamzah (Editor in Chief); Dr. Akhmad Baihaqi (Vice-Editor in Chief)

English Education Department, Postgraduate, Universitas Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia

Jalan Raya Jakarta Km 4, Pakupatan, Serang, Banten Province, 42124, Phone Number 0254 280330/0254 281254, email:; support contact:


6. Guideline for Online Submission

Author should first register as Author through the following address:

Author should fulfil the form as detail as possible where the star marked form must be entered. After all form textbox is filled, Author clicks on “Register” button to proceed the registration. Therefore, Author is brought to online author submission interface where Author should click on “New Submission”. In the Start a New Submission section, click on “’Click Here’: to go to step one of the five-step submission process”. The following are five steps in online submission process:

Step 1 - Starting the Submission: Select the appropriate section of journal. The author must check-mark on the submission checklists.

Step 2 – Uploading the Submission: To upload a manuscript to this journal, click Browse on the Upload submission file item and choose the manuscript document file to be submitted, then click Upload button.

Step 3 – Entering Submission’s Metadata: In this step, detail authors metadata should be entered including marked corresponding author. After that, manuscript title and abstract must be uploaded by copying the text and paste in the textbox including keywords.

Step 4 – Uploading Supplementary Files (Optional): Supplementary file should be uploaded including Covering/Submission Letter, and Signed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form. Therefore, click on Browse button, choose the files, and then click on Upload button.

Step 5 – Confirming the Submission:  Author should final check the uploaded manuscript documents in this step. To submit the manuscript to JELTS, click Finish Submission button after the documents is true. The corresponding author or the principal contact will receive an acknowledgement by email and will be able to view the submission’s progress through the editorial process by logging in to the journal web address site.


After this submission, Authors who submit the manuscript will get a confirmation email about the submission. Therefore, Authors are able to track their submission status at any time by logging in to the online submission interface. The submission tracking includes status of manuscript review and editorial process.


7. Author Fee (Page Charge)

Journal of English Language Teaching and Cultural Studies is an open access journal. There will be no submission and publication fees for authors.


8. User Rights

All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. We are continuously working with our author communities to select the best choice of license options, currently being defined for this journal as follows:


Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internasional License 


The articles are full-length research reports that contain detailed descriptions with clear interpretation and discussion. The articles should be structured under the section headings Abstract, Introduction, Theoretical Review, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Acknowledgment (optional) and References. 

Title page

The organization shown below should be followed (in the order given):

a. Title of the paper (maximum 12 words, sentence case, 14 pt, bold, centered), 

b. Author name(s) (sentence case, 11 pt),

c. Author affiliation(s) (sentence case, 10 pt),

d. Name and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author to whom the revision or galley proofs of the paper are to be sent. (10 pt)

The title should be brief and should not exceed than 12 words. The affiliation address for each author should be indicated by superscript Arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.).


Abstract (10 pt, bold)

Articles must include an abstract of 150 to 250 words. The abstract should not repeat the information already present in the title. The abstract should explain (at least): purpose of study, method, main findings, and conclusion.

The abstract should be written in English.

Keywords (10 pt)

Immediately after the abstract, provide a maximum five keywords written in alphabetical order. Please avoid general terms, multiple concepts (avoid, for example, and or of), and abbreviations. Only abbreviations firmly established in the field are eligible.


Introduction (11 pt, bold)

The Introduction presents the purpose of the studies reported and its relationship to earlier work in the field. It should not be an extensive review of the literature. Use only those references required to provide the most salient background to allow the readers to understand and evaluate the purpose and results of the present study without referring to previous publications on the topic.


Theoretical Review (11 pt, bold)

Theoretical review should explain the relevance theories and research. It is prioritized from the relevance result of the research article from the journals for the last ten years.


Methods (11 pt, bold)

The methods sections should be brief, however, they should include sufficient technical information to be repeated by a qualified reader. Only new methods should be described in detail. Cite previously published procedures in References.


Results (11 pt, bold)

The results should explain research result and discussion. The results can be presented in figures, tables, and text. The discussion should be an interpretation of the results rather than a repetition of the results. It presents data processing, interpreting the findings logically, linking them with the reference sources which relevant to that manuscript.


Conclusion (11 pt, bold)

The conclusion should contain the confirmation or a brief summary of the results of research and discussion of the problem that has been analyzed in result section. It is possible also to have suggestion/recommendation (optional) for further studies. 


Acknowledgments (11 pt, bold) 

Place Acknowledgments (optional), including information on the source of any related parties and financial support received for the work being published.


References (11 pt, bold)

The references section must include all relevant published works, and all listed references must be cited in the text. The reference sources consist of, at least, 80% literature published in the last 10 years. 

Use APA 6th Edition for quotation and the reference list, i.e. (Brown, 2007). If there is direct quote, it should be provided by page number, i.e. (Brown, 2007, p. 84). If you are quoting more than one reference, put them in alphabetical order, i.e. (Brown, 2007; Charles, 2009).

Follow the styles shown in the examples below for books, specific chapters in books, and journal articles, respectively:


Brown, H. D. (2007). Principles of language learning and teaching. New York: Pearson Education.


Book Chapters; 

O'Neil, J. M., & Egan, J. (1992). Men's and women's gender role journeys: A metaphor for healing, transition, and transformation. In B. R. Wainrib (Ed.), Gender issues across the life cycle (pp. 107-123). New York: Springer.


Translation Result;

Denzin, N. K., & Lincoln, Y. S. (2009). Handbook of qualitative research. (Dariyatno, B. S. Fata, & J. Rinaldi, Trans.). Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar.


Article on Journal;

McDonough, K. (2006). Action research and the professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Modern Language Journal, 90(1), 33-47.


Article on Internet;

Schullstrom, F. (2012). Guidelines for selection of materials in English Language Arts Programs. (Accessed at February 22, 2013).


Article on Online Journal;

Supriadi. (2013). “Restructuring the schoolbook provision system in Indonesia,” Educational Policy Journal, 16 (2), pp.145-160. (accessed at May 7, 2014). 



Cismas, S. C. (2010). Educating academic writing skills in engineering. In P. Dondon & O. Martin (Eds.), Latest trends on engineering education (pp. 225-247). Greece: WSEAS Press.

Newspaper and Magazines; 

Norris, F. (2010, August 21). For a change, U.S. debt is staying in the U.S. The New York Times, p.B3.

Rich, N. (2010, September 2). The most dangerous man in cyberspace. Rolling Stone, (1112), 71-73, 88-89. 

Research Paper, Theses, and Dissertation;  

Ma’mur, I. (2008). The ability to translate informative text from Indonesia into English. (Disertasi, Jakarta, Universitas Negeri Jakarta).


Legal Publication and Document;  

Petunjuk Pelaksanaan Beasiswa Program Magister dan Doktor. (2013). Jakarta: Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan.


The following types of references are not valid for listing in the References section:

Unpublished data

Personal communication manuscripts in preparation or submitted pamphlets




Material that has not been subjected to peer review. 

References to such sources should be made parenthetically in the text (e.g., J.J. Favier et al. (1986). Abstr. Prooceedings of the Eight International Cenference on Crystal Growth, York, UK, p. 50).


Tables (10 pt, bold)

Tables should be typewritten separately from the main text and preferably in an appropriate font size to fit each table on a separate page. Each table must be numbered with Arabic numerals (e.g., Table 1, Table 2) and include a title. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters (a, b, c, etc.), not symbols. Do not use vertical rulings in the tables. Each column in a table must have a heading, and abbreviations, when necessary, should be defined in the footnotes. 


Figures, Charts, and Pictures (10 pt, bold) 

Figures, charts, and pictures should be provided separately from the main text. Use Arabic numerals to number all figures (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2) according to their sequence in the text. The figure number must appear well outside the boundaries of the image itself. Multipart figures should be indicated with uppercase and bold font letters (A, B, C, etc.) without parenthesis, both on the figure itself and in the figure legends.


All manuscripts are anonymously reviewed by the reviewer appointed by the editor according to their expertise. The author is given a chance to revise the manuscript based on the reviewer’s or the editor’s recommendation/advice. 

The editor has the right to modify and adjust the spelling, writing, and grammar of the manuscript.

Everything related to the citing permission or other things related to the copyright done by the author, along with its legal consequences, becomes the author’s full responsibility.


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 submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Bibliography and citations are conducted by using application reference such as mendeley, zotero, etc.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
  2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgment of its initial publication in this journal.
  3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work


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