Policies and Submission Guidelines

Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online) is an international peer reviewed open access journal that publishes quality empirical, practical, review, and theoretical papers covering a broad range of issues in English language teaching and research. IJC&ELT is thus an interdisciplinary forum, publishing both original research and teaching articles, as well as stimulating reflections and reviews of interest to Christians and others in TESOL. It aims to provide an international forum for established and emerging teachers, researchers, and others committed to ELT from a Christian point of view.


The International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online) is primarily intended for use in the academic community, especially for members of the Christian English Language Educators Association (CELEA, see celea.net), its main sponsor. Yet IJC&ELT’s interdisciplinary nature also makes it accessible and of interest to educators of various types (including teacher trainers and those working with English language learners), curriculum developers and materials writers, Christian organizations concerned about language issues, and other interested practitioners, researchers, and theorists.

Focus and Format

With the above audience and policies below in mind, the focus of the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online) is primarily on, though not restricted to, the following areas of inquiry, practice, and thinking in English language teaching (ELT):

  • Applied linguistics and language and culture learning and teaching
  • Classroom and other best practices in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Design and development of ESL/EFL/ESP/EIL curricula and materials
  • ELT skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and methodologies
  • Innovations in teaching and learning English as a second/foreign language
  • TESOL teacher education, research, and training
  • Theory and practice in second/foreign language learning and teaching

As an international publication whose primary audience is Christian English language educators and other interested parties, all contributions should approach the focus or topic at hand recognizing a Christian point of view, though readers realize that this may be more detailed or obvious in some cases and yet may appear less so in other instances. Submissions may be drawn from relevant presentations (CELT conferences, for example) or reflect classroom practices, research, or reviews of potential interest to IJC&ELT readers.

The journal includes four distinct sections:

  • Articles -- reports of empirical studies, review papers or meta-analyses, theoretical position papers, etc. These will not exceed 7,000 words, including references.

  • In the Classroom -- descriptions of teaching activities or techniques, classroom action research, etc., within a relevant theoretical framework, not to exceed 4,000 words.

  • Forum -- position papers or reactions to articles or reviews, opinion or viewpoint articles, or reports, interviews, or commentary on current topics of interest. These submissions should also not exceed 4,000 words, including references.

  • Reviews -- evaluative book, materials, and software reviews relevant to IJC&ELT readers. These will not usually exceed 1,000 words, including references.


In order to reach the widest readership possible, the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online) is published online through the IJC&ELT website, where editorials, articles, reviews, and other relevant communications will be freely downloadable in the form of PDF files.

Given that the focus is English language teaching, the language of the journal is English. Initially the frequency of issues will be at least one per year, with the hope that this will increase to two issues per year, assuming a sufficient quantity of quality contents that pass blind peer review. Preference will be given to articles and reviews that make clear, helpful, and fresh contributions to the field of ELT within a Christian perspective, broadly conceived. Articles, advertisements, and reviews do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of the editors, editorial review board, or sponsors CELEA or Biola University’s department of Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Submissions may be made by readers around the world and are not limited to current CELEA members. Accepted papers and reviews will be approved by the editors and at least two additional readers, as appropriate for the IJC&ELT based on their contributions, originality, and relevance.

Articles and reviews shall conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA style, 6th ed.). Authors who publish in the IJC&ELT retain copyright of their work, enabling the unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction of their article or review in any medium, provided that they formally cite the original publication in the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching (IJC&ELT, ISSN 2334-1866, online).

Manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for review at another journal. Authors should inform the editors if related research or a similar version of their manuscript has been published or is under consideration elsewhere. Authors will not be paid for articles or reviews; neither will they be charged publication fees. Authors may freely download and print as many copies of their work in IJC&ELT as desired.


Contributions should be in the form of Word documents submitted to the editors at the IJC&ELT website. Manuscripts which do not conform to the guidelines in the Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010) may not be sent for external review. The IJC&ELT welcomes articles from both native- and non-native English speakers, yet requests that ideas in submissions be expressed clearly for a broad, international audience. Authors are responsible for fluent language use, as well as for the accuracy of any data, references, or citations they incorporate into their work. Obtaining permission to incorporate any previously copyrighted material is the author’s responsibility. The editors reserve the right to make minor editing changes without prior consultation with authors. Major editing or revisions, however, will only be done in consultation with authors.

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