About the Journal
FORTELL is a peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research in English language and literature. It is published bi-annually in January and July. It is the official journal of the Forum for Teachers of English Language and Literature.
Print ISSN: 2229-6557 Online ISSN: 2394-9244
Published bi-annually in January and July
This journal allows free access to online version of the journal immediately on publication. It also allows free access to even earlier issues. Readers may avail a plethora of articles on varied issues related to English language and Literature, interviews with eminent academics and researchers and also interesting and useful language activities.
There is no submission fee, publication fees or page charges for this journal. Hard copy is available against Annual Subscription for a calendar year.
Aims and Focus
It provides a forum for research work on English language and Literature and is intended for English language and literature teachers, teacher educators, researchers and policy makers.
The following are the key areas of interest:
- Relationship between theory and practice
- Classroom based research
- New technologies of teaching language and literature
- Pedagogical practices from early stages to higher education
- Use of languages and cultural practices of learners in teaching language and literature
- Relationship between curricula, syllabi and evaluation of language and literature courses offered at various levels
Peer Review Policy
All research articles included in this journal undergo rigorous peer review. Once a paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be blind peer reviewed by an independent expert referee.
Procedure for peer review
First, the editor will decide whether the paper is suitable for the journal by asking the following questions:
- Has the author followed the journal’s guidelines?
- Will the journal’s readers find it interesting and useful?
If the editor feels that the article answers these questions satisfactorily, he/she will send the article for blind peer review.
Next, the editor will send it to a reviewer for his /her advice whether the paper is suitable for publication in the journal. The reviewer will decide about the suitability of the paper against the following parameters:
Development of ideas and argument
Do the ideas follow each other in a consistent and logical way? Please point out areas of ambiguity or confusion?
Do you find any spots where the paper goes off on a tangent or addresses peripheral/irrelevant material?
Responsibilities of the authors
By submitting their work in FORTELL, authors testify that their work is original research and it has not been previously published or is under consideration for publication elsewhere.
It must be clearly specified if the article has been written in collaboration with other people. Authorship should be limited to the person who has made a major contribution to the development of the work, and all persons making significant contributions should be included as co-authors.
Authors must identify all sources used in the work by citing them properly according to the copyright and publication guidelines. When reproducing any material from different sources such as texts, figures, images or tables, authors are responsible for obtaining permission and must cite the materials’ origin properly.
Authors should disclose any financial or other conflicts of interest that may be construed as influencing the data or interpretation. All sources of financial support should be disclosed.
If an author discovers a significant error in the published work, the author is obligated to inform the journal’s Editorial Board in order to either correct or retract the paper.
Do we need to include anything about copyright and plagiarism?
Responsibilities of the editors
The role of the editors is to evaluate the suitability of submitted papers on the basis of their academic merit; whether they meet the aims and scope of the journal; and originality of the work.
The editors will not disclose information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers or potential reviewers, or other members of the editorial board, as appropriate. The editors will ensure the prompt handling of the review process.
The editors will evaluate the merit of manuscripts for intellectual content without regard to race, gender, country of origin, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation
Responsibilities of the reviewers
Peer review is essential to the journal in making editorial decisions and assisting authors in manuscript improvement. If a potential reviewer feels unqualified to review the manuscript, he should notify the editors immediately and excuse himself from the review process.
Manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents and not shown or discussed with others without authorization from the editors.
Reviews should be conducted objectively, without personal criticism of the author. (If the reviewers do not know anything about the author, how can personal criticism bias their judgement?) They should send the review report in the stipulated period, stating whether they recommend a paper to be accepted, revised or rejected.
Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments, so as to help the author improve the quality of the paper.
Reviewers should identify relevant publications not cited by the authors, and point out substantial similarity with previously published works of which they have knowledge.
Responsibilities of the publisher
In cases of proven misconduct, plagiarism, or fraudulent publication, the publisher, in collaboration with the editorial board, will take appropriate action to clarify the situation, publish an erratum, or retract the work in question.
Views expressed in the articles in FORTELL are not necessarily those of the Editors or of FORTELL Executive members.