Author Guidelines

Authors are also encouraged to check the Publication Fee page and Editorial Process page. 


Types of manuscripts eligible for Elsya : Journal of English Language Studies (E-ISSN: 2684-9224; P-ISSN: 2684-7620):

Research Articles are full-length papers of your original/novel contribution to the relevant academic disciplines. Elsya accepts your manuscripts of research articles that contain at least more than 6000 words (not including abstract and references).

Literature Review/Overview Articles are summaries of the state of the art on a topic. This document needs to systematically display the current and latest literature data and show the pattern of themes that emerges with the goal of pointing out new areas and research gaps for future studies. 

Research Notes aim to provide discussions of new data sources, research techniques, and/or research practices that are relevant to the academic disciplines this journal focuses on. This type of paper must demonstrate the broad utility of the approach or research tools (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, or formal) and describe the substance of new data sources (making the data available and accessible to the community as well). Elsya Journal accepts research notes containing 5000 words (including references).



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Authors must submit their papers electronically by using the Elsya online submission and review website ( The system will help authors on the steps of the submission process. The Publisher and Editor regret that they are not able to consider submissions that do not follow these procedures. Authors who successfully submitted manuscripts will receive a notification of whether the manuscripts can proceed to peer review or not within 2-5 working days. When revising the manuscript, authors must use Track Changes in Microsoft Word.

Elsya Journal does not charge any submission fee. There is an article processing charge (APC) that must be paid after the paper has already undergone peer-review process and is accepted for publication. The specifics of the fee can be seen here.

If authors have any questions, please feel free to contact the editorial assistant at


  • A manuscript that has never been published in any other media or journals. The manuscript also does not contain the results of plagiarism, falsification, and fabrication of data.
  • The name of the author(s) is written without academic degrees. If a manuscript is written by a team or more than one person, the editor will communicate only with the correspondence author whose Elsya account submitted the paper electronically.
  • Should follow Elsya Journal's Article Template.
  • Manuscript title must be 9-15 words.
  • Must format the manuscript as .doc
  • Must include 5-7 keywords.
  • Should use British English*.
  • Minimum word count (from Introduction to the end of Conclusion) must be 6000 words.
  • Times New Roman. Font sizes: 14 for manuscript title, 12 for text section headings, 11 for author name(s), text subsection headings, 10 for author affiliation(s) and email address(es), abstract, keywords, body text, table/chart/figure title, and any necessary additional sections for the subsection.
  • Figures must be formatted in Windows Bitmap (.bmp).
  • Indent when starting a new paragraph.
  • Must use at least 25 references of current studies.
  • Must include titles if there are any figures and tables. The title of the table/chart/figure is placed on the top in font size 10 with appropriate bolded and non-bolded text. Example: "Table 1. Elsya Journal", "Chart 1. Elsya Journal" or "Figure 1. Elsya Journal". If the table/chart/figure is not visually feasible for reading in the two-column style of the manuscript, authors may break pages to display the it in a one-column format. If necessary, authors may also submit the .jpg or .png versions as supplementary files.

*To support non-native speakers, Elsya Journal has partnered with Unilak Language Editor Team (ULET) to provide language editing and translation services for a fee. Note that employing the use of such services is not mandatory and using it, or any other language editing service, does not guarantee the acceptance of the manuscript as all submissions are subject to peer review. Please contact the managing editor Ms. Tatum Derin for more information regarding ULET's services by email:



  • The title should summarise the main idea or ideas of the manuscript.
  • The title must contain at least 10 words.


  • Clearly indicate a brief background of the problem and the study's research gap in 1-2 sentences, the researcher's objective(s), the data sample and methods, the results, and the main conclusions. It is highly recommended for the abstracts to indicate the research gaps and novelty of the manuscript.
  • The abstract must be 180-250 words; do not be a copy+paste from a passage in the manuscript text.
  • Write in British English.
  • There should not be any in-text citation, except if the research uses a certain previous study or theory as a primary reference.
  • 5 keywords (which do not merely repeat words from the title).


  • Start with a general statement that covers "the whole of your research" which can clearly identify the problem/phenomenon and why your study is necessary.
  • State the research gaps, your research objectives, and the novelty that your research offers or its implications.
  • Include a review of the relevant and recent literature that gives context to the manuscript’s position within the current research field.
  • When you use direct quotes from a cited study, indicate the page. Example: “…” (Author, 2020, p. 27).

Literature Review

  • The literature reviewed may include old studies, but must primarily contain current studies that are relevant to your research.
  • The literature review should evaluate the contents of the cited literature  and draw its relevance to the author's research, rather than simply retelling or summarizing previous studies’ findings.
  • Do not overuse direct quotes, definitions, points, examples - focus on relevant studies' findings.


  • Provide sufficient detail so that editors, reviewers, and future researchers can understand and replicate the study.
  • Specifically states the data sample, collection method and data analysis.


  • Describe the results. If appropriate, present the results as a chart/table/figure which must be described in a paragraph(s) below them.
  • Excerpts should have codes (which is up to the authors). If you are unsure of how, please read this basic guide to coding qualitative data to familiarise yourself with the concept.


  • Reiterate the most significant results, but do not repeat what has been written in the Results section.
  • Interpret and describe the significance of and possible/definite reasons behind these results in light of what was already known about the problem/topic (which must include a review of the relevant literature).
  • Explain any new understanding, insights or contributions that emerged as a result of the study. Authors must highlight the novelty of the research.
  • *Results section and Discussion section cannot be combined or merged, unless the authors can strongly justify it and the manuscript's type of data would be better delivered as part of a thematic discussion.


  • This is the “take-home message” of the manuscript, so it must consisely answer the research question(s). It should help the reader understand why this research should matter to them after they have finished reading the paper.
  • It is not a simple summary of the paper, but a synthesis of the key points.
  • Must include the most significant parts of the Results and Discussion.
  • Recommendations for future research related to your topic should be mentioned.
  • Cannot be written in bullet points; it can only be written as 1-2 paragraphs.
  • No citations in the conclusion paragraph(s).

Acknowledgment (Optional)

  • Give credit to funding bodies and departments that have been of help during the project, for instance by supporting it financially or allowing the research to take place.


  • Uses the APA 7th edition (see the APA guide).
  • Authors are recommended to attach doi links of the cited studies. The links are formatted the same as URLs because the label “DOI:” is no longer necessary.
  • Contain at least 25 current studies.
  • Using reference managers such as Mendeley, Zotero and others are not mandatory, but would enhance your manuscript.