Info for Authors

The style guide supplies you with the detailed information you need on formatting your manuscript before submitting it to the CLELEjournal. Please be highly disciplined in following the style guide. This shows consideration to the reviewers and editors, who are giving their time freely for the cause of children’s learning and teacher education. Here are important notes specific to our house style.

1. We encourage a style characterized by clarity and consideration for the reader. Our readers are likely to be familiar with either English language teaching scholarship or children’s literature scholarship. In order to maximize accessibility, concepts and terminology well known in only one of these fields must always be briefly explained.

2. Terminology referring to children’s literature must be consistent. Apart from multimodal texts such as picturebooks and graphic novels, we solicit papers on chapter books, young adult novels, crossover fiction, verse novels, play scripts for children and oral storytelling. Poetry papers may refer to children’s poems and children’s oral literature such as nursery rhymes and playground rhymes. Fairy tales exist in many versions, including picturebook versions, film and literary fairy tales. Please define any new or differing terminology you may wish to use very precisely.

3. We would like to have a combination of brief but pithy articles and longer research papers and practitioner reports, hence the word number range from 2000 to 6000. The first may spawn debate and even initiate lively controversy, while the second will be particularly useful in developing this new interdisciplinary field.

4. The title page of your paper should contain the title, author’s name, email address and institutional affiliation. The title should be no more than 15 words in length and contain no abbreviations. Please include biodata on the title page (maximum 50 words). This will not be forwarded to the peer reviewers, but will be published with your article should it be accepted for the CLELEjournal.

5. Please use single quotation marks very sparingly to alert readers that a term is used in an ironic or special sense. However, please avoid too many of these – known as scare quotes – as they can irritate the reader. 

6. A page header should appear on every page with the title of the paper, but without the name of the author. Please place an abstract of 150 to 250 words on the second page, followed by a list of four to seven keywords. These should be precise, in order to help scholars carrying out web searches find your article.

7. We encourage contributors to include images, for example when referring to multimodal texts. Please include the images integrated into the text when first submitting your paper (see style guide for further instructions).

8. You should secure permission for any inside illustration as soon as your paper has been accepted. Please remember to write to the original publisher for permission, not the publisher of later editions. The publisher will need to know that the CLELEjournal is non-profit, academic and open access.

9. Including the cover of a book in your article should fall under fair dealing, as the journal represents non-commercial research. As long as you refer to the book in your text, you do not need to seek permission for the use of a cover.

10. When multimodal texts are created by an author/illustrator team, please remember to cite authors and illustrators within the text and in the bibliography (see style guide for exact instructions).

11. Papers may be submitted at any time. The November issue deadline is 1st July each year. The May issue deadline is 1st January each year.

The editors will acknowledge your paper within a few days of submission. A lengthy process of internal review and blind peer review by 2-3 reviewers follows submission. If the editors decide to send your paper to peer review, you can expect a wait of at least 4 months until you receive the reviewers’ comments. In almost every case some revisions will be required before your paper can be published in CLELEjournal. We hope the wait will be worth it. This is an exciting project in an important, but as yet underdeveloped, emerging field.


And by the way, we pronounce CLELE to rhyme with FREELY.





Detailed information on how to format your manuscript can be found here.