Cost-free Reputable Journal Publishers on English Language Teaching (ELT)

While majority of reputable journal publishers nowadays cost authors for article processing and/or publication, some reputable journal publishers decide to apply the cost-free rule.

What Does 'Open Access' Exactly Mean?

The term so called 'open access journal', 'open access article', or 'open access publication' literally refers to the publication process of scholarly-processed article or academic writing which is freely and permanently available online. However, it does not always mean free which is synonymous with 'no cost' at all.

Some academic journal publishers predicate their services as 'open access'. In reality, it means that authors are allowed to opt to publish their articles as open access so that their readers can read the articles. However, the authors are required to pay the article procesing and/or article publication charge.

The List of Cost-free Open Access Publishers on ELT

Here is the list of journal publishers covering English language teaching and learning (ELT) accepting journal articles publication at no cost that you should recognize. To publish on each of the following publishers, both authors and readers do not need to pay. Simply access the webpage, read journal/article titles including their abstracts that interest you or that suit your research variables, and download as many as possible that you need.

NOTE: It is suggested that readers regularly check the index of the informed publishers as listed below. To check the index, simply copy the name of the journal publisher or the ISSN/eISSN and find the information about the journal on Web of Science (Clarivate), Scopus Journal List, SCImago, Publons, and on any other journal index systems.


IRRODL, The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, is an open access journal indexed by reputable major citation indexing systems. This publisher accepts manuscript on open/distributed learning. To be accepted for publication, the 'must have word count' should be in 4000 to 7000 words - including all references, appendices, tables, and figures.

Based on statistic, IRRODL claims that more than 75% of articles published by IRRODL are cited by authors in other Scopus indexed journals. Its CiteScore is 4.2; SJR 1.118; SNIP 1.638. IRRODL also claims that it is listed in the top 10% of most cited educational journals (86th of 1254 journals) and has an SSCI impact factor of 0.734 with a H5 index of 36 and a five year impact factor of 1.003. IRRODL's Scimago (SCOPUS) H index is 68. Furthermore, IRRODL is the only fully open access journal in the top 10. IRRODL is accessible at

#2 Je-LKS

Je-LKS, Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, accepts publication on e-Learning, lifelong learning, ICT technologies and methodologies. Statistically, Je-LKS is indexed by Clarivate Web of Science with H-index 10 and Scopus with H-index 18. Je-LKS is accessible at

#3 ESP Today

ESP Today, Journal of English for Specific Purposes at Tertiary Level, claims itself as an online-only open access peer-reviewed journal which is dedicated for publication of high-quality research-generated articles covering all areas of English for Specific Purposes in the context of tertiary education. Statistically, ESP Today is indexed by Web of Science, Scopus, SCimago (Q2), and some other indexing systems. ESP Today is accessible at


AJTE, Australian Journal of Teacher Education, is maintained by Edith Cowan University. AJTE applies blind peer-review by two members of the Editorial panel for publication. The Australian Journal of Teacher Education is indexed by major index systems including Web of Science, Scopus, and A+Education. Furthermore, SCImago ranks AJTE in the 2nd top Quartile for education journals in the world, 328 out of 914 international journals.

As the name suggests, AJTE exists to enhance the quality of teacher education through research, points of view, and through commentaries. It welcomes articles addressing developments in the purpose; structure and methodology of teacher education; curriculum issues; changes in schools or general social, ideological or political issues relating to teacher education. To be considered eligible for publication, manuscript should address explicit connection with teacher education. AJTE is accessible at

#5 e-FLT

e-FLT, Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, is a peer-reviewed journal publisher maintained by the Centre for Language Studies of the National University of Singapore. It accepts journal articles on research and development in the field of ELT. In addition, it welcomes manuscripts under the following themes/topics (1) Teaching Methodologies; (2) Curriculum Development and Syllabus Design; (3) Materials Design; (4) Teacher Education and Professional Development; (5) Theories of Second Language Acquisition; (6) Theories of Second and Foreign Language Teaching; (7) Innovations/New Technologies in Language Teaching; and (8) Linguistics Theories and Language Teaching. e-FLT is indexed by Scopus with H-Index of 11. e-FLT is accessible at


ITLT, Information Technology and Learning Tools, welcomes manuscript that explores and examines the uutilization of ICT in education as well as ICT pedagogical studies. The manuscript can be based on the perspectives of education, psychology, didactics and methodology as well as educational or training systems development using ICT in any educational field. It is currently indexed by Emerging Source Citation (Clarivate - Web of Science). ITLT is accessible at


EILJ, The Journal of English as International Languae, clams that authors may submit papers without incurring any fees for submission or eventual publication if their work is accepted. As the name suggests, it mainly welcomes research-based articles addressing how English is taught in various English language learning contexts. Th EILJ is currently indexed by Scopus (Q1). EILJ is accessible at

#8 Asian Englishes

The 'Asian Englishes' journal publisher is maintained by Taylor & Francis. It accepts manuscript under the diffusion of English and the diversification of English in Asia and the Pacific. In specific, it welcomes articles discussing varieties of English in Asia – including their divergence & convergence (phonetics, phonology, prosody, vocabulary, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse, rhetoric); theories of English teaching and testing based on pluralistic paradigms, multilingualism, and translanguaging; English as a language of international and intercultural communication in Asia; English-language journalism, literature, and other media; social roles and functions of English in Asian countries; multicultural English and mutual intelligibility; language policy and language planning; impact of English on other Asian languages; English-knowing bilingualism and multilingualism; English-medium education; relevance of new paradigms - such as English as a Lingua Franca - to Asian contexts; the depth of penetration, use in various domains, and future direction of English in the development of Asian Societies. Asian Englishes is available at

NOTE that processing fees and publication fees in Asian Englishes do not applied. However, the publisher outlines that if it is regarded necessary for the figures to be reproduced in colour in the print version, a charge will apply.

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