Choosing Castledown

At Castledown, we believe that publishing a book is a life-changing decision. For that reason, we understand that books should be something to be proud of for the length of your career, not just to satisfy short-term goals. Our editors and production team are trained to make the process as smooth as possible for our authors and have had experience with researchers who are new in their career as well as those who have already established a solid research record.

Our goal is to provide quality academic publications that are priced fairly and sustainably in the fields of humanities and the social sciences, education and policy, and language teaching and learning. We publish academic books and journalsprofessional bookstextbooks, and our new non-academic imprint, CDG Books.

Our journal publications are all open access and available to readers around the world for free regardless of their socioeconomic situations. Our books are produced using the most reasonable costings that we can but without sacrificing quality. In more affluent countries, libraries pay for rather expensive subscriptions from major publishing conglomerates which academics in these institutions can benefit from, but there are numerous academics from institutions in less developed countries that simply do not have the financial ability to pay for these subscriptions.

It is our goal to produce high quality publications that are produced and priced fairly for everyone so that people in academia or in industry, full-time and part-time students, people who are considering further study, or just people who wish to better themselves can access them.

Publishing Process

Once you’ve decided on the theme of your book, you will need to put together a proposal which outlines the purpose of your book, the target audience, an overview of the structure of the book, and information on the authors. Please feel free to contact any of our commissioning editors for assistance.

Once a manuscript proposal is received, it will be reviewed by our internal editors before being forwarded for external review. The internal review is expected to take around two weeks, and a further one to two months for the external review. If a manuscript is accepted, authors can discuss feasible dates for receipt of the full manuscript, after which it will undergo editing and layout, which will take a further two to three months after the final manuscript has been received.

Our Dedication to Quality

We are aware of the image that is often associated with open access journals as vanity publishing or lower quality, but we are strongly opposed to this with our publications. Books will only be published once they have been through a stringent review process, and all of our journals have their own independent editorial boards that ensure quality of the articles that are published, and all published issues are submitted for inclusion in recognised indexing agencies.

Castledown has zero tolerance for plagiarism or inappropriate practice in conducting or disseminating research, and we will pursue all legal options open to us should such instances be found. 

New Book Titles

Becoming a language teacher

Becoming a language teacher
A practical guide to second language learning and teaching
2nd ed.
Elaine Horwitz (2020)

Elaine K. Horwitz gives pre- and in-service teachers the skills they need to meet the needs of all language learners in today's diverse classrooms-while encouraging them to develop a personal approach... [more]

Smart CALL

Smart CALL
Personalization, contextualization, & socialization
Jozef Colpaert, Glenn Stockwell (Eds.) (2022)

This book brings together some thought-provoking papers around the theme of “Smart CALL.” The term “smart” nowadays means “connected to and exchanging information with other devices.” The contributions ... [more]

Insights into professional development in language teaching

Insights into professional development in language teaching
Thomas S.C. Farrell (2022)

A language teacher's work is never really done. From entering a teacher education program for initial qualifications onwards, language teachers must always be on the lookout for new approaches, methods ... [more]

Proceedings of the XXIst International CALL Research Conference

Proceedings of the XXIst International CALL Research Conference
Jozef Colpaert, Yijen Wang, Glenn Stockwell (Eds.) (2022)

The XXIst International CALL Research Smart Conference was hosted by Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan on July 8-10, 2022. The theme of the conference was Smart CALL, where “Smart” is defined as possessing ... [more]

Insights into task-based language teaching

Insights into task-based language teaching
Sima Khezrlou (2022)

The last few decades have seen an exponential growth in the use of task-based language teaching (TBLT) around the world. Departing from the traditional approaches to language teaching, TBLT offers the... [more]