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 journals, professional books, textbooks, and we will be releasing our new non-academic imprint, CDG Books very shortly.
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.
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.
Selected Books & Journal Articles
Becoming a language teacher
A practical guide to second language learning and teaching
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]
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
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]
Insights into teaching and learning writing
A practical guide for early-career teachers
Hassan Mohebbi (Ed.) (2022)
Writing is one of the most challenging skills for a language learner to acquire due its sheer complexity, and language teachers are faced with a demanding task in the teaching and testing of writing. A ... [more]
The Indie Musician's Guidebook
Achieving your goals as an independent musician in the modern world
Benedict Roff-Marsh (2022)
The Indie Musician’s Guidebook is designed to help you find the right mindset and path to travel as you write, record, and publish your music. Oh, and that marketing thing too. If it so happens ... [more]
Global Fitness for Global People
How to Manage and Leverage Cultural Diversity at Work
Helen Spencer-Oatey, Peter Franklin, Domna Lazidou (2022)
Global Fitness for Global People is for all those wanting to thrive in today’s global workplaces and to flourish in culturally diverse contexts. For this you need Global Fitness. Such competence ... [more]
Metalanguage for enabling immigrants and refugees: Relevance of Natural Semantic Metalanguage and Minimal English
Migration and Language Education Published 23 May, 2022, Volume 3(1), pp. 23-41.
Promoting acts of kindness on campus: Views of Chinese international students in the UK
Intercultural Communication Education Published 30 April, 2022, Volume 5(1), pp. 17-32.
Tasks, self-efficacy, and L2 motivational self system in an online emergency EFL speaking class: A mixed-methods study
The JALT CALL Journal Published 2 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), pp. 1-33.
Implementing backward design to foster intercultural communicative competence in textbook-based curricula: A proposed framework for English language practitioners
Intercultural Communication Education Published 30 April, 2022, Volume 5(1), pp. 1-16.
Challenges and responses: A Complex Dynamic Systems approach to exploring language teacher agency in a blended classroom
The JALT CALL Journal Published 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), pp. 54-82.
The effects of corpus use on learning L2 collocations
The JALT CALL Journal Published 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), pp. 34-53.
Captions and learnability factors in learning grammar from audio-visual input
The JALT CALL Journal Published 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), pp. 83-109.
Chinese language learners evaluating machine translation accuracy
The JALT CALL Journal Published 9 April, 2022, Volume 18(1), pp. 110-136.