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]
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
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]
Natalie Shaw: Maps and Bodies
Jane Stockwell (2021)
Natalie Shaw is an architect, and her idea of excitement is enjoying a coffee after a long day at work. Little did she know that a blood-stained map in a fortune cookie and a body in a building she designed ... [more]
Preying on the Elderly
The Art of Scamming the Elderly in Japan
Daisuke Suzuki (2023)
Daisuke Suzuki is an investigative journalist who has written extensively about young people living on the underside of Japanese society. In this book he examines the organization and methods of the groups ... [more]
The Indie Musician's Guidebook
Achieving your goals as an independent musician in the modern world
Benedict Roff-Marsh (2023)
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]
Professional Academic Writing
Phuong Tran (2018)
Professional Academic Writing is designed to provide learners of English with the tools they need to write an academic essay comfortably and confidently. The book is in six parts: Preparing to write an ... [more]
Translanguaging as transmediation: Embodied critical literacy engagements in a French-English bilingual classroom
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 42-59.
Designing a course in intercultural education
Intercultural Communication Education Published 11 August, 2018, Volume 1(1), pp. 4-11.
A developmental framework for online language teaching skills
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 133-151.
Introduction to the special issue
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 1-10.
Language learning and activation in and beyond the classroom
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 31 August, 2018, Volume 1(2), pp. 49-63.
An essay on internationalism in foreign language education
Intercultural Communication Education Published 22 August, 2018, Volume 1(2), pp. 64-82.
Engagement with technology: Gaming, immersion and sub-optimal experiences
Technology in Language Teaching & Learning Published 21 December, 2019, Volume 1(2), pp. 52-67.
Then and now: Themes in language assessment research
Language Education & Assessment Published 25 July, 2018, Volume 1(1), pp. 3-8.