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 K. 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]
Insights into technology and autonomy in language teaching
Chun Lai (2022)
This book aims to provide a critical analysis of the relationship of technology and learner and teacher autonomy, highlighting two major principles: 1) technology is not neutral and may both benefit and ... [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]
EFL student and faculty perceptions of and attitudes towards online testing in the medium of Blackboard: Promises and challenges
Abdulaziz I. Fageeh
The JALT CALL Journal Published 30 April, 2015, Volume 11(1), pp. 41-62.
EFL students’ readiness for e-learning: Factors influencing e-learners’ acceptance of the Blackboard in a Saudi university
Abdulaziz Ibraheem Fageeh
The JALT CALL Journal Published 30 April, 2011, Volume 7(1), pp. 19-42.
Effects of Blackboard on EFL academic writing and attitudes
Abdulaziz Fageeh, Mohamed Amin A. Mekheimer
The JALT CALL Journal Published 31 August, 2013, Volume 9(2), pp. 169-196.
Touch the page and mimic me: Evaluation of a talking-pen learning tool
The JALT CALL Journal Published 31 December, 2013, Volume 9(3), pp. 287-295.
A survey of Japanese university students' computer literacy skills
Adam Murray, Andrew Blyth
The JALT CALL Journal Published 31 December, 2011, Volume 7(3), pp. 307-318.
Negotiating intercultural spaces and teacher identity in an internationalised school in Shanghai
Intercultural Communication Education Published 23 August, 2019, Volume 2(2), pp. 59-70.