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, 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

Insights into technology and autonomy in language teaching

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]

Megatrends in education

Megatrends in education
Beata L. Webb (2021)

The studies of trends in education are often undertaken by governments and national educational institutions with a global reach such as the Centre for Global Higher Education or British Council in the ... [more]

Becoming a language teacher

Becoming a language teacher
A practical guide to second language learning and teaching
2nd ed.
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]

Professional academic writing

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]

The evolution of intercultural communicative competence: Conceptualisations, critiques and consequences for 21st century classroom practice
Hild Elisabeth Hoff
Intercultural Communication Education Published 25 August, 2020, Volume 3(2), pp. 55-74. Download PDF

Errors by Simpson and Dervin (2019) in their description of the Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic Culture
Martyn Barrett, Michael Byram
Intercultural Communication Education Published 25 August, 2020, Volume 3(2), pp. 75-95. Download PDF

Review of Intercultural Communicative Competence in Educational Exchange: A Multinational Perspective
Joana Almeida
Intercultural Communication Education Published 25 August, 2020, Volume 3(2), pp. 96-98. Download PDF

Strategy use, self-efficacy beliefs, and self-regulatedness in adult foreign language learning
Akihiro Saito
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 26 August, 2020, Volume 3(2), pp. 152-167. Download PDF

Teacher praxis within the “Communicative Course of Study Guidelines” in Japan: Post-implementation pedagogy
Kevin Bartlett
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 26 August, 2020, Volume 3(2), pp. 168-182. Download PDF

Introduction to the special issue
Julie Choi, Mei French, Sue Ollerhead
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 1-10. Download PDF

Translanguaging as a boundary crossing mechanism: A Turkish-American Youngster and her linguistic negotiation of three discursive spaces
Tuba Yilmaz, Ester de Jong
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 11-25. Download PDF

Mediating communication - ELF and flexible multilingualism perspectives on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Constant Leung, Jennifer Jenkins
Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics Published 30 April, 2020, Volume 3(1), pp. 26-41. Download PDF