JLR’s current acceptance rate is approximately 4.74%. Abstracts in languages other than English are regularly made available (i.e., Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, & Spanish).
The Journal of Literacy Research (JLR) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes research related to literacy, language, and literacy and language education from preschool through adulthood. JLR publishes research and scholarly papers, including original research, critical reviews of research, conceptual analyses, and theoretical essays. Investigations of the social, affective, cognitive, pedagogical, technological, and political dimensions of literacy are appropriate for publication in JLR. Articles represent diverse research paradigms and theoretical orientations, and they employ a variety of methodologies and modes of inquiry. JLR serves as a forum for sharing divergent areas of research and pedagogy and encourages papers that open dialogue among professionals from a variety of disciplines.
|Tori K. Flint||University of Arizona|
|Charlene Mendoza||University of Arizona|
|Kelly L. Allen||The University of Arizona|
|Robert C. Heggestad, Jr.||Ohio State University|
|Harini Rajagopal||University of British Columbia|
|Ana Christina da Silva Iddings||University of Arizona|
|Olga Bever||University of Arizona|
|Xin Zhang||University of Arizona|
|Peter M. Ecke||University of Arizona|
|Mahmoud Azaz||University of Arizona|
|Susan Corapi||The University of Arizona|
|Arlette Willis, President||University of Illinois|
|Janice Almasi, President Elect||University of Kentucky|
|Pat Enciso, Vice President||Ohio State University|
|Gwendolyn McMillon, Treasurer||Oakland University|
|Diane Tracy, Secretary||Kean University|
|Patriann Smith, Parliamentarian||University of Illinois|
|Richard W. Beach, Past President||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Thomas DeVere Wolsey, Publications Chair||University of Central Florida|
|Lynn Hupp, Executive Director||LRA Headquarters|
|James Bauman||University of Missouri|
|Fenice Boyd||University of Buffalo, SUNY|
|Kelly Chandler-Olcott||Syracuse University|
|Pat Enciso||Ohio State University|
|Cynthia Lewis||University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, USA|
|Ray Reutzel||Utah State University|
|Flora Rodriguez-Brown||University of Illinois at Chicago|
|Theresa Rogers||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Misty Sailors||University of Texas, San Antonio|
The Journal of Literacy Research (JLR) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes research related to literacy, language, and literacy and language education from preschool through adulthood. JLR publishes research and scholarly papers, including original research, critical reviews of research, conceptual analyses, and theoretical essays. Investigations of the social, affective, cognitive, pedagogical, technological, and political dimensions of literacy are appropriate for publication in JLR. Articles represent diverse research paradigms and theoretical orientations, and they employ a variety of methodologies and modes of inquiry. JLR serves as a forum for sharing divergent areas of research and pedagogy and encourages papers that open dialogue among professionals from a variety of disciplines. Because JLR serves as an open forum, readers should not construe the contents as implying advocacy or endorsement by the Literacy Research Association (formerly National Reading Conference), its officers, or its members.
Editorial Policy on Manuscript Review
Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the editors for research integrity, topic suitability and reporting format and may be returned without further review if judged not appropriate for publication in JLR. Manuscripts meeting initial screening criteria are sent to members of the editorial advisory board or other qualified literacy researchers for blind review. The principal criteria used in judging manuscripts are the: (a) significance of their contribution to knowledge about literacy, (b) soundness of the methods employed in the research, (c) rigor of the scholarly argument(s), and (d) clarity of the writing. The editors strongly encourage potential authors to consult the following two documents as applicable in the shaping of their intellectual arguments: “Standards for Reporting Empirical Social Science Research” (AERA, 2006) and “Standards for Reporting Humanities Oriented Research” (AERA, 2009) which can be found at www.aera.net. At the present time, it is anticipated that manuscripts will be published within 9 months of their acceptance. Potential contributors who have specific questions about editorial policy, manuscript preparation, or the review process are encouraged to contact Patricia L. Anders or David B. Yaden, Jr., Co-Editors, Journal of Literacy Research, College of Education, 1430 E. Second Street, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85718. Email: JLRaz@u.arizona.edu.
Potential authors are encouraged to examine previous issues of JLR for topics and style of presentation. Manuscripts must be blinded and double-spaced with a maximum length between 12,000 to 14,000 words (48-56 pages) including references, and conform to the guidelines of American Psychological Association’s Manual of Style (6th ed). Space for printed graphical elements is limited, so there should be no more than a total of 3-5 tables, figures or photographs included which are directly germane to the main argument of the paper. Supplementary graphical materials such as lengthy appendices, tables, or figures which provide additional information about the study may be retrieved by interested readers from an online archive supported by SAGE with the URL link printed in the final article. Citations to this archive can be listed as follows: (see Table, Figure XX in the online, supplementary archive [URL supplied by SAGE]). These supplementary materials are directly scanned in from the original manuscript and must conform to APA guidelines for such graphical elements.
All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Literacy Research must be original works of the author(s), which have not been published previously in any form or submitted simultaneously to other journal(s) for publication. Submissions made to JLR during summer months require extended time for processing. Manuscript submissions must conform to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA guidelines can also be found at www.apastyle.org).
Additionally, the instructions stated above as well as the following guidelines must be followed or the manuscript will be returned without review:
- submission of 8 ½” x 11” manuscript with 1” margins in Microsoft Word format
- 12pt Times New Roman font and double-spaced
- running header (the title of the manuscript in all capital letters) flush left and page numbers flush right
- first line of all paragraphs indented
- abstracts are not indented
- block quotations (40 words or more) should be indented 1/2 inch
- headings and Reference list in APA format
- references to the author(s) in the body of the text must be deleted and replaced with “Author(s)” and author(s) own citations in the reference list should be alphabetically ordered as “Author. (Year).” for blinding purposes.
Submissions to JLR are managed through SAGE Track, JLR’s online manuscript tracking system: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jlr. First-time users will need to create an account by selecting a username and password. Be sure to enter your email address and select areas of expertise. After creating an account, log in to the Author Center to submit your manuscript. Email JLRaz@u.arizona.edu with any questions. Submission should include:
(a) blinded manuscript following the guidelines above
(b) separate title page including name, address, phone and fax number, email address, and a short (2-3 sentence) biography of the author and all coauthors
(c) one-paragraph abstract limited to 250 words should accompany all submissions. The abstract should be written in the third person and without citations. Please include keywords (the terms that researchers will use to find your article in indexes and databases) at the bottom of the abstract. Please limit your keywords to no more than five key terms.
Tables and Figures. Tables should be included in the article file following the references. Figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files. Placement for tables and figures should be indicated in the text (e.g., “[Table 1 about here]”). A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet.
Illustrations. Figures and photos accompanying an initial submission must be provided as production-ready. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and should follow these guidelines: 300 dpi or higher; sized to fit on journal page; EPS, TIFF, JPEG, and PDF files are preferred; Microsoft Office files are also acceptable as long as they meet the other guidelines listed here. Please submit illustrations as separate files, not embedded in text files, and submit in grayscale, not color.
Essay Book Reviews. JLR publishes critical reviews of scholarly books devoted to literacy and literacy research. Readers, Authors, and Publishers, wishing to nominate books for review should contact the editors at JLRaz@u.arizona.edu.
Permissions. Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permission from copyright owners to use a lengthy quotation (exceeding the limits of fair use) or to reprint or adapt a table or figure published elsewhere. Authors should write to the original author(s) and publisher of such material to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages for use in print and non-print versions of the present article and in all future editions. Provide copies of all permissions and credit lines obtained.
Non-English Speaker. Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using the services of a professional English-language editing company. We highlight some of these companies at http://www.sagepub.com/journalgateway/engLang.htm.
Please be aware that SAGE has no affiliation with these companies and makes no endorsement of them. An author's use of these services in no way guarantees that his or her submission will ultimately be accepted. Any arrangement an author enters into will be exclusively between the author and the particular company, and any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author.
SAGE Choice and Open Access
For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.