JLR publishes research and scholarly papers, including original empirical research and critical essays in its Insights column. Articles represent diverse research paradigms and theoretical orientations to consider literacy across various populations and global locations. Articles employ a variety of methodologies and modes of inquiry, such as mixed methods, ethnography, narrative and experimental.
Because JLR serves as an open forum, readers should not construe the contents as implying advocacy or endorsement by the Literacy Research Association, its officers, or its members. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
JLR’s current acceptance rate is approximately 8%. 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 a peer-reviewed journal contributes to the advancement research related to literacy and literacy education. Current focuses include, but are not limited to:
- Literacies from preschool to adulthood
- Evolving and expanding definitions of ‘literacy’
- Innovative applications of theory, pedagogy and instruction
- Methodological developments in literacy and language research
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Submitted manuscripts are first reviewed by the editors for research integrity, topic suitability, and reporting format. Submitted manuscripts 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 board or other qualified literacy researchers for blind, peer-review. The principal criteria used in judging manuscripts are the: (a) significance of their contribution to the field of 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 https://www.aera.net/Publications/Standards-for-Research-Conduct
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Potential authors are encouraged to align their work with the goals of the journal and are encouraged to examine previous issues of JLR for style presentation. We encourage authors to capitalize on the research presented in previous issues of JLR by checking that submitted papers are making sufficient reference to JLR.
We encourage authors to avoid dehumanizing language such as “struggling reader,” “failing schools,” “dyslexics,” “special education students,” and “high poverty schools.” We also encourage authors to avoid bias in their language related to gender and the representation of gender in their work.
All manuscripts submitted to the JLR must be original works of the author(s), which have not been published previously in any form or submitted simultaneously to other journals.
Manuscripts must be blinded and double-spaced with a maximum length of 10,500 words (inclusive of references) for traditional submissions with the exception of Insight essays. For traditional submissions, the manuscript should be reduced by 450 words for every table/figure (with a limit of no more than 3 tables or figures per manuscript). Tables and figures much be directly germane to the main argument of the paper.
The editors encourage authors to use the repository; supplementary materials such as appendices, tables, or figures should be submitted as supplemental materials. Upon acceptance and publication, these supplemental materials may be retrieved by interested readers from an online archive supported by SAGE with the URL link printed in the final article. These supplementary materials must conform to APA guidelines for such graphical elements.
Manuscripts must be blinded and double-spaced with a maximum length of 3,000 words (inclusive of references). Insight essays may be invited or submitted. Insight essays draw from multi or interdisciplinary perspectives to challenge, expand and/or evolve notions of literacy. Submissions that engage with disciplines and theoretical perspectives traditionally outside of the scope of literacy and language education are particularly welcomed.
All submissions (empirical and Insight Essays) must conform to the guidelines of American Psychological Association’s Manual of Style (6th ed).
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• headings and reference list in APA format and fact-checked; and
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