Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice is a blind peer-reviewed annual journal that reports contemporary research and theory in literacy and literacy education. The articles in LR:TMP are to promote discussion and constructive critique about key areas of research. Articles are to reflect the content of the Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Meeting and inform scholarship in the field. Presenters at the Annual Meeting of the LRA Conference are invited to submit articles based on their presentations for possible inclusion in LR:TMP. Manuscript submissions are due the first Friday in February. Selected manuscripts are typically published online by November in the annual volume.
|Karen Spector||University of Alabama, USA|
|James S. Chisholm||University of Louisville, USA|
|Kathryn F. Whitmore||Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA|
|Jennifer Alford||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Maneka Brooks||Texas State University, USA|
|Bianca Caldas||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, USA|
|Amy Seely Flint||University of Louisville, USA|
|Michele Foster||University of Louisville, USA|
|Latrise Johnson||University of Alabama, USA|
|Tasha Tropp Laman||Western Washington University, USA|
|Jon M. Wargo||Boston College, USA|
|Haley Parker||University of Alabama, USA|
Style Sheet & Guidelines for Manuscript Preparation
Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice (LR: TMP) reports on contemporary research and theory in literacy and literacy education reflecting the content of the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference. LR: TMP includes refereed articles by both emerging scholars and more established researchers. We invite all presenters at the Annual LRA Conference to submit articles discussing their presentations for possible inclusion in LR: TMP.
LR: TMP is a refereed publication; acceptance of papers by the program committee does not guarantee publication. Only manuscripts that were presented at the 2020 Annual Conference and not under consideration for publication through another outlet will be considered for LR: TMP.
All manuscripts will be managed electronically through ScholarOne. Please follow all guidelines for formatting, labeling, and preparing your manuscript, which may not exceed 7,500 words, including abstract, references, tables, and figures. Use 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
ScholarOne will automatically generate an email receipt when your manuscript is successfully submitted. After preliminary editorial review, at least three reviewers with expertise in the subject area will evaluate each manuscript. All manuscripts will receive blind review. Authors are cautioned to report their research in ways that will not provide unnecessary clues to their identities. References to the author’s own work can be inserted upon acceptance. Manuscripts will be evaluated and selected for inclusion in LR: TMP based on the following criteria:
- significance of topic and findings
- adequacy of design and analysis
- clarity of presentation
- timeliness and relevancy
- contribution to the field
- appropriateness in terms of style and format
Authors and reviewers will receive blind reviews and notification of the editors’ final decision.
Manuscript Preparation Checklist
- 12-point Times New Roman Font with 1” margins
- Abstract of 250 words
- 7,500 words or fewer, including abstracts (250 words), references, figures, and tables
- Submit figures and tables as separate documents
- Submit permissions for photos, videos, links, and texts
- Include 4-5 keywords for the manuscript
- Include order of authors and institutional affiliation for each author
- Use APA guidelines (7th edition)
- Upload a blinded Microsoft Word document into ScholarOne (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lrtmp)
- Follow APA style (7th edition) when preparing the text, reference list, tables, and figures. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) is available from the American Psychological Association (1200 17th Street N. W., Washington, D.C. 20036). Please pay particular attention to APA guidelines for headings, references, and construction of tables and figures.
- Content and clarity of communication are critical considerations for acceptance.
- LR: TMP rarely publishes endnotes or footnotes. Please incorporate this information into the text.
- To meet length specifications, consider the following:
- Eliminate nonessential words and phrases. Removing unnecessary prepositions, articles, and superfluous phrases often reduces an article by one to three pages.
- Use tables and figures only when absolutely necessary, as these items can add considerably to the length of the manuscript. Tables, figures, and images should be included only when they increase clarity. Information in tables/figures/images should not be repeated in the narrative. Authors must select tables/figures/images to be half or full page, although the final decision will be made by Sage based upon the quality of the tables/figures/images. Each table/figure/image included in the manuscript will be included in the word count (1 page image = 410 words; ½ page image = 205 words).
Figures should be uploaded as separate files according to the following guidelines:
- Format–TIFF, JPEG, PDF: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in). Microsoft Office files (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) are also accepted.
- Resolution–Rasterized based files (i.e. with .tiff or .jpeg extensions) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
- Color–Please note that images supplied in color will be published in color online and black and white in print (unless otherwise arranged). Therefore, it is important that you supply images that are comprehensible in black and white as well (i.e. by using color with a distinctive pattern or dotted lines). The captions should reflect this by not using words indicating color.
5. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission for photos, videos, links, and texts included within their manuscript.
6. Submit the manuscript electronically. Confirmation of manuscript receipt will be sent to the contact author. If confirmation notice is not received, please contact LRTMP@ua.edu with “Confirmation Request” in the subject line.
7. Name the file with the title of the article, not the author(s) names to ensure blind review. Please consult the APA guide (7th edition) for information about blinding manuscripts both in the body of the manuscript and reference list. Submit the blinded Microsoft Word manuscript electronically on the ScholarOne website.
- Include 4-5 keywords. These keywords will appear beneath the article abstract in the publication.
- Authors should include an abstract up to 250 words. The abstract word count is included in the total 7,500-word count.
- Specify the order of authors.
- Include the institutional affiliation for each author.
Failure to comply with these guidelines or failure to meet deadlines may result in refusal to review or rejection of the manuscript.
For more information, please refer to the SAGE Manuscript Submission Guidelines.