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.
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 article based on 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 presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting and not under consideration for publication through another outlet will be considered for LR:TMP. Manuscript submissions are due the first Friday in February. Selected manuscripts are typically published online by November in the annual volume.
All manuscripts will be managed electronically through SAGE Track at: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lrtmp. All submissions must be made electronically. It is important to follow the requirements for formatting and labeling your manuscript and preparing your submission according to specified length, margins, and font size. Manuscripts cannot exceed 8,500 words including abstract, references, tables, figures, and images using a 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE UPLOADED TO SAGE TRACK BY February 1, 2019, 11:59 pm, PST.
The editors will acknowledge receipt of manuscripts. After preliminary editorial review, 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 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 will receive reviews and notification of the editors' final decision.
- Follow APA style (6th edition) when preparing the text, reference list, tables, and figures. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th 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 person. If confirmation notice is not received, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (6th 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 8,500-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.
If you or your funder wishes your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. 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.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.
The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.