Submission Process

You must have a Submittable account to submit a manuscript for consideration in JoLLE.

Your submission should include the following:

1) Manuscript Information, including:

a. manuscript title

b. author's/authors' name(s)

c. Correspondence info: address, email, phone number

d. a brief bio: indicating affiliation, recent publications

e. a 100-200 word abstract [for APA-style research reports, write two sentences for each major section: Theory, Methods, Findings, Discussion]                                                       

f. 3-5 keywords

g. word count of the manuscript.

2) Masked Manuscript.  Manuscripts should not exceed 9000 words in length, excluding all references, figures, and tables. Do not include any identifying information in your manuscript document or in the document file name. Replace author identification with “Author” or “Author A,” etc.  Please make sure your abstract is also included in this document.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

3) Tables and Figures. Any additional tables and figures relevant to the study should be submitted in separate documents.

4) For Revised and Resubmitted Drafts: Include a masked letter to reviewers in a separate document as well as any additional documents pertinent to your revised copy.

Format & Style

Manuscripts should be in upper and lower case, double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides. They should be in MS Word. Submissions must follow the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009, 6th edition)—available from the American Psychological Association, Order Department, P.O. Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784. You can also access this information at the Purdue Online Writing Lab site.

Author Identification

The name of the author should not appear anywhere on the manuscript to ensure anonymity in the review process. The manuscript should have no author names but may carry a short title (running head) at the top of each page. Information in text or references that would identify the author must be deleted from the manuscript (e.g., text citations of “my previous work,” especially when accompanied by a self-citation; the author’s own work in the reference list). These may be reinserted in the final draft. The author’s name should be removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.


Manuscripts for the featured articles section should typically run between 5,000 to 10,000 words, not including the reference list. Manuscripts for the Voices from the Field section should typically run between 1,500 and 3,500 words.

Notes & References

Notes are for explanations or amplifications of textual material. A reference list contains only references that are cited in the text. Its accuracy and completeness are the responsibility of the author(s). Please adhere to APA 6th edition publication guidelines for all notes and references.

Please reference the APA_Quick_Citation_Guide when preparing your manuscript.

Tables, Figures, & Multimedia

Tables and Figures. The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. The author should not describe the data in the text in such detail that illustration or text is redundant. Figures and tables should be noted in the text and attached as separate documents, if possible. Tables and charts should be submitted in a separate document from the manuscript.  Do not include any identifying information in this document or in the document file name.

Images. You are encouraged to submit images along with your manuscript; however, please ensure that you have (or will) secure copyright protection for all images. The Journal of Language and Literacy Education cannot aid in, or financially contribute to, the procuring of copyright.

Videos. Authors may choose to upload video files to a public online video site such as YouTube or Vimeo and insert the embed code in the manuscript. All videos should be referred to in the text as Video 1, Video 2, etc. Authors must provide a link to the video within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., Video 1) or a still frame from the video (i.e., a .GIF, .PNG or .JPG file). Authors should be careful to remove any identifying information within the video itself, the title of the video, and/or the uploading channel name in YouTube or producer name in Vimeo.

Audio files. Audio files must also be submitted in a web-optimized format in either Windows Media, Real, or Quicktime formats. Audio files should be identified in the text as Audio 1, Audio 2, etc., and audio filenames should include the corresponding audio numbers. Authors must provide a link to the audio within the article. This link could be a text link (e.g., Audio 1) or a related graphic.


All authors should use non-discriminatory and unbiased language in their manuscripts. See APA 6th edition publication “Reducing Bias in Language” guidelines.

We cannot publish any material that has been previously published in print or electronic form. Please do not submit material to other publishers while your manuscript is under consideration for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education.

Pronouns. When submitting your manuscript for review, please include a statement clarifying your choice of pronouns throughout your paper. If your manuscript is accepted for publication, this statement will be included as a footnote in your published article. For more guidance on writing this statement, please see the Pronoun Statement Samples here.

Review and Revision Process

We will acknowledge receipt of all manuscripts by email. The Journal of Language and Literacy Education is refereed, and once a manuscript has been received, the editorial staff will determine if the piece will be sent out for review, the exception being for invited manuscripts. All manuscripts chosen for review are read by a minimum of two reviewers. We will attempt to reach a decision on each article within three months.

The editors may suggest or make major revisions in consultation with the author; however, because of publication deadlines, the editors maintain the right to make what she perceives to be minor revisions without seeking the writer’s approval.

Research Guidelines

The following are procedures for those authors submitting work that relies on human subjects, reporting verbatim what other people have produced in writing, speech, or other texts:

For University-Based Researchers. Upon acceptance of my manuscript, I am prepared to submit copies of my IRB approval documents as well as a copy of the (unsigned) consent form that was shared with and completed by the participants involved in the research presented in my writing.

For School-Based Researchers. Upon acceptance of my manuscript, I am prepared to obtain documentation from my administration (either school- or district-based) that I had approval to conduct research for the purposes of publication (using forms supplied by JoLLE, or an other reputable source such as a book publisher specializing in practitioner work) and to submit copies of these documents to JoLLE.

Resources for Authors

As you prepare your manuscript for submission, please refer to the following texts for guidance on writing effective and thorough qualitative research articles.

Theoretical Framework.

Grant, C., & Osanloo, A. (2014). Understanding, selecting, and integrating a theoretical famework in dissertation research: Creating the blueprint for your “house.” Administrative Issues Journal: Connecting Education, Practice, and Research, 4(2), 12-26.

Writing and Revising.

Lawrence, A. (2014). Three heuristics for writing and revising qualitative research articles in English education. Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, 3(2), 96-122.

Method Section.

Smagorinsky, P. (2008). The method section as conceptual epicenter in constructing social science research reports. Written Communication, 25(3), 389-411.

Research Problems and Methods.

Takayoshi, P., Tomlinson, E., & Castillo, J. (2012) The construction of research problems and methods. In P. Takayoshi & K. Powell (Eds.),Socially progressive research methodologies for the study of writing and literacy (pp. 97-121). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Permission to Publish
In submitting a manuscript to the JoLLE, you agree to the following terms of publication, which must be acknowledged via email:
Approval and Acceptance. We mutually agree that publication of the manuscript and/or art is contingent upon its acceptance for publication by JoLLE and upon its meeting editorial standards.
Warranty. You warrant that the submission is original; that it contains no matter which is libelous or is otherwise unlawful or which invades individual privacy or infringes any proprietary right or any statutory copyright; and you agree to indemnify and hold JoLLE harmless against any claim or judgment to the contrary. If JoLLE consents to publish your manuscript and/or art, and you consent to publication, you grant and assign to JoLLE for its exclusive use the entire copyright for the work submitted.
Previous Publication and Permission. You warrant that the manuscript and/or art has not been published elsewhere in whole or in part and that no agreement to publish the manuscript and/or art or any part or version thereof is outstanding. Should the manuscript and/or art contain any material that requires written permission for inclusion in, such permission shall be obtained at your own expense from the copyright owner and submitted with the manuscript.

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