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Author Guidelines

When writing for the Community Literacy Journal, you can assume a wide and diverse audience: scholars in English Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, Education, Linguistics, Technical Communication; you can assume a readership among community workers, literacy advocates, and among federal agencies.

Format: The MLA Style, 7th ed.

  • We discourage the use of End Notes, preferring integration of information within the article's text; when absolutely unavoidable, use End Notes, not footnotes
  • Images need to be at least 300 DPI for printing
  • Images will need some form of attribution and acknowledgment  
  • Use pseudonyms and/or anonymous information to protect the privacy of your research sources
  • Minimize the use of parentheses and parenthetical phrases
  • Have permission to quote from students’ or community members’ work. We follow the NCTE Guidelines for “Permissions and Consents." There are two kinds of permissions:
    • Permission to reproduce published work. For previously published work–writing, artwork, photography–authors are responsible for fees charged for reprinting copyrighted material and must obtain written permission. CLJ staff will be happy to advise you.
    • Permission from contributors to your article. Research involving human subjects, samples of student writing, artwork, photographs, observations of teachers and their classrooms–all require consent to publish before they can be used in your published work.

Editorial Guidelines & Process

Upon receipt of your manuscript, we send anonymous versions of articles out to readers for blind peer review. We may work directly with you on case study or reflective pieces. You can expect a report back in 8-10 weeks.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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 that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or TXT document file format.
  3. The submission includes institutional and home mailing addresses, an article abstract of 50-100 words, a brief author bio, and 5-7 keywords for indexing.

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