Submissions Guidelines

Questions about manuscript submission can be emailed to

Articles for the CLJ may engage theories and praxes rooted in these areas, as long as they clearly demonstrate engagement with community literacy scholarship. The editors seek work that pushes the field forward in exciting and perhaps unexpected ways. Case studies, qualitative and/or quantitative research, conceptual articles, etc., ranging from 20-25 manuscript pages, are welcome. If deemed appropriate, we will send the manuscript out to readers for blind review. You can expect a report in 8-10 weeks.

The CLJ also welcomes shorter manuscripts (8-12 pages) for two new sections. Submissions for these sections will generally be reviewed in-house:

Community Literacy Project Profiles will offer innovative and impactful community-based projects that are grounded in best practices. Contact the Project Profiles Editor, Vincent Portillo, with questions and submissions at

Issues in Community Literacy will offer targeted analysis, reflection, and/or complication of ongoing challenges associated with the work of community literacy. Potential subjects for this section include (but are not limited to): building/sustaining infrastructure, navigating institutional constraints, pursuing community literacy in graduate school, working with vulnerable populations, building ethical relationships, realizing reciprocity, and negotiating conflicts among partners. We imagine this as a space for practitioners to raise critical issues or offer a response to an issue raised in a previous volume of the CLJ. Contact the Issues in Community Literacy Editor, Cayce Wicks, with questions and submissions at

Manuscript 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.

Submissions Preparation Checklist

  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, 5-7 keywords for indexing, and a manuscript that does not exceed the specified page count for the publication section you choose.
  4. Adherence to all Format Guidelines, above.