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Edited By: Dr J B Talcott

Impact Factor: 1.429

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2015: 12/39 (Education Special); 21/71 (Rehabilitation (Social Science)); 27/57 (Psychology Educational)

Online ISSN: 1099-0909

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Dyslexia is a quarterly journal for the study of specific learning disabilities and other developmental disorders with a target audience of both researchers and practitioners. It publishes articles on both normal and atypical developmental processes from perspectives including psychology, education, linguistics, neuroscience and developmental science.

The journal publishes four categories of articles. Regular articles are substantial accounts of research or practice and are approximately 15 published pages (8,000 words); Brief Reports provide shorter accounts of ongoing research, interventions, or professional developments have a target length of about 8 pages (3,000 words); Innovations and Insights present ideas that have potential for research or practice, or comments on these, and will typically consist of 2–3 pages (1,000 words). Practitioner Reviews highlight pertinent issues for screening, assessment and remediation, and particularly those that focus on the practical implications of recently published empirical studies. Contributions of this kind should be discussed before submission with the editor.

Original articles only will be considered. Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and unpublished, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and will not be submitted elsewhere while it is under review by Dyslexia.

All submissions to the journal must be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/dys. Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. If you require assistance then click the 'Get Help Now' link which appears at the top right of every ScholarOne Manuscripts page. Authors may send queries concerning the submission process, manuscript status, or journal procedures to the editor at j.b.talcott@aston.ac.uk.

The journal employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published work.

Manuscripts should conform to the conventions specified in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Authors may be asked to reformat any manuscripts that do not conform to the following guidelines prior to editorial evaluation.

1. Preparation of Manuscript. Please provide a title page listing the full title, short title, and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including email, telephone and fax, of the corresponding author who is to check the proofs. Please also include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s) if relevant.

Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing purposes. Practitioner Points: We encourage authors to include up to five bullet points (each of 20 words or less) outlining the relevance of the research to professional practice.

Please double space all material. Manuscripts should have 3cm margins on all sides. Number pages consecutively with the title page as page 1. All tables and other end-of-paper matter except art should be number. A brief title should appear directly above each table. Footnotes are to be avoided: parentheses should be used instead.

Please prepare a brief abstract of no more than 200 words.

The manuscript, figures and tables should all be submitted as separate files. In addition, authors may upload additional material which will go out with the manuscript for review, or longer supplementary material, which will not.

2. English Language Editing Services. We are pleased to inform you that Wiley are now offering English Language Editing Services (ELES) for authors whose first language is not English. Please see http://wileyeditingservices.com/en/ for details of the services offered.

3. Figures. Digital art files should be saved as TIFF or EPS format, and should be of sufficiently high resolution to appear sharp and artifact-free when printed. Ideally we would like authors to submit their figures in the actual final size. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. In situations where figures make essential use of color, the journal can publish a limited number of color figures in its hard copy version. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will normally be charged to the author.

4. Numbering of Figures and Tables. Each figure and table must be mentioned in the text and must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in the order of its appearance in the text. Figure captions should appear on a list separate from the text or on the figures themselves. The word "Figure" should always appear as Fig. in the text.

5. References. Contributors should refer to the APA Publication Manual for the correct listing of references in the text and reference list. All references must be closely checked in text and lists to determine that dates and spellings are consistent. Please note that the names of all authors should be given in the list of references, and "et al." used only in the text. Please include the words "in press" and the DOI number when citing work published online but not yet in hard copy. Examples for books and journals follow:

Journal Article

Jeffries, S., & Everatt, J. (2004). Working Memory: Its Role in Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties. Dyslexia, 10, 196–214.


Paloutzian, R. F. (1996). Invitation to the psychology of religion (2nd ed.). Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Book with More than One Author

Natarajan, R., & Chaturvedi, R. (1983). Geology of the Indian Ocean. Hartford, CT: University of Hartford Press.

Hesen, J., Carpenter, K., Moriber, H., & Milsop, A. (1983). Computers in the business world, Hartford, CT: Capital Press. and so on.

The abbreviation et al. is not used in the reference list, regardless of the number of authors, although it should be used in the text citation of material with three to five authors (after the initial citation, when all are listed) and in all parenthetical citations of material with six or more authors.

Web Document on University Program or Department Web Site

Degelman, D., & Harris, M. L. (2000). APA style essentials. Retrieved May 18, 2000, from Vanguard University, Department of Psychology Website: http://www.vanguard.edu/faculty/ddegelman/index.cfm?doc_id=796

Stand-alone Web Document (no date)

Nielsen, M. E. (n.d.). Notable people in psychology of religion. Retrieved August 3, 2001, from http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/psyrelpr.htm

Journal Article from Database

Hien, D., & Honeyman, T. (2000). A closer look at the drug abuse-maternal aggression link. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 15, 503–522. Retrieved May 20, 2000, from ProQuest database.

Abstract from Secondary Database

Garrity, K., & Degelman, D. (1990). Effect of server introduction on restaurant tipping. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20, 168–172. Abstract retrieved July 23, 2001, from PsycINFO database.

Article or Chapter in an Edited Book

Shea, J. D. (1992). Religion and sexual adjustment. In J. F. Schumaker (Ed.). Religion and mental health (pp. 70–84). New York: Oxford University Press.

6. Spelling, Terminology, and Abbreviations. British spelling, rather than American is preferred. The Oxford English Dictionary is the standard reference work when in doubt. Please try to avoid jargon and, wherever possible, abbreviations that are not commonly accepted. All acronyms should be defined in the text

7. Copyright and Permissions

  • Copyright Transfer Agreement

    If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

    For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement

    If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

    CTA Terms and Conditions

    For authors choosing OnlineOpen

    If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

    Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

    To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

    If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

  • Permission grants - if the manuscript contains extracts, including illustrations, from other copyright works (including material from on-line or intranet sources) it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission from the owners of the publishing rights to reproduce such extracts using the Wiley Permission Request Form.

8. Further information. There is no page charge to authors. Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the delay in publishing your paper. Free access to the final PDF of the article will be available via Author Services. Please register for this service—http://authorservices.wiley.com/. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

9. Reprints. Contributors may order reprints when page proofs are returned.


OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/onlineopen#OnlineOpen_Terms.

Any authors wishing to send their paper OnlineOpen will be required to complete the payment form available from our website at: https://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/onlineopen_order.asp.

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen if you do not wish to. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.