Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

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Current Editors Emily Neil Skinner and Margaret Carmody Hagood

Impact Factor: 0.447

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 152/219 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1936-2706

Associated Title(s): Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher

Author Guidelines

Writing for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL) seeks manuscripts. JAAL features articles that highlight research-based practice aimed at improving engagement and achievement among literacy learners aged 12 and older. Readers of this peer-reviewed publication include middle and secondary school teachers and administrators, preservice teachers, postsecondary teachers, librarians, media specialists, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, researchers, scholars, and policymakers. JAAL seeks both qualitative and quantitative research studies. Submissions should focus on practical applications and include graphics (e.g., tables, charts, figures, photographs) that aid in summarizing the text and engaging readers. We seek research-based manuscripts that connect literacy contexts and stakeholders with 21st-century literacies. Topics may include but are not limited to motivation, engagement, and assessment of diverse populations of literacy learners in local and global contexts; adolescents’ and adults’ consumption and production of visual, digital, and print-based texts on and offline; content area literacies instruction; and integration of pop culture and digital literacies into independent and collaborative teaching and learning experiences.

JAAL is published online and in print eight times a year: monthly from September to May, with a combined December/January issue. It is received by more than 15,000 subscribers worldwide.

Appropriate Submissions

JAAL welcomes high-quality, blinded manuscripts (4,000 to 6,000 words in length, including all references, figures, tables, and elements) that include related citations and reference list according to APA 6th edition and that make a significant contribution to advancing and integrating theory and practice in adolescent and adult literacy. No book reviews, literary analyses, class projects, term papers, dissertations, endorsements of commercial products/services, previously published works, or works under consideration elsewhere will be considered. Manuscripts will be evaluated on their originality, significance, scholarship, clearly articulated relationship between theory and practice, audience appeal, organization, and writing style appropriateness for JAAL audience. The acceptance rate is 16–20%.

Before submitting your manuscript, familiarize yourself with articles published in JAAL to gain insight on the voice, tone, and format appropriate for the journal’s audience.

Preparing Your Manuscript

All submissions for peer review should conform to the style outlined in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Authors of accepted manuscripts must also provide written permission releases for use of material from another source (including student’s writing samples, text or figures excerpted from another published work, etc.). Releases must also be provided for use of any person’s words or likeness. Refer to IRA’s copyright information for details.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically. Prepare the following files for uploading to our online manuscript tracking system. Text should be presented double-spaced in 12 point font, preferably in Microsoft Word.

Required Elements

Effective July 1, 2013, the following elements must be included:

•Abstract of 150 words, written in the third person and without citations.
•One blinded copy of the manuscript. To prepare this version, remove author names and affiliations from bylines, replace references to your own and to coauthors’ published work simply with “Author (year)” in text and in reference list (that is, delete publication titles), and mask any city, state, institutional affiliation, or links to personal websites. Note that all in-text citations and corresponding references must be in standard APA format. Footnotes and appendixes should not appear. Instead, incorporate such material into the article text. See “Required Sidebars” section above.
*Figures and Tables: Tables should be embedded at the end of the manuscript.

Figures should not be embedded inside the manuscript or separate Word documents. They should be submitted as separate, original image files (e.g., jpg, pdf, tif, eps) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi.

All figures and tables must be referenced in the manuscript, and figure captions can be inserted with their callouts. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

•At the end of the article and before the references, include a Take Action! sidebar. Take Action! identifies the steps teachers need to follow to apply your ideas to the classrooms. Please include a numbered list of steps (no longer than 270 words) that succinctly explain how teachers can implement your strategy, assessment, or idea right away. Be clear and concise, and include content area examples if possible. You can assume that teachers will have already read your article and will have understood the concepts presented. Take Action! will tell them how to get started.
•At the end of the References, include a More to Explore list of no more than five or six additional, multimodal resources for readers interested in supplemental information on your topic. These should not include resources already cited and referred to in your text. Examples to offer include lesson plans from, books and journal articles, podcasts, and websites.

Teaser Text
At the beginning of the article, add “teaser text” to pique reader interest. This should not be an academic abstract but rather an article synopsis no longer than 30 words, written in third person. Please be sure the teaser text is noted as such in the manuscript

Cover Letter with Author Blurbs
The cover letter should be a separate document from your main manuscript and should
include your name and affiliation (as you would have them published) and your mailing and e-mail addresses. Any coauthors should be listed in preferred order, with name, affiliation, and contact information.

The cover letter should also have short blurbs for each author in the following format:
[Author Name] is a/an [professional title] at [professional affiliation], [City, State, Country]; e-mail [e-mail address].

Online-Only Supporting Information

Authors are welcome to submit online-only supporting information with their paper. Supporting information must be important, ancillary information that is relevant to the parent article but that does not or cannot appear in the printed edition of the journal (e.g., audio or video files). See Supporting Information Guidelines for details.

Submitting Your Manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted online through ILA’s Manuscript Central tracking system.

•Go to the Manuscript Central site
•Create an account (if you haven’t done so already)
•Log in to your account with your username and password, and select the appropriate publication from the drop-down "journal" menu
•Click the Author Center link
•Click on the blue star and follow the instructions provided. Plesae note that all authors must be included as part of the submission.
•A confirmation e-mail will acknowledge our receipt of your manuscript

You can follow the progress of your manuscript by accessing your Author Center.

Review and Adjudication

The review process includes a preliminary evaluation to determine appropriateness, double-blind peer review, and finally adjudication by the editors. All manuscripts are reviewed by two Editorial Board members and a guest reviewer. Acceptance is determined by the reviewers’ recommendations, available space, and balance of topics in upcoming issues. A decision is typically rendered eight weeks from the date of submission. Publication date of accepted manuscripts is determined primarily by the amount of material already awaiting publication.


Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to assign their copyright to ILA so that the Association can register copyright to the journal as a whole and administer requests for reuse. (Authors are invited to read ILA's rights and permissions policies, which do not restrict authors' own reuse of their work.)

Accepted articles are edited to meet ILA style guidelines. Page proofs are sent to the author for final approval approximately six weeks prior to publication. All authors will receive a final PDF of their article for their records.

Early View

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy is covered by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Citation for an article published as Early View:
Smith, A., & Jones, B. (2012). Article on reading. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/JAAL.00101

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Copyright Agreement and Online Open

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

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] 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:

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