Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

Cover image for Vol. 59 Issue 3

Current Editors Emily Neil Skinner and Margaret Carmody Hagood

Impact Factor: 0.674

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 123/224 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1936-2706

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

Author Guidelines

Acceptance Rate: approximately 20%
Time in peer review: approximately 8 weeks

Author Guidelines

Writing for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

The Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL) seeks manuscripts that highlight innovative, research-based practices 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, and policymakers. Topics may include but are not limited to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and programs for diverse populations of literacy learners across the globe; adolescents’ and adults’ consumption and production of visual, digital, and print-based texts in and out of school; and content area and disciplinary literacies.

JAAL is published online and in print six times a year: July/August, September/October, November/December, January/February, March/April, and May/June. It is received by more than 15,000 individual and institutional 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. Submissions should focus on practical applications and, where appropriate, include graphics (e.g., tables, charts, figures, photographs) that emphasize key ideas and add visual interest. 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 clarity of writing. The acceptance rate is approximately 20%. Before submitting your manuscript, familiarize yourself with the voice, tone, and format typical of JAAL articles.

Preparing Your Manuscript

All submissions for peer review should conform to the style outlined in the APA 6th edition. All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to our online manuscript tracking system. Text should be presented double-spaced in 12 point font, in .doc, .docx, or .rtf files.

Short Paragraphs
• Keep paragraphs short for better readability in the journal's multicolumn format. Extremely short paragraphs of just a few sentences are fine and in fact preferred--keep in mind that a paragraph that runs 3 or 4 lines long in a Word document will run 8 or 10 lines long in the journal layout!

Organizational and Visual Appeal
• Make every effort to include subheadings (up to 3 levels of subheads can be accommodated in JAAL), bulleted and numbered lists, figures and tables, or other visual elements in the text to increase readability and visual interest.

Required Elements
The following elements must be included:

• Abstract of 100-150 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.
• All in-text citations and corresponding references must be in APA 6th edition format. Footnotes and appendixes should not appear. Instead, incorporate such material into the article text, figures and tables, or required Sidebars.

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, but rather 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

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

• At the end of the article and before the references, include a Take Action! sidebar. Take Action! identifies the steps others need to follow to apply your ideas to literacy classrooms and programs. Please include a numbered list of steps (no longer than 200 words) that succinctly explains how teachers can implement the practical implications of your article.
• 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.

• Ensure that your references are correct and complete and that they adhere to the APA 6th edition reference structures. NOTE: References will not be fact checked in copy editing; it is the author's responsibility to verify the accuracy of all references and their corresponding citations.
• Ensure that references include complete author initials with no space between initials, ampersand for multiauthored works, year, full titles of books including edition/volume, page numbers for book chapters, month for presentations, volume and issue number for journal articles, etc. Ensure that authors for a single source are listed in correct order.
• Pull literature titles out into a separate reference list (e.g., Literature Cited). NOTE: Literature that is mentioned but not actually cited does not need a parenthetical citation or inclusion in a reference list. Only if it matters which published edition of the book was used are parenthetical citations and reference entries needed.

• Authors of accepted manuscripts must provide written permission releases for use of material from other sources (e.g., student work samples, text or figures excerpted from another published work). Releases must also be provided for use of any person’s words or likeness.

Online-Only Supporting Information
Authors are welcome to submit online-only supporting information to be published with their paper on Wiley Online Library. 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. Please 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 at least three reviewers. 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
JAAL is covered by Wiley'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 him or her to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), s/he 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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