The Reading Teacher

Cover image for Vol. 68 Issue 8

Impact Factor: 0.636

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 126/219 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1936-2714

Associated Title(s): Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Reading Research Quarterly

Author Guidelines

Writing for The Reading Teacher

The Reading Teacher is a peer-reviewed journal that provides research-based teaching ideas to literacy educators working with children up to age 12. RT’s articles cover topics such as applying research to classroom practice and using strategies to help all learners succeed.

Full-length articles and brief teaching tips are accepted for consideration through peer review. In addition, the journal is soliciting less formal personal essays from classroom teachers for the “View From the Chalkboard” feature. If you are interested in writing for RT, your first step should be to familiarize yourself with the journal and the sorts of manuscripts it publishes.

Appropriate Submissions

RT welcomes well-written, original descriptions of research-based instruction that improves literacy learning of children through age 12. Manuscripts must provide an appropriate blend of practical classroom application and solid theoretical framework. The journal editors will not consider book reviews, literary analyses, class projects, term papers, dissertations, endorsements of commercial products or services, previously published work, or manuscripts under consideration elsewhere.

Your manuscript will be judged on its contribution to the field, timeliness, freshness of approach, and clarity and cohesiveness of presentation. The acceptance rate is approximately 15%.

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

Manuscript Types

Manuscripts for full-length articles should provide RT’s practitioner audience with classroom ideas for literacy development, based on sound theory and research. In addition, every article should include two to five questions for the “Pause and Ponder” sidebar, a feature that encourages reflection among readers and is used, for example, by discussion facilitators in school-based professional learning communities. Further, wherever appropriate, article submissions should include a “Take Action!” feature that briefly lists, in a numbered or bulleted list or through short paragraphs, the steps needed for readers to implement key ideas from the article in their classrooms. Article submissions should run between 5,000 and 6,000 words, including main text, all references, Pause and Ponder, and Take Action!

Teaching Tips, which are 1,500 to 2,500 words in length, focus on a single, research-based application for improving literacy that can be readily implemented by readers. Teaching Tips undergo a peer-review process by two members of the editorial review board.

View From the Chalkboard essays share readers’ reflections on teaching experiences, advice for new teachers, perspectives on current issues, and so on. Information on submitting for this feature is provided below:

Inspire and motivate yourself and your colleagues by writing for “View From the Chalkboard,” personal essays written by elementary educators for elementary educators. We’re looking for profiles of exemplary teachers and classrooms, reflections on your own teaching experiences, advice for new teachers, perspectives on current issues in literacy and education, and more. Submissions should be approximately 500 words and include an author headshot and one corresponding photo, if possible. If your essay is selected for publication, you will receive a one-year, online-only subscription to any ILA journal for yourself or a colleague.

Preparing Your Article or Teaching Tip

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 ILA’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.

•Cover letter, including 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.
•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.
•Figures and Tables: Tables should be embedded at the end of the manuscript. Figures 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. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

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 articles, teaching tips, and View From the Chalkboard essays 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
•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

All submissions receive an initial evaluation to determine appropriateness. For articles and Teaching Tips, if the manuscript is deemed appropriate for the journal, it is then reviewed by two members of the editorial review board; full-length manuscripts are reviewed by an additional guest reviewer. The journal editors adjudicate reviews and make publication decisions, with acceptance 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. (Note that View From the Chalkboard is not a peer-reviewed feature.) 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

The Reading Teacher 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. The Reading Teacher. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/TRTR.00101

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Copyright Agreement and Online Open

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CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
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