Journal of Research in Reading

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Edited By: Julia Carroll

Impact Factor: 1.473

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 24/55 (Psychology Educational); 34/224 (Education & Educational Research)

Online ISSN: 1467-9817

Associated Title(s): Literacy

Author Guidelines

Journal of Research in Reading is principally devoted to reports of empirical studies related to reading and to informed reviews of relevant literature. The journal provides a forum for international researchers into literacy. Empirical papers are must be between 5000 and 8000 words in length, including, tables, references and appendices. Brief Research Reports are up to 4,000 words in length, and review papers are generally around 8,000 words in length. Papers that are longer than the guideline length will be returned prior to review.

Submission of manuscripts: Manuscripts should be submitted online at Full instructions and support are available on the site and a user ID and password can be obtained on the first visit. Support can be contacted by phone (+1 434-964-4100) Monday-Friday, or at A manuscript will be accepted only on the understanding that it is an original contribution which has not been published previously and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

The journal to which you are submitting your manuscript employs a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript will be screened for plagiarism, including self-plagiarism... Authors are requested to avoid overlap with previously published work, including their own.

Manuscript specifications: The journal follows the guidelines of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2009) for formatting. The entire manuscript, including the abstract, the reference list, and any tables or figures and their captions, should be presented as A4 doubled spaced typescript. It should begin with a title page, giving the title of the paper, a suggested shorter title for running heads and a list of keywords. The manuscript should be anonymised, including the author note and acknowledgements. All pages must be numbered.

Style: APA style should be adopted throughout the manuscript, but British spelling and grammar should be used. Spelling will be made consistent with that in the Oxford English Dictionary. Papers should be concise and written in English in a readily understandable style. Authors should avoid racist or sexist language.

The Journal is not able to offer a translation service, but, authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Structure: Reports of research should be appropriately structured, normally containing an abstract, introduction, method, results and discussion and a bullet pointed highlights section. Further details are included below.

Keywords: Authors should suggest up to five keywords.

Abstract:  The abstract should not exceed 150 words and should normally be structured in the following way with bold marked headings: Background; Methods; Results; Conclusions; Keywords; Abbreviations. The abbreviations will apply where authors are using acronyms for tests or abbreviations not in common usage. If these headings are not appropriate for the paper, authors should produce a structured abstract using headings of their choice. It should be presented on a separate page.

Highlights: All articles should be submitted with a highlights section on a separate page following the abstract. The aim of this section is to provide a brief summary of what the implications of this paper are for theory or practice. Please take a measured approach to this section and do not overstate your findings.

Highlights should take the form of three lists with up to three bullet points in each:

What is already known about this topic
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What this paper adds
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Implications for theory, policy or practice
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Tables and illustrations: Tables should be numbered consecutively, given adequate titles, and typed on new pages. Tables should supplement rather than duplicate text data. Illustrations should be on separate sheets and numbered sequentially. They should be suitable for photographic reproduction. Captions should be typed on a new pages positioned at the end of the manuscript.

Footnotes: These should be avoided and acknowledgements or grant sources should be given at the end of the text.

Permission to reproduce: If illustrations are borrowed from published sources written permission must be obtained from both publisher and author, and a credit line acknowledging the source must be added to the caption. Such permission must also be obtained and acknowledged for quotations totalling 250 to 300 words and for tables borrowed verbatim from published sources. Permission letters should accompany the manuscript, but an author who has been unable to obtain them should point this out.

References: If an author is cited in text, a date should follow in brackets, and the full details be given in a reference list in alphabetical order at the end of the text. An exact page reference should be given in the text for a verbatim quotation. Multiple entries by an author or a set of authors in the same year should be postscripted a, b, c (2000a, 2000b, 2000c), etc. The list of references should follow APA conventions illustrated by the following examples.

Journal Articles:
Lavery, L. & Townsend, M. (1998). Computer-assisted instruction in teaching literacy skills to adults not in paid employment.
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 33, 181-192.

Naglieri, J.A. (1999). Essentials of CAS assessment. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Chapters in Books:
Torgesen, J.K. (1996). A model of memory from an information processing perspective: The special case of phonological memory.
In G.R. Lyon & N.A. Krasnegor (Eds.), Attention, memory, and executive function (pp. 157-184). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.

Proofs: PDF proofs will be sent to the corresponding author for essential corrections. Changes should be kept to a minimum at this stage to keep down cost and time in correcting.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Early View: The Journal of Research in Reading is covered by Wiley-Blackwell’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.

Copies: A PDF offprint will be emailed to all contributors free of charge.

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

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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: