Guidelines for Submissions

Our intent:

Literacies was created as a forum for thinking on literacy. We welcome contributions that build connections between adult literacy research and practice. These links can be made in various ways, including

informal reflections and discussions delving into or illuminating one aspect of practice
reading research and reflecting on its applications to practice
asking questions about practice which could lead to further inquiry, reflection and research, and
conducting research about practice and sharing the results.
Our writers:

Literacies welcomes contributions that

represent the wide range of research and reflection about adult literacy that is being carried out in various contexts across Canada
encourage discussion, reflection and research about how adults in Canada develop and use reading and writing
encourage critical reflection about literacy practice and research
Our guidelines:

i) Content
Contributions should relate to the vision and intentions of Literacies. They should address the topic, question or issue in a manner relevant to the audience for this journal. If you have an idea for a contribution and would like help to develop it, contact the Editor ( We are willing to help and advise where we can.

The Editorial Committee will include articles relating a range of perspectives that do not necessarily reflect their own views.

ii) Genre and length
We welcome writing in various genres, including questions, reflections, letters, e-mail conversations, short articles, stories and poetry. We also welcome longer, more formal articles. Each issue of the journal will include the following:

Analysis (articles up to 3000 words)
These can include formal studies, whether by practitioners or by academic and other professional researchers. Analysis articles can also engage with theory and research about adult literacy. These articles will be peer reviewed at the author’s request.
Reflections (750 – 1500 words)
These can include accounts of personal experience, reflections, exchanges of letters, or edited conversations between people involved in literacy practice and research. We encourage writers to explore different genres, including interviews, creative works, and e-mail discussions.
Opinion (750 – 1500 words)
These can include positions and arguments on current issues in teaching practice, program organization, and public policy. These can also include responses to or critiques of research or analysis that we publish.
Book Reviews (750 – 1500 words)
We would like to include introductions to and discussions of books about or relevant to adult literacy research and practice.
Worth knowing about (750 – 1500 words)
We would like to include reflections on events which engage with literacy practice and research.

iii) Format
Please send submissions as Text Only files, with a minimum of formatting. We prefer that you not use footnotes.

Please attach a title page to your contribution with the following:

your name and contact information
the name of the article
a 50-word biography
Your name should only appear on the title page.

Please write “Peer Review Requested” on the title page if you would like the article to be reviewed by your peers.

If we decide to publish your article, we will ask you to write a summary of 100-250 words.

To find out more about how we decide what to publish and the peer review process, please click here.

iv) Language
Write your article in clear language. Not all readers will have a close knowledge of the particular aspects of literacy that you write about, so please avoid jargon, technical expressions and acronyms where possible, and explain those that are necessary. Try to anticipate and deal with any questions or misunderstandings likely to arise among readers in the literacy community. As with any writing, your article will be strengthened if you write a draft, revise it and seek feedback and suggestions from others before submitting it

v) Source
In the body of the text, include the last name of the author, and the year of the publication. For example: (Norton 2001).

At the end of your article, please use the following style to acknowledge your sources:


Prinsloo, Mastin, and Mignonne Breier, eds., (1996). The Social Uses of Literacy: Theory and Practice in Contemporary South Africa. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Books with one author

Street, Brian V. (1984). Literacy in Theory and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Books with two authors

Barton, David, and Mary Hamilton (1998). Local Literacies: Reading and Writing in One Community. London: Routledge.

Magazine or Journal articles

Ewing, Guy (1992). “Small Groups in the Big Picture”. RaPAL Bulletin No. 19.
Unda, Jean Connon (2001). “Reading the World: Labour’s Vision of Literacy”. Our Times: August/September, 2001, 14-16.

Unpublished manuscripts

Darville, Richard (2001). “Literacy as Local Practices and Social Relations”. Manuscript, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Carleton University.

vi) Editorial Procedures
The editors of Literacies reserve the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication for the sake of style or clarity. Edited articles will be sent to authors for approval.

vii) Copyright
Once your piece is accepted for publication, you grant Literacies the right to post your article on our website. You will keep copyright of your work and may publish the paper anywhere else, as long as you acknowledge Literacies as the original publisher.

Literacies is copyright free and we encourage readers to make use of it. We only ask that when you do so, you acknowledge the source.

If you submit photographs to accompany your piece, we require a signed release form from each person.

viii) Reprints
Ordinarily, we will not publish articles that have been published in other journals. The only exception would be international articles that our readers might not otherwise have access to or be able to read.

Complimentary Copies
Literacies does not pay for submissions. However, authors of published articles, commentaries, and reviews will receive 2 free copies of the issue in which their piece appears.