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Literacy Research and Instruction


Literacy Research and Instruction

Literacy Research and Instruction is an international refereed professional journal that publishes articles addressing research and instruction in reading education and allied literacy fields. LRI is published quarterly with approximately 1,500 copies per issue. 


We are currently accepting applications for a new editorial team to begin their term 2020, with a transition process that begins during the summer of 2019.  The deadline for applications is February 15th.  Application guidelines have been sent out to our membership.  For more information, please contact the Publication Co-Chairs, Sheri Vasinda & Leslie Haas.

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Instructions to Authors

Literacy Research and Instruction (formerly Reading Research and Instruction), the official journal of the Association of Literacy Educators & Researchers, is an international refereed professional journal that publishes articles dealing with research and instruction in reading education and related literacy fields.


The journal is especially focused on manuscripts that exhibit systematic methods of inquiry on topics such as professional development of teachers and reading specialists, teacher education programs, adult learning, and instructional practices. Topics of special interest to reading and literacy educators will also be considered.

Literacy Research and Instruction is an international refereed professional journal that publishes articles dealing with research and instruction in reading education and allied literacy fields. LRI is indexed in the ERIC system and articles are reported in Research in Education. Authors are encouraged to submit articles concerned with instructional practices and/or applied or basic research of special interest to reading/literacy educators. Manuscripts should not exceed 25 pages of narrative length (excluding figures and references). Literacy Research and Instruction is published quarterly with approximately 1,500 copies per issue.

Review Process: Review of manuscripts will be impartially conducted by the Editorial Advisory Board and the editors. Accepted manuscripts may require revisions for clarity, organization, language, mechanics, and/or style. Only completed manuscripts will be reviewed. Manuscripts must be original works, which have not been published elsewhere in any form or submitted simultaneously to other journal(s) for publication. Submissions during summer months require more time for processing.

Articles submitted to Literacy Research and Instruction have a blind review by a team of three external reviewers. The acceptance rate is 15-20% and the review process takes two-three months. Please note that Literacy Research and Instruction uses CrossCheck™ software to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Literacy Research and Instruction you are agreeing to any necessary originality checks your paper may have to undergo during the peer review and production processes.Literacy Research and Instruction is published by Taylor & Francis. For more information on the journal, go here.

Review Board

Members of the review board are asked to review between six and eight manuscripts a year. If you are interested in being a review board member, please email your CV to  Jean Vintinner at

  • Brefeld, Rosa
  • Crawford, Patricia
  • Culyer, Richard

  •  Curcic, Svjetlana

  •  Dennis, Danielle

  • Fine, Joyce

  • Feinaur, Erika

  • Finley, Lauren

  • Flippo, Rona

  • Hitchens, Carolyn

  • Iwai, Yuko

  • Kavel, Rebecca

  • Lavery, Matthew

  • Leckie, Alisa

  • Lilienthal, Linda

  • Malloy, Jacquelynn

  • Matthews, Sharon

  • McClanahan, Barbara

  • O’Brien, Lisa

  • Pershey, Monica Gordon

  • Philippakos, Zoi Apostolia

  • Rosler, Brenda

  • Sand, Dianna

  • Savitz, Rachelle

  • Scott, Chyllis

  • Soares, Lina

  • Thoma, Jennifer

  • Warren, Amber N

  • Weir, Joan

  • William, Tom

  • Young, Chase

Call for Special Issues


Call for Submissions: Emerging Scholars Series


Literacy Research and Instruction introduces the Emerging Scholars Series. This section of the journal will be devoted to publishing articles written by new scholars in the field of literacy education.


This call for submission is intended as an opportunity for doctoral candidates or faculty members with less than two year experience to publish ongoing research or work in progress. In general, the editorial team of Literacy Research and Instruction encourages submission of manuscripts that focus on instructional methods practices, and strategies related to reading/literacy and of interest to literacy educators and researchers.


The cover letter associated with the manuscript should note the manuscript is being submitted for consideration within the Emerging Scholars Series of Literacy Research and Instruction. Manuscripts should be less than 10 pages in length, including figures and references. Manuscripts will undergo editor review only. Each manuscript should include a brief literature review, methodology, and preliminary findings associated with the research being described. Authors are asked to use the standards in the American Psychological Association Manual, 6th Edition. Submission guidelines can be found online at:


Deadline date: Ongoing


Submission Procedures

Submission Procedures: Online submission is required.
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Editorial Team Call

Call for Applications for Editors, Literacy Research and Instruction

Quarterly journal of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers

Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2018


Applications are being accepted from teams of committed and enthusiastic literacy professionals for the position of editors of the Literacy Research and Instruction. This peer-reviewed journal publishes articles on aspects of literacy related to the four major areas of the organization: teacher education, college reading, clinical, and adult learning. The editors manage the review and publication processes to ensure a quality publication. A valuable and unique service to ALER and to the literacy profession in general, this editorship opportunity comes only once every three years. Please seriously consider working with a team of colleagues to submit an application. Applicants must be current ALER members.



  1. Encourage manuscript submissions
  2. Recruit reviewers
  3. Prepare semi-annual reports of accept/reject decisions for ALER Board of Directors
  4. Work with Taylor and Francis to produce the journal
  5. At least one member of the editorial team will attend the ALER annual meeting* each fall to
    1. Attend the ALER Board meeting & Publication Committee meeting
    2. Present at the Editorial Board Appreciation Breakfast
    3. Co-host a session for prospective authors
    4. Give activity report at the Legislative Assembly
  6. Produce 4 issues a year of which one may be a themed issue


Applications, which must be submitted electronically, should contain the following:

1.       Mission statement

2.       Specific goals for the Literacy Research and Instruction

3.       Qualifications of applicant/s

4.       Demonstration of previous editorial experiences and editing skills

5.       Curriculum vitae for each applicant that indicates a record of scholarly and professional activities

6.       Evidence of institutional support (from each institution represented)

7.       Statement of logistics (including a manuscript process flow chart that delineates a proposed timeline and the roles/responsibilities of each team member)

8.       Sample call for manuscripts

9.       Sample call for reviewers


All applications will be reviewed by members of the ALER Publications Committee.


Recommendations for appointment as editors will be forwarded to the ALER Executive Board for approval. The new editors will be announced in spring 2019 and will then produce Literacy Research and Instruction for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The new editors will begin receiving manuscripts in summer 2019 with their first issue due to be published in January 2020. The last issue for this team of editors will be fall 2022.


Send all application materials electronically on or before February 15, 2019 to:

Sheri Vasinda, Chair, ALER Publications Committee


*Funding for conference attendance is the responsibility of each member.

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