Submission Guidelines

JoLLE is a peer-reviewed journal housed in the Language and Literacy Education department at The University of Georgia.

JoLLE publishes two issues each year: one in the fall and one in the spring. Typically one issue is unthemed while one issue is aligned with the theme of that year’s JoLLE@UGA Conference (held each February). To be considered for review and publication, all submissions must meet the journal’s guidelines, detailed on this page. Authors may find it helpful to consider JoLLE’s understandings of language and literacy, outlined below, and to read the current and recent issues.

*We accept un-themed Manuscripts, Poetry, and Art year round*

Spring 2015 Themed Issue (“Embodied and/or Participatory Literacies): Manuscripts due by February 27, 2015 to be considered for this issue. See the Themed Call for Submissions Here for more info.


JoLLE understands “language and literacy” to include not only reading and writing, but other elements such as:

  • the social, cultural and historical contexts of language and literacy learning and teaching;
  • ongoing changes in communication tools and practices in the 21st century; and
  • issues involving first and multiple language acquisition and use, regardless of semiotic systems involved.

The journal publishes the work of educators in language and literacy education, including:

  • Reports of research conducted from various paradigms and perspectives and with diverse methodologies
  • Voices from the Field: articles from practitioners in any genre focused on any aspect of their work
  • Literature reviews
  • Theoretical analyses
  • Book reviews
  • Poetry and art (photographs, drawings, paintings, etc.) related to language and/or literacy

JoLLE does not publish verbatim previously published book chapters, book excerpts, or articles.

JoLLE, as an online journal, welcomes innovative use of digital sound, image, and other representation to accompany articles or as the centerpiece of publications. Contributors are encouraged to make use of data that is not possible to publish in print media for JoLLE submissions, including video or audio data from previously published work that is subjected to a new treatment for JoLLE readers.

Submit all manuscripts, questions, and inquiries to

Submit all book reviews, questions, and inquiries to

Submit all poetry and art, questions, and inquiries to

Manuscript Submission Preparation Checklist 

(See below for separate guidelines for poetry and art.)

JoLLE‘s acceptance rate is approximately 12%, and all submissions that pass an initial Editorial Board review undergo at least two double-masked reviews.

Submission Process

To submit a manuscript, email the Principal and Managing Editors at Your submission should include up to three separate documents:

1) Title Page, including:

a. manuscript title
b. author’s name
c. Correspondence info: address, email, phone number
d. a brief bio: indicating affiliation, recent publications
e. a 100-200 word abstract [for APA-style research reports, write two sentences for each major section: Theory, Methods, Findings, Discussion]

f. 3-5 keywords
g. word count of the manuscript.

2) Masked Manuscript.  Do not include any identifying information in your manuscript document or in the document file name. Replace author identification with “Author” or “Author A,” etc.  Please make sure your abstract is also included in this document.

3) Tables and/or Charts.  Tables and charts should be submitted in a separate document from the manuscript.  Do not include any identifying information in this document or in the document file name.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

Format & Style

Manuscripts should be in upper and lower case, double-spaced, with 1” margins on all sides. They should be in MS Word, or RTF format. Submissions must follow the style outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009, 6th edition)—available from the American Psychological Association, Order Department, P.O. Box 2710, Hyattsville, MD 20784. You can also access this information at the Purdue Online Writing Lab site.

Author Identification

The complete title of the article and the name of the author(s) should appear only on the title page to ensure anonymity in the review process. The manuscript itself should have no author names but may carry a short title (running head) at the top of each page. Information in text or references that would identify the author must be deleted from the manuscript (e.g., text citations of “my previous work,” especially when accompanied by a self-citation; the author’s own work in the reference list). These may be reinserted in the final draft. The author’s name should be removed from the document’s Properties, which in Microsoft Word is found in the File menu.


Manuscripts for the featured articles section should typically run between 5,000 to 10,000 words, not including the reference list. Manuscripts for the Voices from the Field section should typically run between 1,500 and 3,500 words.

Notes & References

Notes are for explanations or amplifications of textual material. A reference list contains only references that are cited in the text. Its accuracy and completeness are the responsibility of the author(s). Please adhere to APA 6th edition publication guidelines for all notes and references.

Please reference the APA_Quick_Citation_Guide when preparing your manuscript.

Tables, Figures, & Illustrations

The purpose of tables and figures is to present data to the reader in a clear and unambiguous manner. The author should not describe the data in the text in such detail that illustration or text is redundant. Figures and tables should be noted in the text and attached as separate documents, if possible.

You are encouraged to submit images along with your manuscript; however, please ensure that you have (or will) secure copyright protection for all images. The Journal of Language and Literacy Education cannot aid in, or financially contribute to, the procuring of copyright.


All authors should use non-discriminatory and unbiased language in their manuscripts. See APA 6th edition publication “Reducing Bias in Language” guidelines.

We cannot publish any material that has been previously published in print or electronic form. Please do not submit material to other publishers while your manuscript is under consideration for the Journal of Language and Literacy Education.

Review and Revision Process

We will acknowledge receipt of all manuscripts by email. The Journal of Language and Literacy Education is refereed, and once a manuscript has been received, the editorial staff will determine if the piece will be sent out for review, the exception being for invited manuscripts. All manuscripts chosen for review are read by a minimum of two reviewers. We will attempt to reach a decision on each article within three months.

The editors may suggest or make major revisions in consultation with the author; however, because of publication deadlines, the editors maintain the right to make what she perceives to be minor revisions without seeking the writer’s approval.


Poetry and Art Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be sent to Please include a cover letter with the title(s) of the works you are submitting and a brief (maximum 75-word) bio. Submitted work should not have been previously published (note that for our purposes, publication on your own blog or social networking page is not considered prior publication).   Simultaneous submissions are not considered.

  • Poetry We accept submissions related to language and/or literacy education of up to four (4) poems in a single word or text (.doc, .rtf, or .txt) document. Poems do not have to be on separate pages.  Please single space (unless spacing is part of the poem) and put your name and email address on the first page. Spoken poetry in mp3 format may also be submitted along with the written text.
  • Art We accept submissions related to language and/or literacy education of up to four (4) works of art (photos, drawings, paintings,  etc.) in .jpeg, .tiff, .gif, or .png formats.

The review board aims to respond to submissions within 6-8 weeks. No one should submit new work until a decision on the previous submission is received. We regret that we are not able to give feedback on individual submissions.

Permission to Publish

In submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Language and Literacy Education (JoLLE), you agree to the following terms of publication, which must be acknowledged via email:

Approval and Acceptance: We mutually agree that publication of the manuscript and/or art is contingent upon its acceptance for publication by JoLLE and upon its meeting editorial standards.

Warranty: You warrant that the submission is original; that it contains no matter which is libelous or is otherwise unlawful or which invades individual privacy or infringes any proprietary right or any statutory copyright; and you agree to indemnify and hold JoLLE harmless against any claim or judgment to the contrary. If JoLLE consents to publish your manuscript and/or art, and you consent to publication, you grant and assign to JoLLE for its exclusive use the entire copyright for the work submitted.

Previous Publication and Permission: You warrant that the manuscript and/or art has not been published elsewhere in whole or in part and that no agreement to publish the manuscript and/or art or any part or version thereof is outstanding. Should the manuscript and/or art contain any material that requires written permission for inclusion in, such permission shall be obtained at your own expense from the copyright owner and submitted with the manuscript.

* When the final version of the submission has been returned to the author for approval, s/he must respond via email, the body of which must contain the following:

For manuscript submissions:
I certify that I am the author of this manuscript, and that all information contained within is original with me. I further assure that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere. I assign full copyright of said manuscript to the Journal of Language and Literacy Education and provide my permission for the manuscript to be published.

For poetry and art submissions:
I certify that I created this work and that it is original with me. I assign first-time copyright of said work to the Journal of Language and Literacy Education and provide my permission for it to be published. After publication, rights to this work return to me. If I choose to republish in any manner—electronic or print—I will acknowledge JoLLE@UGA as the original place of publication.



The views expressed on this website and contained within featured documents are solely those of the author(s) and artist(s) and do not reflect the views of the Department of Language & Literacy Education, The College of Education, or The University of Georgia.