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About Us




The IRA Literacy and Social Responsibility SIG publishes the LSR ejournal (ISSN 2305-963X), an independent peer-reviewed journal originally founded by Dr. Rebecca Kaminski and now co-edited by Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell and Tynisha D. Meidl. Presently this journal is published annually.

Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell is associate professor of literacy and urban education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. M-M's research is focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically the complexities of elementary principal literacy leadership, providing access to literature, and service-learning as a pathway to prepare pre-service teachers to teach literacy authentically in urban environs.

Tynish D. Meidl is assistant professor of teacher education at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. Ty's research interests include: culturally-relevant pedagogy as it relates to literacy instruction, teacher dissonance in curriculum planning for the literacy classroom, and Freirian-based approaches towards literacy education.

LSR ejournal is an independent, peer-reviewed electronic journal providing an international forum for educators, authors, and researchers at all levels presenting practices promoting literacy development that reflects social responsibility among all learners. Manuscript focus highlights quality programs advocating community engagement, service-learning, informed and participatory citizenship, social responsibility, activism, and stewardship reflecting an appreciation for all forms of diversity. As an electronic journal, interactive submissions with active links are particularly sought.

Presenters at the annual conference as well as other recent professional development events are invited to submit an article based on their work.

Submission guidelines are provided below as well as in a conveniently-printable pdf for ease of reference and for sharing with colleagues, graduate students, etc.

Index of Journal Issues
Please go to the Index to access a specific issue of interest. There for each issue you will find links to the table of contents as well as to the pdf file of the issue itself. Additionally we are seeking to locate electronic copies of our first two ejournals, which were posted on a companion website and are not currently available. Anyone having copies of these documents is strongly urged to send them to our editor. Thanks!

Call for Manuscripts
Please print out, copy, and distribute freely the attached Call for Manuscripts. Each year the deadline for articles is May 1, with publication scheduled for October.

To submit an article:
Send submissions to both editors (see below) as an attached file. See other guidelines below.

Guidelines for Preparing Your Submission:
(Submission Requirements pdf) (This information is included in pdf format for your convenience in downloading.)

Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 4,000 words including all references, figures and appendices (approximately 15 pages). Submissions should be blinded 1) remove author names and affiliations from bylines, 2) replace references to your own and to coauthors’ published work simply with “Author (year)” in text and in reference list [delete all publication titles], 3) mask any city, state, institutional affiliation, or links to personal websites. All submissions should conform to the style outlined in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Text should be presented double-spaced in 12 point font, preferably in Microsoft Word; images should be submitted in jpg format. 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, likeness or images.

Book reviews of professional literature and children’s literature are typically 1,500 words and can focus on a single text or multiple, related texts. Reviews of children’s literature should suggest themes relating literacy instruction to community engagement, service-learning, informed and participatory citizenship, social responsibility, activism, and stewardship, reflecting an appreciation for all forms of diversity.

Relevant poetry submissions will be considered.

Submit electronically, attaching file to both:

Tynisha D. Meidl at tynisha.meidl@snc.edu
Leah Katherine Saal at lksaal@loyola.edu



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