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 Tynisha D. Meid and Leah Katherine Saal. Presently this journal is published annually.
Tynish D. Meidl is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. Tynisha's research interests include: culturally-relevant pedagogy, teacher dissonance in curriculum planning for the literacy classroom, and Freirian-based approaches towards literacy education.
Leah Katherine Saal is Assistant Professor of Literacy at Loyola University Maryland. Leah Katherine's research agenda focuses on the intersectionality of literacy and social justice within community literacies.
About Literacy & Social Responsibility eJournal
As we move as an organization to focus on transforming lives through literacy, this peer-reviewed eJournal of the International Reading Association provides an international forum for educators, authors, and researchers from all levels to promote the intersection of literacy and social responsibility for learners of all ages. Some topics of interest include: community engagement, service-learning, informed and participatory citizenship, social justice, activism, the transformative power of literacy, and/or stewardship - among others. Manuscripts highlighting an appreciation for sociocultural and/or linguistic diversity of participants and researchers are encouraged. Manuscripts containing hyperlinked digital supplements/data displays are particularly welcome.
Index of Journal Issues
Please go to the Index to access a specific issue of interest. 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 issues of the ejournal, 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 the journal.
Each year the deadline for articles is May 1, with publication scheduled for October.
Types of manuscripts considered:
- Full-length manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words excluding all references, figures, and appendices (approximately 20-25 pages) and should not be published or under consideration for publication or public dissemination by another entity. Submissions must be blinded by (1) removing authors' names and affiliations from bylines, (2) blinding references to authors' published work, and (3) masking any geographic or institutional affiliation or links to personal websites.
- Book reviews of professional literature and children's/adolescent literature are typically 750-1500 words and can focus on a single text or multiple, related texts. Reviews of children's/adolescent literature should suggest themes relating to community engagement, service-learning, informed and participatory citizenship, social responsibility, activism, the transformative power of literacy, and/or stewardship.
- Relevant poetry submissions will be considered.
In submitting manuscripts, please attend to the following guidelines.
- The submission has a separate cover letter stating that the manuscript has not been previously published, nor is it under consideration for another journal and that requirements for the manuscript type along with the 10 listed guidelines have been followed.
- The submission has a separate title page with institutional affiliation, position, and contact information (physical address and email address) as a separate document.
- A running head is used to identify the manuscript, along with page numbers, throughout the document.
- An abstract of no more than 120 words is included along with 4-6 key words.
- The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.
- All URL addresses are active (live).
- The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point Times New Roman Font and employs italics rather than underlining (except for URL addresses).
- The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements of APA 6th Edition. For references, the authors should use the special hanging indent option found in the Paragraph sub-menu of the Format dropdown box.
- 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/video.
- Accepted authors agree to submit a current photo and bio.
All Submissions and Queries should be sent to:
Editors’ Contact Information
Tynisha D. Meidl, email@example.com
Leah Katherine Saal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call For Manuscripts – Volume 8 (This information is included in pdf format for your convenience in downloading.)