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Tennessee Literacy Journal Submission Guidelines

Appropriate Submissions for Peer Review

Tennessee Literacy Journal welcomes well-written, original descriptions of research-based instruction that improves literacy learning of children, adolescents, and young adults. Manuscripts must provide an appropriate blend of practical classroom application and solid theoretical framework and, where appropriate, include graphics (e.g., tables, charts, figures, photographs) that emphasize key ideas and add visual interest. The journal editors will not consider endorsements of commercial products/services, previously published works, or manuscripts under consideration elsewhere. The journal is published online twice per year, in the fall and in the spring, and contains a balance of various types of submissions.

Types of Submissions

Full-length Article: full-length articles should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words and should provide the journal’s practitioner audience with classroom ideas for literacy development, based on sound theory and research.

Teaching Tip: teaching tips should be about 700-1,000 words in length and focus on a single, research-based application for improving literacy that can be readily implemented by readers.

Professional Book and Multimedia Reviews: book and digital multimedia reviews should be under 300 words in length and focus on a single, research-based application for improving literacy that can be readily implemented by readers.

Original Creative Works:

    • Poetry: We will accept up to two original poems with a maximum thirty lines each. Poems should be well-crafted and connect readers to the world of teaching and learning.
    • Photography: Teacher photographs of classroom scenes and individual students are welcome. Photographs may be received in any standard image format at 300 dpi or greater. Photos should be accompanied by complete identification: teacher/photographer’s name, location of scene, and date photograph was taken. If faces are clearly visible, names of those photographed should be included, along with their statement of permission for the photograph to be reproduced in the journal. An optional accompanying description of up to 100 words may be included.
    • Artwork:  Artwork produced by students or readers should depict scenes or ideas related to texts being read by students or readers and should be appropriate for the journal’s readers. This artwork may be used within the article and/or on the journal cover. Artwork may be received in any standard image format at 300 dpi or greater. Artwork should be accompanied by complete identification: teacher/illustrator’s name, location of artwork, and date artwork was created. A statement of permission for the artwork to be reproduced in the journal should be provided. An optional accompanying description of up to 100 words may be included.

Manuscripts and creative efforts will be judged on their contribution to the field, timeliness, freshness of approach, and clarity and cohesiveness of presentation, as well as immediate utility to Tennessee literacy educators. Manuscripts will be subjected to double-blind peer review.

How to Submit? Make sure to submit two files: title page and your anonymized manuscript. The title page should include the following information: name(s) and order of authors, position(s), institution(s), e-mail address(es), and a brief biographical statement of each author (maximum 50 words), title of your submission, submission type, total word count, and a brief summary of submission content. Files should be emailed to tnliteracyjournal@gmail.com.

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