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LA Submission Guidelines

Language Arts publishes original contributions on language arts learning and teaching, focusing primarily on issues concerning children of preschool through middle school age.

Editors through the July 2016 issue are Peggy Albers, Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Amy Seely Flint, Teri Holbrook, and Laura May, all of Georgia State University. Questions regarding articles submitted before March 15, 2015, should be directed to this team of editors at

The incoming editors (first issue: September 2016, Volume 94), who are now receiving and assessing submissions, are Wanda Brooks (Temple University), Denise Davila (University of Nevada–Las Vegas), Jonda McNair (Clemson University), and Kelly Wissman (University at Albany). Direct questions for this team to


All manuscripts should be submitted electronically. Please register as an author at our Web-based manuscript submission and review system, Editorial Manager. Once logged in to the system, follow the instructions to upload your submission. Be sure to indicate in the comments section the issue date and theme for which you are submitting (e.g., July 2017, Poetry). Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by email.

Manuscripts should be fully blinded and approximately 6,500 words or fewer in length, including references. Photo essays must include black-and-white photographs in either tiff or jpg formats. In other manuscripts, please include charts, graphs, children’s artifacts, bulleted points, and/or figures wherever possible to vary the format, enhance the content of the article, and include children’s voices where appropriate. If the manuscript includes visual images, tables, and/or charts, they should be marked as they are in the body of the manuscript (e.g., Figure 1, Table 1, etc.) and uploaded separately after the reference page. Digital images in accepted manuscripts must be of high resolution (at least 300 dpi).


All manuscripts should be prepared according to the style specified in the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association with the following exceptions: (a) a running head should appear on the cover page and all subsequent pages; (b) page numbers should appear on all pages; (c) the end matter should be ordered as follows: Author’s Note, Children’s Books Cited (only for cases in which there is a lengthy children’s book list), and References. Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Should a manuscript contain excerpts from previously published sources that require a reprint fee, the fee payment is the responsibility of the author. To ensure impartial review, information that identifies the author should not appear in the manuscript.

Review Process

All manuscripts sent out for review will be reviewed anonymously by at least two members of the Editorial Review Board. All submissions are acted upon as quickly as possible; usually decisions are made within 3 months. However, because of the themed nature of Language Arts, a final decision about a manuscript may take longer. Editorial correspondence and questions regarding submissions should be directed to Please indicate in the subject line the content of the email. If you send documents via fax, please let the Language Arts office know in advance by email..


Mailing Address

Language Arts Editorial Office
Attn: Jonda McNair
400A Tillman Hall
Eugene T. Moore School of Education
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634

Office: 864-656-1577; Fax: 864-656-1322


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