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LA Submission Guidelines - Previous Revision

Submit a Manuscript

Language Arts publishes original contributions on all facets of language arts learning and teaching, focusing primarily on issues concerning children of preschool through middle school age. To have a manuscript considered for publication, submit 6 copies of your manuscript along with an electronic file saved in a Word or pdf on a 1.44MB disk or CD. Authors outside of the United States and Canada may forego submission of hard copies of manuscripts in favor of electronic submission.



Manuscripts should be approximately 20 pages (about 6500 words) or less in length including references. Manuscripts should be double-spaced in 12-point font and should have 1” margins. Photo essays must include black and white photographs printed on glossy paper. 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. Manuscripts that have many visual images must either be submitted with 8 hard copies of the manuscript and the images or with 6 hard copies plus an electronic file of the manuscript and images saved on CD or 1.44MB disk  When sending hard copies, do not submit original figures, photographs, or samples of children’s work. These materials and digital images will be requested if the manuscript is accepted for publication. Digital images in accepted manuscripts will require a higher resolution than the initial submission.



All manuscripts should be prepared according to the style specified in the 5th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association with the following exceptions: a) a 50–200 word abstract of the manuscript; b) a running head should only appear on the cover page; c) the end matter should be ordered as followsAuthor’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. Each manuscript should included a cover sheet (in a separate  file on the disk) containing the manuscript title, a running head, and the author’s name, affiliation, position, preferred mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number(s), and fax number. Identifying information should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript to ensure impartial review.


Manuscripts are 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 5 months. However, because of the themed nature of Language Arts, a final decision about a manuscript may take as long as a year. Editorial correspondence, manuscripts, and questions regarding electronic submissions should be directed to:



Language Arts Editorial Office
School of Teaching and Learning
The Ohio State University
333 Arps Hall, 1945 N. High St.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
614-292-7695 - Attention Language Arts Editorial Team)

Also: send an email to to let them know you sent a fax

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