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LA Submission Guidelines - Previous Revision

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

Note: Beginning with the September 2011 issue, the editors will be Peggy Albers, Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Teri Holbrook, Amy Seely Flint, and Laura May, all of Georgia State University.

To have a manuscript considered for publication, submit an electronic copy of your manuscript saved as a Word (.doc or .docx) document to Include the title of the manuscript in the subject line and attach the manuscript and all other pertinent documents.

Manuscripts should be approximately 6,500 words or less 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 inserted in the manuscript after the reference page; those elements that are not formatted in Word should be sent as separate files. Digital images in accepted manuscripts will require a higher resolution (at least 300 dpi) than the initial submission.


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) include a 100–200-word abstract; b) a running head should appear on the cover page and all subsequent pages; 3) page numbers should appear on all pages; d) 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. Each manuscript should include a cover sheet containing the manuscript title, a running head, and the author’s name or authors’ names, affiliation, position, preferred mailing address, email address, telephone number(s), and fax number. To ensure impartial review, identifying information should not appear elsewhere in the manuscript. The cover page, abstract, manuscript, and, if applicable, visual images, charts, and/or tables should be sent as separate attachments in the same email and clearly marked (e.g., Manuscript, Abstract, Cover Sheet, Figure 1, etc.).


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 3 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 submissions should be directed to Please indicate in the subject line the content of the email (Submission, Query, etc.). If you send documents via fax, please let the Language Arts Office know in advance by email.


Mailing Address:


Language Arts Editorial Office
College of Education

MSIT Department, P.O. Box 3978

Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA 30303

Attention: Peggy Albers


Office: 404-413-8060; Fax: 404-413-8063

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