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

Editors: Peggy Albers, Caitlin McMunn Dooley,  Amy Flint, Teri Holbrook, and Laura May, all of Georgia State University.

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 for which you are submitting (e.g., March 2013 issue). 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).

New to Language Arts!
Effective June 1, 2012, all submissions must include sidebars from at least two of the following categories:

  • Now Act! applies or extends the information in the manuscript to classrooms and communities. This sidebar (between 250–350 words) does one of the following: (1) provides teachers with explicit steps for taking your ideas into their classrooms; or (2) offers practical suggestions for how readers can act upon the information in the article to improve or impact their communities. In addition to practical teaching tips, ideas on how to affect local, regional, state, and federal policy are welcome here. These sidebars should be brief and to the point. Bulleted lists are accepted.
  • For Inquisitive Minds is a list of five to seven resources for readers who would like to find out more about the topic of your article. The list should be annotated, thus providing a brief summary or description of what the resource is and how it adds to the article itself. The resources should extend the information in your article and not duplicate references already cited. These resources can include but are not limited to journal articles, books, websites, podcasts, videos, permanent installations, or long-running performances.
  • By the Numbers! lists three to five interesting statistical facts about the topic of your article. For example, an article on e-readers might include a By the Numbers! sidebar detailing the number or percentage of elementary-age students who use e-readers, how many children’s book apps were published the previous year, and how many new e-readers are coming onto the market. This sidebar should provide brief, unusual facts that would intrigue and inform readers. Citations for the information should be included.

Authors may write these sidebars themselves or invite colleagues and/or students to write one; however, all sidebars must be submitted at the time of manuscript submission and will be evaluated as part of the manuscript review process. Sidebars should be uploaded to Editorial Manager as Word documents separate from the manuscript.


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

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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