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Author Guidelines

The Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy invites contributions of classroom-based research articles concerning literacy issues.
• Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the article that you upload.
• Please include a title page with the author’s full name, institutional affiliation and address, as well as e-mail address and word count.
• Please indicate in the title page that the article has not been published elsewhere and will not be under consideration elsewhere while in the review process for Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy.
• Please indicate in the title page that the author has observed the guidelines of their school board related to ethical conduct of research.
• Because the articles will undergo a blind peer review, there should be no information identifying the author in the article.
• Please add a short biographical statement (approximately 50 words) in the appropriate box on the submission page.
• Please write a 100-word abstract in the appropriate box on the submission page.
• For co-authored papers, please indicate which author will serve as the contact person.
• Deadline for submissions is October 31.
• Tables and figures should have their positions marked clearly in the body of the article and be provided on separate pages at the end of the article following the reference list.
• Articles accepted for publication become the copyright of the JCRL unless otherwise agreed upon.

Requirements for submission
• Eligible submitters are teacher candidates, associate teachers, pre-service faculty, graduate students, and any other educators who conduct research in their own classrooms.
*Tenured or tenure-track professors are invited to co-author submissions with classroom teachers, serving as mentors to the teachers. This is an opportunity for teachers to be first authors.

Research Article Guidelines
• Articles should be 3000-5000 words in length.
• Please send submissions in RTF (Rich Text Format) from your word processor.
• The following guidelines may be helpful if you are writing research articles for the first time.

Abstract
• Give a brief summary off the classroom research. The abstract should include a brief introduction, goals, methods and conclusions and implications for classrooms.
• Abstract should not exceed 100 words.

Introduction
• Explain what led you to carry out this research and why it is important to you and your classroom practice.
• Explain the purpose of your research and the research questions guiding your study.

Methods
• Describe the classroom practices that you’re implementing in your research (e.g., the teaching, assessing, grouping, parent/community partnerships, etc.).
• Describe your data collection and analysis methods, including a description of your classroom context and the participants.

Discussion of results
• Describe what you found from your data in relation to your research questions.
• Use pseudonyms to protect the anonymity of your research participants.
Conclusions and implications for classrooms
• Reflect on what your findings show you about effective practice and what they contribute to our knowledge about classroom practice in relation to your research purpose and questions.

Format
• All submissions should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) format for citations. Follow this link for more specific information: http://www.vanguard.edu/faculty/ddegelman/index.aspx?doc_id=796.
• Use centered title case for first level headings, and flush left, italicized, title case for second level headings, and Indented, italicized, lowercase heading with period for third level headings.
First Level Heading
Second Level Heading
Third level heading.
• Cite authors and years of publication within the body of the article using this format: (Booth, 2005, p. 56). Give page numbers only for direct quotes.
• All works cited in the article must be included alphabetically in a reference list at the end of the article.
Articles
Authors. (year of publication). Title of article. Journal title, #(issue), page numbers.
Example:
Peterson, S., & Belizaire, M. (2006). Another look at roles in literature circles. Middle School Journal, 37(4), 37-43.
Books
Authors. (year of publication). Title of book. Location of publisher: Publisher.
Example:
Booth, D. (2005). Story drama: Creating stories through role playing, improvising, and reading aloud 2nd Ed. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers.

• page numbers - please center at the bottom of the page
• title of article - please use bold font

Peer Review
• Peer review is done by at least two reviewers who have knowledge of the topic and/or form of the article.

Review criteria
• Significance of research purpose and implications to student learning and teacher practice
• Soundness of the methods
• Clarity of the writing
• Authors will be notified only after all reviews are completed. Authors should expect an approximate 3-month turnaround time from article submission until notification of decision from an editor. The decision of the editors is final.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the author guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Copyright Information
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No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the editors, except as stated below.
Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy grants permission to individuals to download or print single copies of articles for personal use or individuals may photocopy a single work without written permission for non-profit, one-time classroom use. Any person may reproduce short excerpts from Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy contributions for any purpose that respects the moral rights of authors, provided that the source is fully acknowledged. As a courtesy, the consent of authors of such material should be obtained directly from the author.
Copyright remains with the contributors and requests for reprints should be made to those individuals.