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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or .RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements in our style sheet and outlined in the MLA Handbook, 7th edition.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • The following should be uploaded as “Other” supplementary documents:
    • Cover letter including a short abstract and contact information

    • Any pictures or multimedia files that adhere to the requirements below.

    • Single additional document including title, short abstract, 5-7 keywords, 2-3 suggested pull quotes, and a short biographical statement.
  • Manuscript adheres to the style, audience, and format guidelines LINKED HERE.

Author Guidelines

Manuscript Submissions

LiCS seeks submissions that interpret literacy at a time of radical transformation in its contexts and circulation.  Although we are open to a wide range of research and methodologies, we are especially interested in work that:

  • provides provisional frameworks for theorizing literacy activities
  • studies the literacies of underexamined populations or materials
  • analyzes how literacy practices construct student, community, and other identities
  • investigates the ways in which social, political, economic, linguistic, and technological transformations produce, eliminate, or mediate literacy opportunities
  • analyzes the processes and power relations whereby literacies are valued or circulated
  • adds new or challenges existing knowledge to literacy’s history
  • examines the literacies sponsored through college writing courses and curricula, including the range of literate activities, practices, and pedagogies that shape and inform, enable and constrain writing
  • considers the implications of institutional, state, or national policies on literacy learning and teaching, including the articulation of high schools and higher education
  • proposes or creates opportunities for new interactions between Literacy and Composition Studies, especially those drawing on transnational, multilingual, and cross-cultural literacy research

Manuscript submissions (up to 10,000 words) should demonstrate awareness of relevant scholarship in both Literacy and Composition Studies. Citing scholarship from authors with diverse backgrounds or perspectives is encouraged.

Document sources according to MLA style (7th ed.). To ensure anonymity during the review process, please eliminate any identifying information in the manuscript and attach a separate cover letter and ~200-word abstract. Manuscripts must not be previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Time from initial submission to publication decision is approximately 8 to 10 weeks.

Multimedia Submissions

In addition to traditional manuscripts, LiCS welcomes multimedia submissions.  Multimedia productions should demonstrate awareness of relevant scholarship in both Literacy and Composition Studies and document sources according to MLA style (7th ed.).  If using online references, please include the url for these sources.   Videos can also be submitted as Quicktime (.mov) files on a USB drive rather than an autoplay DVD or CD. Audio recordings can be submitted via a URL from the Internet Archive or as an .mp3 file.  Slidecasts can be submitted by uploading your slidecast on and then emailing the link to  To ensure that the journal is able to provide access to your work after internet services shift url structures or go out of business, we need to acquire full file copies of your work.  If your multimedia submission is too large to be included as an email attachment, please provide a url for access via Dropbox.

To ensure anonymity during the review process, please eliminate any identifying information from your multimedia submission.  For video submissions, be sure to remove opening or closing credits where the filmmakers' names are revealed.  For audio submissions, be sure to remove any opening or closing segments that reveal the creator(s).  For slidecasts, remove all identifying information before posting to

While multimedia productions are fundamentally different from alphabetic media, authors should bear in mind that submitted documents must be intelligible without their multi-media elements.  To ensure that individuals have access to your documents, irrespective of their technological capacities, accompany your submission with a text-based document that is analogous to your multimedia submission.  When submitting multimedia documents we assume that you either own the intellectual property rights to the materials used or can justify fair use exemption for sourced materials.  Because all LiCS articles carry a CreativeCommons non-commercial, attribution, non-derivs license, multimedia submissions should do so as well.

Symposium Contributions

Symposium submissions extend the conversation begun in the inaugural issue about the intersections between literacy studies and composition studies.  These extensions offer not only suggestive critique but also rich ideas and arguments which propel the conversation forward.  We invite responses from readers to include in future issues that continue and develop this disciplinary conversation.

Book Review Submissions

We also accept book reviews and review essays. 


This section publishes traditional academic articles.


This section publishes multimedia submissions.


Symposium submissions are shorter editor-reviewed essays (2,000-5,000 words) that extend discussions begun in the pages of LiCS. Symposium responses should explore the intersections between literacy studies and composition studies, while extending or re-directing threads from earlier LiCS scholarship. These extensions may offer not only suggestive critique but also rich ideas and arguments that move a conversation forward.


While symposium essays may take up any issues previously discussed in LiCS, we invite specific symposium essays that continue recent conversations begun in LiCS about The Indianapolis Resolution (see Horning) and the Voting Rights Act (see Adkins).

Additionally, we welcome the introduction of new, timely topics specifically aimed at beginning important conversations pertaining to literacy and composition. Symposium pieces of this nature should both offer exploration and insights and pose questions for further dialogue.

Book Reviews

This section publishes book reviews from a variety of fields.

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