Language and Literacy Call for Manuscripts for 2021 Pre- Conference Special Issue


Deadline for Submission: November 17th, 2021, 23:59 MST

Building from the 2021 Language and Literacy pre-conference theme: Literacy Entanglements & Relationality: Time, Space, Place, and Identity, this special issue of Language & Literacy seeks to engage in moving beyond and within entanglement, as well as toward and through evolving relationality, in the various dimensions of time, space, place, and identity. We are informed by an understanding of “literacy”, both broadly and situationally, as the ways in which people make meaning and use language, both written and multimodal, for a range of purposes and in a variety of forms, while navigating different linguistic spheres as well as sociocultural and material contexts.

This call is an invitation to participants from the 2021 Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada pre-conference to share papers developed from this year’s “exquisite conversations”. We seek full papers that address questions such as: with what lenses, theoretical and conceptual, research methods and methodologies, can we better understand contemporary literacies in this pandemic era? How do time, space, place, or identity interact alongside or with language educators or learners as our world’s shift and change? As our everyday is transformed by the pandemic, what “gaps” or “opportunities” emerged? How do educators and parents understand and navigate a continuously changing literacy environment?  We invite papers working with emerging and established research methodologies.

Only submissions from attendees who presented at the LLRC 2021 pre-conference will be considered. Final acceptance is conditional upon anonymized peer-review assessments. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to selected authors by January 14th, 2022.

The final papers, inclusive of revisions following peer-review, will be due 23: 59 MST, March 11, 2022. The anticipated publication date for the collection is May 2022, to be launched at the 2022 Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada pre-conference.

Please send submissions and inquiries about submissions to

Author Guidelines

Papers should be between 6000-8000 words in length before the abstract and references. Authors must also include an abstract of approximately 50-100 words. Please email single-spaced submissions as a Microsoft Word document. To facilitate blind review, we request that you ensure that all author biographical details are deleted from the manuscript. Please include a biography in a separate cover letter and submit it as a supplementary document in the same email. There is no charge to authors for the processing or submission of articles.

All submissions should conform to APA 7th referencing and style guidelines.

Articles should not have been published elsewhere and will not be under consideration elsewhere while in the review process for Language & Literacy. If published, the author agrees not to reprint the article in any form for one year. The author should have observed the Tri-Council Ethical Guidelines or appropriate institutional guidelines related to ethical conduct of research. For co-authored papers, please indicate which author will serve as the contact person.

Submission Preparation Checklist

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  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 document file format.
  3. 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.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the About the Journal section of this site.
  5. In submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  6. The submission includes an attached author bio which has been submitted as a supplementary document in the same email.
  7. Tri-Council Ethical Guidelines have been observed or appropriate institutional guidelines related to ethical conduct of research have been met, and a statement regarding ethics has been included in the manuscript.