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Author Guidelines

The journal ‘Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices’ publishes articles related to theoretical discussions and practices of critical literacy based on a wide range of perspectives and disciplines.We propose a definition of critical literacy as an educational practice that emphasizes the connections between language, knowledge, power and subjectivities.

The journal has three sections: Articles (peer-reviewed),
Practitioner Insights (internally reviewed), and  Position Papers (internally reviewed).

Practitioner Insights and Position Papers offer more flexibility for authors to experiment with a range of writing styles. Practitioner Insights focus on implications of theory for educational practices in general, while Position Papers focus on contextual analyses and the defense of a proposition.


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 length of the manuscript (including references) adheres to the word limits of the section it will be submitted  to:

    • Articles 6000-8000 words
    • Position Papers 3000-5000 words
    • Practitioner Insights 3000-5000 words
  3. The manuscript includes an abstract of max. 200 words.
  4. The manuscript conforms to the 5th edition of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
  5. The text is single-spaced; uses a 11-point font (Arial); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The manuscript does not contain footnotes/endnotes.
  7. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  8. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the following instructions have been adhered to:

    • The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.
    • With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

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Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices is a non-commercial initiative committed to the ethical dissemination of academic research and educational thinking. CLTP acknowledges the thoughtful dedication of authors, editors and reviewers to develop and promote this open journal initiative. The journal receives copy-editing sponsorship from the Faculty of Education at the University of Oulu, Finland. CLTP has previously received  copy editing support from the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham, UK.