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International Literacy Association Opens Call for Editors; Introduces New Editorship Model

 | Jan 31, 2020

Interested in becoming an editor? ILA seeks editor teams for two of our leading, peer-reviewed journals: The Reading Teacher (RT), for teachers of students up to age 12, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL), for teachers of learners 12 and up.

Plus, the incoming editors for both journals will be the first to serve under a new model that includes shorter terms, larger teams (up five people), and an expense budget of US$25,000 per annum.

We’re looking for visionary editors eager to explore how new media can deepen scholarly discourse, leverage social platforms to spark conversation, and expand the journals’ reach.

More about JAAL and RT

Founded in 1957 as the Journal of Developmental Reading, JAAL has evolved with the field to meet the needs of not only middle, secondary, and postsecondary teachers and higher education professionals but also researchers, administrators, and policymakers.

RT has been a valued source of professional learning, offering educators practical applications of what current research tells us about effective, high-quality instruction for more than 70 years. Editorship of this journal offers the opportunity to impact literacy teachers and support them in strengthening their instructional practice.

For both journals, the editor(s) will serve for a term of four years (previously six years), the first of which overlaps with the current editors’ term

“Researchers no longer have to wait for print to disseminate their work,” said ILA Executive Director Marcie Craig Post. “Articles are available digitally months before they’re slated to officially publish. Today’s authors are not only sharing the early-view content but also generating substantial professional discourse on platforms such as Twitter.”

By removing potential barriers, Post hopes to increase the candidate pool and make the commitment more tenable to researchers earlier in their careers.

Interested in applying? Applications for JAAL and RT are due March 1, 2020, with terms beginning June 1, 2020, and concluding May 31, 2024!

Qualified applicants must be recognized experts and leading researchers in the field of literacy education for learners in this age group of the journal, as well as passionate about elevating the work of both established and up-and-coming scholars of the literacy field.

To learn more about RT, visit

To learn more about JAAL, visit


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