Author Guidelines

Acceptance Rate: Approximately 15%
Time in Peer Review: Approximately 8 weeks

Writing for Reading Research Quarterly

Reading Research Quarterly (RRQ) is a premier, international, peer-reviewed research journal. It publishes the highest quality research on reading and literacy for and by scholars around the world. As such, its primary mission is to foster connections among researchers to build a coherent knowledge base in reading and literacy across geographic and intellectual borders. RRQ is published online and in print four times a year: January/February/March, April/May/June, July/August/September, and October/November/December.

Submission Types

Article: RRQ welcomes high-quality, blinded, research-oriented manuscripts that make significant contributions to advancing knowledge and understanding of reading and of literacy, broadly defined. Articles published in RRQ are primarily reports of original, rigorously conducted research employing diverse epistemologies, methodologies, methods, and disciplinary perspectives. Other appropriate research-oriented articles include essays concerning new theoretical or methodological perspectives, comprehensive syntheses of research toward developing new understandings, and scholarly analyses of trends and issues in the field. Pilot studies, and other research efforts of limited scope or duration, are not typically considered for publication. Please make sure to read the guidelines for abstracts below before submitting your manuscript.

Commentary: RRQ accepts submission of commentaries on the theoretical and methodological issues raised in recent RRQ articles. Commentaries should make a significant contribution to advancing the field’s knowledge and understanding of reading and of literacy. They undergo a process of rigorous review similar to that of typical manuscript submissions. Publication of commentaries is subject to availability of space and the discretion of the editors.

Preparing Your Manuscript

Please note that it is very important that all submissions follow APA style, as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.), or else they will be returned without review. Before submitting your manuscript, please review the voice, tone, and format of previously published RRQ articles.

Style and Format: All submissions must be prepared as electronic files (e.g., for text and tables: .doc, .docx, or .rtf; for art: .jpg, .pdf, .tif, or .eps) for uploading to Manuscript Central, our online manuscript tracking system. Submissions must follow APA style, as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). The manuscript should be double-spaced throughout in a 12-point serif font (e.g., Times New Roman), including quotations and references. The manuscript should be no more than 16,000 words, including references, tables, and figures (but not including any additional material submitted for online-only publication to accompany the final, printed article). Headings and subheadings should be liberally and correctly used to indicate the organization of the manuscript. Prepare the manuscript files in accordance with these guidelines:

  • In the cover letter, include your name and affiliation (as you would have them published), as well as your mailing and e-mail addresses. Any coauthors should be listed in preferred order with name, affiliation, and contact information. If acknowledgment is to be given for research grants, it should appear as a separate note at the bottom of your cover letter.

  • The abstract should not be more than 250 words. The abstract should be written as clearly as possible in adherence to APA style and should avoid long, complicated sentences and jargon. Citations should not appear in the abstract with the exceptions of (a) a study drawn from a larger published work and (b) a replication of an earlier published work. The editors maintain the right to edit and revise abstracts, as needed, to communicate to a broad scholarly readership.

  • One blinded copy of the manuscript in .doc, .docx, or .rtf format should be uploaded as the primary manuscript file. To prepare this version, remove all author names and affiliations from the bylines and replace references to your own and your coauthors’ published works simply with “Author(s), (year)” in both the text and the reference list. These blinded references should also be alphabetized under “Author” in the reference list. You do not need to submit an unblinded version of your manuscript unless your paper is accepted and you receive instructions from the editors to do so.

  • Figures and tables that make a significant contribution to the clarity of the presentation are acceptable. Tables should appear at the end of the main manuscript file. Figures should be submitted as separate, original art files (e.g., .jpg, .pdf, .tif, .eps) with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. All figures and tables must be referenced in the manuscript. More detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at

  • Supplementary material can appear solely in the online version of the journal to preserve space in the print publication. The editors also welcome submissions that employ innovative digital presentations of content, especially those that buttress the warrant for the claims made in the manuscript. See Supporting Information Guidelines for details.

Other Considerations:

  • Disclosure: In accordance with APA guidelines, RRQ requires that all authors provide “notice of any interests that might be seen as influencing the research.”

  • Copyright and Permissions: Permission must be obtained to use any material from another copyrighted source, whether published or unpublished. Releases must also be obtained for use of any person’s work or likeness. Please note that IRB documentation, which focuses on obtaining informed consent by research participants, is frequently not sufficient for the purposes of publication of data that include work created by those participants. Refer to the copyright information for more details on requirements.

  • Multiple Submissions: Manuscripts submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere, including on the Web, are not considered. Authors must inform the editor at the time of submission of similar/related versions of the manuscript that have appeared or are being considered elsewhere.

Submitting Your Manuscript

All manuscripts must be submitted online through ILA’s Manuscript Central tracking system:

  • Go to RRQ’s Manuscript Central website.
  • Create an account (if you haven’t done so already).
  • Log in to your account with your username and password.
  • Click the Author Center link.
  • Click on the blue star and follow the instructions provided.
  • A confirmation e-mail will acknowledge our receipt of your manuscript.

You can follow the progress of your manuscript by accessing your Author Center.

Review and Adjudication

Manuscripts are initially screened by the managing editor and then the editors for APA style and appropriateness. A manuscript that is clearly inappropriate for RRQ or deviates in form and style from the author guidelines will not be considered for review. You will receive an explanation if the manuscript is not sent out for peer review.

Manuscripts that are deemed appropriate will be anonymously reviewed by at least three qualified members of the Editorial Board. Occasionally, at the discretion of the editors, one or more reviewers for a particular manuscript may be a guest reviewer. In addition, all manuscripts are read by both editors prior to a final decision about acceptance.

Manuscripts are judged on the basis of their appropriateness for RRQ, potential contribution to the field, theoretical soundness, scholarly and methodological rigor, and quality of presentation. Manuscripts accepted for publication typically undergo more than one round of review, and authors are frequently required to revise their original submission to address the editors’ and reviewers’ suggestions and concerns.


Authors of accepted manuscripts are required to assign their copyright to ILA so the Association can register copyright to the journal as a whole and administer requests for reuse. (Authors are invited to read ILA’s rights and permissions policies, which do not restrict authors’ own reuse of their work.)

Accepted articles are edited to meet ILA style guidelines. Page proofs are typically sent to the author for final approval at least six weeks prior to publication. All authors will receive a final PDF of their article for their records.

Early View

RRQ is covered by Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete, full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised, and edited for publication, and the authors’ final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue, or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Citation for an article published as Early View:
Smith, A., & Jones, B. (2012). Article on reading. Reading Research Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/rrq.123

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Copyright Agreement and OnlineOpen

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the corresponding author will receive an e-mail prompting him or her to log in to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), the corresponding author will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors of the paper.

For Authors Signing the Copyright Transfer Agreement: If the OnlineOpen option is not selected, the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs:

For Authors Choosing OnlineOpen: If the OnlineOpen option is selected, the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

  • Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
  • Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements, visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services ( and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders (e.g., The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK [RCUK] or the Austrian Science Fund [FWF]), you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and RCUK requirements. For more information on this policy and the journal’s compliant self-archiving policy, visit

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