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Scientific Studies of Reading (SSR) is the official journal of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading and publishes original empirical investigations (Research Articles and Research Reports) on all aspects of reading and literacy. Occasionally, scholarly reviews of the literature, manuscripts focused on theory development, and discussions of social policy issues will also be considered for publication. Please contact the editor prior to submitting such papers. Research Articles must be less than 6000 words in length; Research Reports must be less than 3000 words and, if accepted, will generally be published more quickly than other manuscripts. All articles must be written in English.

Research Articles (max 6000 words, not including the abstract and references) present new data, new methods, or both. They must include a review of relevant literature and a clear and self-contained presentation of methods and data followed by a discussion. Research Articles must be written to be understandable to a readership with experience in reading research. Detailed descriptions of data analysis methods are warranted only when they are novel or unusually complex. Both the theoretical and practical significance of the findings, as well as limitations of the study, should be discussed.

Research Articles must be written to be understandable to a readership with experience in reading research. Detailed descriptions of data analysis methods are warranted only when they are novel or unusually complex. Both the theoretical and practical significance of the findings, as well as limitations of the study, should be discussed.

Research Reports (max 3000 words, not including the abstract and references) present new data that relate to an existing question in reading research. The literature review is expected to be focused and end with clear research questions. Presentation of methods and data must be clear and self-contained, and the discussion of the findings should be limited to their immediate significance and limitations of the study.

Manuscript Preparation:

Prepare manuscripts according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th ed., 2010). Authors must use bias-free language in their articles as specified in the "Reducing Bias in Language" on pp. 70-77 of the APA Manual (6th ed.). Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading. All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Type all components of the manuscript double-spaced, including the title page, abstract, text, quotes, acknowledgments, references, appendixes, tables, figure captions, and footnotes. The margins have to be at least one inch on all sides. Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. To facilitate anonymous review, only the article title should appear on the first page of the manuscript. Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. An abstract of no more than 100 words should be typed on a separate page. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract.

The Journal has a blind review policy. This means that the identities of both authors and reviewers are masked. Authors should make every effort to see that the manuscript itself contains no clues to their identities. Masking of citations to your own work does not facilitate evaluation by reviewers and typically serves to identify the authors of the manuscript. Instead, please include full citations to all work, but do not refer to these in the first person (I, my, we, our) when referring to work conducted by the author(s). Instead, use phrasing such as "Jones et al. (2010) reported that....".

Please also note the following:

  • Adequate description of participants and measures is critical to the scientific study of reading. Always report both grades and ages of participants, as well as the language spoken by participants, and always provide sufficient details of standardised tests so that readers can evaluate their validity.
  • To ensure that your work is continuous with that previously published in the Journal, we encourage you to review articles that have been published in the Journal in the area you are addressing and, where you feel appropriate, to reference them.

The Covering Letter:

New submissions should be accompanied by a covering letter that includes a short paragraph summarising the novel empirical and/or theoretical contribution of the work. Please make clear how the work adds to theory or practice over and above the current literature, and the potential impact of your findings. This information will be used in the triage process (see below).

The cover letter should contain the title; authorship; authors' affiliations; any statements of credit or research support; and mailing and e-mail addresses (of the submitting author).

Ethical Principles of Research:

In the cover letter, authors should state that the findings reported in the manuscript are original and have not been published previously, and that the manuscript is not being simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Authors should also state that they have complied with American Psychological Association ethical standards in the treatment of their samples. The APA Ethics Office provides the full Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct [http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx] electronically on their website in HTML, PDF, and Word format. You may also request a copy by emailing ethics@apa.org] or calling the APA Ethics Office (202-336-5930).

Review Process:

All manuscripts submitted will be acknowledged promptly. Authors should keep a copy of their manuscripts to guard against loss.

Triage:

Due to the high number of submissions, the editors will conduct a preliminary review of each submission. Please note the instruction to include a paragraph summarising the novel empirical and/or theoretical contribution of the work in your cover letter, which will be used in the triage process. Only manuscripts that fall within the scope of the journal and deemed by the editors to be potentially acceptable are sent out for blind review. A number of manuscripts are rejected without being sent to review, and only a small proportion of the manuscripts sent to review will eventually be accepted for publication in Scientific Studies of Reading. Manuscripts that exceed the word limit and/or which do not conform to APA format and/or which are not appropriately masked will be returned to the author.

Acceptance:

The theoretical and practical significance and the potential impact of findings are the major criteria for acceptance of papers reporting new empirical data. Papers with interdisciplinary interest and significance across more than one context are favored over papers with more limited significance.

Permissions:

Authors are responsible for all statements made in their work and for obtaining permissions from copyright owners to reprint or adapt a table or figure, or to reprint a quotation of 500 words or more. Authors should write to the original author(s) and publisher to request nonexclusive world rights in all languages to use the material in future editions. Provide copies of all permissions and credit lines obtained.

Directions for Electronic Submission:

Creating an Account:

  1. Go to Scientific Studies of Reading's ScholarOne Manuscripts homepage.
  2. Login or click the "Create Account" option if you are a first-time user of ScholarOne Manuscripts.
  3. If you are creating a new account:
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Submitting Your Manuscript:

  1. After you have logged in, click the "Submit a Manuscript" link on the Author Center screen.
  2. Enter data and answer questions as prompted.
  3. Click on the "Next" button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen.
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