Professional Publications in Literacy

Instructor: Jessica Keys
Many literacy organizations publish their own journals on a regular basis. These resources are typically aimed at educational professionals and scholars and cover a range of topics related to reading. In this article, we'll introduce you to some publications of note.

Publications from the International Literacy Association (ILA)

The ILA is a large international membership organization dedicated to the promotion of literacy and education. As such, the ILA publishes three research-based journals for educational professionals:

The Reading Teacher This journal focuses on research and issues in children's literacy (up to age 12) and is geared toward educational professionals. Teachers will find features on developing a curriculum, instructional methodology, cultural integration and more.

Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy This publication centers on literacy education and research as well as classroom strategies and best practices for teachers of older children, teenagers and adults.

Reading Research Quarterly This is a global publication that highlights the latest in literacy research, spanning multiple disciplines.

All three of these journals may now be accessed online; more information is available on the ILA's website ( While subscriptions are available only to members, the ILA also maintains a selection of free sample journal issues and open access articles on their online library hub (

Publication from the Literary Research Association

The Journal of Literary Research is a quarterly publication produced by the Literacy Research Association. The JLR's primary focus is interdisciplinary research as it pertains to literacy and education for all ages. As such, this publication contains scholarly papers and essays. The JLR is available online or in print format through SAGE Publishing ( A subscription is required; however, members of the Literary Research Association receive a 12-month subscription automatically. In addition, some content from back issues is available online for free.

Publications from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

The NCTE is a professional organization that supports the development of language arts education across the United States and Canada. In addition to its own membership magazine, the NCTE publishes thirteen research journals for educational professionals:

Elementary Language Arts
School Talk
Talking Points
Middle Voices from the Middle
High School Classroom Notes Plus
English Journal
English Leadership Quarterly
College College Composition and Communication
College English
English Education
FORUM: Issues about Part-Time and Contingent Faculty
Research in the Teaching of English
Teaching English in the Two-Year College

The NCTE publishes and archives all of its journals online, though print issues are also available. While you must be a subscriber to a journal to access all of its content, you do not have to be an NCTE member to subscribe (members do get a discount). Additionally, many issues contain free-access articles that are available for everyone. All of the above listed publications are available on the NCTE website (

Open Access Publications

The Reading Professor This journal is published semi-annually by the Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education (PLTE), a special interest group affiliated with the ILA. Its stated purpose is to promote the professional development of those who teach the literacy educators of tomorrow. The Reading Professor is accessible for free on PLTE's website (

The ALAN Review For those teaching literature to adolescent students, the Virginia Tech Digital Library and Archives ( hosts 22 volumes of The ALAN Review, a publication of the NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture This journal focuses on research in cultural studies and comparative literature. All issues of this journal, which date back to 1999, may be found online (

Kairos This is an online journal that examines the role of new media and technology in composition, rhetoric, communications, education and other fields related to literacy. In addition to its scholarly webtexts (articles created especially for the Internet), Kairos publishes podcasts, interviews and reviews (

Literacy Teaching and Learning The Reading Recovery Council of North America published this journal from 1997 to 2010. It includes scholarly articles and research for literacy teachers. Now, the entire back catalog is available online for free on the Reading Recovery Council's website (

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