Participate in the Friendly Review Mentor Call

Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, Vol. 72

Friendly Review Mentor Call

 

Scholars who present their work at the 2022 Conference, plan to submit their research to LR:TMP Volume 72, and have never before published in LR:TMP are invited to participate in the second year of the Friendly Review process. We are seeking mentors to support these authors.

 

What Is It

A Friendly Review is a less formal and unofficial review by a volunteer scholar who is committed to mentoring others. The goal is to help authors move closer to a publishable paper with feedback from a trusted friendly reviewer. With this initiative, the LR:TMP editors hope to encourage and support new authors in LR:TMP, thus widening the LR:TMP tent to include even more of LRA’s diverse array of members, theoretical orientations, and methodologies.

 

When It Happens

October 28, 2022: Application to serve as a Friendly Review Mentor due.

 

November 14, 2022: Learn who your friendly review author will be this week.

 

November 30 – December 3: Manuscripts due to friendly reviewers. Authors present papers at the 72st Annual LRA Conference (required). Meet with your author(s) in person at LRA or virtually to discuss one or two areas for which they would like your feedback.

 

January 13, 2023: Unofficial friendly review mentor feedback due to authors by this date, or by a mutually agreed upon date.

 

February 10, 2023: Submissions due to ScholarOne for official review.

 

How It Works

  • LR:TMP Editors will connect authors with their mentors via email.
  • The friendly review mentor will make arrangements to meet their author(s) virtually or in person during the conference.
  • During this meeting, the author(s) will give the paper to the mentor and suggest one or two areas for which they wish to receive feedback.
  • They will also agree upon a future date (before Jan. 13, 2023) to debrief after that mentor has had time to read the paper.
  • The friendly review mentor will read the paper in preparation for the post-review meeting.
  • The friendly review mentor will give constructive feedback on the agreed-upon focus areas with the intention of moving the paper closer to publication.
  • Author(s) will submit their papers to ScholarOne by February 10, 2023 for an official double-masked peer review.

 

Please note: The Friendly Review and official Peer Review are completely separate processes.

 

If you would like to participate in the Friendly Review as a mentor, please fill out the Friendly Review Mentor Application at this link. Questions? Contact Taylor Rose, Lead Editorial Assistant at lrtmp@ua.edu.

Participate in the Friendly Review Author Call

Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice, Vol. 72

Friendly Review Author Call

Scholars who present their work at the 2022 Conference, plan to submit their research to LR:TMP Volume 72, and have never before published in LR:TMP are invited to participate in the third year of the Friendly Review process.

 

What Is It

A Friendly Review is a less formal and unofficial review by a volunteer scholar who is committed to mentoring others. The goal is to help authors move closer to a publishable paper with feedback from a trusted friendly reviewer. With this initiative, the LR:TMP editors hope to encourage and support new submitters to LR:TMP, thus widening the LR:TMP tent to include even more of LRA’s diverse array of members, theoretical orientations, and methodologies.

 

When It Happens

October 28, 2022: Application for Friendly Review due.

 

November 14, 2022: Learn who your friendly reviewer will be this week.

 

November 30 – December 3: Manuscripts due to friendly reviewers. Authors present papers at the 72st Annual LRA Conference (required). Meet with your author(s) in person at LRA or virtually to discuss the one or two areas for which they would like your feedback.

 

January 13, 2023: Unofficial friendly review mentor feedback due to authors by this date, or by a mutually agreed upon date.

 

February 10, 2023: Submissions due to ScholarOne for official review.

 

How It Works

  • LR:TMP Editors will connect authors with their mentors via email.
  • The friendly review mentor will make arrangements to meet their author(s) virtually or in person during the conference.
  • During this meeting, the author(s) will give the paper to the mentor and suggest one or two areas for which they wish to receive feedback.
  • They will also agree upon a future date (before Jan. 13, 2023) to debrief after that mentor has had time to read the paper.
  • The friendly review mentor will read the paper in preparation for the post-review meeting.
  • The friendly review mentor will give constructive feedback on the agreed-upon focus areas with the intention of moving the paper closer to publication.
  • Author(s) will submit their revised papers to ScholarOne by February 10, 2023 for an official double-masked peer review.

 

Please note: The Friendly Review and Official Review are completely separate processes.

 

If you would like to participate in the Friendly Review as an author, please fill out the Friendly Review Author Application at this link.

 

Questions? Contact Taylor Rose, Lead Editorial Assistant at lrtmp@ua.edu.

Focusing On Publishing Research That Makes a Difference

The Lead Editors of Literacy Research: Theory, Method, and Practice (LR:TMP), Volumes 70-72, will use this blog to advance publishing transparency and ethics. We will also promote content from past issues, link to online first articles for an upcoming issue, and broadcast messages about opportunities for publishing and reviewing for LR:TMP.

 

To promote transparency, we will share with the LRA community parts of the editorship proposal for LR:TMP. Our vision includes a Focus Upon Publishing Ethical Research that Makes an Affirmative Difference in the World. Here is an excerpt from our proposal:

 

The world is now and always has been in a state of perpetual flux, so ethical literacies scholarship must continuously recalibrate and transform to address new opportunities and problems and to inquire more generatively into seemingly intractable issues. A review of conference themes over the past 15 years shows a persistent optimism that literacy research has a part to play in “illuminating the future,” setting in motion “activism, community, and love,” and “mobilizing,” “expanding,” or “widening” pathways toward a better world. We agree. 


But the invisible hand of progress doesn’t inexorably move in this direction; rather, if affirmative change materializes, it is through ethically-engaged, justice-oriented practices that frequently conflict with the status quo. We believe the journal is in a unique position to expeditiously circulate life-affirming practices, theories, methods, and policy positions that warrant our optimism in the power of transformative literacies and move the field forward.

To advance this scholarship, we will:
– Highlight in each issue a paper (or set of papers) that exhibits a profound commitment to research that significantly contributes to making the world more just (e.g. through improving the lives of some segment of the population; advancing the field in theory, method, or policy).
– Focus on troubling conversations about literacies research and the complex web of factors that affect it. For example, we look forward to putting into conversation different scholarly approaches centering on politically volatile topics of grave concern in literacies research, such as immigration policies, rising racism in schools and society, and environmental sustainability.

 

In our first issue (Volume 70), we recognized the work of the Literacy Futurisms Collective-in-the-Making for their paper

We Believe in Collective Magic”: Honoring  the Past to Reclaim the  Futures of Literacy Research. They earned the first “More Just World” Award, fulfilling our proposal promise outlined in #1 above.

 

In 2020, LRA President-Elect Gwendolyn McMillon designed a series of Collaborative Panel Discussions for the annual conference. These focused upon antiracism, Black Lives Matter in Literacy Research,
Black Boys’ Literacies, and the Science of Reading. These invited papers to Volume 70 more than fulfilled our promise in #2 above, plus Volume 70’s accepted papers in part also fulfill this promise. For example, check out Presiado and Frieson’s article,
“Make Sure You See This’: Counternarratives of Multilingual Black
Girls’ Language and Literacy Practices,”
 which focuses on the wealth of language and literacy practices that their Black, multilingual girl participants contributed to schools through their multidimensional counternarratives that challenged dominant White Mainstream narratives.

 

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LR:TMP Member Access to view the current and prior issues.