Written Language & Literacy

Written Language and Literacy will be concerned with linguistic, psycholinguistic, educational and sociolinguistic accounts of the structure and functions of written language, the processes and acquisition of reading and writing, and the use and development of literacy in different social and cultural settings. The journal focuses on scientific reports in areas such as theoretical linguistics and cognitive models of written language processes, reading and writing in educational contexts and in literacy campaigns, literacy and technology, and literacy as a marker relating to gender, ethnicity, and class.
ISSN 1387-6732 | E-ISSN 1570-6001 | Electronic edition
Sample issue: WL&L 18:1
General Editor
Dorit Ravid | Tel Aviv University, Israel
Assistant Editors
Elitzur Dattner | Tel Aviv University, Israel
Martin Evertz | University of Cologne, Germany
Review Editor
Susanne R. Borgwaldt | University of Bamberg, Germany
Associate Editors
Terry Joyce | Tama University, Japan
Beatrice Primus | University of Cologne, Germany
Rachel Schiff | Bar-Ilan University
Liliana Tolchinsky | University of Barcelona
Editorial Board
Ruth A. Berman | Tel Aviv University, Israël
Virginia W. Berninger | University of Washington, USA
Peter T. Daniels | New Jersey, USA
Nanna Fuhrhop | University of Oldenburg, Germany
Steven Gillis | University of Antwerp, Belgium
Nancy H. Hornberger | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Harriet Jisa | Université Lumière, Lyon, France
Gary Libben | Brock University, Canada
Martin Neef | Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany
Anneke Neijt | Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Charles A. Perfetti | University of Pittsburgh, USA
Dominiek Sandra | University of Antwerp, Belgium
Richard Sproat | Google Inc.
Heidi Swank | University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
Rebecca Treiman | Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Peter Unseth | Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, USA
Wim Van den Broeck | University of Brussels, Belgium
Rüdiger Weingarten | University of Bielefeld, Germany
Constanze Weth | University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
Richard Wiese | University of Marburg, Germany
Subscription Info
Current issue: 20:2, available as of February 2017
Next issue: 21:1, expected September 2018

General information about our electronic journals.

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Volume 22 (2019): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 218.00 EUR 253.00
Volume 21 (2018): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 212.00 EUR 246.00

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Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒20; 1998‒2017)
40 issues;
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EUR 4,030.00 EUR 4,216.00
Volume 20 (2017) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 239.00
Volume 19 (2016) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 232.00
Volume 18 (2015) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 225.00
Volume 17 (2014) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 218.00
Volume 16 (2013) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 206.00 EUR 212.00
Volumes 1‒15 (1998‒2012) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 200.00 each EUR 206.00 each

Main BIC Subject

CFC: Literacy

Main BISAC Subject


Volume 21 (2018)

Volume 20 (2017)

Volume 19 (2016)

Volume 18 (2015)

Volume 17 (2014)

Volume 16 (2013)

Volume 15 (2012)

Volume 14 (2011)

Volume 13 (2010)

Volume 12 (2009)

Volume 11 (2008)

Volume 10 (2007)

Volume 9 (2006)

Volume 8 (2005)

Volume 7 (2004)

Volume 6 (2003)

Volume 5 (2002)

Volume 4 (2001)

Volume 3 (2000)

Volume 2 (1999)

Volume 1 (1998)


Guidelines for contributors

  1. Contributions should be in English. If not written by a native speaker, it is advisable to have the paper checked by a native speaker.
  2. All articles published in WL&L are double-blind peer reviewed. For initial submission, authors should therefore deliver their MANUSCRIPT in electronic form (Word or rtf, accompanied by an identical pdf-file), double spaced with 3cm margins. The first page should contain the title of the article; a self-contained abstract in English (100-150 words), and five to ten keywords.

    As WL&L has a blind reviewing policy, authors are requested to remove all identifying features from the paper by ensuring that no author's name appears in the main text, in-text citations, reference list, or any filename. Replace all references to the author with "Author, 2003", "Author et al, 2006", etc. The title of the article and the name of the journal, or book, etc., should also be removed from these references. Authors are requested to include their name, the title of their article and their full contact details on a separate title page.

    Authors are requested to list a maximum of 2 potential reviewers (with their names, affiliation details and email addresses) with the following restrictions: no current or previous mentors/supervisors, no research collaborators within the past three years, no current or previous students or post-docs, no reviewers from the same institution. The editors retain the sole right to decide whether or not suggested reviewers are contacted. Please note that normally not more than one of the reviewers for a particular manuscript will be sourced from the list of suggested names.
  1. Upon acceptance, the author will be requested to furnish the FINAL VERSION in electronic form (Word or rtf), accompanied by an identical pdf-file. For the final accepted version, the following standards should be obeyed:
  2. Spelling should be British English or American English and should be consistent throughout the paper.
  3. Authors are responsible for observing copyright laws when quoting or reproducing material. The copyright of articles published in WL&L is held by the publisher. Permission for the author to use the article elsewhere will be granted by the publisher provided full acknowledgement is given to the source.
  4. Papers should be reasonably divided into sections and, if appropriate, subsections. The headings of these subsections should be numbered in Arabic numerals (1.; 1.1; 1.1.1).
  5. Line drawings (FIGURES) should be submitted as reproducible originals. They should be numbered consecutively, and appropriate captions should be provided. Reference to any figures should be given in the appropriate place where they should appear.
  6. TABLES should be numbered consecutively and should be referred to in the main text.
  7. NOTES should appear as FOOTNOTES and should be concise, kept to a minimum, and be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.
  8. REFERENCES in the text should follow the style (Brown 1989: 224-56). The REFERENCE section should list all and only references cited in the main text. For the REFERENCE section, note the following examples:

    Kapitzke, Cushla (1995). Literacy and religion: The textual politics and practice of Seventh-day Adventism. (Studies in written language and literacy, 2.) Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    Daniels, Peter T. & William Bright (eds.) (1996). The world's writing systems. New York: Oxford University Press.

    Bowey, Judy A. (2005). Predicting individual differences in early reading ability. In Margaret J. Snowling & Charles Hulme (eds.), The science of reading: A handbook, 155-172. Oxford: Blackwell.
    Booth, James R., Charles A. Perfetti & Brian MacWhinney (1999). Quick, automatic, and general activation of orthographic and phonological representations in young readers. Developmental Psychology 35: 3-19.
  9. Authors are kindly requested to check their papers very carefully before submission in order to avoid delays in publication. The first author will receive a pdf-file with page proofs for final correction. One set must be returned with corrections by the dates determined by the publication schedule. Any author's alterations other than typographical corrections in the page proofs may be charged to the author.
  10. Authors of main articles as well as reviews will receive a complementary copy of the issue in which their paper appears.
  11. Manuscripts and all editorial correspondence should be sent to WL&L, to the attention of the Editor:

Dorit Ravid