A refereed online journal focusing on second and foreign language reading and literacy

Submission Guidelines

Information for Authors

The Reading Matrix is seeking submissions of previously unpublished manuscripts on any topic related to the teaching and learning of reading, the application of technology to literacy instruction, and issues in second language learning and teaching. Some areas of interest are personal characteristics and attitudes of readers, L2 learners' reading processes, readers' responses to texts, assessment/evaluation of reading comprehension and proficiency, vocabulary acquisition, reading and computer-assisted instruction, and any other topic clearly relevant to L2 pedagogy and research. We welcome both practical and research focused articles. Articles should have a clear focus and be written so that they are accessible to a broad audience of reading and language educators, including those individuals who may not be familiar with the particular subject matter addressed in the article.

Manuscripts are being solicited in the following categories:


Articles should report on original research or present an original framework that links previous research, educational theory, and teaching practices. Full-length articles should be no more than 7500 words in length and should include an abstract of no more than 200 words. We encourage articles that take advantage of the electronic format by including hypermedia links to multimedia material both within and outside the article. All article manuscripts submitted to The Reading Matrix go through an internal review first which takes 1-2 weeks. If the article meets the basic requirements, they are then sent out for external double-blind review from experts in the field, either from the journal's editorial board or from our larger list of reviewers. This second review process takes 1-2 months. Following the external review, the authors are sent copies of the external reviewers' comments and are notified as to the decision (accept as is, accept pending changes, revise and resubmit, or reject).

Submission Guidelines for Articles

Please list the names, institutions, e-mail addresses, and if applicable, World Wide Web addresses (URL(s)), of all authors. Also include a brief biographical statement (maximum 50 words, in sentence format) for each author. (This information will be temporarily removed when the articles are distributed for blind review).


Commentaries usually address issues presented in books or articles in more detail and are reviewed in the same manner as book reviews. They offer an author's perspective and insight on a particular issue, and often include discussions about the classroom experience.

Articles, Book Reviews, and Commentaries can be submitted by: (Electronic Mail: send the main document and any accompanying files (images, etc.) to Meena Singhal at msinghal@lbcc.edu.

John I. Liontas, Ph.D.
Executive Editor, The Reading Matrix
University of South Florida Polytechnic
College of Human and Social Sciences
Division of Education
3433 Winter Lake Rd, LMD 8038
Lakeland, FL 33805
Work Phone: (863) 667-7712
Fax: (863) 667-7098
E-mail: liontas (at) usf.edu
Adrian Wurr, Ph.D.
Managing Editor, The Reading Matrix
Gulf University of Science & Technology
Tel: USA 1+ (928) 484-4847
Tel: Kuwait (965+) 2530-7459

(Macintosh users must submit their files with the .doc extension)

Notes to Contributors

Please submit the Publication Agreement Form with your manuscript submission.


The journal publishes reviews of professional books, classroom texts, and technological resources related to language learning and teaching. Reviews should normally include references to published theory and research in SLA, pedagogy, CALL or other relevant disciplines. Reviewers are strongly encouraged to incorporate images (e.g., screen shots or book covers) and hypermedia links that provide additional information, as well as specific ideas for classroom or research-oriented implementations. Reviews of individual books or software are generally 900 -1,200 words long, while comparative reviews of multiple products may be longer. They can be submitted in Word or HTML. Accompanying images should be sent in actual size separately as jpeg or gif files. Reviews should provide the following information:

For Book Reviews:

  • Author(s) of the book
  • Title
  • Series (if applicable)
  • Publisher
  • City and Country
  • Year of Publication
  • ISBN
  • Cost
  • Number of pages

For Software Reviews:

  • The initial section of your review should include the following information in table form.
  • Title
  • Publisher and Contact Information
  • ISBN
  • Platform
  • Minimum System Requirements for PC/Mac
  • Support
  • Target Language
  • Target Audience
  • Cost-Individual and Site License

The review itself written should comment on the following although it is not necessary to identify each section separately.

  • Goal(s):
  • Language(s):
  • Level of Instruction:
  • Content: Method:
  • Visual Quality:
  • Ease of Use:
  • Support offered such as on-screen help to run software, on-screen help for language: manuals and other technical assistance.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses:
  • Effectiveness:
  • Overall Evaluation and Recommendation:

Reviews should include an overview, description, evaluation and summary.

Please include the following information with reviews: Name, institution, e-mail address, World Wide Web URL of the reviewer(s) if applicable, and a brief biographical statement of each reviewer (maximum 50 words).

Reviews can be submitted by:

Electronic Mail: send the main document and any accompanying files (images, etc.) to: Adrian Wurr

Books CALL Media

Meena Singhal, Ph.D.
Founding Editor, The Reading Matrix
Department of ESL and Linguistics
Long Beach City College
Long Beach, CA, USA
Email:msinghal (at) lbcc.edu

Randall Sadler
Associate Professor
English as an International Language
3080 Foreign Languages Building
707 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801  USA
Phone: (217) 333-1506
Email:rsadler (at) uiuc.edu

 (Apple users must submit their files with the .doc extension)

General Policies

Please check the General Policies below for additional guidelines. The following policies apply to all articles and reviews:

  1. All submissions should conform to the requirements of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition). Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and citations, which must be in APA format.
  2. Manuscripts that have already been published elsewhere or are being considered for publication elsewhere are not eligible to be considered for publication in The Reading Matrix. It is the responsibility of the author to inform the editor of any similar work that is already published or under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  3.  Since manuscripts are submitted for blind review, all identifying information should be removed from the body of the paper.
  4. Copyright and Permissions- The concept of "fair use" or "fair dealing" in use of copyrighted material includes the right to quote briefly (up to 100 words) for scholarly purposes from most published materials. However, if you are including figures, tables, poems, or longer quotations, especially parts of an original work, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder to include the material. Please provide a permissions summary with your manuscript submission. Note that linking to another site does not require permission.
  5. Authors of accepted manuscripts will assign to The Reading Matrix the right to electronically distribute their article, but authors will retain copyright and, after the article has appeared in The Reading Matrix, authors may republish their text (in print and/or electronic form) as long as they clearly acknowledge The Reading Matrix as the original publisher.
  6. The editors of The Reading Matrix reserve the right to make editorial changes in any manuscript accepted for publication for the sake of style or clarity. Authors will be consulted only if the changes are major.
  7. There are no article submission or processing fees to publish in the journal.

Open Access Policies 

1. The Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal is an Open Access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of Open Access.

2. Digital articles may be used within the online environment only allowing others to download authors' works and share them with others as long as they credit the author, but they cannot change them in any way or use them commercially. Please refer to Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public LIcense.