Scholarly Publications User Guide

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What is the purpose of the Journal of Academic Language Therapy? 

“…reading science is an active, ongoing endeavor, not a canon of findings.” (Seidenberg, et al. 2020, p. 9)  

The ALTA Journal is a scholarly review journal focused on bridging the gap from research to practice, and providing current relevant information about dyslexia, its identification, and its remediation to our membership. Our membership shall maintain the highest level of clinical competency by using research findings to maximize our impact on literacy outcomes. We must maintain this level of expertise.  

What types of articles is the Journal of Academic Language Therapy looking to publish?

  • Clinical Focus 
  • Position Papers or Field Reports
  • Research Reports
  • Book or Article Review

Please visit the Submission Guidelines page for descriptions of each type of article.

Do all submissions need to be authored by ALTA members?

In order to advance research findings into practice, the journal will be a medium for professionals that represents all facets of Academic Language Therapy. The ALTA Journal welcomes contributions from all disciplines that are related to dyslexia, its identification, and its remediation, including non-members.

Where can I access the Journal of Academic Language Therapy?

Articles are available to ALTA members in the Member’s Only section of the ALTA website.

What topics can I expect to read about in the Journal of Academic Language Therapy? 

  • Diversity 
  • Research to Practice Gap
  • Bilingual Therapy
  • Dyslexia and Related Disorders

Suggestions for topics related to ALTA membership are always encouraged.

How can I be involved?

  • Contribute by writing and submitting an article for review
  • Recommend a previously published, peer-reviewed article to the Scholarly Publications Committee
  • Make recommendations for content or contributors

Why should I publish with ALTA?

Publishing with ALTA contributes to the greater membership and wider professional community by advancing knowledge and its application. Communicating results to a greater audience allows data to be utilized or reused in future research. Publishing in a journal marks contributions in a field, enhances a resume, and validates one’s skills in the field of Academic Language Therapy.  

I don’t know a lot about writing scholarly publications.  Can I still contribute?

Sure! Your voice is valuable. See the Manuscript Specifications section on the Submission Guidelines page for what is included in a scholarly publication. For research articles, see the appendix for resources.

Once I submit an article, what happens next? 

Authors will receive confirmation of submission. The Editor-in-Chief will begin the blind review process for all submissions. Recommendations may be made for resubmissions. 

What is a blind review process? 

Manuscripts are received by the ALTA Scholarly Publications Committee Chair. The authors’ names are anonymized and sent to the committee members or broader membership for review. 

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

You can email scholarlypublications@altaread.org with any questions about the ALTA Journal.

Appendix

Twenty Steps to Writing a Research Article

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