appreciates a dynamic, descriptive article. We
want to keep the journal accessible and readable.
Write your article in clear language. Not all
readers will have a close knowledge of the particular
aspects of literacy that you write about, so
please avoid jargon, technical expressions and
acronyms where possible, and explain those that
are necessary. Try to anticipate and deal with
any questions or misunderstandings likely to
arise among readers in the literacy community.
As with any writing, your article will be strengthened
if you write a draft, revise it and seek feedback
and suggestions from others before submitting
is to respect and nurture diversity. We insist that
materials we publish use non-discriminatory language
and avoid stereotypes.
encourage unique perspectives. Please let your
voice come through.
For the nitty
gritty—what our copy-editor looks for—see below.
We use the
Canadian Oxford Dictionary , the Chicago
Manual of Style, 15th Edition and Editing
Canadian English 2nd Edition .
one hundred, 101, two hundred (any round
number and any number beginning a sentence is
level four (unless specific to a program)
comma unless necessary for clarity
for missing words in quotations only (ellipsis
quotation marks, smart quotes
quotation marks for unfamiliar terms, terms
used in particular way—first usage only
for capitalization—recognize special terms
project—capitals, no italics
space after periods
to introduce web sites, usual punctuation
at end of web site
in initializations (OALC, NLS, XWP)
for all non-English words and phrases
for book titles, Literacies, report titles
quotes of more than 3 lines
case for subheadings, no period
precedes non-restrictive clauses and follows
prepositions, that precedes restrictive clauses