Written Language & Literacy

Main information
General Editor
ORCID logoDorit Ravid | Tel Aviv University, Israel | writtenlanglit at gmail.com
Assistant Editor
ORCID logoElitzur Dattner | Tel Aviv University, Israel
Associate Editors
ORCID logoTerry Joyce | Tama University, Japan
Beatrice Primus † | University of Cologne, Germany
ORCID logoRachel Schiff | Bar-Ilan University, Israel
ORCID logoLiliana Tolchinsky | University of Barcelona, Spain

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
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Volume 26 (2023)

Volume 25 (2022)

Volume 24 (2021)

Volume 23 (2020)

Volume 22 (2019)

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)

Editorial Board
Ruth A. Berman | Tel Aviv University, Israel
ORCID logoVirginia W. Berninger | University of Washington, USA
Marco Condorelli | University of Leeds, UK
Peter T. Daniels | New Jersey, USA
ORCID logoNanna Fuhrhop | University of Potsdam, Germany
ORCID logoSteven Gillis | University of Antwerp, Belgium
Nancy H. Hornberger | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
ORCID logoHarriet Jisa | Université Lumière, Lyon, France
ORCID logoGary Libben | Brock University, Canada
ORCID logoDimitrios Meletis | University of Zurich, Switzerland
ORCID logoMartin Neef | Braunschweig Institute of Technology, Germany
ORCID logoAnneke Neijt | Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
ORCID logoCharles A. Perfetti | University of Pittsburgh, USA
ORCID logoDominiek Sandra | University of Antwerp, Belgium
ORCID logoRichard Sproat | Google, Japan
Heidi Swank | University of Nevada Las Vegas, USA
ORCID logoRebecca Treiman | Washington University in St. Louis, USA
ORCID logoPeter Unseth | Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, USA
ORCID logoWim Van den Broeck | University of Brussels, Belgium
Rüdiger Weingarten | University of Bielefeld, Germany
ORCID logoConstanze Weth | University of Luxemburg, Luxemburg
ORCID logoRichard Wiese | University of Marburg, Germany
Subscription Info
Current issue: 26:1, available as of April 2024
Next issue: 26:2, expected June 2024

General information about our electronic journals.

Subscription rates

All prices for print + online include postage/handling.

Online-only Print + online
Volume 28 (2025): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 236.00 EUR 318.00
Volume 27 (2024): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 229.00 EUR 289.00
Volume 26 (2023): 2 issues; ca. 300 pp. EUR 222.00 EUR 263.00

Individuals may apply for a special online-only subscription rate of EUR 65.00 per volume.
Private subscriptions are for personal use only, and must be pre-paid and ordered directly from the publisher.

Available back-volumes

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Complete backset
(Vols. 1‒25; 1998‒2022)
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EUR 5,126.00 EUR 5,489.00
Volumes 23‒25 (2020‒2022) 2 issues; avg. 300 pp. EUR 222.00 per volume EUR 258.00 per volume
Volume 22 (2019) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 218.00 EUR 253.00
Volume 21 (2018) 2 issues; 300 pp. EUR 212.00 EUR 246.00
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 per volume EUR 206.00 per volume

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.



WL&L invites submissions in line with the aim and scope of the journal, which may be submitted electronically to the editor at writtenlanglit at gmail.com

Before submitting, please consult these guidelines.


John Benjamins journals are committed to maintaining the highest standards of publication ethics and to supporting ethical research practices.

Authors and reviewers are kindly requested to read this Ethics Statement .

Please also note the guidance on the use of (generative) AI in the statement.

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Authors must ensure that they have permission to use any third-party material in their contribution; the permission should include perpetual (not time-limited) world-wide distribution in print and electronic format.

For information on authors' rights, please consult the rights information page.

Open Access

Articles accepted for this journal can be made Open Access through payment of an Article Publication Charge (APC) of EUR 1800 (excl. tax); more information can be found on the publisher's Open Access Policy page. There is no fee if the article is not to be made Open Access and thus available only for subscribers.

Corresponding authors from institutions with which John Benjamins has a Read & Publish arrangement can publish Open Access without paying a fee; information on the institutions and which articles qualify, can be found on this page.

For information about permission to post a version of your article online or in an institutional repository ('green' open access or self-archiving), please consult the rights information page.


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Main BIC Subject

CFC: Literacy

Main BISAC Subject