For Authors

Whether you have a classroom teaching tip to share or the results of a research study to present, IRA has a publication venue to meet your needs. For more information on how to become an IRA author, please read the instructions provided for each publication, linked at right, or contact us by e-mail. We look forward to receiving your manuscript.

IRA journals are edited by leaders in the field, peer reviewed, and produced by a professional publishing staff. Authors receive careful evaluation of their work and detailed advice regarding how it can best be presented. Our journals reach tens of thousands of literacy educators worldwide, so you can be guaranteed a wide audience for your work. Each journal has particular requirements, so follow the individual links at right for more information.

IRA books support the growth and advancement of classroom teachers, reading specialists, and other literacy professionals throughout their careers. Our priority is successfully translating literacy research into practice through concrete strategies and techniques relevant to preK–12 literacy professionals. Topics of particular interest include formative assessment strategies, teaching literacy across content areas, early literacy strategies, and motivating readers at all grade levels. Review IRA's submission guidelines, or contact us at with specific questions.

IRA E-ssentials bring cutting-edge strategies to classroom teachers in an easily accessible PDF format, downloadable to any reading device. E-ssentials publish on a monthly basis, are free as a benefit of IRA membership, and can be purchased inexpensively by nonmembers. Contact us at for more information.

IRA Bridges: Instructional Units for the Engaging Classroom features cross-curricular units designed to support Common Core success; each is authored by a team that includes at least one classroom teacher and one researcher. The project, spearheaded by IRA's Literacy Research Panel, illustrates CCSS-based instruction and promotes highly engaging research-based classroom practices and rich student learning. We’re accepting units on all topics and levels, but are particularly interested in secondary school materials and units that emphasize project-based learning. Review the submission guidelines and note the quarterly deadlines.

For those who wish to share practical ideas widely, is an excellent choice. This freely available website publishes peer-reviewed lessons, strategy guides, videos, and other resources that reach thousands of educators each day. Click the "Writing a lesson plan" link to the right, or direct questions to Becky Fetterolf at

IRA's bimonthly member magazine, Reading Today, and our daily online magazine, Reading Today Online, accept submissions of articles from 300 to 1,500 words. These submissions are not peer reviewed, and bylines, bios, and photos are encouraged. Click the link to the right for more information or e-mail specific questions to us at

IRA's Engage: A Reading Today Blog also accepts submissions. Posts tend to run anywhere from 500 to 1,250 words. Please visit the blog to see the kind of content we look for. Questions may be directed to us at


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