Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal (LDCJ) publishes research papers in the area of learning disabilities (LD) and related disorders. As an international scholarly outlet, we are mindful of the fact that the term LD is a very widely used, yet a very heterogeneously defined concept related to academic failure. Understanding of LD ranges from viewing it as a disorder that is characterized by at least average intelligence with isolated developmental delays in very specific areas (like reading, spelling, or arithmetic) to a condition that is basically identical with what is commonly known as mild mental retardation. We welcome all research papers that focus on children and youth who fail to meet the minimum requirements with regard to their academic progress as well as adults who continue to struggle to acquire knowledge and skills after finishing school. Thus, our conception leaves room for all definitions on LD that are common in various parts of the world. In order to avoid confusion, authors need to always specify their understanding of what constitutes LD in their paper.
The following types of manuscripts are appropriate for submission to LDCJ:
Empirical Studies: We welcome all kinds of empirical group and single-case studies. The size of the submissions must be between 15-25 typewritten, double-spaced pages (including tables, figures, references, appendices and/or other supplements).
Meta-Analyses: Studies in which the results of other studies, all published on the same topic, are statistically combined to gain more information regarding the shared area of inquiry can be an excellent way to inform practitioners about the current state of the art of certain evidence-based practices. Their length should be no more than 30 typewritten, double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references, and appendices.
Literature Reviews: A systematic synthesis of studies about a particular subject area can provide professionals with very useful information on evidence-based practice, even though findings are not combined statistically. The length of such reviews should be no more than 30 typewritten, double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references, and appendices.
Methodological Papers: The purpose of these articles is to convey methodological and/or data analytic advances that have particular relevance for the LD field. Their length should be no more than 25 typewritten, double-spaced pages, including tables, figures, references, and appendices.