The WAC Clearinghouse

CUNYThe Journal of Basic Writing is a national refereed print journal founded in 1975 by Mina Shaughnessy, who served as the journal's first editor. JBW is published twice a year with support from the Office of Academic Affairs of the City University of New York. Basic writing, a contested term since its initial use by Shaughnessy in the 1970s, refers to the field concerned with teaching writing to students not yet deemed ready for first-year composition. Originally, these students were part of the wave of open admissions students who poured into universities as a result of the social unrest of the 1960s and the resulting reforms. Though social and political realities have changed dramatically since then, the presence of "basic writers" in colleges and universities—and the debates over how best to serve them—have remained.

JBW publishes articles related to basic and second-language writing using a variety of approaches: speculative discussions that venture fresh interpretations; essays that draw heavily on student writing as supportive evidence for new observations; research reports written in non-technical language that offer observations previously unknown or unsubstantiated; and collaborative writings that provocatively debate more than one side of a critical controversy.

Notes: Issues published since 2003 are available via the ERIC database (available on the Web) and EBSCO's database Communication and Mass Media Complete (available through many libraries). For subscription inquiries or updates, contact:

Journal of Basic Writing
P.O. Box 465
Hanover, PA 17331
Phone: (717) 632-3535
Fax: (717)633-8920
E-mail: pubsvc@tsp.sheridan.com
About the Archiving Process: The PDF files available on this site were scanned as 600 pixels per inch color images. They were then converted to grayscale where appropriate (i.e., excluding covers) and the text was recognized. The files were optimized for Web viewing by converting them to a resolution of 200 pixels per inch. Archival copies are saved at 600 pixels per inch. The use of grayscale (instead of the more commonly used black and white format) results in larger images, but the quality of the documents is higher.

View the JBW Archives

Volume 1, Number 1 (Spring 1975)
Volume 1, Number 2 (Fall/Winter 1976)
Volume 1, Number 3 (Spring/Summer 1977)
Volume 1, Number 4 (Spring/Summer 1978)
Volume 2, Number 1 (Fall/Winter 1978)
Volume 2, Number 2 (Spring/Summer 1979)
Volume 2, Number 3 (Fall/Winter 1979)
Volume 2, Number 4 (Spring/Summer 1980)
Volume 3, Number 1 (Fall/Winter 1980)
Volume 3, Number 2 (Spring/Summer 1981)
Volume 3, Number 3 (Fall/Winter 1981)
Volume 3, Number 4 (Spring/Summer 1984)
Volume 4, Number 1 (Spring 1985)
Volume 4, Number 2 (Fall 1985)
Volume 5, Number 1 (Spring 1986)
Volume 5, Number 2 (Fall 1986)
Volume 6, Number 1 (Spring 1987)
Volume 6, Number 2 (Fall 1987)
Volume 7, Number 1 (Spring 1988)
Volume 7, Number 2 (Fall 1988)
Volume 8, Number 1 (Spring 1989)
Volume 8, Number 2 (Fall 1989)
Volume 9, Number 1 (Spring 1990)
Volume 9, Number 2 (Fall 1990)
Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring 1991)
Volume 10, Number 2 (Fall 1991)
Volume 11, Number 1 (Spring 1992)
Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 1992)
Volume 12, Number 1 (Spring 1993)
Volume 12, Number 2 (Fall 1993)
Volume 13, Number 1 (Spring 1994)
Volume 13, Number 2 (Fall 1994)
Volume 14, Number 1 (Spring 1995)
Volume 14, Number 2 (Fall 1995)
Volume 15, Number 1 (Summer 1996)
Volume 15, Number 2 (Fall 1996)
Volume 16, Number 1 (Spring 1997)
Volume 16, Number 2 (Fall 1997)
Volume 17, Number 1 (Spring 1998)
Volume 17, Number 2 (Fall 1998)
Volume 18, Number 1 (Spring 1999)
Volume 18, Number 2 (Fall 1999)
Volume 19, Number 1 (Spring 2000)
Volume 19, Number 2 (Fall 2000)
Volume 20, Number 1 (Spring 2001)
Volume 20, Number 2 (Fall 2001)
Volume 21, Number 1 (Spring 2002)
Volume 21, Number 2 (Fall 2002)
Volume 22, Number 1 (Spring 2003)
Volume 22, Number 2 (Fall 2003)

The Clearinghouse and JBW are pleased to offer special thanks to Ann Schwalm of the Colorado State University Libraries for her work in preparing the journals for scanning and to Vince Darcangelo of the Colorado State University Testing Center for his work overseeing the scanning of the JBW archives. We also offer our appreciation to Bonne August, Jim Cody, Theresa Enos, Karen Uehling, Shirley Rose, and Jessica Schreyer for their willingness to contribute their personal copies of the journal to this project.