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About Across the Disciplines

Across the Disciplines is the result of a merger between two peer-reviewed, academic journals: Language and Learning Across the Disciplines and Academic.Writing. The mission of Academic.Writing, an online journal that was published from 2000 through 2003, was to provide information for - and an opportunity for interaction among - scholars interested in writing, speaking, and otherwise communicating across the curriculum (CAC). Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, a print journal published from 1994 to 2003, was a more traditional journal that focused on writing in the disciplines. In late 2002, when Academic.Writing shifted from being the "container" for the WAC Clearinghouse and became, instead, one of the publications available on the newer WAC Clearinghouse Web site, the scope of the journal shifted from a repository of all forms of information about communication across the curriculum to a more standard academic journal. Language and Learning Across the Disciplines and Academic.Writing are available in the ATD archives.

Like Language and Learning Across the Disciplines, Across the Disciplines provides CAC researchers, program designers, and teachers interested in using communication assignments and activities in their courses with a venue for scholarly debate about issues of disciplinarity and writing across the curriculum. ATD also preserves the broader commitment to cross-disciplinary emphases in writing studies that characterized Academic.Writing. While ATD long eschewed the conventional volume/issue format of print and many online journals, publishing articles as they were accepted, it now publishes four regularly scheduled issues per year in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter (roughly March, June, September, and December). 

The editorial board of ATD is a working board that regularly reviews submissions to the journal. For more information about our editorial staff and editorial review board, please view our editorial staff and board page.