Volume 4: Call for Submissions

We are pleased to welcome submissions for the fourth volume of The Journal of Writing Analytics (Analytics), a peer-reviewed, open access journal. Conceptualized as a multidisciplinary field, Writing Analytics is defined as the multidisciplinary study of communication processes and genres as they occur in digital (primarily educational) environments. Analytics seeks manuscripts reporting research at the intersection of educational measurement, big data analysis, digital learning ecologies, and moral philosophy. In keeping with the theme, “Expanding the Body of Knowledge,” of the recent 2020 Writing Analytics conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, we are especially interested in manuscripts that address the following:

  • Data: How is data identified, acquired, transformed, or stored? How should databases be constructed and managed?
  • Application and Use of Analytics Processes and Tools: How do we use exploratory, descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics to examine a corpus, recognizing that both theoretical frameworks and corpuses can come from multiple disciplines?
  • Digital Environments: How should learning management systems and allied software be designed, implemented, studied, and assessed?
  • Assessment: How do writing analytics and writing assessment diverge and converge? How can writing analytics improve learning assessment? What are the relationships between information use in writing assessment and writing analytics?
  • Ethics: How can aggregate analytic data be protected and individual data remain private? What procedures should be used to ensure ethical conduct of research? What does it mean to apply analog standards of privacy in a digital world? What intersections exist between technological innovation in language measurement and philosophical systems determining obligation? How can writing analytics be leveraged to advance fairness and ethics?
  • Implementation: How can locally-developed writing analytics tools be implemented? What collaborations foster these implementations? What commercial partnerships and software platforms are used to implement writing analytics tools? How are research results communicated?
  • Pedagogy: How may writing analytics research be used to design curricula in which writing plays a critical role?

Volume 4 will be published in December, 2020. For more information, please see https://wac.colostate.edu/jwa/submisssions/.

Submissions for Volume 4 of Analytics will begin on March 15, 2019. The submission period will close on May 15, 2019. For questions about manuscript development, contact the editorial team: Susan Lang (lang.543@osu.edu), David Eubanks (david.eubanks@furman.edu), Alaina Tackitt (atackitt@usf.edu), and Jessica Nastal (jnastal@prairiestate.edu).


The Journal of Writing Analytics is published by the Colorado State University Open Press and the WAC Clearinghouse. Copyright © by the authors and editors of the publications in the journal. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 United States License. The Journal of Writing Analytics is sponsored by and housed at the University of South Florida. ISSN 2474-7491