General Submissions

We accept unsolicited submissions and article proposals that explore the field of visual literacy. Your article must be between 500-1000 words, with at least 3 accompanying images. Please contact the editor (kristen [AT] with a brief description of your proposed article.

IVLA Selected Readings (Peer Reviewed)

The IVLA’s Selected Readings is a peer-reviewed collection of papers, essays and articles covering current research and practice in the field of Visual Literacy. This publication is intended for both an academic and general audience so we are looking for papers that are thorough, well-presented, rigorous in their research and methodologies and that contribute something new to Visual Literacy. All speakers at the annual IVLA conference are invited to submit a paper for consideration, however, the submissions are not limited to attendees.

In order for papers to be considered they must be:

  • Presenters’ papers from the IVLA conference in Montreal in 2016; or, be relevant to the thematic context and scope of the IVLA conferences for the relevant years.
  • Papers should be concerned with applications of Visual Literacy that are not frequently reported in the literature. Interdisciplinary papers will also be given precedent.
  • Submitted for consideration by 30 June, 2017.
  • Formatted to the exact guidelines set out in this document.

Editorial process:

  • Papers will be shortlisted by at least two editors. Please note that any manuscripts that do not conform to the guidelines will be immediately rejected.
  • Every paper will be read by at least two external reviewers.
  • Remember that the quality of your images is just as important as the quality of your words. Please ensure you submit good quality images with your paper as this will be a factor in the editors’ decision.
  • The editors/reviewers will decide to either publish the manuscript as submitted, publish the manuscript with suggested revisions, or reject the manuscript for publication. In all cases the author will be notified of the decision, and receive the editors’ comments via email within approximately four weeks after submission.
  • Published submissions will appear on this website under a Creative Commons 4.0 Non-Commercial Attribution license (see below).

Copyright and Creative Commons Usage:

By submitting your paper for consideration, you agree to license your paper under a Creative Commons 4.0 Non-Commercial Attribution License. This license grants anyone the right to reproduce your paper without amendments, for non-commercial purposes only, and they must credit you as the author. Creative Commons licensing allows you to protect works published online while encouraging them to be read and shared more widely.


Download the Guidelines for Submissions (PDF) and read this document carefully before submitting your paper. Papers that do not comply with these guidelines will be automatically rejected. If you have any questions, please contact