The ALAN Review

The ALAN Review (TAR) is a peer-reviewed (refereed) journal published by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English (ALAN). It is devoted solely to the field of literature for young adults. It is published three times per academic year (fall, winter, and summer) and is sent to all ALAN members, individual and institutional. Members of ALAN need not be members of NCTE.

TAR publishes high quality articles and professional materials that support the learning and development of readers committed to (or wanting to learn more about) young adult literature—its authors, its readers, and its advocates. TAR publishes scholarship and resource materials that build, expand, and challenge readers’ understandings, as well as support them in the daily work they do with the students in their care. 

Links to Additional Information about TAR

We host online versions of the regular columns published in our print version. You can read them here (our use the QR code printed in each issue).

Submission and Author Guidelines
Those interested in submitting manuscripts for consideration in The ALAN Review should familiarize themselves with these guidelines for authors. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to

Calls for Manuscripts
Those interested in submitting work for consideration to The ALAN Review can read the current calls for manuscripts here.

Guidelines for Reviewers
Those invited to review manuscript submissions to The ALAN Review should read and understand these guidelines as they prepare their response to authors.

TAR Archives
Archives of The ALAN Review are hosted at Virginia Tech and can be accessed from that web site. Please note that archives run through 2011.

About ALAN

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN) promotes communication and cooperation among all individuals who have a special interest in adolescent literature, presents programs and conferences on this subject, promotes and increases the number of articles and publications devoted to it and integrates the efforts of all those with an interest in this literature.

You can find a list of officers and directors in the organization at this page.


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