Digital Literacy

Reading & Writing 2018 Special Issue Call for Papers on "Digital Literacy"

Special Issue Editors:


  • Abstracts submission deadline: 30 July 2017, sent to Hossana Twinomurinzi (
  • Paper submissions deadline: 10 December 2017, submitted on the website
  • Projected publication date: 01 November 2018

Brief overview

The rapidity with which ICT has become intertwined in the essential fabric of society has resulted in some intentional and unintentional consequences. This special issue seeks to bring to the surface the myriad of influences that ICT has and could have on literacy. The aim is to go beyond identifying the challenges but also to develop and promote new knowledge on how digital literacy could lead to better ways of life, work and society.

Details and topics of interest

Digital literacy expands beyond technical competencies to include the functional and communicative capabilities necessary to make sense of the measures of worth in digital content. Inasmuch as the definition of the term “digital literacy” is still debated from many disciplinary and philosophical angles, it is well accepted that it is more than reading and writing facilitated by a digital medium. For example, there are many who cannot read and write in the traditional sense but are adept with smartphones using images and voice. For purposes of making sense, we embrace Jones-Kavaller and Flannigan’s (2006) definition of digital literacy as “the ability to read and interpret media (text, sound, images), to reproduce  data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge  gained from digital environments.”

This issue invites high-quality research which explores the new meanings, and intended and unintended consequences of the digital era on how literacy is now defined, communicated, enacted and promoted in a range of educational, government, institutional, socio-cultural and disciplinary contexts.

Topics and questions of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • The emergence of a second-generation digital divide
  • Theories and paradigms used as lenses through which to make sense of digital literacy
  • The implications of the tensions between digital immigrants and digital natives
  • How to measure a digitally literate person
  • The social, cultural, political, educational and economic implications of digital literacy 
  • The effects of digital literacy
  • Contextual comparisons between the efficacy of some digital platforms over others for literacy
  • The advantages and disadvantages of being digitally literateIs digital literacy a means, a cause, or even otherwise to (in)equity?
  • How do we prepare students and society, organisations and governments for a technological society?
  • Is there really a changing calibre of students who learn differently because of ICT?

Submission guidelines

Abstracts should be sent to Hossana Twinomurinzi ( After review, the special issue editors will invite authors to submit their full papers on the website.

Original manuscripts should not have been submitted elsewhere and should contain original material not published in nor submitted to other journals. 

In order to submit your paper please register on the website and create an account online. When uploading your paper, ensure that you select that it is being submitted for the special issue under the "RW-JRASA Special Issue on Digital Literacy” at

Formatting guidelines

Authors should strictly follow the formatting guidelines as described at

Peer review

All papers will undergo a process of one or more rounds of double-blind peer review. Please remember to remove all your personal identifiable information from the main manuscript before submitting it for review.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.