Characteristics of Journal

Word and Image in Communication with Children is a professional electronic journal that presents the latest findings in the field of literature for children and youth, communication-based didactics of the Czech language, and literary education. It concentrates on work with children and youth, starting with pre-primary education, and then with a focus on school-age youth.

The publisher of the journal Word and Image in Communication with Children is the Faculty of Education of the University of Ostrava, particularly the team of the Department of Czech Language and Literature with Didactics, and the Cabinet of Literature for Children and Youth, Language and Literary Communication.

Although Word and Image in Communication with Children was launched as an electronic journal in 2011, it builds on previous decades of professional seminars and later international conferences held in the eponymous series Word and Image in Communication with Children. The traditional “roundtables” (the first of which took place in 1997) comprised of engaging meetings of linguists, literary scholars and didacticians focused on communication with children and young people through text and image. In the thirteen years of their organisation, they have not only acquired high prestige among experts in the Czech Republic, but have also been the spark of many collaborations with colleagues from abroad—most often from Slovakia. In this sense, the journal Word and Image in Communication with Children is a continuation of the proceedings that included the contributions made at these professional forums, and its content is clearly related to them. For these reasons, it has taken on its traditional title.

Furthermore, as an electronic journal, Word and Image in Communication with Children aims to become a platform for professional discussion on current topics related to the history, theory and criticism of children’s literature, teaching language and literature, reading reception, etc., as well as a variety of other related topics that touch on the education and guidance of children and youth and communication with the younger generation.

Word and Image in Communication with Children attempts to cover the aforementioned issues in several forms, primarily in peer-reviewed articles from scientific research; in articles; in considerations of present-day language and literature as well as research and teaching thereof; in translations of intriguing foreign articles; in reviews of professional publications; in reviews of literature for children and young people; and in news reports and appealing facts from the comprehensively conceived didactics of the mother tongue and related fields.

More than half of the journal Word and Image in Communication with Children is represented by original professional work along with conducted research, all of which have undergone the review process. For each contribution of this kind, two independent opinions will be created that must approve it for publication or comment on the possibility of its revision. All documentation for the review procedure is registered in the editor’s office of the journal.

Word and Image in Communication with Children has three chief target groups: 1. the scientific community of the named fields; 2. teachers at all levels of education, but in particular those in pre-primary, primary, and secondary education; and 3. students in fields related to Czech Studies as well as education. Last but not least, the journal can also appeal to the general public expressing interest in gaining new knowledge concerning language-related, literary, and mass communication-related issues related to children and youth.

Word and Image in Communication with Children publishes once a year, has an electronic form, and is accessible through the website of the University of Ostrava. The journal has been registered in the Central European and Eastern Online Library (CEEOL) database since 2022.

The editors of the journal Word and Image in Communication with Children accept contributions thematically corresponding to its focus. The customary offer date for a given year is June 1, unless an exception states otherwise. Submissions must meet the formal and content level requirements specified in the Guidelines for Authors and in the Contribution Template.

Updated: 24. 03. 2022