First Opinions, Second Reactions (FOSR) provides a dynamic format that is continually revisited and updated by the editors. Unlike a blog, FOSR does not allow spontaneous additions to the site. Rather, first opinions based on careful analysis of the books as contemporary literature published for a youthful audience are sought by the journal editors and edited to fit within a larger discussion concerning exemplary literature for young people. An individual asked to prepare a second reaction is usually given the initial expert's review and is also expected to share the book with an appropriate audience.

FOSR actively seeks the opinions of experts in children's literature who teach at the college level, work in educational institutions, and are writers themselves for "first opinions" on new books. These reviews, in turn, are enriched by "reactions" from others who are engaged in teaching and learning activities and have used the resource in a "real" setting.

Readers of the FOSR are encouraged to submit a "Final Word" that gives new insight concerning a particular book reviewed. These reviews are selected for publication by the board and are publishes as space allows.

FOSR follows an editorial review process. The editors or editorial board invite(s) submissions consistent with an issue’s theme. These submissions are reviewed by the journal coeditors, or, in the case of a special issue, by the issue’s editor(s). Upon adequate completion of any revisions, the submission is approved for publication.

FOSR is an Open Access journal. This means that it uses a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Readers may freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles. This journal is covered under the CC BY-NC-ND license.

This journal does not require author processing charges or other publication fees.

Who Can Submit?

Submissions are invited by the editors. These invitees may submit original articles to be considered for publication in FOSR provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: “publication” in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to FOSR, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at FOSR. If you have concerns about the submission terms for FOSR, please contact the editors.

Formatting Requirements

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest guidelines of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and submitted as Word files.

Rights for Authors and Purdue e-Pubs

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Purdue e-Pubs all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Purdue e-Pubs provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

Ethical Standards and Misconduct Policy

FOSR follows Purdue University Press's ethical standards and misconduct policy for journals, found here.

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