The Journal of Response to Writing (JRW) was founded in 2014 by Dana Ferris, Norm Evans, James Hartshorn, and Grant Eckstein. For several years, various members of the founding team had pondered the need for additional scholarly venues for research about writing and response practices. Following further discussion and investigations of the importance of such a venture, the team decided to launch the very journal they felt was needed, and Dana agreed to serve as the founding editor. Thanks to her guidance and support from Brigham Young University, the journal emerged as a premier outlet for writing response research internationally. Dana stepped back into her role on the editorial board in 2017 with Grant Eckstein and Betsy Gilliland serving as co-editors-in-chief; Katherine Daily O'Meara replaced Grant as co-editor in 2020. JRW’s purpose from the beginning has been to increase dissemination of research involving writing response within first, second, and foreign language writing.


Journal of Response to Writing has a new website. Please visit https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/journalrw/ to access the current issue and submit new manuscripts.

Archives and in-process manuscripts will be migrated to the new platform by February 2021. The old platform will stay open until December 2021.


Indexing Information

The Journal of Response to Writing is indexed in MLA



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The Journal of Response to Writing is appreciative of its publishing institution, Brigham Young University, whose College of Humanities and Linguistics Department have generously funded much of the operational budget of the journal. BYU’s Faculty Editing Service has also provided quality editing, formatting, and publishing services through professional and student editors. We are also gratitude to the talented and hardworking authors, reviewers, and editors who selflessly serve to make this publication possible.