What Is Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups?

Is Perspectives Peer Reviewed?

How Do I Get My Article Considered for Perspectives?

Will My Manuscript Be Considered for Publication If It Has Already Been Published?

My Manuscript is Being Considered by Another Publisher. May I Submit It Also to Perspectives?

I’m Interested in Writing for Perspectives. What Are the Guidelines for Writing?

How Do I Actually Submit My Article to Perspectives?

Tell Me About the Review Process

My Submission’s Accepted. Now What?

Tell Me About Authors’ Use and Presentation of Articles

Where do I find Instructions for Authors? 

What Is Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups?

  • Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (Perspectives) is an online, peer reviewed newsletter that bridges research to clinical practice; it showcases practical information, a variety of viewpoints, useful reviews and overviews, and discussion in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders. Each of ASHA’s 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) publishes continuously throughout the year, featuring the topics of most interest to that SIG’s specific area of focus, along with providing one to four CE self-studies annually.
  • Perspectives is an online self-study. The content must be of a scientific and professional nature and qualify for continuing education units.
  • Perspectives is intended for professionals and students interested in learning more about specific topic areas. Professionals interested in a focused issue or topic speak to like-minded specialists through Perspectives. The content needs to be referenced and intelligible for other professionals with similar interests.

Is Perspectives Peer Reviewed?

Yes. Perspectives is now peer reviewed. This change was made effective January 1, 2017, though it should be noted that many articles published prior to that date did undergo peer review. Perspectives is currently classified as a newsletter, but all submitting authors should expect to receive structured evaluation and feedback on their submissions from the editor and editorial review committees of the SIGs. In addition, the continuing education content of Perspectives is subject to continuing education review according to the criteria set forth by the Continuing Education Board of ASHA.

How Do I Get My Article Considered for Perspectives?

There are two ways that an article can be considered for publication in Perspectives.

  1. Invited Submissions: The Perspectives Editor or another SIG volunteer asks an author to submit an original, previously unpublished article on a specific topic. The invited topic is closely aligned with the editorial calendar determined well ahead of time by the Coordinating Committee of the SIG.
  2. Unsolicited Manuscripts: An author may decide to submit an original, previously unpublished article without it being invited. Unsolicited submissions are considered for publication. However, the Editor of that particular issue should be contacted about the proposed article before it is submitted.

Will My Manuscript Be Considered for Publication If It Has Already Been Published?

No. The Editor of an issue of Perspectives will consider only previously unpublished manuscripts for publication. If a small portion of a manuscript has been previously published in identical form elsewhere, please contact the Editor before submitting it for consideration.

My Manuscript is Being Considered by Another Publisher. May I Submit It Also to Perspectives?

No. The Editor of an issue of Perspectives requires exclusive rights of first refusal on any submitted manuscript. Don’t submit it if another publisher is already looking at it.

I’m Interested in Writing for Perspectives. What Are the Guidelines for Writing?

There’s quite a bit to keep in mind when writing a Perspectives article. These include:

  • Conforming to APA style in references.
  • Obtaining the necessary permissions to use material whose rights are owned by others.
  • Making sure that tables and figures are formatted properly.
  • Including 4 to 5 Continuing Education questions to accompany your article.

The author guidelines for writing for and submitting to Perspectives can be found here, guidelines for contributing CE Questions can be found here.

How Do I Actually Submit My Article to Perspectives?

All proposed articles for Perspectives must be submitted through ScholarOne, an electronic management system commonly used to track manuscript submissions and reviews. A guide for authors using ScholarOne can be found here.

When you submit your article, you will be asked to complete online a standard Copyright Transfer Agreement. Each author is required to sign a Copyright Transfer Agreement through the ScholarOne system. If your submission is rejected, the agreement is voided and the copyright and rights automatically revert back to you.

Tell Me About the Review Process

All submissions to Perspectives are reviewed in three stages: (1) by an ex officio assigned to the SIG by ASHA’s National Office; (2) the Editor of the issue of Perspectives; and (3) at least two reviewers from the SIG’s Editorial Review Committee, who are selected for their expertise in the topic area.

The ex officio checks to see if the most recent and appropriate ASHA policy documents are cited. He or she also looks for evidence of conflict of interest as well as content and specific language that is contrary to or denigrates the interests, programs, or policies of the Association.

The Editor and Reviewers evaluate whether or not the submitted manuscript is written at the graduate level of difficulty, meets high standards of scholarship, resonates well with the focus of the SIG, and demonstrates clarity of writing. The length of time for the reviews by Editor and Reviewers varies according to the practices of each SIG. Please check with the Editor for an estimated timeframe for completion of the review and reaching a decision about the manuscript.

My Submission’s Accepted. Now What?

There are just a few steps to go until your article is published.

  • Ensure that all suggested revisions have been addressed and that the Editor has the finalized version of the manuscript. If all is in order, the Editor will assign the manuscript to a CE-bearing Part (if applicable) and send it on to production.
  • A Production Editor in ASHA’s National Office will copyedit the manuscript for clarity, consistency, and adherence to APA style.
  • The manuscript, with edits and copyediting queries, will be sent to the Editor, who will then send it on to the author for final minor revisions and answers to copyediting queries.

Tell Me About Authors’ Use and Presentation of Articles

ASHA recognizes the importance of authors’ use of their work in furthering the scholarship and research. Although a copyright transfer is signed by authors at submission, authors should be aware that they retain many rights for noncommercial use of the material. Express permission for use is required only in circumstances stipulated on the copyright transfer form.

Classroom Teaching

Authors may use the final published article in classroom teaching and similar academic settings, provided that the recipients are made aware that the material is copyrighted and is not for further dissemination. An article provided for classroom use must include a link to the Web address of the publication in which it has been published (or is to be published).

Personal Websites and Institutional Repositories 

Authors may post on their personal web sites, on department or university intranets, or in university repositories, the final, accepted manuscript along with the abstract from the final, published article when available, provided that the publication information (including the Web address of the publication site) is provided as applicable.

Presentation of the Work 

Authors may present their accepted manuscripts orally in whole or in part and may use elements of the accepted manuscript as needed to support the presentation.

Reproduction, Re-publication, and Dissemination: Authors may, for professional purposes, make copies of the final, published article, provided that copyright is attributed and that no commercial use is made of the material. Authors may share by e-mail the PDF file of the final, published article for the purpose of dissemination to professional colleagues. Authors may also reuse in their own future works, without permission from ASHA, tables and figures from their article, provided that a full bibliographic citation is provided, including the Web address of the ASHA publication in which the article was originally published.

Where Do I Find Instructions For Authors?

For general instructions, please download our Author Instructions PDF. For complete details, please visit the Author Resource Center on the ASHA Journals Academy.

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