For Reviewers

Can I Be a Perspectives Reviewer?

How Do I Conduct My Review?

How Long Do I Have to Complete My Review?

What Should I Be Looking For When I Review an Article Submitted to Perspectives?

What Happens After I Finish My Review?

Can I Be a Perspectives Reviewer?

Expert, timely reviewers are always being sought. The Coordinating Committee of each Special Interest Group (SIG) selects a pool of individuals who are SIG affiliates to review articles submitted for that SIG’s Perspectives. This pool of reviewers is called the Editorial Review Committee. When the Editor of Perspectives needs a submitted article to be reviewed, he or she will draw upon a minimum of two reviewers from the SIG’s Editorial Review Committee.

If you are interested in being considered as a reviewer for one of the Special Interest Group’s Perspectives, please send your name, terminal degree, affiliation, and specializations to the Editor of that Perspectives.

How Do I Conduct My Review?

It’s all done digitally and seamlessly. Reviewers must conduct all reviews through Perspectives’ ScholarOne manuscript system. ScholarOne is a commonly used electronic management system that tracks submissions and reviews of articles. For instructions on completing your reviews in ScholarOne, please click here .

How Long Do I Have to Complete My Review?

It depends. The length of time for reviewers to complete their work varies according to the policies established by each SIG’s Perspectives. The deadline for review of a particular submitted article is contained within the ScholarOne manuscript system used by the reviewer. Please adhere to this deadline, out of courtesy to the author and to support the integrity and timely efficiency of the publishing process.

What Should I Be Looking for When I Review an Article Submitted to Perspectives?

Lots of things. Six in particular are important.

  1. First, when is the review due? The due date is right there, in the ScholarOne manuscript system.
  2. Second, before beginning, please keep in mind the type of publication that’s about to be reviewed. 
    • Perspectives is an online periodical that bridges research to clinical practice; it showcases practical information, a variety of viewpoints, useful reviews and overviews, and discussion in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Each SIG publishes annually one to four issues of its own Perspectives, featuring the topics of most interest to that SIG’s specific area of focus.
    • Perspectives is an online self-study.  The content must be of a scientific and professional nature.  However, it is not a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. It’s not as formally bound by the conventions of scholarly journals. Most of its submissions are invited, and they’re reviewed by members of the SIG’s Editorial Review Committee.
    • Perspectives is intended for a professionals and students interested in learning more about the specific topic area. 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.   
  3. Third, consider whether the content relates to the sciences as they pertain to speech-language pathology, audiology, speech/language/hearing sciences, and/or the contemporary practice of speech-language pathology and audiology.  Also, course content and level must be beyond that required for initial certification by ASHA and contribute to the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. If not, perhaps the content would work better somewhere else, such as on the ASHAsphere blog.
  4. Fourth, make sure that the manuscript is intelligible and easy to follow. Is the argument clear? Are the key takeaway points apparent?
  5. Fifth, assess whether the citations are appropriate and complete. Are other sources needed? Are some that are used not relevant or are questionable on other grounds?
  6. Sixth, if the manuscript is based on original research, determine whether flaws are apparent in the methodology and/or research that are not addressed in the manuscript.

What Happens After I Finish My Review?

After assessing the submission, the reviewer then submits a recommendation to the Perspectives Editor. The reviewer can recommend one of four actions:

  • Approve the manuscript.
  • Suggest minor revisions to the content.
  • Suggest major revisions to the content.
  • Reject the submission.

Ultimately, the decision to accept, revise, or reject a manuscript will be up to the Perspectives Editor, taking reviewers’ recommendations under consideration.

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