From the Editor… Brian A. Goldstein At a recent meeting of the ASHA Publications Board (the group of ASHA members and ASHA national office staff who oversee the scholarly publications of the Association), there was a discussion of the “From the Editor” column. This column precedes the peer-reviewed articles in all of the ... Editorial
Editorial  |   October 01, 2004
From the Editor…
 
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Editorial   |   October 01, 2004
From the Editor…
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2004, Vol. 35, 295-296. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2004/027)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2004, Vol. 35, 295-296. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2004/027)
Brian A. Goldstein
At a recent meeting of the ASHA Publications Board (the group of ASHA members and ASHA national office staff who oversee the scholarly publications of the Association), there was a discussion of the “From the Editor” column. This column precedes the peer-reviewed articles in all of the ASHA scholarly journals, with the exception of JSLHR. The discussion focused on four main themes: the purpose of the editorials, (the lack of) peer review of these pieces, oversight of the content of the opinions expressed in the editorials, and the future of the column.
Among the group at the Publications Board meeting, two main purposes of the editorials were expressed. The first purpose was to introduce a “new” journal. For example, when the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP) and the American Journal of Audiology (AJA) were introduced in 1991, the Editors, Marilyn Newhoff for AJSLP (Newhoff, 1991a) and Robert Turner for AJA (Turner, 1991), used their columns to introduce the journals. Both Editors used their columns to discuss the evolution and focus of the journals and the types of articles that would appear in those journals. The second purpose of these columns, discussed at the meeting, was to speak “directly” to the readership. This has been done in a number of ways. For example, in the second and third issues of AJSLP, Newhoff (1991b, 1991c) largely used her column to summarize the content of the articles in that issue. Editors also have used the space to discuss issues germane to the journal itself (e.g., the announcement that LSHSS was accepted for citation in Medline/PubMed; Goldstein, 2004) or important topics to the readers that have currency to the profession (e.g., evidence-based practice; Bahr, 2001; Peach, 2002).
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