Exciting Changes Coming to LSHSS! You Are Invited to Participate! Purpose In this editorial, the Editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) describes important changes coming to LSHSS and all ASHA journals and calls for readers to voice their opinion regarding important topics and formats they would like to see included in future LSHSS volumes. ... Editorial
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Editorial  |   October 01, 2016
Exciting Changes Coming to LSHSS! You Are Invited to Participate!
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Shelley Gray
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Disclosure: Shelley Gray is the Editor of LSHSS.
    Disclosure: Shelley Gray is the Editor of LSHSS.×
  • Correspondence to Shelley Gray: shelley.gray@asu.edu
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Editorial
Editorial   |   October 01, 2016
Exciting Changes Coming to LSHSS! You Are Invited to Participate!
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2016, Vol. 47, 259. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-16-0025
History: Received March 23, 2016 , Accepted September 9, 2016
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2016, Vol. 47, 259. doi:10.1044/2016_LSHSS-16-0025
History: Received March 23, 2016; Accepted September 9, 2016

Purpose In this editorial, the Editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) describes important changes coming to LSHSS and all ASHA journals and calls for readers to voice their opinion regarding important topics and formats they would like to see included in future LSHSS volumes.

LSHSS is a quarterly, online-only, international, scholarly journal that has been published continuously since 1970. Our authors, associate editors, and reviewers come from all over the world. The mission of LSHSS is to publish peer-reviewed research articles and other scholarly manuscripts that pertain to the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology in the schools. Because research should be a major force in determining speech-language pathology and audiology practices, the journal addresses the needs of researchers, clinicians, and students interested in the school population. Current article types include clinical forums, letters to the editor, research articles, research forums, research notes, review articles, special reports, and tutorials.
Beginning in 2017, ASHA journals will transition to an editorial board model as part of a larger plan to substantially improve the experience of authors, reviewers, and editors who publish in LSHSS and other ASHA journals. The purpose of this change is to (a) ensure the sustainability and effectiveness of editorial oversight and peer review; (b) increase strategic content development; and (c) boost the visibility, impact, and use of the journals. Two of the key objectives targeted in this plan are to improve the quality and culture of peer review by providing training and resources to authors and reviewers and increase the strategic content of our journals, making them more highly responsive to reader interests and needs.
As an author, associate editor, and editor, I am excited to see these changes and am encouraged by the detailed transition plan that is now underway. As an editor, I am most excited by the Publications Board's increased interest in curating the contents of ASHA journals to be responsive to your needs as consumers. In practice, current journal content is primarily driven by authors who seek an appropriate venue in which to publish their work. The new model will retain this important function, but it will also provide support for journal editors to play a more active role in soliciting articles and groups of articles on topics of high interest to LSHSS readers. In a pilot study of the new editorial model, ASHA found that the number of articles submitted as research or clinical forums to the American Journal of Audiology increased markedly. Based on the number of article downloads, we know that readers find these forums to be very useful for focusing on complex questions and promoting professional development.
Going forward, I invite you to e-mail me suggestions for topics that you would like to read more about in LSHSS, and I encourage you to make constructive suggestions for new formats you think would provide a great addition to our journal. Although I will not be able to respond individually to each person who writes, I will keep a list of suggestions so that when there is a consensus around topics or formats, I will pursue them.
Please send your suggestions to shelley.gray@asu.edu. Be sure to type the following text in the subject line of your e-mail: SUGGESTIONS FOR LSHSS EDITOR. On behalf of the ASHA Publications Board and all of the staff, volunteer reviewers, and associate editors who are dedicated to bringing you a high-quality journal, thank you!