Resources for LSHSS Authors Purpose In this article, the Editor-in-Chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) highlights key resources for authors wishing to publish their work in LSHSS. ... Editorial
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Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Shelley Gray
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Arizona State University, Tempe
  • Disclosure: The author of this article is the Editor-in-Chief for LSHSS.
    Disclosure: The author of this article is the Editor-in-Chief for LSHSS.×
  • Correspondence to Shelley Gray: Shelley.Gray@asu.edu
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Editorial   |   July 26, 2017
Resources for LSHSS Authors
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2017, Vol. 48, 135-136. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-17-0067
History: Received July 5, 2017 , Accepted July 18, 2017
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2017, Vol. 48, 135-136. doi:10.1044/2017_LSHSS-17-0067
History: Received July 5, 2017; Accepted July 18, 2017

Purpose In this article, the Editor-in-Chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (LSHSS) highlights key resources for authors wishing to publish their work in LSHSS.

Several times each month, I receive e-mails from authors asking whether their work is appropriate for publication in LSHSS or whether their research meets LSHSS publication requirements. I am happy to answer these questions and always refer prospective authors to the valuable resources that the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) provides. In case you are not familiar with the website, I highlight some of the key resources here.
Early this year, ASHA inaugurated the ASHA Journals Academy website: http://academy.pubs.asha.org/. The intent is to provide a comprehensive repository for resources helpful to authors, editors, reviewers, and consumers of ASHA journals. On the landing page, prospective authors will be especially interested in links to Instructions for Authors, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/, and to Manuscript Submission, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/manuscript-submission/.
Authors who familiarize themselves with Author Resource Center information increase the likelihood that their manuscript will be favorably reviewed because they can evaluate their own submission prior to submitting it for publication. In particular, the Manuscript Preparation page, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/manuscript-preparation/, explains the guidelines and criteria for authorship, including requirements for the use of copyrighted and third-party material as well as human and animal protections. You would be surprised how often authors inadvertently include materials in their papers that require prior permission for use. When proper permissions are not included with the original manuscript, the review process can be delayed.
The Guidelines for Reporting Your Research page, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/manuscript-preparation/guidelines-for-reporting-your-research/, is a key section of the Author Resource page. All Editorial Board Members, Editors, and ad hoc reviewers for the ASHA Journals use these guidelines when reviewing submissions. Different guidelines are appropriate for different types of studies and manuscripts. For example, research studies employing randomized clinical trials are reviewed according to the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) and studies of diagnostic accuracy should meet the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) guidelines. There are many different reporting guidelines linked on the Author Resource page, including the EQUATOR Network library of reporting guidelines, http://www.equator-network.org/library/. If a study does not meet every guideline in a standards document it may still be publishable in LSHSS, but the quality of the design and reporting will be enhanced if authors attend to these standards early in the research and writing process.
All of ASHA's journals require that manuscripts be submitted in the style described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (6th edition; American Psychological Association [APA], 2010). It speeds reviewers' work when authors attend to APA Style requirements in their initial submission, including use of person-first language, appropriate formatting, and appropriate referencing styles.
LSHSS authors come from all over the world! LSHSS encourages authors outside of the United States to submit their research and clinical articles about school-age children to our journal. If you are a non-native English speaker, ASHA provides resources for professional editing, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/manuscript-preparation/guidelines-for-reporting-your-research/, and links to information in different languages.
Supplemental materials can add valuable information to your publication! The Writing and Formatting Your Manuscript page, http://academy.pubs.asha.org/asha-journals-author-resource-center/manuscript-preparation/writing-and-formatting-your-manuscript/#supplemental, provides a list of the many types of files that can be submitted as supplemental materials. Supplemental materials must be included with your initial submission so that they are part of the peer-review process.
Finally, LSHSS and all ASHA journals now use a reviewer template, in addition to reporting guidelines, to evaluate papers. Currently, there is one template for different forms of research articles and one template for other types of articles such as tutorials and clinical focus articles. In the research template, reviewers are asked to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the importance of the research, the justification and rationale for the study presented by the authors(s), the methods/approach, the results/findings, and the discussion/conclusions. Reviewers also comment on clarity of writing and formatting. The template for other types of papers does not include the methods or analysis sections. Authors that attend to each section of the review template as they write increase the likelihood of a favorable review.
We encourage you to submit your work to LSHSS and hope that these ASHA author resources will make the review process more accessible and transparent. Your ideas for improving these resources are welcome! Please e-mail your feedback to me at Shelley.Gray@asu.edu with “ASHA AUTHOR RESOURCES” in the subject line. On behalf of the ASHA Journals Board and all of the staff and volunteer Editors, Editorial Board Members, and ad hoc reviewers who are dedicated to bringing you a high-quality journal, thank you!
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