For Authors

What is Perspectives?

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?

What is Perspectives?

  • 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 of ASHA’s 18 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) publishes one to four issues annually 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 and qualify for continuing education units.
  • Perspectives is intended for 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.

Is Perspectives Peer Reviewed?

No, Perspectives is not a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Perspectives is an online periodical that is not as formally bound by the conventions of ASHA’s scholarly journals.

ASHA’s main publications (The ASHA Leader, Perspectives, and the scholarly journals) fall under three types of review:  Editorial Review, Continuing Education Review, and Peer Review.

Editorial Review encompasses publications that have a low rejection rate, with content that is (mostly) invited and (entirely) reviewed by those associated with the publication and/or publisher.  The ASHA Leader and Perspectives fall into this category.

Continuing Education Review encompasses publications that have a low rejection rate, with content that is more often invited than submitted without invitation, and are reviewed to ensure compliance with the Continuing Education Board standards. All 18 Perspectives fall into this category.

Peer Review encompasses publications that have a high rejection rate, mostly uninvited submissions, and an external review conducted by subject matter experts outside of the publication or publisher staff. American Journal of Audiology; American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools fall into this category and are formally overseen by the ASHA Publications Board.

How Do I Get My Article Considered for Perspectives?

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

  1. You’re invited. 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. You’re interested, anyway. 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 Perspectives 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 a 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 a 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 .

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 SIG’s Perspectives; and (3) at least two Reviewers from the SIG’s Editorial Review Board, 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. This review takes place within one week after the manuscript is submitted.

The Editor and Reviewers evaluate whether 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 an issue 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.



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