This year was an unprecedented and, for many, a long year, but while you may hear a lot about the negatives of 2020, the ASHA journals would like to take a moment to focus on the positives. We’ll start with some gratitude.
We here at the ASHA Journals would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contribute to the ASHA Journals throughout the year. Whether you served as editorial board member for or submitted content to one of ASHA’s five journals, liked or shared content on social media, or simply enjoyed reading our articles, we’d like to acknowledge everyone who helped make 2020 a successful year for the ASHA Journals. We’d also like to acknowledge that this year wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and diligence of hundreds of Editorial Board Members, ad hoc reviewers, editors, and our editors-in-chief working tirelessly through the pandemic. You can check out our full editorial board rosters online for more information about the amazing people who helped bring the ASHA journals to you this year!
Across the 5 ASHA journals we published more than 850 articles, an increase over 2019 despite this year’s unique circumstances. Through unexpected changes in their schedules and work settings, authors continued to ensure that ASHA members had the latest information available to them.
By the Numbers
The ASHA Journals were read more than ever in 2020, surpassing 2 million article views by early December, an increase of 46% over 2019. This included more than 300,000 views of new articles alone.
As more work shifted online this year, the social media profiles of the ASHA Journals has also grown. Our tweets from @ASHAJournals and @SIGPerspectives were seen more than 1.5 million times in 2020. All articles published by the ASHA Journals are featured on Twitter and, since no one knows an article better than the author, authors are now invited to compose a sample tweet when submitting their article.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, the ASHA Journals rushed to action, creating a special collection around telepractice and providing access to those articles for free during the duration of the pandemic. As research about the pandemic grew, we also created an ever-growing special collection focusing specifically on COVID-19 and CSD. You can see these, along with other collections, on our all new special collections landing page. The ASHA Journals continue to work to get the most up-to-date articles surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic in front of our readers.
ASHA Journals also continues to focus on developing and providing resources for new, existing, and potential reviewers. At the beginning of the year, we launched the fourth module in our in our Peer Review Excellence Program (PREP), focusing on the always relevant topic of publication ethics. This module covers issues such as plagiarism, reporting scientific misconduct, and important aspects of journal autonomy.
Happy New Year!
Whether you wrote or co-wrote an article, served as an editorial board member for one of ASHA’s five journals, served as an ad hoc reviewer, liked or shared content on social media, or simply enjoyed reading our articles, we’d like to acknowledge everyone who supported the ASHA Journals in 2020. We hope you continue to enjoy the latest research, commentary, and conversations on ASHAWire, Twitter, and here on the Academy in 2021.