For nearly 100 years, ASHA has been committed to helping our members increase their knowledge and share their expertise. In 2022, the ASHA Journals furthered our commitment to publishing peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles for ASHA’s membership, which has grown to more than 223,000 professionals! Read more about what you helped us accomplish in 2022, starting with a humble thanks.
Nothing that the ASHA Journals accomplished this year would be possible without the support of ASHA members who read and share our content. Today, many researchers say they find articles via social media, so we appreciate everyone who takes the time to share an article from the @ASHAJournals or @SIGPerspectives Twitter accounts.
Of course, you’d have nothing to share if it weren’t for the thousands of authors, reviewers, and editorial board members who keep ASHA’s journals moving. We thank everyone who has contributed to the ASHA journals both this year and in the past. We appreciate your tireless commitment to ASHA’s journals—and we hope you’re as proud of your contributions as we are.
By the Numbers
For the third year in a row, we published more than 850 articles across all five of ASHA’s journals. These articles include special issues and forums and individual articles full of updates for clinicians and researchers alike.
The ASHA Journals had more than 2.5 million reads overall for the second year in a row. In fact, our 2022 readership surpassed the record highs we saw in 2021; this is great news for us, our authors, and ASHA’s professions as a whole!
Finally, you may have noticed that the impact factors for three of our journals rose this year. All four of our journals with impact factors saw total citations go up in our latest impact factor report, meaning that this work continues to make an impact.
Reproducibility and Transparency
We made strides earlier this year in enhancing our commitment to reproducibility and transparency. Our new Registered Reports article type highlights our dedication to reproducibility and transparency in communication sciences and disorders. Once the stage 1 manuscript has been accepted prior to the start of data collection, the ASHA Journals agree to publish the paper regardless of the results of the study, eliminating the pressure that researchers may feel to generate novel findings and highlighting the role of replication studies.
In addition, we also joined thousands of other journals around the world in implementing Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines. These new research data standards encourage our authors to cite in their articles and share items such as data, program code, and other methods used in their studies.
Clinical Practice Guideline
We didn’t just add one article type this year: Last month, we published our first ever Clinical Practice Guideline in AJA. Developed by an interdisciplinary team of experts, the guideline provides audiologists with evidence-based recommendations for aural rehabilitation in adults.
The guideline provides more than 50 pages of information for clinicians, including appendixes and tables summarizing the guidance for easy reading. We hope that this article becomes an invaluable resource for ASHA’s audiologists.
Resolve To Get Involved
If being more active in scholarly publishing is your new year’s resolution for 2023, then we encourage you to contribute to the sciences with the ASHA Journals. Whether you’re interested in writing, reviewing, or serving as an editor, we have resources to help you get started.
One example is our Calls for Papers for special issues and forums. Each call for papers provides potential authors with key dates, contact information for the issue or forum editor, and, of course, important reminders on manuscript submission and preparation. We strive to recruit new authors and experts in communication sciences and disorders who are eager to share their work.
In addition, we’re committed to building strong, diverse editorial boards for all five of our journals. You can submit an expression of interest to serve as an editorial board member in 2024, and stay tuned to Context for information on our editor recruitment in the spring. We always welcome those interested in serving as peer reviewers.
We’re pleased with the journals’ 2022 accomplishments, and we hope to do even more in 2023 with your support. No matter how you’ve helped us grow this year, we’d like to send a heartfelt thank you for your support!
All five ASHA Journals are continually published; just like you, we don’t have an “off-season.” Stay tuned for more special issues and forums (as early as next month!), timely research you can use, and more in 2023!