Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups

Editors-in-Chief

Brenda Beverly, PhD, University of South Alabama
Angela Ciccia, PhD, Case Western Reserve University
Barbara Cone, PhD, The University of Arizona
Patrick Finn, PhD, University of Georgia

History

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is the online, peer-reviewed scholarly review journal of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The SIG program began publishing a newsletter for its affiliates in 1991. From 1991 through 2015, a number of additional SIGs were formed and the nature of what they published evolved as the output, visibility, and use of the content grew. In 2016, the separate newsletters for each SIG were consolidated into a single publication and given the current title. Perspectives was then formally recognized as being peer reviewed as of January 1, 2017, though it should be noted that many articles published prior to that date did undergo peer review. In 2018, editorial boards for Perspectives were established and the newsletter was transitioned to a peer reviewed scholarly review journal.

Purpose

Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups is a scholarly review journal, focused on bridging the gap from research to practice and advancing knowledge translation in the field. The journal has four editors-in-chief, 19 editors, and 171 editorial board members. Please see the list of SIGs and their editors-in-chief below.

Publication Frequency

Perspectives is continuously published, with articles added to their respective issues as they complete production.

Manuscript Types

Research Article

A research article is a full-length article presenting important new research results. Research articles include an abstract, introduction, methods and results sections, discussion, and relevant citations.

Suggested Maximum Length:
40 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Research Note

A research note is a brief manuscript presenting pilot, preliminary, and/or exploratory findings or a new method for the collection or analysis of data. Includes a short abstract and introductory paragraph. The scientific findings should be explained and documented concisely. 

Suggested Maximum Length: 
20 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Review Article

A review is a comprehensive overview (i.e., systematic review or meta-analysis) of an area of speech, language, or hearing sciences and/or disorders. Reviews should be accessible to knowledgeable readers not expert in the subject area. They should be prepared with the same rigor as a research article reporting specific results.

Suggested Maximum Length:
40 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Clinical Focus

A clinical focus is an article that may be of primary clinical interest but may not have a traditional research format. Case studies, descriptions of clinical programs, and innovative clinical services and activities are among the possibilities

Suggested Maximum Length: 
40 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Tutorial

A tutorial is an educational exposition covering recent literature on topics of interest to clinicians and other scholars

Suggested Maximum Length:
40 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Technical Report

A technical report is a brief article describing a pretrial feasibility or pilot efficacy study that addresses important clinical questions (i.e., whom to treat with a given technology, when to treat, and for how long).

Suggested Maximum Length: 
30 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Viewpoint

A viewpoint includes scholarly based opinion(s) on an issue of clinical relevance that currently may be neglected, controversial, or related to future legislation, or could serve to update the readership on current thinking in an area.

Suggested Maximum Length: 
10 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Commentary

A commentary is a short, timely article that spotlights current issues of direct interest to the communication sciences and disorders community. Commentary articles are often extensions or reactions to positions put forward in viewpoint articles. 

Suggested Maximum Length: 
10 manuscript pages including citations, tables, and figures (supplemental materials not included in length guidelines).

Letter to the Editor

A letter to the editor communicates opinions about material previously published in the journal or views on topics of current relevance.

Note:
A letter relating to work published in the journal will be referred to the author(s) of the original item for a response, which may be published along with the letter.

Introduction

An introduction is generally a short article presented at the beginning of a forum, special issue, or special topic collection (please note that special issues require prior approval). It may be written by, as applicable, the journal’s editor-in-chief, an editor, or the guest editor involved and is intended to provide background information on the topic covered, brief explanations of the articles, and the aims or goals of the forum or special issue.

Suggested Maximum Length:
10 manuscript pages, including citations, tables, and figures.

Epilogue

An epilogue is a short article at the end of a forum, special issue, or special topic collection that is written by, as applicable, the journal’s editor-in-chief, an editor, or the guest editor involved (please note that special issues require prior approval). An epilogue should include a summation of the preceding articles’ findings and may draw broader conclusions than the individual articles. An epilogue is typically limited to 10 manuscript pages, including citations, tables, and figures.

Suggested Maximum Length: 
10 manuscript pages, including citations, tables, and figures.

Erratum

An erratum is a correction of any sort to an already published article.

Note: 
An erratum should include the full citation reference for the original article (including the digital object identifier [DOI]), a summary of the error, and what the text should have said.