The editor-in-chief is responsible for broad oversight of the journal, including performance of the editorial board, and serves as an ex officio member of the ASHA Journals Board. Editors-in-chief are appointed by the ASHA Journals Board.

Main Duties

  • Assigns submitted manuscripts to editors (but typically no day-to-day involvement in performing reviews).
  • Monitors performance (e.g., timeliness and calibration) of Editors and Editorial Board Members
  • Handles disputes and ethical issues
  • Recruits content, including special issues, forums, and individual articles
  • Advises the ASHA Journals Board on policy considerations


Individuals appointed to this role must have substantial experience in reviewing and editing manuscripts, in addition to a strong reputation for research. Further, as noted in the Council of Science Editors White Paper on Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, the Editor-in-Chief is expected to be “skilled in the arts of writing, editing, critical assessment, negotiation, and diplomacy.” Editors-in-chief are provided a $5,000 honorarium annually. Additional Requirements:

  • ASHA membership (but certification is not required)
  • 3-year term of service


On the basis of structured reviews from committed editorial board members and through their own assessment of a submission’s merits and potential significance, editors render final decisions on manuscripts, typically handling at least 15 submissions per year.

Main Duties

  • Assigns submitted manuscripts to editorial board members for review
  • Monitors the peer-review process to ensure timeliness, thoroughness, and civility
  • Can recruit content, including special issues, forums, and individual articles
  • Consults on knowledge translation and content enrichment opportunities


Editors should have demonstrated competence, a history of publications,  and an established reputation in the research specialty (or specialties) to which they are assigned. In addition, Editors should have substantial experience in reviewing manuscripts and extensive background in considerations related to the conduct and reporting of research. Editors are provided an annual honorarium of $2,500. Additional Requirements:

  • Note: ASHA membership or certification not required
  • 3-year term of service preferred
JSLHR has two senior editors for registered reports in addition to the section editor roles.  These roles require substantial experience in reviewing research proposals and methodology. 

Editorial Board Member (EBM)

Editorial board members are individuals who commit in advance to provide peer reviews for a journal or journal section. In our appreciation of that commitment, editorial board members are formally acknowledged on the masthead of the journal.

Main Duties

  • Provide structured peer reviews of at least 8 to 10 manuscript submissions over the course of 1 year
  • Provide peer reviews in a timely fashion and meeting or exceeding expectations for quality and tone


Editorial board members should possess a high degree of expertise in their specialty (or specialties), have experience with reviewing manuscripts, and be committed to participating in the process of providing timely, high-quality reviews for the journal on which they serve. Additional Requirements:

  • Note: ASHA membership or certification not required
  • Calendar-year availability for a minimum of 8 to 10 reviews