SUBMIT AN ARTICLE TO THE VSR
Some questions re: submission can be answered in the VSR FAQ. With other questions, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. Submissions may be sent to Associate Editors depending on subject material (see below) or directly to the Editor-in-Chief (Jeff Morrison) or the Associate Editor-in-Chief (Tara McAlister-Viel).
SUBMISSION and PUBLICATION TIMELINE
The VSR is published online tri-annually:
Winter Issue: February/March
Spring Issue: June/July
Autumn Issue: October/November
Issues will be published online first, and current members as of August 15th of a given year will recieve a bound hard copy of that year's issues before the year's end. The VSR accepts article submissions on a rolling basis. Check the VOX and this website for cutoff dates for specific issues.
The VSR publishes three kinds of writing:
ARTICLES are usually research-based articles that use citation of primary sources to back up assertions. Articles are often cross-disciplinary, using theories or way of thinking or researching from beyond the world of the voice and speech studio or classroom to explain what is going on inside the studio or classroom. Submission of an ARTICLE requires an abstract and keywords.
FORUM pieces are often based on personal experience and use anecdote and quotations as evidence to back up assertions. Writing for this section is often pragmatic, focused on solving problems, and is often inspired by a coaching or teaching experience.
REVIEWS are short, to-the-point pieces of writing that examine a book, app, recording, piece of software or performance and explain to the readership its utility (or lack thereof) or demonstration (or lack thereof) of good vocal use.
Articles should be submitted electronically, preferably as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). Please include in the subject line your full name and “VSR” and the year of publication, e.g.:
“Jane Doe VSR 2013 submission”
Also please attach this information to the filename of every single attachment as well as every single email you send to the VSR editorial staff regarding your article.
SUBMITTING DIGITAL MEDIA
The VSR encourages authors to include photos, audio and video when such material supports or illustrates article content. When submitting such material, unless the author has created it him/herself, authors are responsible for securing permission to publish, and these permissions should be secured before submission. These permissions may include the name of the photographer, recording engineer or facility, or videographer and the name of the legal entity which owns the copyright of the material (theater, production company, educational institution, estate, etc.). The VSR cannot publish any media that is not properly credited and attributed. If there are royalties for use of any visual or audio material, the author is responsible to pay them.
ARTICLE LENGTH and FORMATTING
VSR articles tend to be 3000-6000 words, with 10,000 words an absolute maximum. The VSR uses a modified version of the Chicago Manual of Style Author/Date format. For more information on style and formatting in the VSR, see our Formatting and Style Guidelines page or visit our publisher's fomatting page directly here.
BIO and HEADSHOT
The VSR asks for a 100-word bio and headshot for each submission. The headshot may be B&W or color, but color is preferred. Headshots should be scanned or resolved at 300 dpi or better, and should be sent in a recognizable image file format (.jpg is best). Both items should be included with the submission. Please make sure the author's name is included in the filename of both the headshot and the bio.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE EDITORIAL PROCESS
More information about how the process works, copyright issues, and the proofing process can be found here.
HINTS FOR SUCCESSFUL SUBMISSION
Move the discipline forward:
One of the criteria for a successful VSR article is that it moves the discipline of voice and speech forward—in other words, it says something that has not been said before. Many VSR submissions simply chronicle someone’s coaching work on a particular show, or describe a teaching experience. Such “this is how I do it” articles are unlikely to be selected for publication. In these cases, it is likely self-evident to you, the author, that there was something unique about the experience, but the information is not framed in such a way that it becomes evident to someone who did not share the experience. Such articles require context to be eligible for publication in the VSR. For example, you may need to do some digging to determine what is typically done in situations similar to yours, and provide that as background for your solution so that it becomes very clear that you are solving the problem in a new way.
Support an argument with evidence:
A scholarly article makes a case for something and attempts to convince the reader that a certain idea is correct, plausible, or at least useful. The arguments put forth in the article need to be supported with evidence beyond the author’s conviction that they are right. This evidence may be scholarly in nature, which involves a lot of citations (and is the traditional way of providing evidence in humanities writing), it may involve scientific or experimental data (also widely accepted as legitimate evidence), or it may involve anecdote and description of an event, a performance, or a teaching experience. This last category is the murkiest, but the nature of our work is such that it is sometimes the only evidence an author has. In such a case, the VSR encourages authors to support anecdote with, at the very least, excerpts of transcribed interviews. If an author didn’t collect such material during the project, the VSR encourages him or her to return to participants from the event, whatever it was, and interview them about their experience in person, over the phone, or via email. Even a few quotes from participants can strengthen evidence based on anecdote.
The VSR has nine editorial departments. You may have a clear idea where your article or proposal may fit, and you may not. If you are not sure which department best suits your article, submit to the Editor-in-Chief or the Associate Editor-in-Chief. Otherwise, please submit directly to the Associate Editor of the appropriate editorial department:
Editor-in-Chief: Jeff Morrison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Editor-in-Chief: Tara McAlister-Viel - Tara.McAllisteremail@example.com
Ethics, Standards and Practices
For articles that deal with issues of diversity, social justice, best practices and related topics in voice and speech training, vocal use, and speech and dialects.
Associate Editor: Amy Mihyang Ginther - firstname.lastname@example.org
Heightened Text, Verse and Scansion
For articles that address teaching, coaching and theoretical issues with classical texts (often but not limited to Shakespeare), poetry and technical issues of speaking verse.
Associate Editor: Erika Bailey - email@example.com
Pedagogy and Coaching
For articles that address how voice and speech trainers transmit knowledge to students, professional actors, and private clients, and why those teaching methods are used. Topics may be theoretical or practical; many of the best articles in this category combine both.
Associate Editors: Tanera Marshall - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Burke - email@example.com
Private Studio Practice
For articles that focus on issues specific to the non-academic world of private coaching and teaching.
Associate Editor: Heather Lyle - firstname.lastname@example.org
For articles that investigate acoustic, articulatory, linguistic and practical phonetics, speech perception, dialect, accent or variation, and language and speech training for performing artists.
Associate Editor: Andrea Caban - email@example.com
Reviews and Sources
For reviews of books, media (film, video, audio), and performances that pertain to training, history, theory, and practice for actors and voice and speech practitioners. Reviews are typically shorter than full-length articles at 1000-1500 words.
Associate Editor: Kate Joos Glasheen - firstname.lastname@example.org
For articles about technical, pedagogical, aesthetic/genre and historical issues as they pertain to the practice of singing.
Associate Editor: Rockford Sansom - email@example.com
Voice and Speech Science, Vocal Health
For articles about scientific aspects of the voice, vocal production, breath, acoustics, and speech language pathology and audiology.
Associate Editor: Aaron Ziegler - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocal Production, Voice-Related Movement Studies
For articles that explore use of movement disciplines or as applied to voice and speech training. Articles may focus on theory, practical use, historical training methods, etc.
Associate Editor: Elizabeth Daily - email@example.com