VOICE AND SPEECH REVIEW FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The upcoming issue of the Voice & Speech Review is titled: The Science of Voice and Speech

    What kinds of articles does the VSR accept ?
    Are articles juried?
    Do all articles have to relate to the cover topic?
    Who do I contact if I have an idea for an article?
    In what format should I submit an article?
    Do I need to have a finished article before I contact an editor?
    What is the deadline for submitting to the VSR?
    What should I expect from the editorial process?
    I have an idea for a research article, but I need assistance in formulating my project. Are there research guidelines available?
    What is the history of the VSR?
    What are the mission and goals of the VSR?
    How can I get a list of articles from previous editions?
    How do I subscribe to the VSR?
    How do I buy an individual copy of the VSR?
    I want to use a reprint of an article in my class. How do I do this?

 

What kinds of articles does the VSR accept ?

The VSR publishes a variety of types of articles including the following:

    research articles
    interviews
    roundtable discussions, questionnaire results
    essays (burning issues, opinion essays)
    practical advice for running a private studio
    book/video/audio/app reviews
    performance reviews from a vocal perspective
    thesis/dissertation abstracts on voice/speech
    columns

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Are articles juried (peer-reviewed)?

The VSR publishes two kinds of writing that may be peer reviewed, Forum pieces and Articles. Research articles, longer essays, and interviews/discussions where the writer has made comparisons or drawn conclusions may be considered for peer review. Letters, reviews, columns, short opinion essays, advice, straightforward interviews and abstracts are not subject to peer review. Though the latter are not juried, they must be approved by the editors before publication.

If you want or need to have your article peer-reviewed, make sure you indicate this very early on in the submission and editorial process.

Once an article goes through an initial revision process, and it is deemed appropriate for peer review, it will be submitted using a double blind to two or three expert reviewers. These reviewers can choose to pass the article with no further changes, pass the article contingent on certain changes being made, or fail the article. If changes are required, the writer makes revisions and the editors determine if the author has met the charge given by the reviewers.

If the article passes, then it is in line to be published. However, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final determination regarding which articles will be published

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Do all articles have to relate to the cover topic?

The VSR used to have cover topics. Currently, the VSR may publish a special issue if and when it has enough submissions that conform to a particular topic or idea. Articles no longer need to relate to any particular cover topic or idea.

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Who do I contact if I have an idea for an article?

The VSR is made up of nine departments. Each department has an Associate Editor. If you know which department your article fits under, you can contact that Associate Editor directly. If you are not sure which department is appropriate for your idea, you can contact the Editor-in-Chief.

Editor-in-Chief
Jeff Morrison - vsr.editor@vasta.org

Associate Editor-in-Chief
Tara McAlister-Viel - Tara.McAllister-viel@cssd.ac.uk

Associate Editor, Ethics, Standards and Practices

Amy Mihyang Ginther - amymihyang@gmail.com

Associate Editor, Heightened Text, Verse and Scansion

Erika Bailey - bailey.erika@gmail.com

Associate Editors, Pedagogy and Coaching
Tanera Marshall - tmarshal@uic.edu

Jennifer Burke - jburke@miami.edu

Associate Editor, Private Studio Practice
Heather Lyle - vocalyoga@gmail.com

Associate Editor, Pronunciation, Phonetics, Linguistics, Dialect/Accent Studies
Andrea Caban - andreaccaban@gmail.com

Associate Editor, Reviews and sources
Kate Joos Glasheen - kateglasheen2@gmail.com

Associate Editor, Singing
Rockford Sansom - rockfordsansom@yahoo.com    

Associate Editor, Voice and Speech Science, Vocal Health
Aaron Ziegler - ziegler@ohsu.edu

Associate Editor, Vocal Production, Voice-Related Movement Studies
Elizabeth Daily - eadaily@mail.plymouth.edu

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In what format should I submit an article?

Articles should be submitted electronically, preferably as an e-mail attachment in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx). For style guidelines click on the link below. For style issues not addressed in the guidelines, please refer to the Chicago Manual of Style.

    Article Formatting and Style Guidelines

    Style Guide (downloadable .pdf)

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Do I need to have a finished article before I contact an editor?

The VSR considers developing content and mentoring authors as part of its mission. If you have an idea for an article, you are encouraged to communicate with an editor at the earliest stages of its development. Many writers begin by contacting an editor with just a thesis, an issue, a question or an outline. The editor can then offer suggestions, resources and guidance that can prevent a writer from heading off in a direction that may be less than useful. Early contact is not a requirement, and fully developed articles can also be submitted.

If you wish to write a review, you can approach the editor with the specific item you have in mind or you can come with just an interest in writing a review. In the latter case, the editor can suggest possible titles that are available for review.

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What is the deadline for submitting to the VSR?

The VSR accepts article submissions on a rolling basis. Learn more about how to submit an article here.

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What should I expect from the editorial process?

Your article will be carefully edited by an Associate Editor and will also be screened by the Editor-in-Chief. The editor will be looking for a viable thesis, logical development of ideas, clarity in writing, appropriate supporting references, a consistent style, and proper grammar. Most likely, you will receive a number of suggested revisions and a couple of weeks to make changes. Many articles go back and forth between the writer and the Associate Editor a number of times during this process. This is unusual for an academic journal, so if you are accustomed to minimal editing, you may be surprised by the amount of editing you are asked to do. Of course, even with extensive editing, not all articles are accepted for publication.

Once an article goes through the initial revision process, and if it is deemed appropriate for peer review, it will be submitted anonymously to two or three expert reviewers. These reviewers can choose to pass the article with no further changes, pass the article contingent on certain changes being made, or fail the article. If changes are required, the writer makes revisions and the editors determine if the author has met the charge given by the reviewers.


If the article passes, then it is in line to be published. However, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final determination regarding which articles will be published.

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I have an idea for a research article, but I need assistance in formulating my project. Are there research guidelines available?

Marth Munro and her husband Allan Munro have developed two useful documents outlining standard research methodology.  To access them, click on the links below:

    Research Methodology

    Research Methodology Supplement

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What is the history of the VSR?

The VSR is the official journal of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and was first published in 2000 with Rocco Dal Vera as founding Editor-in-Chief. Since that time, seven issues have been published with the following cover topics:

    Issue 1: Standard Speech (2000)

    Issue 2: The Voice in Violence (2001)

    Issue 3: Film, Broadcast and Electronic Media Coaching (2003)

    Issue 4: Shakespeare Around the Globe (2005)

    Issue 5: Voice and Gender (2007)

    Issue 6: The Moving Voice (2009)

    Issue 7: The World of Voice (2011)

    Issue 8: (2014) was the first published by Routledge and has no cover topic

The VSR was published every other year until 2012, when we changed publishers and publication format. It is the first journal in the field of voice and speech training for actors (though it is commonly referred to as a journal, issues 1-7 were actually serialized monographs).  The VSR is now published tri-annually. Issues are published online first, followed by a bound hard copy of the year's issues that members will receive before the year's end.

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What are the mission and goals of the VSR?

The mission of the Voice & Speech Review is to disseminate information pertinent to the education, welfare and promotion of voice and speech training.

The goals of the VSR are:

    to provide for the continuing professional development of practitioners in the field  through the publication of pragmatic articles outlining useful methods and approaches to a variety of problems in voice and speech training;
    to foster a scholarly and intellectually rigorous approach within the profession;
    to provide an outlet for the publication of scholarly research, and to stimulate new research;
    to provide an open forum for discussion of ideas and opinions related to the profession;
    to encourage good vocal hygiene and healthful vocal use through the dissemination of practical up-to-date and accurate information;
    to promote communication and collaboration with allied professions and disciplines;
    to promote discussion toward the refinement of professional standards and practices;
    to promote international perspectives in the training of voice and speech

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How can I get a list of articles from previous editions?

The Table of Contents of some issues of the Voice and Speech Review are available online, as a pdf file.

    Standard Speech
    The Voice in Violence
    Film, Broadcast and Electronic Media Coaching
    Shakespeare Around the Globe
    Voice and Gender
    The Moving Voice

Can't open the files? You'll need to download and install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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How do I subscribe to the VSR?

Current members of VASTA will have access to the online journal after logging in to the VASTA website and following a link. Members who are current as of August 15 on any given year will receive the bound hard copy of the VSR.

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How do I buy an individual copy of the VSR?

Current and past issues are available for purchase by individuals and libraries.  For order information, click on the link below:

       Purchase the Original VSR

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I want to use a reprint of an article in my class. How do I do this?

Those interested in getting individual articles reprinted for classes may do so through the Editor-in-Chief. If you are interested in an article from Editions 4, 5, 6, or 7, you can contact University Readers to get specific articles.

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