Helpful Categories to Generate Ideas
Before Routledge published the journal, the early volumes (Vols. 1-7) of the VSR had nine departments. While the VSR no longer formally divides the journal in this manner, examining these original categories is a helpful way to generate ideas for articles and understand the scope of the journal.
Ethics, Standards and Practices
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.
Heightened Text, Verse and Scansion
Articles that address teaching, coaching and theoretical issues with classical texts (often but not limited to Shakespeare), poetry and technical issues of speaking verse.
Pedagogy and Coaching
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.
Private Studio Practice
Articles that focus on issues specific to the non-academic world of private coaching and teaching.
Articles that investigate acoustic, articulatory, linguistic and practical phonetics, speech perception, dialect, accent or variation, and language and speech training for performing artists.
Articles about technical, pedagogical, aesthetic/genre and historical issues as they pertain to the practice of singing.
Voice and Speech Science, Vocal Health
Articles about scientific aspects of the voice, vocal production, breath, acoustics, and speech language pathology and audiology.
Vocal Production, Voice-Related Movement Studies
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.
Reviews and Sources
Reviews of books, media (film, video, audio), and performances that pertain to training, history, theory, and practice for actors and voice and speech practitioners. This area is a special section of the journal.
VSR Book & Media