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Understanding the Series in the Voice and Speech Review

In 2017, the VSR developed several ongoing series for the forum section, intended as a helpful tool to encourage prospective authors. (Note that forum articles do not have to belong to one of the series). Most series are open to submissions, but a few are by invitation only. Many have specific templates that authors must follow for continuity. Below is a list of the series with a brief description and an example article.  

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A Case Study in Coaching Challenges

This series invites voice coaches to offer their research and field notes from previous productions, which may help other coaches solve challenges. The series is open to submissions.

Example: A Case Study in Coaching Challenges: Vocal Fitness and Idiolect in Switzerland

Exercise Essay

The goal of this series is to offer academic yet highly practical essays aimed at giving teachers and coaches a place to share original exercises that solve challenges in the classroom. The series is open to submissions.

Example: Exercise Essay: "Vowel Yoga"

Reflections on Voice

This forum series allows authors to explore the field of voice through personal reflection and story. The series is open to submissions.

Example: Reflections on Voice: Healing Grief through Voice, Storytelling, and Song

Profiles in Voice

This series chronicles historical figures in the world of voice, performance, and communication pedagogy. The individuals featured in this series should no longer be active instructors or artists. The series is open to submissions.

Example: The Legacy of William Vennard and D. Ralph Appelman and Their Influence on Singing Voice Pedagogy


This series allows authors to interview leading figures in the fields of voice, communication, pedagogy, and the performing arts. The interview questions and focus should relate to the scope of the VSR. The series is open to submissions.

Example: Ray Virta Discusses Being Broadway’s Go-to Understudy, Accent Work, and Pre-show Volleyball


This series provides experts with a forum for academic discussion where all of the participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. The roundtable questions and focus should relate to the scope of the VSR. The series is open to submissions.

Example: We’ve Only Just Begun: Reflections and Insights “Giving Voice to International Students”

Vocal Traditions

This series highlights historically important voice teachers and schools of thought in the world of vocal pedagogy. The series is by Editorial Board invitation. Please contact the Editor to be considered for this series.


Vocal Traditions: Lessac Kinesensics

Vocal Traditions: Fitzmaurice Voicework

My Journey to Now

This series consists of autobiographical reflections that honor and highlight distinguished practitioners from the world of performance, voice, and communication training and pedagogy. The series is by Editorial Board invitation. Please contact the Editor to nominate someone for this series.


Carol Pendergrast: My Journey to Now

David Alan Stern: My Journey to Now

How to Write an Article Based on an Accent Break Down

This article suggestion is not an official series in the VSR. Nevertheless, many potential authors ask how to turn accent break downs into articles.

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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.

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