Voice and Speech Review (VSR) 

About the VSR


The Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is the official publication of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). The VSR publishes three issues per year online, two of which are general issues and one of which is typically a themed issue. The entire volume is printed yearly. 


We solicit articles and essays that focus on voice and speech topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The VSR welcomes peer reviewed articles from a broad array of voice-oriented subjects. We also welcome scholarly essays and interviews based on personal experience that are often practical notes from the field, as well as book and other resource reviews. 


Access to the VSR

By clicking on the link below, anyone can see our most recent issue and read several articles for free. VASTA members enjoy free access to all content; before clicking on the link below, first login to the VASTA website. The printed yearly volume is mailed annually to all active members in the late fall. 


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Free Sample Articles

The VSR is delighted to offer a variety of free sample articles for the general public. 

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VSR Aim and Scope

Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is a scholarly journal focused on voice and speech topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The journal features writing about cutting-edge theory and practice in arts, communication, and interdisciplinary aspects of voice. The VSR is the only scholarly journal that publishes work about voice and speech training for stage, film, TV, and radio. 


VSR Mission and Goal

  • to provide for the continuing professional development of scholars and practitioners in the field through the publication of pragmatic articles outlining useful methods and approaches to a variety of topics and problems in voice and speech training;

  • to foster a scholarly and intellectually rigorous approach within the voice 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 voice profession, the performing arts, and communication;

  • 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; and

  • to promote international perspectives in the training of voice and speech.

Interdisciplinary Focus

Voice and speech training overlaps many other disciplines and practices, so the VSR encourages submissions that examine voice through other lenses. Such topics may include:

  • Linguistics, phonetics
  • Performing arts pedagogy
  • Voice science, speech and voice therapy
  • Acting, performance
  • Singing, opera, musical theatre
  • Public speaking, corporate training
  • Language acquisition, development
  • Stage movement
  • Heightened language, Shakespeare
  • Theatre history and literature 
  • Ethics, diversity, social justice
  • Private studio practice


Submissions and Deadlines

The VSR is published tri-annually. We publish three catagories of articles: (1) research-based articles that are peer reviewed (2) essays based on practical, real-world experience known as "forum" pieces, (3) and reviews. Issues are published online first, and current VASTA members recieve a bound hard copy of the year's issues before the year's end. 


Deadlines for Drafts

The VSR has open submissions. Authors are welcome to submit at any time. Nevertheless, please see the following:


  • July 1, 2018: Extended deadline for the themed issue on the History of Voice Pedagogy
  • July 1, 2018: Early deadline for 2019 article consideration
  • October 15, 2018: Final deadline for 2019 article consideration

**Articles are processed in the order they are received, so please submit as soon as possible. The 2018 volume is full; we are now considering articles for the themed issue and general articles for the 2019 publication. Submission does not guarantee publication. Publication timelines can vary.



Themed Issue

The current themed issue in 2019 focuses on the History of Voice Pedagogy. Articles, essays, and interviews may focus on any aspect of voice pedagogy history. The editors are especially interested in historical figures, movements, and trends across various fields in voice and educational environments.



Submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Rockford Sansom, at vsr.editor@vasta.org. Queries regarding resource and book reviews should be send to the Reviews Editor, Prof. Kate Glasheen, at vsr.reviews@vasta.org. Contributors need not be members of VASTA to publish. Previous publishing experience is not required; the VSR prides itself on encouraging and supporting new scholars. 

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