VSR Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of articles does the VSR accept?

The VSR welcomes articles from a broad array of voice-oriented subjects. We also welcome scholarly articles, essays and interviews, as well as book and other resource reviews. 

Each issue generally includes three kinds of articles: 

Peer Review Articles

These articles are often cross-disciplinary, using theories or research methodologies to explore an element of the voice field or voice pedagogy. All articles must cite primary academic sources to backup assertions. The VSR is one of the few academic journals that welcomes authors and articles from the humanities, the performing arts, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The VSR uses a double-blind peer review. 

Forum Articles

Forum articles provide relevant commentary on current topics in voice. Forum pieces are often based on personal experience and use anecdotes and quotations as evidence to backup assertions. Writing for this section is often pragmatic, focused on solving problems, and is typically inspired by a coaching or teaching experience. Interviews are published in this section. Forum articles are generally not peer reviewed.

Reviews

Reviews are short, analytical responses to a book, piece of software, or app. VSR reviews focus on the usefulness or relevance of the material to the voice and speech community as a whole. Reviews are not peer reviewed.

For examples and article ideas click here.

For review information, click here

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Are articles juried (peer reviewed)?

Research articles and essays may be considered for peer review. Letters, interviews, reviews, columns, short opinion essays, and advice are not subject to peer review. Though the latter are not juried, they must still be approved by the Editorial Board 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 review of two or three expert reviewers. These reviewers can choose to approve the article with no further changes, approve the article contingent on certain changes being made, or reject 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 is accepted, then it is in line to be published. However, the Editor-in-Chief makes the final determination regarding which articles will be published and when. 

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Do all articles have to relate to the themed topic of the year?

The VSR publishes three issues per year, two of which are typically general issues and one of which is typically a themed issue. The general issues have articles with a variety of topics. The themed issue relates only to the selected special theme/topic. 

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

You may contact the Editor-in-Chief. 

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

For book and media reviews, please contact the Reviews Editors. 

Reviews Editor

vsr.reviews@vasta.org

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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). The VSR uses the Chicago Author-Date formatting Style. 

Please click here to go to the Author Guidelines.

Please click here for Author Resources, which include templates and other helpful information.  

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Do I need to have a finished article before I contact the 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 the Editor at the earliest stages of its development. Many writers begin by contacting the 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. Often the Editor will pair a prospective author to an VSR Associate Editor who can offer more time and assistance in development. You submit submit articles or ideas to: vsr.editor@vasta.org.

If you wish to write a review, you can approach the Review 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 Review Editor can suggest possible titles that are available for review. Click here for more information on reviews. 

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What is the deadline for submitting to the VSR?

The VSR accepts article submissions on a rolling basis. Nevertheless, the journal offers regular deadlines to give prospective authors publication goals. Click here for the current Call for Papers and deadlines. 

Learn more about how to submit an article here.

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What should I expect from the editorial process?

The VSR prides itself on helping new scholars and artist-scholars. We like to think of ourselves as a “friendly” journal, so the VSR may offer more editing support than is typical in academia. For many peer-reviewed articles, the VSR process is this:

  1. You submit your article to the Editor.
  2. The Editor and potentially members of the Editorial Board approve your article for the editing process. Once approved, the Editor may offer some initial thoughts. 
  3. The Editor assigns you to an Associate Editor who works with you to address any issues. 
  4. The Editor then approves the reworked draft before peer review.
  5. The article goes to two or three peer reviewers whose expertise best matches the content of your article. The peer-review process is “double-blind.” You will not know the reviewers, and they will not know you.
  6. The reviewers (a) accept the article without changes, (b) ask for additional revisions, or (c) reject the article.
  7. After any revisions from the peer reviewers, the Associate Editor or the Editor or both approve the new draft, and the VSR officially accepts the article for publication.
  8. You work with the publisher (Routledge/Tayor & Francis) directly on the final typesetting and “proofing” process, which involves two sequential steps: (a) you digitally sign the publication agreement; and (b) you review and approve the article in its final form.

On a case-by-case basis, the Editor may “fast track” an article from submission to immediate peer review. Examples may include articles from veteran scholars and articles that have already gone through a period of gestation such as those based on a graduate dissertation or thesis. Most likely, you will receive a number of suggested revisions and be given a few weeks to make the changes. Many articles go back and forth between the author and the Associate Editor a number of times during this process. As stated above, this is unusual for an academic journal, so if you are accustomed to minimal editing, you maybe surprised by the amount of editing you are asked to do. Of course, even with extensive editing, not all articles are accepted for publication; nevertheless, a part of the VSR’s mission is to support new scholars and artist-scholars who wish to publish, and we endeavor to keep the publishing process positive and helpful.

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I have an idea for an article but need assistance. Are research guidelines available?

Yes, the VSR has many resources to help authors including research guides and templates. For Author Resources click here

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What is the history of the VSR?

The VSR is the official journal of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. The journal was established in 1999 and VASTA published its first volume in 2000. Rocco Dal Vera as founding Editor-in-Chief. For fourteen years, VASTA published the VSR’s first seven volumes, publishing every other year. A leader in academic, worldwide publishing, Routledge/Taylor & Francis began publishing the journal yearly in 2014.

Volumes and Themed Topics

Published by VASTA, the following are the cover topics for the first seven volumes: 

    Volume 1 (2000): Standard Speech 

    Volume 2 (2001): The Voice in Violence 

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

    Volume 4 (2005): Shakespeare Around the Globe 

    Volume 5 (2007): Voice and Gender 

    Volume 6 (2009): The Moving Voice 

    Volume 7 (2011): The World of Voice 

Published by Routledge Press, the following volumes contain all general issues unless noted:

    Volume 8 (2014)

    Volume 9 (2015) 

    Volume 10 (2016) 

    Volume 11 (2017) 

    Volume 12 (2018): Australian Voice Training (12.3)

    Volume 13 (2019): The History of Voice Pedagogy (13.1) 

    Volume 14 (2020): A Vision for the Future (14.2) - Special Issue Guest Editor, Matthew Hoch

Editors-in-Chief

     2000 - 2003:       Rocco Dal Vera, CCM, University of Cincinnati, USA
     2004 - 2007:       Mandy Rees, California State University, Bakersfield, USA
     2008 - 2009:       Rena Cook, University of Oklahoma, USA
     2010 - 2011:       Dudley Knight, University of California, Irvine, USA
     2012 - 2016:       Jeff Morrison, Marymount Manhattan College, USA
     2017 - Present:    Rockford Sansom, CMT-London, USA

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What are the mission and goals of the VSR?

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 and voice professionals. 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.

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

All table of contents are listed on the Routledge website. To see the titles, abstracts, and authors of all articles, click here.

The VSR is delighted to offer a variety of free sample articles for the general public. For access to free articles, click here

VASTA members enjoy free access to all content. For VASTA acces, click here

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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 this link. Members who are current as of October 1 may elect to receive the bound hard copy of the VSR. See "How do VASTA members receive the printed version of the VSR?" below for more information. 

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How do I buy a print copy of an old volume of the VSR?

If you are a current VASTA member and you did not receive your most recent copy of the VSR, then please contact the VSR Editor. For inquiries about reprints of older volumes, please contact the Taylor & Francis Author Services team at reprints@tandf.co.uk. For VSR authors, to order a copy of the issue containing your article, please contact the Taylor & Francis Customer Services team at Adhoc@tandf.co.uk.

For Volumes 1 (2000) through 7 (2011) before Taylor & Francis publication, some print copies may still be available at various outline stores. Click here for more information. 

Also, all previous volumes and current issues are available online and are free to VASTA members. Read about accessing the VSR online here.

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

Generally, yes, if a teacher wishes to use a single article from an academic journal for classroom purposes only, then the teacher may usually do so under the "fair use" rule of the USA Copyright Act, provided that students are not directly charged for the article.

Click here for a simple overview of the fair use policies provided by the University of Chicago Library.  

The VSR recommends that you contact your school's administration and/or library for help with your specific needs. The VSR and Routledge/Taylor & Francis do not assume responsibility for any misuse of the fair use rule. 

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How can I promote my published VSR article?

Here are answers to commonly asked questions about publicizing your article:

(1) VSR authors CAN post their published articles on personal websites at any point after online publication. (This includes departmental websites and social media websites like posting to Facebook, Google groups, and LinkedIn and linking from Twitter.) To encourage citation of your work, we recommend that authors insert a link to their published article on Taylor & Francis Online with the following text:

“This is an article published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in the Voice and Speech Review on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/[Article DOI].”

For example: “This is an article published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group in the Voice and Speech Review on Oct. 6, 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23268263.2017.1374082

(2) You CAN post your article to an institutional or subject repository or to academic social networks such as Mendeley, ResearchGate, or Academia.edu.  HOWEVER, you must wait 18 months after the online publication date before doing so. See http://authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/journal-list/ for further details.

(3) You CAN print copies for educational and non-commercial use, so you CAN give copies to students and colleagues as long as there is no fee associated with this.

(4) You CAN present your article at a meeting or conference.

(5) You CAN use your article internally within your institution or company.

(6) You can NOT sell your article in any commercial way.

(7) You can NOT re-use your article in a book chapter or edited collection on a commercial basis. You can NOT reprint the article in another journal or magazine.

(8) You CAN quote and reference your article as you would any article in academic literature. 

(9) Expanding your article into a book IS often possible; however, Routledge highly recommends that you contact the permission requests department before doing so in order to avoid any complications.

If you have any additional questions, then please contact: permissionrequest@tandf.co.uk

For full information from Routledge, see Sharing Your Work

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How do I troubleshoot technical issues when getting VASTA access to the VSR?

There are typically four things to check when experiencing technical difficulties accessing the VASTA members' online access to the VSR:

1) Make sure your VASTA membership is up to date. 

2) Make sure you follow the steps to get access.

The steps are:

          A) Go to the VASTA homepage (www.vasta.org)

          B) Scroll to find “Click Here for VSR Online Access” on the right

          C) Login

          D) “Click to Read the VSR Online” 

3) Make sure you're using a reliable browser. Routledge recommends using either Chrome or Firefox.

4) With any browser, clear your cookies and cache regularly.

This issue tends to resolve the most problems. If you are unfamiliar with how to do this, then Google search your browser's name with clear cookies and cache. For example: "clear Chrome cookies and cache." It's been my experience that trouble shooting these four things resolves 99% of all issues.

If after troubling shooting these four steps, you have continued access problems, then contact the VSR Editor.

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How do VASTA members receive the printed version of the VSR?

 

All current VASTA members may still receive a free printed copy of the Voice and Speech Review, but now you must sign up through the VASTA website if you want a printed copy. Instructions are below, along with answers to frequently asked questions.

The due date for updating your profile and making this selection is October 1.

Please be aware that Routledge cannot deliver to incorrect addresses, and they will not resend copies for incorrect mailing addresses once the order is confirmed.

Thank you,

The VSR Editorial Board

 

To Receive a Printed Copy of the VSR:

  1. Go to the VASTA homepage (www.vasta.org)
  2. Click “Member Login” at the top right to login
  3. Update or confirm your mailing address in the “Profile Info” (Be sure to click “Save” if you make changes)
  4. Go to “Pro Index Pref”
  5. At the top of the page, select “Yes” when asked: Would you like to receive a print copy of the Voice and Speech Review mailed to your address on file?
  6. Click “Save” at the bottom

Additional Questions:

When will I receive the printed VSR?

The yearly volume prints and mails by December of each year. However, members in various countries receive their copies at different times because of global shipping. Allow up to three months for delivery (March 1).

My address is already up-to-date on the Profile Info page of the VASTA website. Do I need to reenter my address?

No, the volume will be mailed to your address as listed on the Profile Info page. Just make sure that you have selected “Yes” when asked if you want a VSR printed copy in the Pro Index Pref section of the VASTA website.

Keep in mind that your "Profile/Account Info" and "Pro Index" pages on the VASTA website are separate. Updating one page DOES NOT update the other, so always check that the information on both pages is current.

If I do not want a printed copy of the VSR, will I still have complimentary digital access?

Yes, all VASTA members receive complimentary digital access to the VSR. You can access every volume since the journal’s founding in 2000. To access the VSR online:

  1. Go to the VASTA homepage (www.vasta.org)
  2. Scroll to find “Click Here for VSR Online Access” on the right
  3. Login
  4. “Click to Read the VSR Online”

Can I change my mind about receiving a printed version of the VSR?

Yes, you may change your selection at any time. However, be mindful that your selection is recorded on October 1 of each year for the annual printing.

Do I have to select “Yes” each year if I want a printed copy of the VSR?

No, once you select “Yes” and elect to receive a printed VSR copy, you will not have to update your profile yearly. Nevertheless, we highly recommend that you confirm your selection and your current address each year before October 1.

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How do VSR authors access their work after publication?  


To access your article through the Routledge website: 

1. Go to https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rvsr20

2. Click “Log in” on the top right.

For the user id, use the email address linked to your article.  If you don’t have an account, then please create one using that email address. 

3. Once you’re in, click “Your Account” on the top right.

4. Click “Account settings” on the top right.

5. Click “Authored works” on the left.

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