Online-Only Brings Positive Change to ASHA Journals ASHA’s scholarly journals marked a major milestone on Jan. 1, when the journals officially became online-only publications—discontinuing the print versions (along with the costs and limitations of that format) for a totally digital format. The journals are now able to take advantage of the many Web-enabled enhancements typical of online ... ASHA News
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ASHA News  |   March 01, 2010
Online-Only Brings Positive Change to ASHA Journals
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  • Marilyn Newhoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, chair of ASHA’s Publications Board, is dean of the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University. Contact her at mnewhoff@mail.sdsu.edu.
    Marilyn Newhoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, chair of ASHA’s Publications Board, is dean of the College of Health and Human Services at San Diego State University. Contact her at mnewhoff@mail.sdsu.edu.×
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2010
Online-Only Brings Positive Change to ASHA Journals
The ASHA Leader, March 2010, Vol. 15, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.15032010.24
The ASHA Leader, March 2010, Vol. 15, 24. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.15032010.24
ASHA’s scholarly journals marked a major milestone on Jan. 1, when the journals officially became online-only publications—discontinuing the print versions (along with the costs and limitations of that format) for a totally digital format. The journals are now able to take advantage of the many Web-enabled enhancements typical of online journals, and are poised to capitalize on additional enhancements in the future.
The decision to go online-only was made with extensive consideration and preparation. In 2005 ASHA’s Publications Board set 2010 as the target date for publishing online-only. The board realized that even with several years of advance notice not every ASHA member would be ready to see the print version disappear. Nonetheless, with the need to project budgets several years in advance and the steadily increasing costs in paper and postage—making the potential cost savings close to a half-million dollars—online-only journals became more of a certainty.
Since that decision, the Publications Board and the journals staff have concentrated on making the transition as smooth as possible. One important effort was to ensure that journals remain visible to members, even without their tangible arrival in the mailbox. The solution was “e-TOCS,” e-mail alerts containing the table of contents for each issue. Although members had been given the opportunity to sign up for e-TOCs for individual journals since 2006, only several thousand did so. In fall 2009, all ASHA members with e-mail addresses on file (and who had previously not opted out) began receiving e-mail alerts for each new issue. In addition, the online page for managing these alerts was streamlined to make it easy for members to opt out of any alerts or to sign up for additional alerts, such as for “Papers in Press” or the Perspectives publications of the Special Interest Divisions.
The board also wanted to take advantage of Web tools without compromising the scholarly nature of the articles. For example, authors may submit supplementary materials related to their articles for peer review. These might include a video of a treatment technique, an expanded data set, or MP3 files of auditory stimuli. Other materials, such as podcasts, press releases, or articles in The ASHA Leader, also may be created after an article has been accepted or published. These also can be treated as supplementary materials—but always will be labeled clearly as non-peer-reviewed.
Other recently added features on the journals sites should improve the user experience. These include:
  • A complete archive of ASHA journals back to 1936.

  • “Cover-to-cover” content so that readers can see the front and back matter of past issues.

  • “Most read” and “most cited” lists for each journal.

  • Links for sharing articles on social networking sites (e.g., Facebook or Twitter).

  • Ability to download citations to citation managers.

If you have not explored the online journals, go to ASHA’s Journals Web site (sign in with your ASHA login). Try it! You’ll like it!
Volunteer For the Journals

The editors and associate editors of all ASHA journals are always looking for qualified reviewers to assist in the peer review process. Reviewers should have some experience in critical review of research papers, have published in at least one scholarly journal, and have at least one area of expertise in communication sciences and disorders.

Get on board by going to ScholarOne Manuscripts and completing a personal profile that will be visible to associate editors when they search for areas of expertise. You also can directly contact associate editors in your area of expertise; send them your curriculum vitae and express your interest in reviewing.

Reviewers have the opportunity to earn up to 2.0 continuing education units for reviewing a manuscript. Information on this benefit is sent to each reviewer.

Consider an Editorship

Have you been reviewing for ASHA and other journals for several years? Do you have a substantial scholarly publication record? Perhaps you are ready to consider being nominated for an editorship or an associate editorship. If so, contact any of the current editors, the chair of the Publications Board, or a member of the Publications Board to find out about the nomination process, budgetary support, responsibilities, and the positive feeling that comes with having contributed in this important way to the discipline.

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