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ASHA News  |   March 01, 2002
AJSLP Moves to Web-Based System
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2002
AJSLP Moves to Web-Based System
The ASHA Leader, March 2002, Vol. 7, 3-5. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.07042002.3
The ASHA Leader, March 2002, Vol. 7, 3-5. doi:10.1044/leader.AN.07042002.3
ASHA’s journals program was enhanced last month by the move of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (AJSLP) from a paper-based submission and peer-review process to a new Web-based process called Manuscript Central. The other three journals—JSLHR, LSHSS, and AJA—will move to Manuscript Central by the end of April.
The new process allows authors to submit manuscripts over the Internet and facilitates online peer review and tracking. Authors upload manuscripts online and receive an instant confirmation letter. Nancy Scherer, one of the first to submit on Manuscript Central, found the new process to be “very easy to use. I think it will be a great way to submit papers.”
Once a manuscript is submitted, the editor can immediately access it, facilitating quick, effective associate editor and reviewer assignments. “I love the new system, “ said AJSLP associate editor Jim Montgomery. “It’s easy to get the hang of as you surf around. I’m so glad ASHA has gone to this. It will simplify and expedite the whole review process.”
The greatest benefit of the move to a Web-based system will be a reduction in the time it takes for a manuscript to go from submission to decision. “Readers of the journals will benefit because new information may become available in a more timely fashion,” said AJSLP’s editor, Richard Peach. Some journals already using Manuscript Central report a 50% reduction in this turnaround time.
Users should find the new process more convenient too. Authors can check the status of their manuscript at any time of the day, from any place with an Internet connection. Reviewers, associate editors, editors, and administrators can work on journal business wherever they are online. The system tracks late reviews, helps prevent manuscripts from being stalled in the process, and eliminates postal delays, which in the past have been a major deterrent to international authors. Outgoing editor for AJSLP Donald Robin said that “the change will create a more efficient, up-to-date journal process from all perspectives.”
Since early 2001, all current ASHA journals have been available online. In addition, the archive of issue for the past three years also is available for members. Combined with this move to a Web-based submission and peer-review process, the ASHA journals program initiatives parallel scholarship’s push toward immediate access to new scientific information, allowing ASHA journal readers to access the newest information about human communication sciences faster. Fast and forward-looking, Manuscript Central allows for future Web-based journal enhancements, such as the submission of manuscripts with embedded links and streaming video and audio. In the future, ASHA journal readers will actually be able to watch and hear a research participant swallow, speak, or read—all within the journal article they are reading online. “Online journals are accessible worldwide and to other professions, “ Robin added, “As such, ASHA’s impact will be magnitudes greater.”
To log on to AJSLP’s Manuscript Central site, go to http://asha.manuscriptcentral.com/ and search for an existing account using your current email address as your User ID. For more information, contact Erica Blair Lockney by email at ajslp@asha.org.
For journals subscription information, call the Action Center at 800-498-2071 or visit ASHA’s Web site.
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