Article Publication Procedure for The ASHA Leader
If you want to propose and submit an article for
publication in The
ASHA Leader, the newsmagazine of the American-Speech-Language Hearing
Association, here are the steps in the process, from start to finish.
Article Proposal Form
Submit a Letter to the Editor
Blogger Application Form
- Decide on a topic you wish to propose to the Leader,
thinking carefully about how it would appeal to the 190,000-plus audiologist
and speech-language pathologist members of ASHA. Read
the ASHA Leader guidelines to help you hone your idea and cast
it in the Leader’s simple, practical, newsmagazine style. Do not send us a
completed article—the Leader publication model starts with a proposal that the
Leader Editorial Committee considers.
and submit the Leader proposal form, which gets routed to the Leader proposal queue. (To submit a proposal for the ASHA LeaderBlog, complete the blogger application form.)
- Once the Leader Editorial Committee receives your
proposal, we review it, assessing whether writing style and content are a good
fit for the newsmagazine. Within two weeks of your sending the proposal,
someone on the committee will respond to you in one of three ways:
If it’s not a good fit for us, the Editorial Committee may encourage you to
consider sending the piece to a better-suited venue, such as a blog, newsletter
or scholarly journal.
Occasionally, the editorial team will request more revisions to the proposal
before making a final decision.
- Article development. If the Editorial Committee determines
your proposal could be developed into a viable Leader article, the committee
assigns a Leader editor to work with you throughout the article-development
- If a Leader editor contacts you to develop your
proposal, the editor will offer pointers on Leader style and focusing the
article, organizing the key points, and writing an inviting hook (or “lede”) to
draw readers into the piece. (Other ASHA staff members may also provide input
into potential content of the article.) Once you and the Leader editor agree on
the future shape of the article, the editor will assign a targeted word count
and deadline for your piece. Please keep
in mind—an invitation to send your manuscript to The ASHA Leader does not
constitute an acceptance of your work. The complete article still needs vetting
and publication approval by the Editorial Committee and subject matter experts.
- When we receive your article—on or before the proposed
deadline—your assigned editor, other members of the Editorial Committee and
subject-matter experts will review and edit it, typically in a two-week
- The Leader editor shepherding your piece will send it
back to you with queries and suggested revisions from reviewers. We will
typically allow three to four days for you to make revisions and answer
queries. This is also the chance for you to determine if you are amenable to
the suggested changes to your article.
- Once we receive the revised article back from you, the
Leader Editorial Committee makes a final decision on accepting your article for
publication. If we accept it, we will let you know the date of publication.