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CICSD Mentoring Program

The CICSD Mentoring Program matches interested student researchers who have never been published in a journal with established researchers in the discipline of communications sciences and disorders, so that the students can receive guidance on manuscripts they wish to submit for publication in CICSD. Students who have written (or wish to write) a manuscript and are interested in participating in the CICSD Mentoring Program must send the manuscript (or an outline) accompanied by a cover letter requesting that they be enrolled in the Mentoring Program and stating that the manuscript has not been published previously in CICSD and is not currently submitted elsewhere.

Also include in the cover letter contact information for the author (including mailing address, e-mail address, and fax and phone numbers) and a description of the area of interest the article is covering (e.g., fluency, voice, articulation, language, professional issues, multicultural issues, or hearing). In addition, include the present status of the manuscript (e.g., it is in the idea stage, or the introduction and method section are written but nothing else).

Students should keep in mind that the role of the mentor is purely advisory. That is, the mentor should not be expected to write sentences or paragraphs for you. The mentor serves as a resource to answer your questions about issues that you perceive to be problematic or issues about which you are uncertain. The mentor may provide you with strategies on how to approach these issues or may read what you have written and provide feedback. The mentor should not be expected to initiate writing or be involved in the actual writing of the manuscript. You cannot list the mentor as a co-author. However, you may list the mentor in the acknowledgments section of your manuscript.

NSSLHA awards a $150 honorarium for student manuscripts accepted for publication in CICSD. The journal's reviewers will be blind as to whether your manuscript has been assisted by a mentor. Your voluntary participation in this program does not increase or decrease the chances of your manuscript being accepted for publication.

For information about the CICSD Mentoring Program, contact:

Julie A.G. Stierwalt, PhD, CCC-SLP
Editor, CICSD
Department of Communicative Disorders
Florida State University
P.O. Box 3061200
Tallahassee, FL 32606

Interested in Being a Mentor?

CICSD uses published authors to mentor to students. Individuals interested in becoming a mentor in the CICSD Mentoring Program should send a resume and cover letter with a description of their area of interest (e.g., fluency, voice, articulation, language, professional issues, multicultural issues, or hearing) to the CICSD Editor (see above).