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Guidelines for Submissions to CICSD

Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders (CICSD) is NSSLHA's peer-reviewed journal. CICSD mails to 13,000 subscribers bi-annually (fall and spring). Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis.

Acceptance Rates

CICSD is a scholarly journal that follows the policies and procedures of the ASHA Publication Board. Articles submitted to CICSD are reviewed by professionals in communication science and disorders and, when appropriate, professionals in related disciplines (e.g., linguistics, neurology and neuroscience, motor control, psychology). The acceptance rate currently is about 45% which is reportedly comparable to other journals monitored by the ASHA Publication Board (e.g., American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, American Journal of Audiology and Language Speech and Hearing in the Schools).


Manuscripts should be submitted via ScholarOne. Specific questions or concerns can be directed to the editor, Valerie Boyer, at Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two peers and final decisions are made by the editor. Submissions are reviewed and edited for content and clarity prior to publishing. Articles are peer reviewed by the editor Valerie Boyer, national office staff, and a professional copy editor. The editor has the discretion to reject any submissions as necessary. 

After acceptance, page proofs and correspondence concerning the publication process should be sent to the publications department of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #322, Rockville, Maryland 20850.


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CICSD is circulated internationally to over 14,000 readers, which reportedly ranks it as the fifth largest journal on speech-language pathology and audiology in the world. CICSD was first published in 1997. This only now makes it eligible for application to be included among indexed journals. We are just now examining the process to prepare our publishing data and other materials to complete this rigorous application.


Manuscripts that are considered acceptable for publication may be returned to the author for revision. Authors are free to make additional minor changes at this stage. Once a paper has been accepted and forwarded to the ASHA National Office, the publications staff may edit further for style, clarity, and consistency. After the paper is typeset, authors are sent page proofs for final proofreading. Only minimal alterations are permissible on page proofs.

Our editorial consultants are established authorities in their areas of expertise and over 92% have doctoral degrees in their discipline. Several of these editorial consultants also serve as reviewers, associate editors or in some other editorial board position on other refereed journals. The majority of these reviewers are affiliated with Carnegie II institutions which encourage and support research endeavors by their faculty members.

Editorial Policies

Contemporary Issues in Communication Science and Disorders (CICSD) is an archival journal that publishes papers pertaining to the processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing, and to the diagnosis and treatment of such disorders, as well as articles on educational and professional issues in the discipline. Contributed manuscripts may take any of the following forms: reports of original research, including single-subject experiments; theoretical or review articles; tutorials; research notes; and letters to the editor.

All manuscripts are peer reviewed, typically by two editorial consultants with relevant expertise and the editor. The principal criteria for acceptance are significance of the topic or experimental question, conformity to rigorous standards of evidence and scholarship, and clarity of writing. ASHA or NSSLHA membership is not a factor in selection. No manuscript that has been published or is under consideration elsewhere may be submitted.

All manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter requesting that the manuscript be considered for publication and stating that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently submitted elsewhere. The contact author's business address and phone number should be included. The names of any student authors who contributed to the article should also be included in the cover letter. Failure to do so will significantly delay their receipt of the student honorarium.

Letters to the Editor

E-mail letters to Valerie Boyer at Include your name and telephone number. Letters will not be printed without contact information.

Manuscript Style and Requirements

Contributions are expected to follow the style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition). Copies may be ordered from APA Order Department, P.O. Box 92984, Washington, DC 20090-2984 (800-374-2721).

To ensure clarity of scientific communication in this journal, articles will not exceed 10 printed pages. This is roughly equivalent to 40 manuscript pages, including title page, abstract, references, tables, and figures. The editor may approve departures from this rule in exceptional circumstances.

ASHA policy requires the use of nonsexist language. Authors are encouraged to use person-first language in preparing manuscripts.

A completely double-spaced electronic version of the manuscript following APA 6th edition should be uploaded via ScholarOne. A system of blind review is available to contributors to ASHA journals who choose such a review. Authors wishing to remain anonymous to the editor consultants during the review process should e-mail the editor at

Tables and Figures

Copies of tables and figures should be attached to each copy of the manuscript. Use Arabic numerals for both tables and figures, and do not use suffix letters for complex tables; instead, simplify complex tables by making two or more separate tables. Table titles and figure captions should be concise but explanatory. The reader should not have to refer to the text to decipher the information. Glossy or otherwise camera-ready prints should be submitted with the manuscript. Keep in mind the width of a column or page when designing tables and figures; consider whether legibility will be lost when reductions are made to fit a column or page width.


All literature, as well as test and assessment tools and ANSI and ISO standards, must be listed in this section. References should be listed alphabetically, then chronologically under each author. Journal names should be spelled out and underscored for italics. Pay particular attention to accuracy and APA style for references cited in the text and listed in the References. Double space these sections, also, to facilitate editing and typesetting.

Due to problems encountered in loss of manuscripts through the mail, we urge each author to retain one complete copy of the manuscript, including figures and tables, for emergency use.


Authors may request formal reprints of CICSD by contacting NSSLHA at Instructors interested in using a journal article as part of a course pack must request permission through the Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. Copies of individual journal articles or journal articles used for commercial purposes must request permission from NSSLHA ( Individual articles from NSSLHA Now!, NSSLHA's newsletter can be requested by contacting NSSLHA (