Audiology Today Editorial Guidelines
Audiology Today (AT) is a full-color, bimonthly magazine specifically for audiologists and other hearing health-care professionals. Each issue provides comprehensive reporting on topics relevant to audiology, including clinical activities and hearing research, current events, news items, professional issues, individual-institutional-organizational announcements, and other areas within the scope of practice of audiology.
Article Types and Submission
AT welcomes the submission of feature articles, opinion pieces, special interest articles, case studies, and letters to the editor (see specific guidelines for these letters). Members write most of the articles published in AT, although one does not have to be an Academy member to be published in the magazine. Refer to our editorial calendar for more information about specific upcoming issues and topics. Submit your article to the content editor, Editor-in-Chief Erin Schafer, PhD.
Required Article Format
- Include the author(s’) full name(s), suffixes, degrees, titles, affiliation/employer, phone number, and employer’s city and state as well as a brief biography for each author.
- The title of the article should be brief (3-6 words).
- Include a two- to three-sentence “abstract” describing what the article is about and how it will benefit the reader.
- The main document is required in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, and 12-point font.
- Feature articles must be between 1,000 and 2,500 words including the references and may include up to four (4) figures or tables; articles that are exceed the required word limit or the four figures/tables will be not be reviewed by the editorial team.
- Departmental and column articles must be less than 1,000 words including the references and may include up to two figures or tables.
- Headings and subheadings are required for the major divisions of your article.
- Please provide a byline and a two- to three-line biography. Include the author’s name, title, affiliation/employer, and employer’s city and state.
- Use tables and figures, when appropriate, and send these documents as separate jpeg image files (not embedded in your MS Word document). There is a total limit of four (4) tables and figures for feature articles.
- Use parenthetical citations within text.
- Use endnotes rather than footnotes.
Use the Academy Style Guide as a reference for capitalization, punctuation, abbreviations, numbers, dates, times, etc.
Evaluation and Acceptance
You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt by e-mail. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. Articles are reviewed by the editorial team, and most articles will require revisions. When an article is accepted by the Editor, you will be notified of the issue of publication. Please note that the magazine has a three-month lead time for any given issue. All accepted articles are subject to editing for style, clarity, language, and length.
Once the article has been accepted and edited, you will be asked to sign a copyright assignment form that grants the Academy copyright to the article. If you have questions or concerns about copyright transfer, please contact the managing editor.
The Academy will create a PDF (digital version) of the published article upon request. Please send your request by e-mail to the managing editor.
Before You Write
AT seeks original articles with practical application to the field of audiology. Your personal experience as an audiologist can become valuable to readers by applying your insights, problems, and solutions their situations. Focus on the lessons learned rather than a chronology of events. Before you begin, ask yourself these questions:
- Is this topic timely?
- Is this topic of practical use to the reader?
- Do I have specific, concrete examples to illustrate my ideas?
- How can the readers adapt the lessons I have learned to their own lives?
- What challenges might the reader encounter?
An article will not be accepted in Audiology Today (and related Academy Web sites) if it
- Is not related to audiology,
- Is poorly organized,
- Lacks original insight,
- Offers too few examples,
- Violates the Academy's Antitrust Policy and Guidelines, or
- Is overly promotional and self-serving. (Articles that only serve to promote a particular company, product, or service will not be published.)
- Pay attention to tone. Avoid lecturing.
- Convey your ideas by showing, rather than telling, the reader what to do.
- Explain your ideas clearly by avoiding excessive jargon, and define jargon you must use.
- Be comprehensive. Use details — such as dates, statistics, references, and quantities — to clarify and support your points. Sometimes pertinent information that is self-contained (e.g., a list of resources or the steps of a process) can be used as a sidebar.
- Explain the relevance to others. Make your points using examples from your experience, and then tell readers how they can apply your experience to their situations.
- Avoid the passive voice. Active language is straightforward and simple.
- Avoid wordiness.
- Reread and proofread your article at least twice.
- If necessary, move paragraphs to achieve continuity, and use transition sentences to ensure that paragraphs flow smoothly from one to another.
- Check the accuracy of your article. Using your original source material, verify every date, name, fact, and figure. Accuracy is your responsibility, not that of AT magazine editors.