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.
Author Information: Include author(s’) full name(s), degrees, titles, affiliation/employer, phone number, employer’s city and state, and a 2-3 sentence biography for each author.
Title: Article title should be 3-6 words
Abstract: Include a 2-3 sentence “abstract” to summarize the article and highlight its benefits to the reader.
Main Document: Required in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, and 12-point font. Headings and subheadings required for the major divisions of your article. Use parenthetical citations within text; use endnotes rather than footnotes.
Feature articles: Between 1,000 and 2,500 words including the references and may include up to four figures or tables. Articles exceeding the required word limit or the four figures/tables will be not be reviewed by the editorial team.
Departmental and column articles: Less than 1,000 words including the references and may include up to two figures or tables.
Tables and figures: Send tables/figures as separate jpeg image files that are not embedded in your MS Word document.
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. The comprehensive editorial reviews will focus on five key areas:
- Organization – Is the article well-organized and are subheadings used to introduce sections?
- Clarity – Does the article title clearly introduce the topic, and does the author present the content in a clear and readable manner?
- Supported by Evidence – Does the author provide appropriate citations for statements/claims? Opinion articles will need to acknowledge that the content is the opinion of the author(s).
- Results and Research Design – When applicable, are the research design and statistical analyses appropriate? Are the figures/tables clear and appropriate?
- Take-Home Message – How does this article relate to clinical audiology? How can the reader use this information?
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.
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 and related to audiology?
- Is this topic of practical use to the reader, and does it offer original insight?
- 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?
- Does it violate the Academy's Antitrust Policy and Guidelines
- Is this overly promotional and self-serving. Articles that only serve to promote a particular company, organization, cause/initiative, product, or service will not be published.
Pay attention to tone. Avoid lecturing.
Avoid excessive jargon and define any jargon/acronyms you use.
Be comprehensive by using 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 by using examples from your experience. Tell readers how they can apply your experience to their situations.
Avoid wordiness passive voice. Active language is straightforward and simple.
Reread and proofread your article at least twice.
Ensure continuity and flow between paragraphs by using transition sentences.
Check the accuracy of your article. Using your original sources, verify every date, name, fact, and figure. Accuracy is your responsibility, not that of AT magazine editors.
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.