Audiology Today Editorial Guidelines
Audiology Today (AT) is a full-color, bimonthly magazine specifically for audiologists. 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.
AT welcomes the submission of feature articles, opinion pieces, special interest articles, and letters to the editor (see specific guidelines for these letters). Common article topics include, but are not limited to, coding and reimbursement, practice and office management, education, the future of the profession, best practices, state issues, licensure/accreditation, scope of practice, e-healthcare, and much more. Refer to our editorial calendar for more information about specific upcoming issues and topics.
Readers are mostly members of the American Academy of Audiology (Academy). Almost half of the Academy membership has spent more than 15 years in practice, though the membership also includes students and early career audiologists as well as researchers and professors.
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 is not 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 (Articles that only serve to promote a particular company, product, or service will not be published.)
In order to avoid these problems, we recommend that you send an inquiry including a brief summary (150 words) of the proposed article to the content editor before you write the article. Please send your inquiry to Editor-in-Chief Erin Schafer, PhD.
Writing Your Article
Here are our suggestions for writing a publishable AT article. Refer to the AT Style Guide for more specific style guidelines.
- For features, the length of your article should be between 1,000 and 2,500 words. For specific departments, aim for a range of between 500 and 1,000 words.
- Use Times New Roman, 12-point font.
- Create a clever working title using active verbs. Try to keep it brief, between three and six words.
- Provide a byline. Include the author(s’) full name(s), suffixes, degrees, etc.
- Provide a two- to three-line biography. Include the author’s name, title, affiliation/employer, and employer’s city and state.
- Use subheadings in the article to help the reader focus on the direction of the story at least every two pages.
- 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 flows 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.
- “Test-market” your article by asking a few colleagues to review it. They may help point out ways to clarify your message.
Submitting Your Article
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.
Note: The magazine has a three-month lead time for any given issue.
Article Submission Guidelines
- The manuscript should be submitted in Microsoft Word or a compatible program.
- E-mail the manuscript to the content editor, Erin Schafer.
- Include your contact information in the e-mail (full name, mailing address, phone number, fax number, preferred e-mail address).
- Include a two- to three-sentence “abstract” describing what the article is about and how it will benefit the reader.
- Use illustrative charts, graphs, figures, and tables when appropriate. Make sure you send graphics and photos as separate jpeg image files (and not just embedded in your MS Word document).
- Use parenthetical citations within text.
- Use endnotes rather than footnotes.
- References should be in endnote format.
- Include a brief biography of the author(s) at the end. This should include job title, employer name and location.
- 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, but we cannot guarantee when or if an article will be published.
We may accept your article outright or accept it contingent on your revision. If your article is accepted, you will be notified of the issue of publication. 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.