- Ghada Khattab*
- Reza Nilipour†
- Seyhun Topbaş‡
*Newcastle University, UK, †University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Iran and ‡Anadolu University, Turkey
- Professor Martin Ball, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
The discipline of communication disorders has been growing rapidly through the West Asia region (a region taken to include the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, the Levant, Iraq, Iran and Turkey). There is an increase in the volume of work coming out of this part of the world that would be of interest to the region as well as to the international community. In recent years, similar trends elsewhere have led to the growth of regional journals in communication disorders, including those for the Asia-Pacific region, and for Ireland. This new journal will act in the same way for the West Asia region.
Aim and scope
The aim of this new journal is to provide a forum for academic discussion and progress in all areas of communication disorders, as related to the West Asia region.
The scope of the journal would be studies of all aspects of communication disorders and the provision of therapeutic intervention. Studies that explore theoretical developments and their applications, as well as more directly applied articles on specific therapeutic techniques, will be welcomed.
Submission of papers
Submissions should be sent to Rachael Wilkie at J&R Press (email@example.com). The Editors will assess whether or not the paper meets the criteria of the journal; if so, it will be passed on for review. Blind peer-review will be used, with two external reviewers; access to a third reviewer will be made if there are considerable differences between the first two reports.
Structure of the paper:
Be sure to include page numbers in the body of the paper, starting at the first line of the introduction. Divide the paper into clearly defined and numbered sections. Subsections should be numbered 1.1, 1.2 etc.
Title: Keep the title concise and use keywords that might be used in information retrieval systems. Try to avoid abbreviations.
Author names and affiliations: Set out clearly the names of all the authors, and use a superscript 1, 2, 3 etc to identify the affiliation of each one.
Corresponding author: Clearly indicate who will handle the correspondence at all stages, providing email and phone contact.
Abstracts: Between 150 and 300 words are required: general purpose, specific aims, method, results and discussion. Please do not include references in the abstracts.
Introduction: State the background and objectives of the work but do not include a detailed literature survey or results.
Material and methods: Methods already published should be indicated by a reference and only relevant modifications should be described.
Results: Describe the results of the study clearly and concisely, and explain the statistical analyses (if used). Tables and graphs can be used as a visual representation of the data, and reference them in the text.
Discussion: (If appropriate, combine the Results and Discussions sections.) The Discussion explores the significance of the study.
Conclusion: (If appropriate, combine with the Results and Discussions sections.)
References: See separate section below.
Appendices: Identify each appendix as A, B, etc. Tables and figures to be numbered Table A.1, Figure B.1 and so on.
Length: The paper should be no longer than 7000 words including title, abstract and references.
Format: The paper to be typed in 12pt Times Roman, double spaced. Please do not format the paper. For example, do not justify or hyphenate, and use just a one-column format. Do use bold, italic, subscripts and superscripts etc, where necessary.
Figures: Submit all figures in a separate document, do not embed them in the text. All figures to be one colour only. Number all figures consecutively, and reference them in the body of the text. Provide a separate caption for each one. Use the following fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, Courier. Use uniform lettering and sizing.
Tables: Number tables consecutively and reference them in the text. Place table footnotes below the table, and indicate them by using superscript lowercase letters. Do not use vertical rules. Explain the data in the body of the text rather than in the caption.
Language: British English, but using '-ize' rather than '-ise' ending (e.g. recognize). If English is not your first language and you think it possible that the paper will need extensive editing for spelling and grammar, try to rectify this before submission by asking a colleague or English speaker to read the paper beforehand.
Citation in text: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also in the reference list, and vice versa.
Web references: Give the full URL and the date when the reference was last accessed. If known, other information such as author names, DOI, dates etc, should also be given. Web references can either be included in the reference list or in a separate list if desired.
- Please follow the referencing style used by the American Psychological Association.
- List references alphabetically and, if necessary, sort them further chronologically.
- Identify more than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year with the letters 'a'. 'b', 'c' placed after the year of publication.
Example of reference to journal publication:
Van der Geer, J., Hanraads, J.A.J., & Lupton, R.A. (2010) The art of writing a scientific article. Journal of Scientific Communications, 163, 51-59. (NB: Note the use of an N-rule rather than a hyphen in the page range.)
Example of reference to a book:
Hilari, K. & Botting, N. (2011) The Impact of Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan. Guildford: J&R Press.
Example of a reference to a chapter within an edited book:
Miller, N. and Hartelius, L. (2011) Acquired motor speech disorders. In K. Hilari and N. Botting (Eds) The Impact of Communication Disorders Across the Lifespan. Guildford: J&R Press (Chapter 11).
Send your submission to:Rachael Wilkie at J&R Press: firstname.lastname@example.org