International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology Call for Papers: Special Issue

Communication is a human right: Celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

In 2018 the world will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Article 19 supports communication as a human right and states “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

The International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology will join the world in celebrating the 70th anniversary of this important document by publishing a Special Issue acknowledging that communication is a human right and exploring issues surrounding this claim.

Expressions of interest are sought from authors across the world in a variety of disciplines including (but not restricted to):

  • speech-language pathology
  • linguistics
  • disability
  • multilingualism
  • law
  • journalism
  • literature
  • communications

Submission Instructions

Expressions of interest are due 8th May 2017 to Professor Sharynne McLeod and should include:

  • Proposed title (the title should include the phrase “human right”);
     
  • Contact author’s name, institution, country, email address;
     
  • Additional author(s) names, institutions, countries, email addresses (if appropriate);
     
  • Proposed type of manuscript: research paper that includes data (6,000-7,000 words)/ critical review of literature (6,000-7,000 words)/ commentary (2,500-3,000 words);
     
  • Proposed abstract. The abstract should not exceed 200 words.

    For papers reporting original research, state the primary objective and any hypothesis tested; describe the research design and your reasons for adopting that methodology; state the methods and procedures employed, including where appropriate tools, hardware, software, the selection and number of study areas/subjects, and the central experimental interventions; state the main outcomes and results, including relevant data (or what you expect to find); and state the conclusions that might be drawn from these data and results, including their implications for further research or application/practice.

    For review essays, state the primary objective of the review; the reasoning behind your literature selection; and the way you critically analyse the literature; state the main outcomes and results of your review (or what you expect to find); and state the conclusions that might be drawn, including their implications for further research or application/practice.
     
  • A statement to indicate that you will be able to submit the manuscript by July 31, 2017 and revisions to the manuscript (after peer review) by October 2017.

People who submit an expression of interest will hear the outcome by the end of May 2017.

If accepted to write a full paper, the requirements are:

  • The entire manuscript should not exceed 30 pages (double spaced, 12 point font); this is approximately 6,000-7,000 words. Commentary papers should be 2,500-3,000 words. Word lengths include the abstract, references, tables, figures, appendices and references
     
  • The manuscript should use International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology formatting and American Psychological Association referencing. Full details are available on the journal's Instructions for Authors page.

Once ready, the manuscript should be submitted through the journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts portal.

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