Author Resources


General Submission Rules

What can be submitted: Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to TLCSD, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at TLCSD. If you have concerns about the submission terms, please contact the editor at .

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Who Can Submit?

Anyone engaged in teaching and learning in speech-language pathology and audiology, including university faculty, instructors, clinical educators, community-based clinical experience supervisors, and students are welcome to submit to this journal.

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Review Process

Submissions are initially reviewed to determine that the content is appropriate for the Aims and Scope of TLCSD. If the initial review of the submission indicates that the content is appropriate for the journal, an Assigned Editor manages identifying and assigning no less than two peer reviewers to complete a double-blind review. Every effort is made to identify reviewers with expertise relevant to the submission. It is the intention of TLCSD to have the review process completed in a expedient manner. On average we are able to give authors an initial response to their submission in 60 days, though the process may take slightly longer during periods of peak activity.

Reviews may result in one of the following decisions being rendered:

  • Accept Submission
  • Accept with minor revisions
  • Minor revisions required for acceptance (the manuscript is not accepted yet, but could be with minor changes)
  • Major revisions required for acceptance
  • Rejection

Submissions that receive feedback from reviewers that major revisions are needed after the second set of revisions will be rejected. Authors are encouraged to consult colleagues and communicate with the Editorial Board Assigned Editor regarding ways in which to make significant changes to the manuscript such that it may be resubmitted at a future date.

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Philosophy of Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders

The Editorial Board’s goal for the submission and the review process is to provide a positive and constructive experience for all authors. We encourage reviewers to focus feedback on ways to strengthen the overall manuscript. Assigned Editors review feedback prior to rendering a publication decision and sharing reviews with authors. We hope that all responses will facilitate manuscript improvements. Extremely harsh, personal, or negative comments that will not help the authors improve the quality of their work are discouraged.

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Initial Submission Formatting Requirements

Formatting requirements: TLCSD requires that submissions be formatted according to the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.) guidelines, including 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1” margins. Initial submissions should include line numbers on manuscript. For directions on adding line numbers go to (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Add-or-remove-line-numbers-b67cd35e-422c-42eb-adc9-256ca9802e22). Submissions should adhere to the following maximum number of pages in length, including title page, abstract, references, appendices, tables, and figures (which should appear embedded in the appropriate location within the manuscript):

  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Research: 30 pages
  • Scholarly Teaching: 8 pages
  • Pilot SoTL Research: 15-20 pages
  • Reflections on SoTL: 6-8 pages
  • Student Voices: Original research 30 pages, Reflections: 6-8 pages
  • Book Reviews: 4 pages

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Revised Manuscript Resubmission Preparation Guidelines

Revised Manuscript Resubmission Preparation Guidelines: When authors are asked to make revisions to their manuscript, a cover letter should be included at the beginning of the manuscript prior to the beginning of the manuscript itself. Please be sure that you do not include any of your identifying information in this portion of the manuscript. This cover letter should detail for the Editors and Reviewers the specific changes that were made and in what location, using line numbers for reference. If a recommended change was not made, please explain that decision. Failure to follow these directions will result in the manuscript being returned to authors. If the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors should then remove the cover letter pages preceding the manuscript prior to submitting the final manuscript for publication.

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines: Although TLCSD can provide limited technical support, it is ultimately the responsibility of the author(s) to produce an electronic version of the article as a high-quality Portable Document Format (PDF). It is understood that the current state of technology of Adobe’s PDF is such that there are no, and can be no, guarantees that documents in TLCSD will work perfectly with all possible hardware and software configurations that readers may have.

TLCSD provides copy editing services, however it is the responsibility of author(s) to verify accuracy and appropriateness of grammar, spelling, punctuation, references, and figures as well as addressing changes recommended by the copy editor. Author should confirm that abstract is correct after revisions to manuscript have been made and before publication as well. Author is responsible for final copyediting.

Final submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Do not include a title page or abstract. (Begin the document with the introduction; a title page, including the abstract, will be added to your paper by the editors.)
  • Do not include page numbers, headers, or footers. These will be added by the editors.
  • Write your article in English (unless the journal expressly permits non-English submissions).
  • Submit your manuscript, including tables, figures, appendices, etc., as a single file
  • Page size should be 8.5 x 11-inches.
  • All margins (left, right, top and bottom) should be 1 inch (3.8 cm), including your tables and figures.
  • Single space your text.
  • Insert blank line between paragraphs.
  • Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  • Font:
    1. Main Body—12 pt. Times or the closest comparable font available
  • If figures are included, use high-resolution figures, preferably encoded as encapsulated PostScript (eps).
  • Copy edit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.

Author Disclosure Requirements

Authors should include a disclosure of their financial and nonfinancial relationships. Financial relationships are those that benefit the author through payments, such as royalties, stock ownership, and consulting fees. Nonfinancial relationships include those relationships, such as personal, professional, political, institutional, and religious, that may influence an author. See ASHA for further definitions of such relationships here. Following the manuscript text, disclosures should follow acknowledgements and precede references.

Additional Recommendations

Indenting, Line Spacing, and Justification

Do not indent paragraphs.
Insert a space between paragraphs.

Language & Grammar

All submissions must be in English. Except for common foreign words and phrases, the use of foreign words and phrases should be avoided.

Authors should use proper, standard English grammar. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White (now in its fourth edition) is the "standard" guide, but other excellent guides (e.g., The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press) exist as well.

Article Length

  • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Research: 30 pages
  • Scholarly Teaching: 8 pages
  • Pilot SoTL Research: 15-20 pages
  • Reflections on SoTL: 6-8 pages
  • Student Voices: Original research 30 pages, Reflections: 6-8 pages
  • Book Reviews: 4 pages

Colored text

Set the font color to black for the majority of the text. We encourage authors to take advantage of the ability to use color in the production of figures, maps, etc., however, you need to appreciate that this will cause some of your readers problems when they print the document on a black & white printer. For this reason, you are advised to avoid the use of colors in situations where their translation to black and white would render the material illegible or incomprehensible.

Please ensure that there are no colored mark-ups or comments in the final version, unless they are meant to be part of the final text. (You may need to "accept all changes" in track changes or set your document to "normal" in final markup.)

Emphasized text

Whenever possible use italics to indicate text you wish to emphasize rather than underlining it. The use of color to emphasize text is discouraged.

Font faces

Except, possibly, where special symbols are needed, use Times or the closest comparable font available. If you desire a second font, for instance for headings, use a sans serif font (e.g., Arial or Computer Modern Sans Serif).

Font size

The main body of text should be set in 12pt. Avoid the use of fonts smaller than 6pt.

Foreign terms

Whenever possible, foreign terms should be set in italics rather than underlined.


Headings (e.g., start of sections) should be distinguished from the main body text by their fonts or by using small caps. Use the same font face for all headings and indicate the hierarchy by reducing the font size. There should be space above and below headings.

Main text

The font for the main body of text must be black and, if at all possible, in Times or closest comparable font available.


Whenever possible, titles of books, movies, etc., should be set in italics rather than underlined.

Tables and Figures

To the extent possible, tables and figures should appear in the document near where they are referenced in the text. Large tables or figures should be put on pages by themselves. Avoid the use of overly small type in tables. In no case should tables or figures be in a separate document or file. All tables and figures must fit within 1.0" margins on all sides (top, bottom, left and right) in both portrait and landscape view.


Roman letters used in mathematical expressions as variables should be italicized. Roman letters used as part of multi-letter function names should not be italicized. Whenever possible, subscripts and superscripts should be a smaller font size than the main text.

Short mathematical expressions should be typed inline. Longer expressions should appear as display math. Also expressions using many different levels (e.g., such as the fractions) should be set as display math. Important definitions or concepts can also be set off as display math.

Equations should be numbered sequentially. Whether equation numbers are on the right or left is the choice of the author(s). However, you are expected to be consistent in this.

Symbols and notation in unusual fonts should be avoided. This will not only enhance the clarity of the manuscript, but it will also help insure that it displays correctly on the reader's screen and prints correctly on her printer. When proofing your document under PDF pay particular attention to the rendering of the mathematics, especially symbols and notation drawn from other than standard fonts.


It is the author's obligation to provide complete references with the necessary information. After the last sentence of your submission, please insert a line break—not a page break—and begin your references on the same page, if possible. References should appear right after the end of the document, beginning on the last page if possible. References should be formatted following the guidelines of the APA Publication Manual, 6th Edition. References should have margins that are both left and right- justified. You may choose not to right-justify the margin of one or more references if the spacing looks too awkward.

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Rights for Authors and TLCSD

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to TLCSD all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal--use exceptions described below.

Attribution and Usage Policies

Reproduction, posting, transmission or other distribution or use of the article or any material therein, in any medium as permitted by a personal-use exemption or by written agreement of TLCSD as copyright holder.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders (TLCSD) provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Storage and back-up of the article on the author's computer(s) and digital media (e.g., diskettes, back-up servers, Zip disks, etc.), provided that the article stored on these computers and media is not readily accessible by persons other than the author(s);
  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders (TLCSD) website and/or software agree not to misuse the TLCSD service or software in any way.

The failure of TLCSD to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between TLCSD and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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