Author Resources


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. In particular, we encourage reviewers to provide supportive, constructive comments to student authors (Student Voices submissions).

General Submission Rules

What can be submitted: Submitted articles must fall within the aims and scope of TLCSD and 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

All authors submitting to this journal are expected to adhere to accepted standards for plagiarism, honesty, and ethics. Authors are solely responsible for the content of their work.

If a determination is made that a submission contains plagiarized content at any point during the review process, it will be rejected. If a paper is found to have plagiarized content after publication, it will be retracted and removed from the TLCSD website. Determining the nature and extent of the plagiarism, a report may be made to the Board of Ethics. Any determination of plagiarism is made by the Editor in consultation with the Assigned Editor. A paper that is rejected due to having plagiarized content can be reworked and resubmitted following a remediation process ONLY at the discretion of the Editor and the Assistant Editor for the paper in question.

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.

Initial Submission Formatting Requirements

  • Deidentify the manuscript
  • Following the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.) guidelines, including 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1” margins.
  • Include line numbers on the 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).
  • Include page numbers on every page
  • Submissions should adhere to the following approximate page lengths which includes the title page, abstract, text, references, appendices, tables, and figures (which should appear embedded in the appropriate location within the manuscript):
    • Reviewer Guidelines
    • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Research: 30-40 pages
    • Scholarly Teaching: 10-20 pages
    • Pilot SoTL Research: 15-20 pages
    • Reflections on SoTL: 10-15 pages
    • Student Voices - (NOTE: A mentor must review the manuscript prior to submission):
      • Original research 30-40 pages,
      • Reflections: 10-15 pages

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 and page 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

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. The author(s) should confirm all author names, affiliations, and order; check that the title and abstract are correct after the revisions to the manuscript have been made and before publication. The 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.
  • Use a single column layout with both left and right margins justified.
  • Single space your text.
  • Insert a blank line between paragraphs.
  • Font: 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). 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 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.
  • Copy edit your manuscript.
  • When possible, there should be no pages where more than a quarter of the page is empty space.

Additional Formatting Requirements

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.

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 and 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).

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. All headings should be flush left and follow the follow formatting guidelines regarding bold, italics, punctuation and when the paragraph starts.

Primary Heading Then double space prior to the beginning of the paragraph.
Secondary Heading. Then paragraph begins immediately after the period.
Tertiary Heading. Then paragraph begins immediately after the period

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 ensure 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 author disclosure statement, 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, 7th Edition. Please include active hyperlinks for references when available. The references should be single spaced with a hanging indentation if they require more than one line. 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.

Author Disclosure Requirements

Authors disclosure should be included immediately following the last page of the text and before the references. The disclosure statement should include all relevant 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.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Statement

The responsible use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the conduct and reporting of research and scholarship includes a complete description of its use to facilitate full transparency and reproducibility. Further, the ethical use of AI includes avoidance of harm and discrimination. Any and all contributions by AI to any manuscript, large or small, shall be fully acknowledged and fully cited in the manuscript. No AI-generated content should be used without informed scrutiny and revisions by the authors.

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 an expedient manner. On average we are able to give authors an initial response to their submission in ~40 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
  • 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 Editor or 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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