Volume 6, Issue 1, May 2009
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6(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3168558View Description Hide Description
Publications in refereed acoustics journals are of significant relevance for scientists and engineers in acoustics-related fields. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) encourages authors to submit papers to JASA for publication. JASA regularly publishes detailed updated guidelines and instructions in order to help potential authors achieve publishing excellence. As a frequent reviewer, an author of JASA papers, and an Associate Editor of JASA, this author will provide an outline and overview of the JASA peer-review process in order to clarify the standards used to assess both successful and unsuccessful publication efforts. This author also discusses how to prepare qualified manuscripts, how to avoid unnecessary delays for, and how to review manuscripts for JASA.
Preparing a submission to the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America on applied projects in architectural acoustics6(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3168603View Description Hide Description
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) encourages authors to submit articles for publication that are based on more applied projects, such as those commonly found in the technical area of architectural acoustics. However, very few of this type have been published in the recent past. Suggestions on how such articles should be prepared and how they may meet the 'significance' criterion will be given, from the viewpoint of a current JASA associate editor in architectural acoustics. Additionally a review of such articles that have been published in JASA within the past few decades will be provided.
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Several matters concerning the quality of papers and the editorial process have emerged from editorial activities for three acoustically-related journals (Applied Acoustics, Acta Acustica combined with Acustica and the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America). Each of the journals suggests particular criteria to reviewers as the basis for their reviews and offers various editorial decision options. These options and the uses that are made of them are discussed. Two common factors that influence editorial and reviewer judgements on submission quality include (a) the use of English and (b) the provision of a comprehensive and critical literature review. An increasingly important consideration is the availability of good reviewers in areas related to the topic of the paper. The range of methods used in Reviewer selection is explored. The possibility of achieving publication success despite negative reviews is revealed. Two unwelcome and increasing problems are simultaneous submission and plagiarization. Sanitized examples illustrating some of these points are offered.
Realities of publishing in a journal: why should you submit, what should you submit, and what problems might you encounter6(2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.3192845View Description Hide Description
Attractions of a journal are its widespread availability, its archival (forever!) nature, priority in literature searches, and its prestige. Articles should be readable to others in the field, be significant, and be original. JASA is selective and imposes standards. Perceived quality is often measured by the "Impact Factor", which may have very little to do with the extent to which the Journal fulfills the mission of the Society. Of great frustration to the editors is that a substantial fraction of authors who submit papers seem to be somewhat clueless as to what is a reasonable topic and what is a reasonable scope for an article in JASA. Also frustrating is that most good work reported at Society meetings never gets submitted. The present talk critically discusses the selection process, its peer-review aspects, and its flaws. The selection process deals with realities, such as that willing and competent reviewers are hard to find and that submitted reviews are often inane, with carefully selected highly expert Associate Editors who can make authoritative decisions without absolute reliance on external reviews. Suggestions are given on how to prepare a suitable manuscript and on how to cope with the vagaries of the peer review process.