Aims & Scope
Aims & Scope
- To publish original work of a clinical and/or theoretical nature in the areas of communication and swallowing
- To disseminate research of a high standard, nationally and internationally
- To add to the evidence base in the management of communication and swallowing disorders
- To promote awareness of the research being conducted by IASLT members, collaborators and others, including of an interdisciplinary nature.
From 2021, Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) is the official journal of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT), published by IOS Press from Volume 24. The IASLT journal was formerly known as the Journal of Clinical Speech & Language Studies, originally established in 1991. The content for Volumes 1 to 23 is available in the IOS Press Content Library.
ACS is a peer-reviewed journal which welcomes submissions from clinicians and researchers in areas including, speech, language, voice, fluency, communication and swallowing. It is multidisciplinary in nature with submissions considered from professional and scientific disciplines allied to speech and language pathology, such as linguistics, psychology, education, audiology, and medicine. The journal provides a platform for the sharing and exchange of information of a contemporary or historical nature, with communication and swallowing as the broad focus.
Research papers and reports, critical or systematic reviews and case studies are welcomed in addition to invited commentaries or editorials. Research submissions from both quantitative and qualitative analytic frameworks are encouraged. All submitted accounts of research studies must have a clearly stated research design with thoroughly analysed and interpreted results/findings. ACS is published biannually and there is scope for special issues with guest editorship. The journal conducts double-blind peer review of submitted manuscripts and authors can choose to publish gold open access in ACS with associated costs.
Dr. Ciarán Kenny
I am an Assistant Professor in Speech and Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin. My experience as a Speech and Language Therapist is primarily in adult acute settings, where I have worked with diverse populations. My clinical and research interests include: cancer care, dysphagia, voice, and working with transgender people.
|Dr. Julie Regan
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Professor in Speech and Language Pathology at Trinity College Dublin. Research interests include novel instrumental dysphagia evaluations and evidence-based dysphagia rehabilitation across clinical populations. I have over 80 publications in the field of dysphagia and I have recently been elected to the board of the European Society of Swallowing Disorders.
|Dr. Helen Kelly
University College Cork
I am the Programme Director for BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy at University College Cork, Ireland. My research interests include adult acquired communication impairments with a particular interest in aphasia. I am passionate about facilitating the reintegration of people with aphasia into their communities and have established an Aphasia Café in collaboration with my students to provide opportunities for people with aphasia to practice and engage in everyday conversations. I also have a keen interest in technology and how it can be made more accessible and functional for people with aphasia.
|Dr. Rena Lyons
National University of Ireland
I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Lecturer in Discipline of Speech and Language Therapy, School of Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, NUI Galway, Ireland. My research interests and publications focus on working collaboratively with families and foregrounding the voices of children with speech, language and communication needs. I have expertise in qualitative methods.
|Dr. Carol-Anne Murphy
University of Limerick
|Dr. Margaret Walshe
Trinity College Dublin
I am a speech and language therapist and Associate Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Trinity College, Dublin. My research interests are in dysphagia, dysarthria, and evidence-based practice. I am an active contributor to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and a member of the International Multi-professional Steering Committee in the Cochrane Rehabilitation Field.
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom
I am a speech and language therapist working in Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust, UK. My clinical and research interests are the analysis of talk-in-interaction, neurodevelopmental assessment and support, and practice education for allied health professionals.
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom
I trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at City University in London, after undergraduate studies in Linguistics in Dublin. After 15 years in clinical practice in the UK, I took up an academic post at the University of Manchester, where I am now Strategic Lead for Speech and Language Therapy. My research interests include assessment and management of adult acquired communication disorders, especially aphasia and dysarthria.
University College Cork
I qualified as a Speech Language therapist and audiologist at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and completed a Doctorate in Audiology through Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA. I am the principal audiologist at Beacon Audiology Hearing and Balance and an adjunct lecturer in the MSc Audiology program at UCC College of Medicine & Health. My special interests are paediatric audiology, paediatric vestibular assessments and hearing aid fittings.
University College London
London, United Kingdom
I am a consultant clinical-academic Speech and Language Therapist based at University College London Head & Neck Academic Centre. My clinical work includes the assessment and management of swallowing and communication difficulties in people with head and neck cancer. My specific research interests include dysphagia, health behaviour change, cancer prehabilitation, laryngectomy care, and implementation of complex interventions in healthcare.
University of Malta
I am a Professor in Communication Therapy at the University of Malta. I am a speech language pathologist and an audiologist. My main research interest is speech acquisition and disorders in multilingual children.
Speech Pathology Australia
I am President of Speech Pathology Australia and a practicing speech pathologist. Having worked across public and private settings, I now work alongside children and adolescents with speech and language disorder, and people who are neurodiverse. My interests lie in the culture and impact of speech/language therapy, client experience, and potential futures for the profession.
University of Rhode Island
South Kingstown, RI, USA
I am currently the Professor and Chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Rhode Island where I teach coursework addressing the intersection of language, culture and disorders of communication. As an ethnographer of communication disorders, my research and publications have focused on clinical discourse, communicative participation and the cultural borderland experiences of those with communication impairments.
Charles Sturt University Australia
I am a speech-language pathologist and professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University, Australia. I have received Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, am a Life Member of Speech Pathology Australia and previous editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. I have co-authored 11 books and over 230 peer reviewed journal articles and chapters focusing on children’s speech acquisition, speech sound disorders, and multilingualism.
|Shaun O’ Keeffe
National University of Ireland
I graduated from University College Dublin in 1985. I trained in Internal and Geriatric Medicine in Galway, Dublin, Boston and Liverpool. I have been a Consultant Geriatrician and an Honorary Personal Professor of Medicine in Galway University Hospitals since 2000. I am co-chair of the HSE National Consent Policy revision group and of national health service working groups for implementing new Irish laws dealing with capacity and advance healthcare directives. I have published over 200 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. My research interests include cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, dysphagia and ethical issues in the care of older people.
Medical University of South Carolina
Mt Pleasant, SC, USA
I am a Laryngologist, specializing in voice disorders, dysphagia and endoscopic airway surgery. As an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, my research interests involve the exploration of novel techniques for objective measurements of oropharyngeal dysphagia as well as the use of pharyngeal manometry as a biofeedback tool.
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand
I am a speech-language therapist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. My research expertise involves application of experimental phonetics to examine normal and disordered speech production across the lifespan. My primary research focus is in areas of early vocal development and speech fluency.
Trinity College Dublin
I am a speech and language therapist and Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Trinity College, Dublin. My research and teaching focuses mostly on developmental speech and language impairments, with a particular focus on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). I am a Past President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and a former Editor-in-Chief of the AAC journal.
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All articles accepted for publication in Advances in Communication and Swallowing are currently published freely available at no fee. Note, however, that back volumes could be closed at any time and made available only to institutions and individuals with access rights, as they are not published with an open access license. The journal offers all authors the option to purchase open access publication for their article as part of the IOS Press Open Library. This means that the final published version will be freely available to anyone worldwide, indefinitely, under a Creative Commons license and without the need to purchase access to the article. This is also referred to as “gold” open access.
Gold open access pricing
Authors who choose gold open access publication will be subject to an article publication charge of € 1500 / US$ 1500 for publication under the CC BY-NC 4.0 license or € 2150 / US$ 2150 for publication under the CC BY 4.0 license. Pricing is exclusive of possible taxes. After an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be informed regarding the open access option during the production stages, and will have the opportunity to purchase open access for their article. It could be that the open access fee of an article is waived completely due an institutional agreement IOS Press has with the corresponding authors' institution. Please check the institutional agreements page for details.
Green open access
Authors who do not make use of the gold open access option may still make their article freely available using self-archiving, also referred to as green open access. Authors may make their final accepted manuscript available for free download from their personal or institutional website or institutional archive. This model is free for the author.
This journal deposits open access articles in PubMedCentral (PMC) as part of the IOS Press Open Library but can only do so if the article received NIH funding or if any of the authors are NIH, or associated partners, employees. Please refer to the PMC Funder Deposit List at the NIH Public Access Policy for details.
Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) adheres to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) code of conduct for editors and reviewers. Our guidelines should be read in conjunction with this broader guidance. All studies must be conducted to a high ethical standard and must adhere to local regulations and standards for gaining scrutiny and approval.
ACS is committed to peer review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Articles submitted to the journal undergo a double-blind peer review process. This means that the identity of the authors is not communicated to the reviewers, and the identity of the reviewers is not communicated to the authors. Please visit our reviewer guidelines for further information about how to conduct a review.
After automatic plagiarism screening through iThenticate, all submissions to the journal are screened for suitability by the Editors-in-Chief, and, if considered to be of interest to the readership of ACS and of sufficient quality, are sent for review by at least two anonymous reviewers. Decisions on whether a manuscript is accepted, accepted with revisions, or not suitable for publication in its present form, will be made by the Editors-in-Chief after considering peer reviews.
The authors will be informed of peer reviewers’ comments by the Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.
In-house submissions are subjected to the peer review process described above. Co-authors who are also members of the Editorial Board are not involved in any way with the peer review process of articles of their (co-)authorship, and are asked to disclose this information in the section conflict of interest.
IASLT Postgraduate Student Project Prize
This new annual prize will be awarded to the best postgraduate student research article published in Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS). The prize is €200, generously awarded by IASLT. To be eligible, students must be either current postgraduate students or else within two years of graduating from their postgraduate research. The article must be based on their postgraduate research, and students should inform editors of their eligibility during submission. The decision will be made via a blind review process by nominated members of the ACS editorial board.
The Advances in Communication and Swallowing Annual Best Paper Award
This award is selected based on (i) the scientific quality and (ii) clinical impact of papers published in the journal. Papers accepted for publication within each calendar year are eligible for this annual award. The paper is selected by Editorial Board members via an anonymous voting system. Awardees will be invited to give an online webinar to the ACS readership in the subsequent year based on the award-winning paper.
2022 winner: Cough reflex testing in clinical dysphagia practice | Emma Wallace et al.
2021 winner: Aspiration, risk and risk feeding: A critique of the Royal College of Physicians guidance on care of people with eating and drinking difficulties | Shaun O'Keeffe et al.
Autumn 2023 Online Lecture: Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR) is a condition characterised by the backflow of stomach contents into the upper aerodigestive tract. Dr Ciarán Kenny (Trinity College Dublin) speaks in this webinar about the clinical characteristics of this condition. He explores how reflux can negatively affect both voice and swallowing, as well as its interactions with other related conditions like chronic cough and inducible laryngeal obstruction. He concludes his webinar with practical recommendations for assessment and management, which clinicians can introduce into their practice. Watch the recording on YouTube.
Midsummer 2023 Online Lecture: Across the globe, speech and language therapists (SLTs) have long worked with clients and their families where multilingualism is a fact of life, a necessity rather than a choice. In this online lecture hosted by Advances in Communication and Swallowing, Dr. Mary-Pat O Malley (University of Galway) addresses the myths and misunderstandings about multilingual children, drawing both on the research literature and her experiences with developing ways to more reliably assess speech and language in multilingual children. Watch the recording via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.
Autumn 2022 Online Lecture: Advances in Communication & Swallowing (ACS) hosted its first autumn online lecture event on October 12, 2022. Dr. Nicole McGill and Prof. Sharynne McLeod (Charles Sturt University, Australia) talked about waiting list management, in reference to their paper “Waiting list management: Professionals’ perspectives and innovations”, recently published in ACS. Watch the recording on YouTube and grab your handout here.
Spring 2022 Online Lecture: Advances in Communication & Swallowing (ACS) hosted its first spring online lecture event for all professionals with an interest in communication/swallowing on April 27, 2022. It was given by Dr. Shaun O' Keeffe, Consultant Geriatrician (National University of Ireland, Galway), along with his research team, and was based on their recently published and the top-viewed ACS paper “Aspiration, risk, and risk feeding: A critique of the Royal College of Physicians' guidance on care of people with eating and drinking difficulties.” Watch the recording via the IOS Press YouTube channel here.
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Journal Acquisition: From 2021, ACS is the official journal of the Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists (IASLT), published by IOS Press from Volume 24. The IASLT journal was formerly known as the Journal of Clinical Speech & Language Studies, originally established in 1991. The content for Volumes 1 to 23 is available in the IOS Press Content Library.
Discover the contents of the latest journal issue:
Introduction to Advances in Communication and Swallowing Volume 26, Issue 2
Irene P. Walsh, Julie Regan
Understanding the why: The integration of trauma-informed care into speech and language therapy practice
Anna Claire Rupert, Norma O’ Leary, Maria Lotty
The prevalence and nature of communication and swallowing difficulties among adults with long-COVID
Aoife McIntyre, Órla Gilheaney, Kathleen McTiernan