The Call for Papers is an open call for submissions of proposed presentations at the ASHA Annual Convention. All papers that are complete and submitted by the published deadline, including any and all corresponding Conflict of Interest Disclosures, are peer-reviewed by at least three members of the Convention Program Committee responsible for the Topic Area selected for submission and rated on published criteria. It is important for submitters to correctly identify the appropriate Topic Area for submission and also to correctly determine whether the paper should be submitted as research or professional education.
All papers are rated solely on the content of the submission; past presentation history—or prior work not included in the submission—is not a factor in any review. Reviewers do not contact submitters or authors for further elaboration on their submission. Reviewers recuse themselves from review if there is a potential conflict of interest or if, for any reason, they feel they cannot review the paper impartially or knowledgeably. Topic chairs may accept or reject reviewers' decisions based on scores, uniqueness of content, session format and timing, and benefit to the overall programmatic goals of the Topic Area. Each topic has limited hours for scheduling, and, ultimately, the topic chair makes the decision on how to best develop the Topic Program.
There are instances when a high-scoring paper may not be accepted. For example, sometimes there are two or more high-scoring papers on a similar topic, a submission may mimic an invited session, or restrictions identified by the submitter on format type or timing may impact acceptance.
Submitters or authors who receive rejection notifications may e-mail a request for additional details about the decision to firstname.lastname@example.org; the topic chair will respond with a rationale, which may include reviewer scores, comments, or other information as relevant.
We do not consider appeals on issues related to the proposal content, but will consider appeals based on technical or administrative issues wherein a proposal was not fairly considered. These issues include, but are not limited to, a failure of the Call for Papers System (e.g., a form was completed on time, but a system error nullified the submission) or a reviewer’s failure to identify a potential conflict of interest.
Formal appeals follow the process outlined below.
Questions about the ASHA Convention Call for Papers and/or appeals process may be sent to email@example.com.