For Reviewers

We appreciate your willingness to serve as a reviewer for JCSCD. This journal is unique in its focus on manuscripts that present studies that are outside of and/or challenge the positivist epistemological inquiry of communication and disability. If you are a reviewer who idealizes the positivist approach to the query of communication and disability, then this will not be a good fit for you as a reviewer. Please make sure that your expertise fits with the type of work this journal attempts to provide a platform form to facilitate the transformation of the study of communication and disability in relation to clinical services of speech pathology and audiology that rigorously addresses social, historical, political, economic, ecological and/or psychological contexts. 

When you accept our invitation to serve as a reviewer, you agree to provide review of a study that matches your ideological and/or epistemological perspective and is within your experiences and expertise.

All reviewers must create an account on this website.

Please take the time to read the following guidelines 

1. The journal requires all authors to provide a positionality statement to move our field of inquiry to one that is more reflective.

2. We believe in community work and we urge you to provide constructive feedback and review. Microaggressions, biases, and/or racist hints/comments will not be tolerated and will not be shared with reviewers to reduce the harmful effect of such comments if shared. 

3. We reserve the right to disagree with reviewers’ recommendations if they are deemed to be rooted in differences and disagreements based on epistemological approaches or differential value system of qualitative research and participatory research. 

4. The journal style is APA, however, we allow scholars who are interested in submitting a work using a different style to do so pending that the style gets modified to APA style if the paper gets accepted for publication.

5. We try to be flexible and are appreciative of your support and service as a reviewer, and we would like you to commit to complete the review within three months of receiving the manuscript for review

6. This is an open access journal and there are no fees associated with publication of the article nor with its dissemination. There is also no compensation offered for reviewers, only our highest admiration and thanks.

7. This journal publishes papers in English only but encourages global submissions and would appreciate your awareness and flexibility to differences that are based on this open approach. The most important main factor for a manuscript's review is its contribution to critical understanding of communication and disability.

8. The review is double blinded and anonymity is guaranteed.

9. Submission of your reviewer report will be through the journal webpage using your personal dashboard.

10. In preparing your review you will be asked to review the paper based on its contribution/potential contribution from critical study lenses, methodology in terms of rigor and fitness to addressing the research question, findings and data interpretation in terms of validity and importance, form of the paper in terms of organization, clarity, and style , and any ethical concerns related to the paper. 

11. You will be asked to provide your recommendation for the decision regarding publication of the manuscript. The options to choose from are: accept with minor revisions, accept with major revisions, reject with potential resubmission, reject. It is important that the decision is accompanied with clear and tangible suggestions for the authors to help them in redoing the work in case of rejection , or in revising the manuscript in cases of conditional acceptance decisions. 

12. The editor who contacted you will also be your contact for any questions, concerns, or clarification you may need to discuss in relation to your review of the paper.

13. Work that we deem not to follow high ethical standards may be rejected, even if formal IRB or equivalent ethics committee(s) approval was obtained.