Advances in Communication and Swallowing


24, 2 issues

Latest issue

24:1 online 12 November 2021

Next issue

24:2 scheduled for May 2022

ISSN print


ISSN online


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 19 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.

Editorial Board


Dr. Julie Regan
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Irene P. Walsh
Department of Clinical Speech & Language Studies
School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Associate Editors

Dr. Helen Kelly
University College Cork

Dr. Rena Lyons
National University of Ireland

Dr. Carol-Anne Murphy
University of Limerick

Dr. Margaret Walshe
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Editorial Board

Helen Cameron
University of Sheffield
Sheffield, United Kingdom

Paul Conroy
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Roganie Govender
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Helen Grech
University of Malta
Msida, Malta

Tammy Hopper
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada

Timothy Kittel
Speech Pathology Australia
Melbourne, Australia

Dana Kovarsky
University of Rhode Island
South Kingstown, RI, USA

Margaret Leahy
Trinity College Dublin (emeritus)
Dublin, Ireland

Sharynne McLeod
Charles Sturt University Australia
Bathurst, Australia

Shaun O’Keeffe
National University of Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Ashli O’Rourke
Medical University of South Carolina
Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

Mike Robb
University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

Martine Smith
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin, Ireland

Author Guidelines

Advances in Communication and Swallowing (ACS) is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research. ACS publishes manuscripts in English (only) and accepts experimental, review and theoretical discussion papers, employing quantitative and/or qualitative methods. ACS aims to foster research capacity in the field of communication and swallowing sciences and, as such, supports and encourages submission from both new and experienced researchers.

Please read these instructions carefully as any manuscripts not complying with these guidelines will be returned to the authors for revisions prior to any review being undertaken.


By submitting an article to this journal, every author agrees to the Author Copyright Agreement, the IOS Press Privacy Policy and the IOS Press Ethics Policy.

Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to the journal’s editorial management system. The manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included at the end. Note that the submitted files must be editable (e.g., MS word).

Please be sure to read carefully the section “Preparing your paper” below, and to include the following files:

  • Title page
  • Manuscript
  • Reporting guidelines checklist


Manuscript Types

Below is a description of the manuscript types which will be considered by the ACS Editorial Board. Authors should state the reporting guideline that they have followed in their methods section (detailed information in the section "Preparing your paper").

Original article
A full text article reporting original research using either quantitative or qualitative methods. Case reports will be considered if they adhere to appropriate reporting guidelines. Authors should adhere to relevant reporting guidelines for different study designs (see EQUATOR). Submissions must not exceed 250 words for abstract and manuscripts should be approximately 3500–4500 words. Please include no more than 40 references for research articles and a maximum of eight tables and figures.

Review article
A review of theoretical or clinical topics which will typically be in the format of a scoping or a systematic review. Authors should adhere to relevant reporting guidelines (e.g., PRISMA 2020 or PRISMA-SCR). Submissions must not exceed 250 words for abstract and manuscripts should be maximum 4500 words. Please include no more than 50 references for review articles and a maximum of eight tables and figures.

Protocols for review articles and intervention studies will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Recruitment to these studies must not yet be complete and ethical approval must have been obtained (where relevant). Manuscripts should include Introduction, Methods and Discussion sections and they should be maximum 2500 words in length. Please include no more than 40 references for research protocols and a maximum of five tables and figures.

Spotlight on...
These invited manuscripts are a condensed review article focusing on current research or clinical issues within the broad field of communication and swallowing. Manuscripts provide cutting edge perspectives from multidisciplinary experts on topics including, but not limited to, emerging evaluations, innovative interventions, novel research methods, and patient perspectives. Submissions must not exceed (i) 250 words for abstract (ii) 2500 words excluding references for main body of manuscript, excluding references (iii) 40 references, and (iv) 3 displays (images/tables/figures). 

Letter to the editor
Letters relating to articles recently (within six months) published in the ACS journal. Letters (i) should not exceed 500 words and five references; (ii) should have one table/figure maximum (iii) should have no abstract or key points.

Peer review

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.

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 Editors-in-Chief, whose decision is final.

Publication fee

ACS does not charge a publication fee.

Open Access option

The IOS Press Open Library offers authors an Open Access (OA) option. By selecting the OA option, the article will be freely available from the moment it is published, also in the pre-press module. In the Open Library the article processing charges are paid in the form of an Open Access Fee. Authors will receive an Open Access Order Form upon acceptance of their article. The current fee for publishing your article Open Access CC BY-NC 4.0 is €1250/US$1450.
Open Access is entirely optional.


Reporting guidelines

The Editors-in-Chief require that manuscripts adhere to reporting guidelines relevant to the research design used. These guidelines and accompanying checklists identify essential matters that should be considered and reported upon in your paper. Authors can submit a checklist from the appropriate reporting guideline with your paper as a guide to the Editors-in-Chief and reviewers of your paper.

Reporting guidelines include:

General formatting

All submissions must have a title and an abstract, be in A4 format with numbered pages, be double line spaced and have a margin of 2.5cm all around. Lines must also be numbered continuously throughout the text. The body of text must not exceed 12 pt font. Illustrations, figures and tables should be placed at the end of the paper (after the references) and not inserted into text. Placeholders may be inserted to suggest desired positioning of figures etc. All articles should be written in UK English.

Articles should be structured in the following order:
- Title page
- Abstract
- Keywords
- Main text
- References
- Appendices (as appropriate)
- Table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)
- Figures
- Figure captions (as a list)

Title Page
The title page should be uploaded as a separate document to enable double blind-peer review. This page should include:
- Article title (should be clear, descriptive, and have up to 150 characters including spaces)
- Author(s) name(s) without abbreviation
- Author(s) affiliation(s): department, institution, city, country
- Complete mailing address of the author to whom all correspondence should be sent, including professional email address
- Running head
- Keywords (up to five)
- Acknowledgments
- Declaration of interest

Please ensure everyone meeting the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME) requirements for authorship is included as an author of your paper. Where available, please also include ORCIDs. One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF and the online article. Authors' affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted.

This section should contain all acknowledgments, including any funding source to the research. Please supply all funding details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies.
If there are no acknowledgments or funding, then please state "The authors have no acknowledgments".

Conflict of interest
Authors should provide a declaration of interest statement. Financial conflicts of interest can include any financial relationship between the authors and any organization that may have a financial interest in their research or financial interests on the part of the authors themselves. This can include, but is not limited to, employment, stocks or shares, patents, research funding, travel or other expenses, lecture fees, or goods or services. Non-financial conflicts of interest can include any relationship between the authors and any person or organization that could reasonably be seen to compromise (or impact) the impartiality of the authors of an article. This can include, but is not limited to benefits to relatives, close friends or associates, or organizations that the author has an unpaid relationship with (such as consulting or advisory roles, or providing administrative assistance). Please refer to the ICJME guidelines on Conflicts of interest for further information.
If here is no conflict, then please state “The authors have no conflict of interest to report”.


The abstract should follow the title page, maximum word length 250 words. The abstract should provide the context or background for the study and should state the study’s purpose, basic methods, main results, and principal conclusions. It should emphasise new and important aspects of the study or observations. The abstract for research papers should follow the structured abstract format. Headings should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon.



Manuscripts are typically divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results/Findings, and Discussion. Manuscripts should be approximately 3500–4500 words. Please include a word count for your paper. Papers should not exceed 30 pages. Manuscripts longer than this should be discussed with the Editors-in-Chief prior to submission.


The Introduction should provide the context or background for the study. It should include a statement of the specific aim or research objective of the study or observation. The introduction should not include data or conclusions from the work being reported.


The Methods section should give the methodological framework of the study. The methods should provide sufficient detail on how the study was conducted. The methods should include a description of your selection of participants, including inclusion and exclusion criteria. There should be a clear identification of the methods, materials, and procedures to allow for replicability. Authors submitting review manuscripts should include a section describing the methods used for locating, selecting, extracting, and synthesising data. These methods should also be summarised in the abstract. Statistical methods should be described with sufficient detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results/findings. If used, the statistical software for analysis of results must be specified.

Experimental subjects

When human subjects are used, manuscripts must be accompanied by a statement that the experiments were undertaken with the understanding and written consent of each subject, and that the study conforms with the Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki), printed in the British Medical Journal (18 July 1964).

When experimental animals are used, the Materials and methods section must briefly but explicitly state measures which were taken to minimize pain or discomfort, e.g. type and dose of anaesthetic used. Experiments should be carried out in accordance with the European Communities Council Directive of 24 November 1986 (86/609/EEC) or with the Guidelines laid down by the NIH in the US, available from the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, RKLI, Suite 360, MSC 7982, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7982, or online ( .htm#pol) regarding the care and use of animals for experimental procedures.

All studies using human or animal subjects should include an explicit statement in the Materials and Methods section identifying the review and approval committee for each study, including the approval number and date. Editors reserve the right to reject papers if there is doubt whether appropriate procedures have been used.


Results/Findings should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. The most important finding or main findings should be presented first. Do not repeat all the data in the tables or figures in the text; emphasise or summarise only the most important observations. Please indicate in text where tables and figures should be inserted using, for example ‘Insert Table 1 here’.

Tables and figures should be included at the end of the manuscript after the references.


The Discussion should emphasise the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat results/findings in detail or other information given in the introduction. For experimental studies, it is useful to begin the discussion by summarising briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanisms or explanations for these findings, compare and contrast the results with other relevant studies, state the limitations of the study, and explore the implications of the findings for future research and for clinical practice.

Supplementary data

If there is a data set associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s).


References should follow American Psychological Association (APA) guidelines (see APA guidance). Where a reference is cited within the text and contains more than two but less than six authors, cite all authors the first time the reference occurs; thereafter, only the surname of the first author followed by "et al." and the year need be included. In the reference list, references should be listed alphabetically then chronologically under each author. Please include DOI numbers when known. Examples of references in the APA style:

Journal articles

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

Jerrentrup, A., Mueller, T., Glowalla, U., Herder, M., Henrichs, N., Neubauer, A., & Schaefer, J. R. (2018). Teaching medicine with the help of “Dr. House.” PLoS ONE, 13(3), Article e0193972.


Jackson, L. M. (2019). The psychology of prejudice: From attitudes to social action (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.

Kesharwani, P. (Ed.). (2020). Nanotechnology based approaches for tuberculosis treatment. Academic Press.

Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst. Penguin Books.

Book chapter

Dillard, J. P. (2020). Currents in the study of persuasion. In M. B. Oliver, A. A. Raney, & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 115–129). Routledge.


National Institute of Mental Health. (2018, July). Anxiety disorders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.

Please include no more than 40 references for research articles and no more than 50 references for review articles.

Tables & Figures


Tables should be numbered as Table 1, Table 2, etc. All tables must be referred to in the text. Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be included in parentheses. Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns’ instead leave some extra space between the columns. Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in brief footnotes at the bottom of the table.


Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig 2, etc. and refer to all of them in the text. Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text. Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption.

The online version has no extra charges for colour figures. Colour figures can be included in the print version, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author (more information in the “purchases” section).

For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:

  • line art should be have a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, save as EPS or TIFF
  • grayscales (including photos) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (no lettering), or 500 dpi (when there is lettering); save as tiff
  • do not save figures as JPEG, this format may lose information in the process
  • do not use figures taken from the Internet, the resolution will be too low for printing
  • do not use color in your figures if they are to be printed in black & white, as this will reduce the print quality (note that in software often the default is color, you should change the settings)
  • for figures that should be printed in color, please send a CMYK encoded EPS or TIFF

Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%. Photographs should have good contrast and intensity.


Copyright Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.

Quoting from other publications

An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.


The corresponding author will receive a PDF proof and is asked to check this proof carefully (the publisher will execute a cursory check only). Corrections other than printer's errors, however, should be avoided. Costs arising from such corrections will be charged to the authors.


How to order reprints, a PDF file, color figures, journals, or IOS Press books

The corresponding author of a contribution to the journal will receive a complimentary PDF Author’s Copy of the article, unless otherwise stated. This PDF copy is watermarked and for personal use only. A free PDF copy will not be provided for conference proceedings and abstract issues. An order form for a PDF file without watermark, color figures, reprints or additional journal copies will be provided along with the PDF proof.

If you wish to order reprints of an earlier published article, please contact the publisher for a quotation via this contact form.

An author is entitled to 25 % discount on IOS Press books. See Author's discount (25%) on all IOS Press book publications.


Authors of published articles (non-pre-press, final articles) will be contacted by Kudos. Kudos is a service that helps researchers maximize the impact and visibility of their research. It allows authors to enrich their articles with lay metadata, add links to related materials and promote their articles through the Kudos system to a wider public. Authors will receive no more than three emails: one invitation and a maximum of two reminders to register for the service and link the published article to their profile. Using and registering for Kudos remains entirely optional. For more information, please have a look at our authors section.


Would you like some pointers on how to help your research achieve a wider reach and greater impact? Please consult our Promotional Toolkit for Authors for tips.

Abstracted/Indexed in

Google Scholar

Advances in Communication and Swallowing is currently being relaunched and we are in the process of applying to various Abstracting and Indexing databases. Information will be added here as it becomes available.

Stay Updated: Be sure to be kept up-to-date with all the journal's content and news by signing up for our issue mailings here. The first journal newsletter will be dispatched following the publication of Vol.24, Iss.1 in November 2021.

New Acquisition: 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 19 to 23 is available in the IOS Press Content Library.

Sustainable Development Goals

This journal supports IOS Press' actions relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commits to the Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

ACS geo data visual on dark blue background

More information will be available in due course. Check the SDGs page for updates.  

ACS news signup long banner