Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing

The Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (JNBASLH), formerly known as ECHO: The Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, is the official peer-reviewed journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.  It is an international, peer-reviewed e-journal concerning communication and communication disorders and differences within and across socially, culturally, and linguistically diverse populations, with an emphasis on those populations who are underserved.

The JNBASLH's online ISSN is 1943-4316.

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Current & Previous Issues

Volume 12, Number 1, Spring 2017 posted 5/22/2017

Volume 11, Number 2, Summer 2016 posted 8/31/2016
Volume 11, Number 1, Summer 2016
 posted 7/15/2016
2016 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/27/2016

Volume 10, Number 2, Fall 2015 posted1/18/2016
Volume 10, Number 1, Summer 2015 posted 8/1/2015
2015 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 7/20/2015

Volume 9, Number 2, Winter 2014 posted 1/16/2015
2014 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 8/25/2014
Volume 9, Number 1, Spring 2014 posted 5/16/2014

Volume 8, Number 2, Fall 2013 posted 11/12/2013
Volume 8, Number 1, Spring 2013 posted 6/25/2013
2013 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/7/2013

Volume 7, Number 2, Fall 2012 posted 12/29/2012
2012 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 8/24/2012
Volume 7, Number 1, Spring 2012 posted 6/14/2012

Volume 6, Number 2, Fall 2011 posted 12/30/2011
2011 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 6/24/2011
Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2011 posted 3/4/2011

2010 NBASLH Convention Proceedings posted 12/02/2010

Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 2010 posted 6/15/2010

Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2009 posted 3/5/2009

Volume 3, Number 2, Fall 2007 posted 10/15/2007
Volume 3, Number 1, Spring 2007 posted 3/7/07

Volume 2, Number 1, Fall 2006 posted 8/31/06

Volume 1, Number 2, Fall 2005
Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2005


Guidelines for Authors

1.  Aims & Scope

The Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing welcomes submissions from researchers and clinicians interested in communication and language/literacy development, disorders, and differences in the context of the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity within and among countries around the world. It is especially focused on those populations where assessment and intervention services are limited and/or are administered in ways that are not culturally-sensitive and culturally-fair.  Authors can include, but are not limited to, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech scientists, psychologists, linguists, and sociologists.

Articles can cover any aspect of child or adult language/literacy, communication, and swallowing, including prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and environmental modifications.  Additional topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • communication breakdowns among persons due to culture, age, race, background, education, or social status.
  • use of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework to describe communication use and disorders among the world’s populations.
  • communication disorders in underserved or marginalized populations around the world.
  • service delivery frameworks for countries’ minority populations, including those who are minorities for a variety of reasons including race, religion, or primary language spoken.
  • dialectical differences and their effects on communication among populations.
  • evidence base practice research with culturally and linguistic diverse populations.
  • provision of communication services in low income/resource countries.
  • provision of communication services in middle income/resource countries.
  • provision of communication services to immigrant and/or refuge populations.
  • effects of poverty on communication development and the provision of services.
  • education/training issues in serving diverse populations.
  • ethical issues in serving diverse populations.
  • role of religion in views of communication disability and its effect on service delivery.

Submissions may include:

  • research papers using quantitative or qualitative methodology
  • theoretical discussion papers
  • works using disability frameworks or models
  • critical clinical literature reviews
  • tutorials
  • clinical forums
  • description of clinical programs
  • scientifically conducted program evaluations demonstrating effectiveness of clinical protocols
  • case studies
  • letters to the editor.

Special issues of the journal concerning a specific topic may also be initiated by the Editor or suggested by an author.

2.  Submission of Manuscripts

All manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter (e-mail). The corresponding author must, but not necessarily limited to, (1) request that the manuscript be considered for publication; (2) affirm that the manuscript has not been published previously, including in an electronic form; (3) affirm that the manuscript is not currently submitted elsewhere; (4) affirm that all applicable research adheres to the basic ethical considerations for the protection of human or animal participants in research; (5) note the presence or absence of a dual commitment; (6) affirm that permission has been obtained to include any copyrighted material in the paper; and (7) supply his or her business address, phone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. 

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically and must follow the style and preparation presented in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, 2010).  See journal for exceptions to APA style.  Particular attention should be paid to the citing of references, both in the text and reference section.

Manuscript submissions and inquiries should be addressed to: nbaslh@nbaslh.org.

3. Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors are referred to recent copies of the journal and are encouraged to copy the published format of papers therein.

Text should be supplied in a format compatible with Microsoft Word for Windows (PC). All manuscripts must be typed in 12pt font and in double-space with margins of at least 1-inch.  Charts and tables are considered textual and should also be supplied in a format compatible with Word. All figures, including illustrations, diagrams, photographs, should be supplied in .jpg format.

Authors must write clearly and concisely, stating their objectives clearly, defining their terms, and substantiating their positions with well-reasoned, supporting evidence.  In addition, they are encouraged to review articles in the area they are addressing which have been previously published in the journal and, where they feel appropriate, to reference them. This will enhance context, coherence, and continuity for readers.

4. Review Process

All submissions are considered by the editorial board. A manuscript will be rejected if it does not fall within the scope of the journal or does not meet the submission requirements.

Manuscripts deemed acceptable will be sent to a minimum of two reviewers. This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from each other throughout the review process. The Editor and Associate Editor will consider the reviews and make a decision regarding a manuscript. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, typically within 6 weeks from submission, and the Editor’s decision is final. 


Disclaimer & Ethics Statement

The Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing is not responsible for the claims and findings that researchers and others make, or imply, or the accuracy and authenticity of information that is released in the journal.  Authors are expected to have research data that substantiates their claims.  The editorial board reserves the right to refuse, reject, or cancel an article for any reason at any time without liability.