Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association

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About the Journal 

Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association, a publication of Indian Speech and Hearing Association, is a peer-reviewed online journal with Semiannual print on demand compilation of issues published. The journal's full text is available online at The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts and even for color reproduction of photographs.

Scope of the journal 

The journal will cover technical and clinical studies related to health, ethical and social issues in field of Audiology, Speech Language Pathology. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference.   

The Editorial Process

The newly submitted manuscripts will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript. All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged. On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review. Manuscripts that are unlikely to be of interest to the Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association readers are also liable to be rejected at this stage itself.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association are sent to two or more expert reviewers. During submission, the contributor is requested to provide names of two or three qualified reviewers who have had experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript, but this is not mandatory. The reviewers should not be affiliated with the same institutes as the contributor/s. However, the selection of these reviewers is at the sole discretion of the editor. The journal follows a double-blind review process, wherein the reviewers and authors are unaware of each other's identity. Every manuscript is also assigned to a member of the editorial team, who based on the comments from the reviewers takes a final decision on the manuscript. The comments and suggestions (acceptance/ rejection/ amendments in manuscript) received from reviewers are conveyed to the corresponding author. If required, the author is requested to provide a point by point response to reviewers' comments and submit a revised version of the manuscript. This process is repeated till reviewers and editors are satisfied with the manuscript.

Manuscripts accepted for publication are copy edited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. Page proofs are sent to the corresponding author. The corresponding author is expected to return the corrected proofs within three days. It may not be possible to incorporate corrections received after that period. The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending and receiving proofs is completed online. To achieve faster and greater dissemination of knowledge and information, the journal publishes articles online as 'Ahead of Print' immediately on acceptance.

Clinical trial registry  

Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association favors registration of clinical trials and is a signatory to the Statement on publishing clinical trials in Indian biomedical journals. Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association would publish clinical trials that have been registered with a clinical trial registry that allows free online access to public. Registration in the following trial registers is acceptable:; and This is applicable to clinical trials that have begun enrollment of subjects in or after June 2008. Clinical trials that have commenced enrollment of subjects prior to June 2008 would be considered for publication in Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association only if they have been registered retrospectively with clinical trial registry that allows unhindered online access to public without charging any fees.

Authorship Criteria

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below: 

1.      Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;

2.      Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and

3.      Final approval of the version to be published.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript. The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors. The journal prescribes a maximum number of authors for manuscripts depending upon the type of manuscript, its scope and number of institutions involved (vide infra). The authors should provide a justification, if the number of authors exceeds these limits.

Contribution Details

Contributors should provide a description of contributions made by each of them towards the manuscript. Description should be divided in following categories, as applicable: concept, design, definition of intellectual content, literature search, clinical studies, experimental studies, data acquisition, data analysis, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, manuscript editing and manuscript review. Authors' contributions will be printed along with the article. One or more author should take responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole from inception to published article and should be designated as 'guarantor'. 

Conflicts of Interest/ Competing Interests

All authors of articles must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

 Submission Guidelines

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (October 2018). The uniform requirements and specific requirements of JISHA are summarized below. Before submitting a manuscript, contributors must check for the latest instructions. Instructions are available from the Journal's website ( and the manuscript submission site The Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association accepts manuscripts written in British English. 

The authors must use the downloadable word document templates provided at the end of this page to prepare the manuscripts. The reporting guidelines checklist is provided in these templates, which must be duly followed. The authors can also choose the reporting guidelines for the specific study design from the web links provided in the Instructions to prepare the manuscript.

The author should seek permission from the copyright holder, usually the publisher and not the author if any portion of the text or figure of previously published material is being used in the manuscript.

The authors must upload a cover letter in which they should declare that the article submitted to JISHA has not been previously published or is under review elsewhere. 

Authors must submit their manuscripts electronically to the Journal of Indian Speech Language & Hearing Association (JISHA) online submission and review website ( This site provides details about the submission process. Please go through "Instructions to authors" and "Submission procedure" for further details. One is required to register as a new author. The process is a simple, self-explanatory two-stage process. The link for new author registration is available from the home page ( 

General Manuscript Formatting

The manuscript must be submitted as a word document in the .doc or .docx format using Microsoft Office - Versions 2013 or later.

The manuscript should be typed in Times New Roman font with a font size of 12. The entire manuscript should be typed using double line spacing and left aligned. Headings should be bold-faced, and sub-headings should be bold-faced and italicized. The subsequent sub-headings (i.e., sub-sub-headings) should be only italicized (do not use boldface). The authors are encouraged to avoid further levels of sub-headings.

There shall be a single space after the period. There should be no space before the punctuation markers such as commas, full stops, colon, semicolon etc.

The use of abbreviations should be limited to improve the readability and impact of articles. If abbreviations are used, they must be expanded at the first citation. The standard units are exceptions to this rule. They can be used in abbreviated form without expanding the first citation.

The entire manuscript should use continuous page numbers starting from the title page. The manuscript should also use continuous line numbers starting from the abstract.

Type of Manuscript:

The author has to specify the type of Manuscript: Original article/Review article/Case report/Letter to the editor/Images/any other

Body of the manuscript

The following sections describe the required information for various types of manuscripts. Kindly follow the guidelines given below based on the type of manuscript being written by you. The following section describes basic guidelines to write any type of manuscript but is under the heading of 'Original Article'. In the later section, extra points to remember are provided under each type of manuscript.

Original Article:

These include randomized controlled trials, intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, outcome studies, cost-effectiveness analyses, case-control series, and surveys with high response rates.

Manuscript Sections

              The manuscript should be organized under the following headings:

·       Title page

·       Abstract

·       Introduction

·       Methods

·       Results

·       Discussion

·       Conclusion

·       Acknowledgements

·       Financial Support and Sponsorship

·       Conflict of Interest

·       References

·       Appendices (Optional)

·       Highlights

·       Table

·       Figure


Title and authors

The title page should be short and precise. The title should be limited to ten words. The keywords in the title should help the documentation centre catalogue the material. It is advised to include the type of study design (Randomized control trial, observational study, standard-group comparison, and so on) as per the reporting guidelines of the specific type of study. Please avoid acronyms and abbreviations in the title

The title page should include names of all the authors or contributors with their highest academic degrees, designation, affiliations and name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be credited.

The corresponding author should be identified using a superscript star symbol (*). The contact details of the corresponding author should include name, address, e-mail ID, and telephone number.

The title page should also have a short title (not more than 6 or 7 words) which would appear on the alternate pages of the published article.


The abstracts should be brief (within 250 words) but aptly summarize the study. The structured abstracts should include the following sections:

Introduction: A concise statement on the focus of earlier studies, the need for the present study or research question, and the hypotheses tested should be addressed. 

Methods: Information on characteristics and number of participants, study design, data collection methods/procedure, and data analyses should be addressed.

Results: Should make a direct statement on the study's major findings. Statistical values other than p-value and effect size (in case of significance) should be avoided.

Conclusion: This section must state specifically the extent to which the stated purposes of the article have been met. Comments on the generalizability of the results (i.e., external validity), needs for further research, and clinical implications.


The authors must provide 3-5 keywords. Authors are encouraged to use MESH-indexed words. The author should avoid the words that appear in the title. The choice of keywords should be made in such a way that it improves the chances of the appearance of their paper in digital searches.


The authors should use this section to describe the background information needed to understand their study, the reasons for taking up this research work, and the importance of the work. This section should end with a clear statement of the research question and aims/objectives of the study


In this section, the authors must present all the details of how they conducted their research. They should provide details about the participants and their characteristics, the techniques used, and the experiments conducted. The methods section must be written with sufficient details to allow for repetition of the experiment so that a reader can determine the validity of the findings of the study.

This section can include sub-sections such as, but not limited to, 'participants', 'equipment and environment', 'procedure', 'measures', and 'statistical analyses'. Wherever a commercially available product is used, its make and place must be specified within parentheses. This section should also be used to declare the authority which gave ethical approval for the study.


When reporting studies on human beings, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the National Ethical Guidance for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants (

Study Design

Selection and Description of Participants: Describe your selection of the observational or experimental participants (patients or laboratory animals, including controls) clearly, including eligibility and exclusion criteria and a description of the source population. Technical information: Identify the methods, apparatus (give the manufacturer's name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods (see below); provide references and brief descriptions for methods that have been published but are not well known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them, and evaluate their limitations.

Reports of randomized clinical trials should present information on all major study elements, including the protocol, assignment of interventions (methods of randomization, concealment of allocation to treatment groups), and the method of masking (blinding), based on the CONSORT Statement (

The authors can also choose the reporting guidelines for the specific study design from the web links provided in the table below. Manuscripts with incomplete checklists will be sent back to the authors.

Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs

Reporting Guidelines Specific Study Designs Source
CONSORTRandomized Trials
STARDDiagnostic/Prognostic indicators
PRISMASystematic reviews
STROBEObservational studies
MOOSEMeta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology
AGREEClinical practice guidelines
SPIRITStudy protocols
CARECase reports
SRQRQualitative research



The text should guide the reader through the results stressing the key findings that provide the answers to the question(s) investigated.

Present your results in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations, giving the main or most important findings first. The references to Tables and Figures must be consecutively written in this section. Tables and figures should not be mere repetitions of what has already been described in the text.

Specify the computer statistical software and its version used to perform the data analyses.

At least in the case of statistically significant differences, the statement related to the findings must be supplemented with statistical test values such as the Chi-square value, Z-value, p-value, effect size value, F-value etc., depending on the statistical analysis tool used.

The p-value should be the exact value instead of specifying p>0.05 or p<0.05. If the p-value is 0.000, then it should be represented as 0.001.

Mean differences in continuous variables, proportions in categorical variables and relative risks including odds ratios and hazard ratios should be accompanied by their confidence intervals.


The discussion section should be used to discuss whether or not the findings of this study are in consonance with what has already been reported, and if they are different, then explain the same. 

This section should be used to explain the reason for the findings of the study.

The authors are encouraged to discuss any unusual/unexpected findings and the reasons for the same.

Write the limitations of the study and any future directions in the discussion section of the study, and new hypotheses may be stated if needed


The conclusions section should mention the significant outcomes of the study, their possible applications, and the external validity of the findings. Suggestions for future research can also be included.


The authors can acknowledge any funding source for the study by providing relevant detail and individuals who helped carry out the research work but whose contributions do not merit authorship.


Financial Support and Sponsorship

Citation of grant or contract support of research, if taken.

Conflict of Interest

To state on presence or absence of a conflict of interest.


All within-the-text citations must be present in the reference list and vice versa. Give all references in the APA style (Version 7). The references in the reference list should be arranged alphabetically using the author(s) names. In the case of 2 or more references with the same author's name, the study published earlier should be listed first. In case of two articles by the same authors in the same year, differentiate the articles with 'a' and 'b' after the year.The full names of the journals should be written in italics. References of books, internet sources, etc., shall be in APA Manual (Version 7) style. The following examples illustrate the reference style of the Journal:

Single-author citations should be either in the form (Shetty, 2021) or Shetty (2021).

Two-author citations: In two-author citations, both authors must be named at all times (Shetty & Sahana, 2019) or Shetty and Sahana (2019).

Citations of articles with 3 or more authors: List only the first author's name followed by "et al." in every citation, including the first, unless doing so would create ambiguity between different sources. e.g.: (Raju et al., 2011) or Raju et al. (2011)

If citing multiple works by similar groups of authors leads to confusion while using "et al.", avoid ambiguity by writing out more names. For example: Use the in-text citation (Sushma, Suma, Shetty, et al., 2020) and (Sushma, Suma, Sahana, et al., 2020) instead of (Sushma et al., 2020) for both studies. In the Narrative citation use Sushma, Suma, Shetty, Raju, and Pavithra (2021), and Sushma, Suma, Sahana, Raju, and Pavithra (2021).

Reference List

Citing a journal article (1 or more authors)

Chinnaraj, G., Shetty, H. N., & Palaniyappan, V. (2021). Effect of digital noise reduction and directionality algorithms in hearing aids on temporal envelope distortion and speech recognition. Journal of Hearing Science, 11(4)

Citing a book

Stanley A. Gelfand (2016). Essentials of Audiology. (4th ed.). Thieme Medical Publisher.

Citing a chapter in a book

Soumya, M., & Narasimhan, S. V. (2021). Effect of Vocal Loading on Singing Power Ratio and Singer's Formant in Indian Heavy Metal Vocalist. In A. Biswas, E. Wennekes, T. Hong, &amp; A. Wieczorkowska (Eds.), Advances in Speech and Music Technology. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing (pp. 27-43). Springer.
Citing a thesis/dissertation

Sahana K. (2019). Assessment of Discourse Comprehension abilities in Kannada speaking adults [Post graduation dissertation, University of Mysore].

Citing a web reference

Title. (Year, month, date), Site name. Retrieved date, year, URL. 

Census of India- Rural-urban distribution of the population (2011), Retrieved on 12th July 2021,

Citing an online article

With DOI: Narasimhan, S. V, & Rashmi, R. (2020). Multiparameter Voice Assessment in Dysphonics: Correlation Between Objective and Perceptual Parameters. Journal of Voice.

Reference links

Increased discoverability of research and high-quality peer review are ensured by online links to the sources cited. In order to allow us to create links to abstracting and indexing services, such as Scopus, Cross Ref, and PubMed, please ensure that the data provided in the references are correct.  Use of the DOI is highly encouraged. A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so you can use it as a permanent link to any electronic article. 

Review article

The review articles are solicited by the editor. A systematic review (with and without meta-analyses) is a comprehensive overview or focussed on a narrow body of research. The review article answers a well formulated question after searching through published studies.  It should present an unbiased summary of the findings of the studies pertaining to the domain of the proposed question. The prescribed word count is up to 3000 - 3500 words excluding tables, references and abstract. The manuscript should have an unstructured abstract (250 words). The Journal prefers systematic reviews that have been registered in PROSPERO The PROSPERO registry number should be provided in the review article under the methodology section.
 Original research article
 An original research article is a full-length article which presents new research outcomes. The original articles' text amounting to approximately 5000 to 7000 words (excluding abstract, references and Tables) should be divided into sections with the headings abstract, keywords need to be mentioned below the abstract, introduction, material and methods, results, discussion, references, tables and figure legends. Manuscript length should not be longer than 30 typed pages in double space.
Case report:
Case reports should be new, interesting and rare cases. The case report should be unique, describing a diagnostic or therapeutic challenge. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. The case report's word count is limited to 1000 words (excluding abstract and references). Case reports could be supported with up to 10 references. The author should follow CARE guidelines while writing case reports.

Short Communication
A short communication can be used to publish the findings from the preliminary data. The
abstracts of short communication should be limited to 150 words and remain unstructured. The
short communication manuscripts should use not more than two tables and figures (taken
together). The overall word count should be within 2000 words. The number of references should also be limited to 20.
Letter to the editor

A letter to the editor should communicate views on the articles previously published in the Journal. They should not be preliminary observations rather, a letter concerning a work published in the Journal will be referred to the author(s) of the original article for their response. The word count for the letter to the editor is limited to up to 500 words and five references.

Short Communication
A short communication can be used to publish the findings from the preliminary data. The abstracts of short communication should be limited to 150 words and remain unstructured. The short communication manuscripts should use not more than two tables and figures (taken together)
The overall word count should be within 2000 words. The number of references should also be limited to 20.
Appendices are optional part allows one to include detailed information like lists of words, a questionnaire or tool used in the study, a detailed description of an apparatus used in the research, etc.


Highlights are a new and significant section of JISHA. This section has been introduced to make your article more visible to search engines. Highlights provide an overview of how unique your research is compared to others and answer how your paper contributes to the scientific community.

Highlights should be within 3 to 5 bullet points indicating a) the current status of the concerned topic, b) the Research gap, c) benchmark findings of your study added to the existing literature and c) implication. Each highlight should have no more than 150 characters (including spaces and punctuation). Please avoid terminal punctuation marks or abbreviations, or acronyms.

Highlights are required for research articles only. The author must upload the highlights in a separate word document


Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material.

Tables with more than ten columns and 25 rows are not acceptable.

Number tables, in Arabic numerals, consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each.

Place explanatory matter in the footnotes, not in the heading.

Explain in the footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table.

Obtain permission for all entirely borrowed, adapted, and modified tables and provide a credit line in the footnote.

For footnotes, use the following symbols in this sequence: *, †, ‡, §, ||,¶, **, ††, ‡‡

Tables with their legends should be provided at the end of the text after the references. The tables, along with their number, should be cited at the relevant place in the text

Consider the width of a column or page when designing tables and figures. In other words, consider whether legibility will be lost when reductions are made to fit a column or page width.

Do not use suffix letters for complex tables. Instead, simplify complex tables by making two or more separate tables.

Illustrations (Figures)

Upload the images in JPEG format. The file size should be within 2048 kb (2MB) in size while uploading.

Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text.

Labels, numbers, and symbols should be clear and of uniform size. The lettering for figures should be large enough to be legible after reduction to fit the width of a printed column.

Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should contrast with the background and be marked neatly with transfer type or by tissue overlay, not by pen.

Titles and detailed explanations belong in the legends for illustrations, not on the illustrations themselves.

When graphs, scattergrams or histograms are submitted, the numerical data on which they are based should also be supplied.

The photographs and figures should be trimmed to remove all the unwanted areas.

If photographs of individuals are used, their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. The photograph of the person's eyes should be covered with a black patch.

If a figure has been published elsewhere, acknowledge the source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. A credit line should appear in the legend for such figures.

Legends for illustrations: Type or print out legends (maximum 40 words, excluding the credit line) for illustrations using double spacing, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each in the legend. Explain the internal scale (magnification) and identify the staining method in photomicrographs.

Final figures for print production: Submit good quality colour images. Each image should be less than 2 MB in size (2048kb). The size of the image can be reduced by decreasing the actual height and width of the images up to 1600 x 1200 pixels or 5-6 inches). Images can be submitted as jpeg files. Do not zip the files. Legends for the figures/images should be included at the end of the article file. Printouts of digital photographs are not acceptable. If digital images are the only source of images, ensure that the image has a minimum resolution of 300 dpi or 1800 x 1600 pixels in TIFF format. Each figure should have a label pasted (avoid using liquid gum for pasting) on its back indicating the number of the figure, the running title, the top of the figure and the legends of the figure. Do not write the contributor/s' name/s. Please do not write on the back of the figures, scratch them, or mark them using paper clips.

Avoid "special effects" in figures (e.g., three-dimensional bar graphs) because they distort, rather than enhance, the data and distract the reader. 

The Journal reserves the right to crop, rotate, reduce, or enlarge the photographs to an acceptable size. 

Click here to download instructions

These ready to use templates are made to help the contributors write as per the requirements of the Journal.

Save the templates on your computer and use them with a word processor program. 
Click open the file and save as the manuscript file.

In the program keep 'Document Map' and 'Comments' on from 'View' menu to navigate through the file. 

Download Template for Original Articles/ABSTRACT Reports. (.DOT file)

Download Template for Case Reports.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Review Articles.  (.DOT file)

Download Template for Letter to the Editor.  (.DOT file)