Open access journals in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology present a practical and efficient opportunity for scholarly publishing that is gaining momentum. Currently, there are only a few open access journals focused on scholarly research in the field. Open access journals provide a rich and easily accessible means for researchers and practitioners in the field to gain access to and communicate about the latest research as well as for clients, their families, and other medical professionals to learn about the latest advances in the field. Anecdotally, limited accessibility to field-specific research in speech-language pathology and audiology is commonly reported by parents and other related health professionals, as well as primary care physicians. The Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies, and Hearing Aids (JCDSHA), offered by the OMICS International, is an open access journal which focuses on topics related to speech and language disorders as well as hearing loss and other neurological disorders. Similar to subscription research journals, manuscripts are submitted online and are tracked through a peer review process before being accepted. The review process takes only twenty-one days and once accepted, articles are immediately published online. Open access provides a means of retrieving research reports without access boundaries by anyone who desires to learn more about a treatment technique or a recent innovation in research.
Citation: Dalton JC (2013) The Next Frontier of Scholarship: Open Access Journals in Communication Disorders. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 1: e104. doi: 10.4172/2375-4427.1000e104