ATOB Call for Manuscripts: April 1 – July 13, 2020

The ATOB Volume 15 Call for Manuscripts opens on April 1,  2020 and closes on July 13, 2020.

Volume 15 Theme: AT for Communication

The ability to communicate is a fundamental aspect of human behavior and although we typically think of speech (including synthetic speech) as the primary medium for transmitting ideas, technology allows us many other ways of interacting. From the simple phone call to the text message and the Facebook post to the Twitter comment, the ways in which people can communicate with each other has blossomed over the past 20 years. Individuals who have difficulty in accessing the myriad of media channels can benefit from assistive technology to help them take part in this wider world of human communion. This volume of ATOB invites authors to submit articles that showcase the use of assistive technology for improving all forms of communication, which includes email, texting, social media posts, gestural systems, and speech-generating solutions.

Volume 15 aims to explore how the technology can support various forms of communication through text, graphics, sounds, animations, symbols, etc. and create opportunities for people with wide range of needs. Authors are encouraged to focus on providing evidence of efficacy of technology and not just reviews of products that are available. Articles may target any population but must aim at demonstrating how technology can improve general communication outcomes and the benefits that result.

This issue also includes articles from the broad scope of assistive technology research as part of ATOB’s mission to bring together the latest research in assistive technology in its annual issue.

Guest Editor: David McNaughton

David McNaughton, Ph.D is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches classes on assistive technology, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). His current research interests include the development of vocational opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities, and literacy instruction for children with complex communication needs (CCN).

Questions?  Please email ATOB Editor in Chief at:   

For general information about ATOB’s Editorial Policy and Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Authors, please review:
ATOB’s Editorial Policy and Manuscript Author Guidelines

ATOB Manuscript Submission Form & Author Agreement

ATOB Manuscript Submission Form & Author Agreement
  • 1) Please provide the details of the lead author for this manuscript submission. A full list of authors should be included in the manuscript itself and the Author Agreements. Email communications about the manuscript will be with the lead author.
  • Articles may be submitted under three categories—
    • Voices from the Field - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals who are involved in some aspect of AT service delivery with persons having disabilities (e.g., educators, related service, and care providers) or from family members and/or AT consumers with disabilities. Submissions may include case studies, project or program descriptions, approaches to service delivery, or consumer perspective pieces. All submissions should have a clear message about lessons learned from the experience and be written with enough detail to allow generalization of results to other situations. Voices from the Field manuscripts are peer-reviewed, but do not require the same level of scientific rigor as submissions in other categories. A more informal writing style with an emphasis on rich, detailed descriptions of experiences, procedures and implications is expected. Authors of Voices from the Field manuscripts are not required to support their personal perspectives with objective data or peer-reviewed literature. However, any personal viewpoints presented as generalized statements of fact should appropriately cite supporting research. Plagiarism and unsupported extension of such personal viewpoints to make general claims are not permitted. Reviews of literature that highlight the specific personal experiences are appropriate. Authors submitting to the Voices from the Field category may request ATOB to find a Sponsor among the Editorial Board members and ATOB reviewers who would provide an opportunity to discuss and improve a manuscript draft before submission. If you are interested in finding a sponsor, please contact:
    • Voices from the Industry - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals involved in developing and marketing specific AT devices and services. Case studies, design, marketing research, or project/ program descriptions are appropriate for this category. Voices from the Industry manuscripts may present the results of the research (and thus, follow the same outline as Voices from Academia) or present project/program descriptions (and thus, follow the same outline as Voices from the Field).
    • Voices from Academia - Articles submitted under this category should come from professionals conducting research or development in an academic setting. The style of writing should adhere to guidelines generally used in scientific journals. Submissions are likely to include applied/ clinical research, case studies, and project/ program descriptions. Sample outline for the Voices from Academia article is available in the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines for Authors.
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    Please read each bullet below thoroughly, and complete the required questions regarding HIPAA compliance, IRB compliance (or equivalent), and disclosure of financial and non-financial relationships. By completing and submitting this form you are agreeing to the terms listed for ATOB authors.
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