Write for The Volta Review

The Volta Review is a professional, peer-review journal inviting manuscripts devoted to reporting scholarly findings that explore the development of listening and spoken language by individuals with hearing loss. Its readership includes teachers of students who have hearing loss; professionals in the fields of education, speech, audiology, language, otology, medicine, technology and psychology; parents of children who have hearing loss; and adults who have hearing loss. Established in 1899, The Volta Review is the official journal of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, an international nonprofit organization, based in Washington, D.C., particularly interested in the communication abilities of people with hearing loss. The journal is published three times annually, including two regular issues and a special, single-topic monograph issue each year.

The Volta Review currently seeks manuscripts of empirically based studies focusing on practical or conceptual issues with the result of advancing knowledge relevant to the communication needs and abilities of people with hearing loss. Group and single-subject designs are acceptable.

Manuscript Style and Submission Requirements

In general, manuscripts should conform to the conventions specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th ed. (2010) with the exceptions and considerations given below.

A cover letter and one copy of a blinded manuscript and accompanying figures should be submitted electronically to the Managing Editor at editor@agbell.org


Please double-space all materials. Number pages consecutively with the title page as page 1. The title page should include all authors' names and affiliations, regular mail and email addresses, telephone and fax numbers for the corresponding author, and a running head. No author-identifying information should appear anywhere other than the title page of the manuscript. Include an abstract of 100-150 words as page 2. Assemble the rest of the manuscript in the following order, starting each part on a new page: First and subsequent pages of the text; acknowledgements (include citations of grant or contract support here); references; tables; figure captions; and figures. Refer to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition for preferred spellings.


Limitations on length of manuscripts are based on the type of submission. The following page reccomendations apply. Research papers are subject to a page limitation of 35 pages including tables and figures. Manuscripts exceeding the page limitations are occasionally accepted for publication on a space-available basis.


All references should be closely checked in the text and reference list to determine that dates and spellings are correct. References must follow APA style and format.


Include each table on a separate page. Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals. Each table should be referred to in the text by its number. Indicate where the tables should appear in consecutive numerical order in the text, but do not insert tables into the text.


Each figure must be referred to in the main text in consecutive numerical order using Arabic numbers. Non-graphic information should not appear as figure artwork, but in the figure legend. Hand lettering is unacceptable and standard abbreviations should be used. (e.g., dB not db or dB) Lettering or symbols appearing on the figure artwork should be as large as possible so they will still be legible when reduced. Figure legends (captions) must be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper at the end of the manuscript. Figure legends should not appear on the artwork.

If a table or figure has been previously published, it is the author's responsibility to obtain written permission to adapt or reprint the figure or table from the copyright holder, even if it is the author's own previously to reproduce it must be obtained from the publisher. This applies to any figure, table or illustration or to direct quotes from another work. YOu will be required to submit proof of permission to the Managing Editor. Please alert the managing editor to potential copyright permission issues when the manuscript is submitted. (Photocopies of the agreement are required as proof.)

High resolution figures files are necessary for final production if your article is accepted for publication. Files can be submitted via email as .tiff, .jpg or .eps files with a resolution of 300 dpi at size. The Volta Review does not accept art that is in color or downloaded from the Internet. Photocopy reproductions are not acceptable as final printer's copy; however, photo copies should be submitted for the reviewer's purpose.


Photographs of special equipment or materials are often desirable; however, photos of standard classroom or clinical apparatus are not instructive and should not be included with the manuscript.


As a general policy, using footnotes within the text is discouraged; however, in certain circumstances (such as for limited clarification of terminology) footnotes can be unavoidable. In such cases, use asterisks (*) as footnotes.


To describe individuals' hearing status, please use the phrase "deaf or hard of hearing" or "with hearing loss" instead of "hearing impaired". In addition, please use "people first" language (i.e., "students who are deaf or hard of hearing" or "students with hearing loss" instead of "hearing-impaired students"). If authors choose not to follow this style, provide a rationale for using the chosen terminology. The rationale may be provided in the form of an author's note or may be integrated into the text of the manuscript. The journal reserves the right to change terminology for readability purposes with the consent of the author.


All manuscripts are subject to blind review by three or more members of the Review Panel. No author-identifying information should appear anywhere other than on the title page of the manuscript. The review process takes three to four months to complete. Reviewers comments are shared with author(s).


The Editor, Associate Editors and the Managing Editor of the journal will edit your manuscript to verify content and to enhance readability, as well as for consistency of style and correctness of grammar, spelling and punctuation. Authors will be given an opportunity to review their edited manuscripts before they are set in type. Also, if the publication schedule permits, authors will be sent page proofs of their typeset articles for final review. Authors should mark only typesetter's errors and/or answer any questions directed to them by the Managing Editor. No copy changes should be made at this time.

Use of Word Processing

Authors must submit electronic files of their manuscript and accompanyng figures and table files to the Managing Editor once the article is approved for publication. Please use Microsoft Word only and supply a hard copy of the figures and tables. You must submit your manuscript via email to editor@agbell.org.

Transfer of Copyright

The revised copyright law, which went into effect in January 1978, provides that from the time a manuscript is written, statutory copyright is vested with the author(s). This copyright can be transferred only by written agreement. Without copyright ownership, the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing cannot issue or disseminate reprints, authorize copying by individuals and libraries, or authorize indexing and abstracting services to use material from the journal. Therefore, all authors whose articles have been accepted for publication in The Volta Review are requested to transfer copyright of their articles to the association before the articles are published. Download

Categorizing for Index

Authors are required to designate, in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript, the primary audience to whom the information is of most use and interest. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, its corresponding author will be asked to fill out a more detailed categorization form to be used in preparing an index published in the winter issue of each year.


At the time of publication of the journal, each contributing author is sent three complimentary copies of the issue. Additional reprints of published articles are available at cost to the author. These must be ordered through the Periodicals Department, The Volta Review, 3417 Volta Place, NW, Washington, DC 20007. Order forms are sent to authors with initial complimentary copies. Authors are not permitted to sell reprints themselves once copyright has been transferred.

Author's Responsibility

Author guarantees, when signing a contract with a publisher, that the work is original, that the author owns it, that no part of it has been previously published, and that no other agreement to publish it or part of it is outstanding. If a chapter or other significant part by the same author has been published elsewhere, written permission to reprint it must be secured from the copyright holder of the original publication and sent to the publisher.

It is the author's responsibility to request any permission required for the use of material owned by others. When the author has received all permissions, the author should send them, or copies of them, to the publisher. The author must provide accurate information regarding the source of any such material in their work.

Permission for the use of such entities as poems, musical works, or illustrations, even when no fee is charged, is normally granted only for the first edition of a book. New editions, paperback reprints, serialization in a periodical, and so forth, will require renewed permissions from original copyright holder.

The author is responsible for any fees charged by grantors of permission to reproduce, unless other arrangements are made, in writing, with the publisher. Fees paid for reproducing material, especially illustrations procured from a picture agency, normally cover one-time use only.

Whether or not the author needs permission to use any material not their own, an author should give the exact source of such material: in a footnote or internal reference in the text, in a source note to a table, in a credit line with an illustration. Where permission has been granted, the author should follow any special wording stipulated.

Material Requiring Permission

Copyrighted Material

The author of an original book must have written permission to use any copyrighted material that is complete in itself: short story, essay, chapter from a book, etc. The author should also seek permission to use more than one line of a short poem still in copyright or any words or music of a popular song. No permission is required for quoting from works in the public domain.

"Fair Use"

The "Fair Use Clause" generally allows copying without permission from, or payment to, the copyright owner where the use is reasonable and not harmful to the rights of the copyright owner.

Without prescribing precise rules to cover all situations, the clause refers to "purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research," and sets out four factors to be considered in determining whether or not a particular use is fair:

  • The purpose and character of the use, including whether or not such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit, educational purposes;
  • The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole;
  • The nature of the copyrighted work;
  • The effect of the use upon the value or potential market of the copyrighted work.

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing encourages the author to obtain written permission for any quotation of 150 or more copyrighted words. The author may not copy any part of a copyrighted work unless he or she used quotation marks, indicates the source of the quotation, and if 150 of more words in length, obtains written permission from the copyright holder.

Authors are required to designate, in the cover letter accompanying the manuscript, the primary audience to whom the information is of most use and interest. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, its corresponding author will be asked to fill out a more detailed categorization form to be used in preparing an index published in the winter issue of each year.