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The Voice and Speech Review (VSR) is the official publication of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and is published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group). The VSR publishes three issues per year online, two of which are general issues and one of which is typically a themed issue. The entire volume is printed yearly.

The journal solicits articles and essays that focus on voice and speech topics and training, particularly for the performing arts. The VSR welcomes peer reviewed articles from a broad array of voice-oriented subjects. The journal also welcomes scholarly essays and interviews based on personal experience that are often practical notes from the field, as well as book and other resource reviews.

Access to the Voice and Speech Review

VASTA members can enjoy FREE access to all online content in the Voice and Speech Review (VSR). Additionally, the printed yearly volume will be mailed annually to all active VASTA members who elect to receive it.

VASTA Benefits through Routledge Press

In addition to full VSR access, VASTA members also receive several other benefits through Routledge Press, including digital access to Theatre, Dance and Performance Training (TDPT),  and Research in Drama Education (RiDE)
VASTA Members also receive 30% off ALL printed books when ordering directly through Routledge.

VSR Mission and Goals

  • to provide for the continuing professional development of scholars and practitioners in the field through the publication of pragmatic articles outlining useful methods and approaches to a variety of topics and problems in voice and speech training;
  • to foster a scholarly and intellectually rigorous approach within the voice profession;
  • to provide an outlet for the publication of scholarly research, and to stimulate new research;
  • to provide an open forum for discussion of ideas and opinions related to the voice profession, the performing arts, and communication;
  • to encourage good vocal hygiene and healthful vocal use through the dissemination of practical, up-to-date, and accurate information;
  • to promote communication and collaboration with allied professions and disciplines;
  • to promote discussion toward the refinement of professional standards and practices and
  • to promote international perspectives in the training of voice and speech.

Interdisciplinary Focus

Voice and speech training overlaps many other disciplines and practices, so the VSR encourages submissions that examine voice through other lenses. Such topics may include:

  • Linguistics, phonetics
  • Performing arts pedagogy
  • Voice science, speech and voice therapy
  • Acting, performance
  • Singing, opera, musical theatre
  • Public speaking, corporate training
  • Language acquisition, development
  • Stage movement
  • Heightened language, Shakespeare
  • Theatre history and literature
  • Ethics, diversity, social justice
  • Private studio practice

Call for Papers


The VSR is published triannually (March, July, November). The journal publish three categories of articles: (1) research-based articles that are peer reviewed (2) essays based on practical, real-world experience known as "Forum" pieces, (3) and book and media reviews. See the Call for Papers for more details about general submissions, special issue submissions, and submission deadlines

More Information About
VSR's Call for Papers

Submissions and Inquiries

Submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Co-Editor, Rockford Sansom ( Queries regarding book and media reviews should be send to the Reviews Editor, Karen Kopryanski ( Contributors need not be members of VASTA to publish. The VSR prides itself on encouraging and supporting new and veteran scholars alike. Authors will neither be paid nor have to pay for publication.

Abstracting and Indexing 

The journal is abstracted and indexed in: Scopus, EBSCOhost, International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance, and MLA International Bibliography.

The journal is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and is the 2021 honorable mention for the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement. 

Other Resources

VSR Documents