Call for Papers: Special Issue on Active and Tunable Acoustic Metamaterials

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and JASA Express Letters are calling for papers for a joint Special Issue on Active and Tunable Acoustics Metamaterials. This Special Issue invites all manuscripts exploring new active and tunable acoustic or elastodynamic metamaterials. Guest Editors for this Special Issue are Michael R. Haberman, Christina Naify, Bogdan Popa, and Serife Tol. The submission deadline is September 31, 2024. Read more here!

How joint Special Issues work: Authors have the option to select JASA or JASA Express Letters to submit a paper to for a Special Issue. Accepted papers will be published in the next available regular issue of the selected journal and identified as belonging to the Special Issue. After all papers have published for the Special Issue, they will be included in a cross-journal online collection at the JASA and JASA Express Letters websites. For more on how to submit, see the Call for Papers.

Special Issue CFP

From POMA to Peer Review

Last week, we talked about how Lay Language papers are a great steppingstone towards writing a POMA, but did you know that the publication “path” can go even a bit further? As it turns out, publishing research in POMA is not considered prior publication for JASA or JASA Express Letters. That means you can build on the effort you made with your POMA, reaping the benefits of both publishing in POMA and in one of the ASA’s peer-reviewed journals.

Here are some recent examples of POMAs that helped pave the way for JASA or JASA Express Letters publications (pun intended).

Give it a shot yourself! The next time you present at an ASA meeting (maybe Sydney?), write a POMA, then use it as a jumping off point for a JASA or JASA Express Letters article. Your research can start making an impact almost immediately in POMA, then be developed further in a peer-reviewed JASA or JASA Express Letters article. Don’t miss out on any of the options available to you! If you have any questions about the process of turning your POMA into a JASA or JASA Express Letters article, reach out to Liz Bury, Senior Managing Editor of the ASA.

POMA invites all Sydney Meeting Presenters to submit their conference papers

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager

The submission window is open! Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) is currently receiving papers related to upcoming presentations and poster sessions set for the 185th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Sydney Australia, 4-8 December 2023.

POMA has long served as an added benefit to ASA meeting registrants, enabling presenters to capture the essence of their timely research and findings through a published written summary of their oral presentations.  POMA articles are published online without cost to authors or readers, are widely downloaded and shared on social media, and indexed in scholarly databases.

POMA’s written format allows authors to formalize their results and provide additional details post meeting.  Many meeting attendees find POMA useful for revisiting content shared at the numerous sessions scheduled throughout the week. POMA’s rolling submission policy allows authors to submit corresponding papers from any ASA Meeting as long as the material was presented at an official session.

POMA is especially poised to provide opportunities for student authors to build technical writing skills and bolster their CV.  POMA’s Student Paper Competition – launched just after the Denver Meeting in May 2022 – has proven to be an excellent opportunity for student presenters to win a prestigious award and elevate and highlight their research.  The 4th Competition is scheduled to commence after the close of the 185th Meeting. Students are invited to submit a corresponding paper by the competition deadline, 8 January 2024.  For more information about the POMA Student Paper Competition, please review the recent post announcing the winners from the 184th Chicago Meeting which also details the guidelines and requirements. To hear interviews with the winners of the past POMA Student Paper Competitions visit Across Acoustics, the official Podcast of the ASA’s Publication Office.

Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA)We look forward to receiving your Sydney submission!  Submission to POMA is quick and easy! For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the POMA Editorial Office (

Leveraging Lay Language Papers for Publication

For over 25 years, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) has been at the forefront of bringing the captivating world of acoustics to a broader audience through their Lay Language Papers (LLP) program. These concise, jargon-free summaries have been instrumental in making complex acoustic research more accessible to science writers, educators, reporters, and anyone curious about the realm of sound. What many authors may not know is that crafting an engaging LLP can be your secret step towards getting published in the Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). Let’s delve into how writing an LLP can open the door to POMA and explore real-world examples that have successfully made this connection.

Authors who master the art of creating compelling LLPs often find themselves well-prepared for the world of academic publishing. These “bite-sized” papers serve as an excellent steppingstone for researchers looking to transition their research from a lay audience to a more specialized readership. The process of writing an LLP encourages the author to think about the story they are trying to tell about their research, and how to convey that story in a clear, concise fashion. That structure can then be expanded upon with more details and data to develop a POMA.

Here are real-world examples that showcase the bridge between LLPs and POMA:

LLPs are not limited to text; they also serve as a convenient digital space for hosting multimedia content such as audio files, videos, or images. This multimedia content can be cross-referenced in your other published work, enhancing the depth and richness of your research presentations. For instance, author David M. F. Chapman used his LLP to provide audio examples for his article published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA): “The tones of the kalimba (African thumb piano).”

By writing an LLP, you do more than just make your research accessible to a wider audience; you also take the initial steps towards learning how to present your research effectively for eventual publication. Consider your ASA Lay Language Paper as the first building block in your journey towards a publication in POMA. It’s a strategic move that combines effective communication with broader accessibility, setting you on the path to sharing your acoustic discoveries with the world.

So, the next time you present at an ASA Meeting, seize the opportunity to write an LLP—it might just be your secret step towards seeing your research published in an ASA journal!

Read more about the LLP program in Acoustics Today and be sure to submit your own LLP in for the185th ASA meeting, Acoustics 2023 Sydney!

Announcing the Winners of the Chicago POMA Student Paper Competition: 184th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager
The POMA Editorial Board is proud to announce that the 3rd society-wide student paper competition has come to completion with five papers chosen from the largest pool of POMA Student Paper Competition (PSPC) submissions to date.  The papers span across ten technical areas, ranging from Architectural to Signal Processing, Musical to Computational to Physical and Psychological Acoustics. The core purpose of the competition is to highlight the relevant and cutting-edge research happening across the many disciplines of the ASA, and to draw attention, specifically, to the achievements of young acousticians. Ultimately, we hope this initiative will continue to increase involvement with POMA across the membership and provide an efficient, speedy and valuable path to publication for many first-time authors.

According to POMA Editor Megan Ballard, “All the papers were quite good and also so different in terms of technical content and style. It was difficult to rank them because they were all high quality and excelled in different ways.”

POMA Student Paper Competition
Each winning student author will receive an award of USD $300 and the opportunity to appear on the ASA publications podcast, Across Acoustics. Additionally, a special designation will be added to the cover pages, articles will be be featured on ASA social media accounts, and the winners will receive a formal certificate signed by the ASA President and the POMA Editor.  In the near future, all of the winners from the three competitions and all subsequent competitions will be featured in perpetuity on the POMA Homepage.

We look forward to promoting all of the excellent papers submitted over the next several weeks in upcoming email and social media campaigns.

On behalf of the ASA and the POMA Editorial Board we congratulate the following student authors:

Speech Communication

When clear speech does not enhance memory: Effects of speaking style, voice naturalness, and listener age
Nicholas B. Aoki and Georgia Zellou
Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 51, 060002 (2023)

Architectural Acoustics

Predicting the reverberation time of concert halls by use of a random forest regression model
Jonathan Michael Broyles and Zane Tyler Rusk
Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 51, 015004 (2023)

Computational Acoustics

A gradient-based optimization approach for underwater acoustic source localization
Dariush Kari and Andrew C. Singer
Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 51, 022002 (2023)

Musical Acoustics

Examination of the static and dynamic bridge force components of a bowed string
Alessio Lampis, Alexander Mayer, Montserrat Pàmies-Vilà and Vasileios Chatziioannou
Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 51, 022002 (2023)


An overview of acoustical measurements made of the Atlas V JPSS-2 rocket launch
Logan T. Mathews, Mark C. Anderson, Carson D. Gardner, Bradley W. McLaughlin, Brooke M. Hinds, Megan R. McCullah-Boozer, Lucas K. Hall and Kent L. Gee
Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 51, 040003 (2023)
Calling all Sydney-bound Students!

The next student paper competition will commence after the close of the 185th Meeting of the Acoustical Society in Sydney, Australia.  Student presenters are invited to submit a corresponding paper by the competition deadline, which is 30 days after the conclusion of the meeting.  In this case, 8 January 2024.  For more information about the POMA Student Paper Competition (PSPC), please contact the POMA Editorial Office – or review this recent blog post that details the qualifications and guidelines –

We look forward to receiving your Sydney submissions!