From Acoustics Lay Language Paper to Publication

Acoustics Lay Language Papers are concise summaries of research presented at ASA Meetings that help bridge the gap between specialized knowledge and general understanding for science writers, educators, reporters, and inquisitive minds alike. What many potential ALLP authors may not fully grasp is the hidden potential within these summaries— the ability to serve as a springboard towards publication in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA).

For example, the process of writing an ALLP encourages the author to think about the story they are trying to express with 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. Check out these POMAs to see how other authors leveraged their ALLPs:

By writing an ALLP, you make your research accessible to a wider audience while also taking the initial steps towards presenting research effectively for publication. Consider your ALLP as the first building block in your journey towards a publication in POMA, JASA-EL, or even JASA. 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. If you will be presenting at an upcoming ASA Meeting, seize the opportunity to write an ALLP.

Read more about the ALLP program and get tips and tricks in the Acoustics Today article, Reaching Reporters, Teachers, and Bosses – Lay Language Papers and be sure to submit your own ALLP in for the 186th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustics Week in Canada, sponsored by the Acoustical Society of America and the Canadian Acoustical Association. The ideal submission deadline is Wednesday, May 1, to allow time for posting ahead of the meeting.

Seeking POMA Session Summaries from Sydney

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager

Sydney POMA

Greetings, again, ASA Sydney Session Chairs! We’re checking in after a few busy months of papers flowing into POMA from the 185th Meeting to invite you, once again, to submit a Session Summary highlighting the information and research shared during your session in Sydney.

The format of the summary is flexible: it can describe various aspects of your session including an overview of the topics presented or a recap of the discussions that took place. Some session organizers provide background on the session topic, and others include a list of abstracts for the talks presented. For example, please see recently published summaries from the 184th Meeting in Chicago:;

Given both the effort involved with organization and the excellent perspectives often shared during the talks, this is a valuable opportunity to have a written, archived record for all of the ASA membership to enjoy and delve deeper into, as more and more corresponding and related papers are published!

In fact, allow POMA to turn your Session Summary into a permanent Collection with POMAs from individual presentations in the same session!  Please see some examples of POMA Special Topics Collections from past ASA Meetings:

All Session Summaries and Collections are further advanced and disseminated by promotion on social media and in email campaigns featuring new POMA content.

More information about Submitting to POMA, including templates in Word and LaTex, can be found at  Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Manuscript Manager at

We look forward to receiving your Session Summary submission soon! Plus, keep an eye out for the results of the Sydney POMA Student Paper Competition.  Student presenters have made an impressive showing so far. In fact, a bounty of other papers based on presentations and poster sessions delivered at the meeting are currently in process, with several published already in Volume 52 of POMA.

Webinar: Introduction to Copyright

It’s not always clear what you need to do when you borrow material for your articles from somewhere else… even when the borrowed material comes from your own previously published articles!

To help authors better understand the ins and outs of copyright, ASA Publications is hosting a webinar with Suzanne Inge, the Manager of Rights, Permissions, and Licensing at AIP Publishing.

copyright webinar

The webinar will cover common questions, like…

  • Who holds copyright?
  • What works are in the public domain?
  • What constitutes fair use of copyrighted material?
  • How much do you need to change a work before you no longer need to ask permission to use it?
  • How do Creative Commons licenses work?
  • Do I need permission to reuse my own previously published content?
  • Do we need to obtain permission if redrawing a figure using the original figure data?
  • When is permission needed for text excerpts?

… and more!

Join us on January 31, 2024 at 12pm (Eastern US) to learn how to navigate tricky copyright situations. Sign up at

About the presenter: Suzanne Inge is the current Manager of Rights, Licensing and Permissions at AIP Publishing. Before coming to AIPP, she worked for fifteen years in the museum field, handling image rights and reproductions, installing museum exhibitions and working with legal contracts in the museum field. While she is not a lawyer, she has a deep and abiding respect for copyright law and loves nothing more than a challenging copyright conundrum.

Call for Editor: Acoustics Today

The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is seeking a new Editor for Acoustics Today, the science and technology magazine of the ASA. Each issue of Acoustics Today is sent to ASA members in print form and is also freely available online at The primary purpose of Acoustics Today is to provide timely scholarly articles, short essays highlighting important ASA programs, and other (including societal) material to ASA members that is interesting, understandable, and worth reading regardless of a member’s background.

Appointment as the Acoustics Today Editor will begin on January 1, 2025, for an initial three-year term. To find out more about responsibilities, qualifications, and how to apply, go to

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Most Downloaded Journal Articles of 2023

One of our favorite things to do in the Publications Office at the end of the year is to look back and see which articles ended up getting read the most over the course of the year. In that time, we publish hundreds of articles across our three journals, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA), JASA Express Letters, and The Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA). Publications span topics from all fourteen technical committees in the Acoustical Society of America, so it’s always a bit of a surprise to see which of the many diverse topics our journals cover end up piquing readers’ interest the most.

Today, we’d like to share the most downloaded articles with you, so you can see the research that’s currently making an impact in the field of acoustics. Here are the three most downloaded articles from each journal in 2023:


From the Special Issue on Reconsidering Classic Ideas in Speech Communication, this article points out the strengths and limitations of using intelligibility measures as metrics for speech perception.

This editorial introduces the special issue of the same name. (For an even more in-depth overview of the issue, check out this conversation we had with the editors on Across Acoustics!)

The third most-downloaded article from JASA this year is another Special Issue article, this time from the Special Issue on Fish Bioacoustics: Hearing and Sound Communication. This paper proposes an automated method for separating fish chorus from the environment, which could potentially help with research that will aid in the protection of vulnerable fish species.

JASA Express Letters

The most downloaded JASA Express Letters article for the year received quite a bit of attention for research into the noise of NASA’s Space Launch System, including a press release and an episode of Across Acoustics!

This Editor’s Pick analyzed the use of distributed acoustic sensing for monitoring the ocean.

This research exploring a central aspect to music mixing was featured in a press release and an episode of our podcast.


This article based on a presentation from the 184th ASA meeting in Chicago identified character defining acoustical differences between two historic churches.

This article from the 183rd ASA Meeting in Nashville discusses methods for measuring hearing aid microphones’ sensitivity to intrinsic vibration, which can cause feedback that is difficult to resolve.

This research presented at the Fourth Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics explored ways to produce deep-bass tones in pipe organs when you don’t have a space the size of a cathedral to house said organ.

We hope you enjoy these articles as much as we did! Thank you to our authors for a sharing their research with us this year, and thank you to our readers for turning to our publications to find the latest in theoretical and experimental research results in the broad interdisciplinary subject of sound.