Call for Papers for JASA and JASA Express Letters

JASA Special Issue call for papers

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) and JASA Express Letters are calling for papers for joint Special Issues.

Authors have the option to select which journal they would like 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.

The following are open call for papers for joint Special Issues. Information on current call for papers are always available here: JASA and JASA Express Letters

Assessing Sediment Heterogeneity on Continental Shelves and Slopes
This Special Issue presents recent advances in experimental measurements, theoretical models, and application of information-based signal processing and machine learning to assess the degree to which seabed heterogeneity can be characterized. …Read More!
Guest Editors: David Knobles, Preston Wilson, Tracianne Neilsen, Ying Tsong Lin
Deadline: July 1, 2024


Advances in Soundscape: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Research and Practice
This Special Issue invites submissions that focus on the human perception of sounds in built or natural environments, or the impacts that human activities can have on those, and help advancing the field either theoretically or methodologically. …Read More!
Guest Editors: Francesco Aletta, Bhan Lam, Cynthia Tarlao, Tin Oberman, Andrew Mitchell
Deadline: July 31, 2024


Active and Tunable Acoustic Metamaterials
This Special Issue invites all manuscripts exploring new active and tunable acoustic or elastodynamic metamaterials. …Read More!
Guest Editors: Michael R. Haberman, Christina Naify, Bogdan Popa, Serife Tol
Deadline: September 30, 2024


Climate Change: How the Sound of the Planet Reflects the Health of the Planet
Recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, this Special Issue invites papers investigating efforts to monitor and mitigate the environmental, economic, and social disruption threatened by an increasingly warm planet. …Read More!
Guest Editors: Megan S. Ballard, Edward J. Walsh, Lauren A. Freeman, Daniel T. Blumstein, Ying Tsong Lin
Deadline: December 31, 2024


Wave phenomena in Periodic, Near-Periodic, and Locally Resonant Systems
This Special Issue presents recent advances on periodic, near-periodic, and locally resonant vibroacoustic systems, covering fundamental aspects of the theory of multiple wave scattering to experimental studies that demonstrate performance and potential applications of the systems. …Read More!
Guest Editors: Vladislav Sorokin, Luke Bennetts, Nicole Kessissoglou, Alex Skvortsov
Deadline: December 31, 2024


Special Issue: Advanced Air Mobility Noise: Predictions, Measurements, and Perception
This Special Issue covers tools, technologies, ground/flight testing, human response and metrics, and regulation and policy related to advanced air mobility (AAM) vehicle noise. …Read More!
Guest Editors: Matthew Boucher, Alexandra Loubeau, Beckett Zhou, Eric Greenwood, Damiano Casalino
Deadline: February 28, 2025

Announcing the Winners of the Acoustics 2023 Sydney POMA Student Paper Competition

Helen Wall Murray

POMA Manuscript Manager

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, the Society hopes 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.

POMA Student Paper Competition

The Proceedings on Meeting of Acoustics (POMA) Editorial Board is pleased to announce the winners of the 4th consecutive POMA Student Paper Competition based on presentations given a the 185th Meeting of the ASA, Sydney, Australia, 4-8 December 2023.

Of the 13 student submissions entered, five papers were chosen from three different technical areas:  Musical Acoustics, Signal Processing and Structural Acoustics.  Five technical committees were represented in total, and, once again, the papers were all of high quality and are now published and available for viewing in POMA Volume 52.

On behalf of ASA and POMA, we congratulate the following students on their winning papers:

Each winning student author receives an award of USD $300 and the opportunity to appear on Across Acoustics, the official Podcast of the ASA. Additionally, a special designation is added to the cover pages, articles are featured on ASA social media accounts, and each winner receives a formal certificate signed by the ASA President and the POMA Editor.

Calling all Ottawa Student Presenters!

The current student paper competition commenced after the close of the 186th Meeting of the Acoustical Society in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Student presenters are invited to submit a corresponding paper by the competition deadline, which is approximately 30 days after the conclusion of the meeting (in this case, 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time, 17 June 2024).  For more information about the POMA Student Paper Competition (PSPC), please contact the POMA Editorial Office –

 Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the award, an author must:

  • be enrolled as a student at least half-time (graduates are eligible if the presented work was performed as a student within one year of the meeting). *Note that the student author does not need to be a member of the ASA to qualify.
  • be listed as the first author on the submitted abstract and POMA manuscript and present the paper at the meeting.
  • submit the POMA manuscript by the competition deadline, which is 30 days after the conclusion of the meeting.

Instructions for Consideration

  • Indicate your paper is part of the POMA Student Paper Competition by selecting this article type during the POMA submission process.
  • Ensure the article passes the initial quality check: Please use either the MS Word or LaTeX manuscript templates and follow all manuscript preparation and submission instructions. *Articles that do not pass the initial quality check are ineligible for the competition. See the submission checklist at the POMA Author Resources
  • The competition deadline is 11:59 pm 30 days post meeting. Any manuscripts received after this will be considered for publication in POMA but will be ineligible for the competition.


Selection Process

  • The papers will be rated by the POMA Associate Editor corresponding to the technical area in which the paper was presented. The top related papers will be evaluated by the POMA Editor, POMA Assistant Editor, and POMA Manuscript Manager and up to five winning papers will be selected. *Note that the paper judging will take place concurrently with the ordinary editorial review of a POMA submission; each judged paper will be returned with comments and a publication decision.
  • Regardless of the competition outcome, the opportunity to publish an editor-reviewed proceedings paper will enhance your CV/resume and help you take an important intermediate step toward a peer-reviewed publication.

Congratulations again to our Sydney winners! Ottawa attendees, we look forward to receiving your submissions!

ASA Publications Presentations at the Ottawa Meeting

Happy ASA meeting week! We’re excited to see folks face to face in Ottawa. As usual, ASA Publications will have a table in the exhibit hall, where you can say hello and pick up a snazzy tote bag.

Even better, though, we have two presentations about publishing with us on Tuesday, May 14! We’re part of special session 2aBAb: Return of the Writer, from 8am to 12pm in room 210. The session is full of great talks about everything from elements of excellent research papers, to writing proposals, to how to teach writing to students.

The first session from ASA Publications is “Writing for a ‘Different’ Audience,” from 9:25 to 9:45. This talk, from Kat Setzer (ASA Publications), Micheal Dent (SUNY Buffalo), and Arthur Popper (University of Maryland) will discuss how writing for the broad audience of a magazine like Acoustics Today is different from the writing scientists often do for peer-reviewed journals. While learning this style of writing can initially be challenging, the reward is written communication that can be shared with colleagues in other disciplines, your bosses, and even your parents.

Next, from 10:00am to 10:20, Editor in Chief James Lynch and Senior Managing Editor Liz Bury will share, “Best practices for Publishing in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America,” giving insight into best practices for publishing in technical journals like JASA. They’ll cover both business communication and technical content aspects of journal writing, as well as share some standard rules and protocols. 

And don’t worry—if you can’t make the sessions, we’ll definitely be writing them up in POMA as well.

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.