American Annals of the Deaf

ISSN 0002-726X


Peter V. Paul, The Ohio State University

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The American Annals of the Deaf is a scholarly journal dedicated to quality in education and related services for d/Deaf or hard of hearing children and adults.

First published in 1847, the Annals is the oldest English-language journal dealing with deafness and the education of d/Deaf or hard of hearing persons. The Annals focuses primarily on the education of d/Deaf or hard of hearing students and on information for professionals associated with the educational development of these students. At the same time, the Annals historically has extended its range of topics beyond education and incorporated the broad interests of educators in the general well-being of d/Deaf or hard of hearing children and adults to represent the diversity of its professional readership. Among the topics covered in its pages are:

  • Communication methods and strategies
  • Language and literacy development
  • Mainstreaming and residential schools
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Social and emotional development
  • Teacher preparation and teaching skills

Each year the Annals publishes four issues (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) and an annual reference issue of schools and programs in the United States and Canada for students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing and their teachers. The reference issue is widely known for its comprehensive listings of schools and programs nationwide. The reference issue also provides demographic and educational data about students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing and the schools they attend.

The Annals considers the submission of scholarly articles that employ a range of research methodologies such as qualitative, quantitative, or critical (i.e., qualitative with a postmodern or power focus). Examples of research include historical, descriptive, correlational, and experimental investigations. Also encouraged are research syntheses or integrative works, including metadata or metanarrative analyses. Manuscripts that focus on building or testing theories or models, supported by empirical studies, are also welcome. All of the above should proffer strong recommendations for education, clinical, or social settings and include new directions for further theorizing, research, and/or practice for individuals who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing.

Topics may include social-emotional development, reading, writing, sign language interpreting, language development, inquiry-based science instruction, use of captions, cochlear implants, dual diagnosis (deafness and autism), deaf-blindness, deaf with disabilities, the role of counselors, and memory research and deafness—among others.

AAD is indexed and abstracted in the following services: ERIC, CINAHL, ProQuest Central plus other ProQuest sub-databases (Communication Sciences, Education, Linguistics and Language, Linguistics, Nursing and Allied Health, Psychology),, APA Psych Info, OmniFile Mega Text, Web of Science, and Scopus.

The Annals is the official organ of the Council of American Instructors of the Deaf (CAID) and of the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD) and is directed and administered by a Joint Annals Administrative Committee made up of members of the executive committees of both of these organizations.

AAD is held under copyright by CEASD. Single copies of individual articles may be made for personal use as allowed by U.S. copyright law. To make multiple copies for classroom use, contact the Copyright Clearance Center. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means for any other purpose without written permission of Gallaudet University Press.

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Manuscript Format

AAD follows APA Style and all manuscripts must adhere to the style of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. There is no required word limit; however, it is recommended that manuscripts be between 5000 to 10,000 words (including references, tables, figures, and appendices).

All submissions must be in English and be submitted as a Word document (no PDFs). The font size should be 12, and we recommend Times New Roman or Times. Except for the title page, the text should be double-spaced. The title page will need to be separated from the rest of the manuscript and uploaded as a separate document. Please call out tables and figures in the manuscript where they should be placed (e.g., <insert table 1 near here>) and include these items at the end of the text after the reference list (or appendix, if included) in ONE document. Upon acceptance, we will ask for any figures to be sent in their original formats as separate files.

Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reprint tables, figures, illustrations, and large excerpts. Copies of the permission letters must accompany the manuscript.

Abstracts should be limited to 250 words. We also ask that you provide keywords (at the end of the abstract, and please limit them to six words). Please also identify the main author for correspondences.

Authors are requested to render their manuscripts as anonymously as possible (i.e., no identifying information such as their published articles, names of institutions, etc.). The Annals’ Editor makes every effort to ensure that manuscripts are anonymized prior to sending them to the selected reviewers.

For questions or feedback regarding the submissions process, please contact the Editor, Peter Paul, at

Editorial and Peer Review Process

Submitted unsolicited manuscripts are subjected to an internal review by the Editor. This process requires 1 to 2 weeks. Manuscripts can be rejected at this stage by the Editor, or authors may be asked to revise and resubmit their work.

After a successful initial review, the manuscript is then reviewed by one or two experts. Typically, the review process at this stage is 8 weeks in length. Reviews of manuscripts along with the Editor’s decision letter are sent to the authors and to the reviewers who participated in the evaluation of the manuscript.

The review process is fully anonymous. The authors’ identities are revealed to the reviewers (separately) upon acceptance of the manuscript; however, the authors do not ever know the identities of the reviewers.

All manuscripts are professionally copyedited prior to publication. One set of proofs will be sent to the lead author. Authors are responsible for proofreading and returning the proofs by the given deadline.


The copyright for all articles published in AAD is held by the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf.

Gallaudet University Press and CEASD recognize that authors own the rights to intellectual content they have created. Authors may disseminate their work in manuscript form without attribution at their discretion. Please find the full policy on how authors may use their work here.

Special Issues/Sections

Contributors may propose a special issue or section by providing a brief introduction to the concept (explicating purpose or scope) and, if possible, a list of authors and affiliations with specific titles for all articles to be included. It is helpful if the contributors provide a brief description of each article. If accepted, the special issue/section editors solicit the manuscripts and send them to the Annals’ Editor. The manuscripts undergo the same editorial and review process as do regular issues.

Book Reviews

The Annals publishes book reviews under the direction of the Book Review Editor. The Book Review Editor may compose a review, invite others to compose a review, or accept unsolicited requests to conduct reviews. The style and length of manuscripts should adhere to the same conditions for other manuscripts. Please contact the Book Review Editor directly with your suggestions and submissions.

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Issues of American Annals of the Deaf (ISSN 0002-726X) are published four times a year in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. In addition, a reference issue is published in the summer. Special bonus issues may also be published.

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The Editors


Peter V. Paul, PhD
Department of Educational Studies
The Ohio State University
29 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1172

Managing Editor

Deirdre Mullervy
Gallaudet University Press

Senior Associate Editor

Connie Mayer, EdD
York University

Associate Editors for Research Methodology

Mollie Blackburn, PhD, The Ohio State University
Eric Drasgow, PhD, University of South Carolina
Lingyun Shi (Elune), PhD, The Vanguard Group
Elaine R. Smolen, PhD, Teachers College, Columbia University

Translative Research Editors

Alexandra R. Gabriel, MEd, Research Committee Chair and Regional Representative, CAID; St. Rita School for the Deaf
Jessica A. Scott, EdD, Georgia State University
Michael E. Skyer, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Book Review Editor

Michael E. Skyer, PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Editorial Review Board

Thomas Allen, Gallaudet University
Faisl M. Alqraini, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University
Glenn Anderson, University of Arkansas
Jean Andrews, Lamar University
Jennifer S. Beal, Valdosta State University
Nivedita Bhaktha, GESIS—Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Joanna E. Cannon, University of British Columbia
Stephanie Cawthon, University of Texas
Traci Cihon, Behaviorists for Social Responsibility
Meghan Fox, University of Rochester Medical Center
Marian Patricia Bea Usero Francisco, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Susan King Fullerton, Clemson University
Debbie Golos, University of Minnesota
Caroline Guardino, University of North Florida
Husnija Hasanbegovic, University of Tuzla
Amanda Howerton-Fox, Iona University
Margery Miller, Miller-Rose Enterprises, Inc.
Catherine Nelson, University of Utah
Onudeah D. Nicolarakis, Gallaudet University
Susan Nittrouer, University of Florida
Claudia M. Pagliaro, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Susan Rose, University of Minnesota
Russell Scott Rosen, The College of Staten Island, CUNY
Barbara K. Strassman, The College of New Jersey
Beverly Trezek, DePaul University
Gail M. Whitelaw, The Ohio State University
Cheri Williams, University of Cincinnati

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