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From the Editor | Arthur N. Popper
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I I ,  _ i ’  r Have ou ever wondered how focus on a sin le uestion or the work of one investi ator
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-  ‘ i“ :1‘ many people actually look at or lab. Moreover, AT does not publish original research or
E’ and read your scholarly writ— preliminary results.
;‘i mgS_? If You have’ You hkely Second, an article for AT, although scholarly, is somewhat
= realize that no matter how . . . . . .
‘ : “ ” , _ different from a scientific paper in that the audience is very
_ _ _ i i i ‘i ii _ gljeat ones Paper 1S’_ l:eader— broad. Thus, to be understood by our audience, authors must
ship is (with rare exceptions) quite small. Although it is hard . . . (4 . .,
« n _ _ _ explain words and ideas that are likely to be totally foreign
to document reads, if we use citations as a measure, the ma- . . .
_ _ _ _ to a member of an ASA technical committee (TC) outside
lonty of papers only ge_t cued a few tunes (and many not _at those of the authors. Although this kind of writing is a chal-
all). Another measure is the number of downloads, and in . .
, _ lenge, many authors have told me that this challenge ulti-
many cases’ Such as The Journal of the Acoustical society of mately turns out to be very enjoyable and intellectually excit-
America (IASA), one can easily find the number of times that in (and educational)
a paper is viewed. g '
Th‘ d, t‘ l f art‘ 111 ' fAT,
I think we would all agree that one’s papers are seen by a very H once we agree.0n an at 1C e or a P . lc alllsfue 0
_ _ _ _ we must have the article at the agreed—to time. This is because
limited audience, and most often the audience has scholarly . . .
_ we have only a few articles per issue, commit valuable space
interests that are reasonably close to those of the authors. My . .
_ _ , _ to them, and have no way of filling that space if we do not
point is to get readers of Acoustics Today (AT) to think about have the promised article.
the readership of their scholarly works and to ask themselves
whether they would like to write something that would be I do hope many people reading this column will be intrigued
seen and read by a far broader and larger audience. In writ— With writing an article for AT. If so, please contact me- HOW-
ing such an article, authors have the potential to reach an eVer, please, do not Write the article before We “talk.” This is
audience who would not normally see their work. This broad because AT articles are by invitation only, and I cannot accept
audience then becomes a way to “publicize” one’s research everything offered because I try to balance coverage in the
area and bring new and exciting areas to the attention of a set magazine so that all TCS in the ASA are represented oVer time.
of readers with very diverse interests. Put another way, this In this issue of AT’ the first article’ by Samira Anderson’
is an open invitation to members of the ASA to think about .

_ _ _ Sandra Gordon-Salant, and Iudy Dubno (former ASA presi-
potentlauy wnting an artlde for AT’ dent), discusses a topic of great relevance to those of us
One of the best things about AT is that the audience is quite who are more “advanced” in years, and to others who will
large. AT goes, in hard copy, to over 7,000 ASA members, and eventually get there: how hearing changes as we age. In the
it is also read online by many people who are not ASA mem- second article, Steve Greenberg writes about approaches to
bers, including students, journalists, and regulators. More— help people learn new languages. Steve shares insights into
over, articles are read by people from very diverse disciplines technology that run from the language labs I had in college
and not just the discipline of the authors. Indeed, I often hear (with reel-to-reel tape recorders) to very sophisticated apps
from ASA members that they read AT from cover to cov- for one’s smart phone.
er and veil, muchthenj 0}}: reading ar§idl:: introdficing Elem The third article illustrates one way I find articles. I am on the
to R563“ areas at t _ey Prévious Y _ ew not mg a 0_ut' ASA Book Committee, and we had a proposal for a book on
(Indeed, one reason I enjoy editing AT is that I am learning .

_ _ archaeoacoustics. I had never even heard the word and got
so much about so many thmgs that are new to me!) So’ m ver curious so I wrote to Miriam Kolar and she a reed to
writing for AT’ You have an opportunity to reach a uniquely do this article Miriam uses some of her own work End that
broad (and weufiducated) aud1enCe' of colleagues, to explain this fascinating field that merges
In thinking about writing an article for AT, you need to keep classic archaeology and acoustics to better understand an-
several things in mind. First, and most important, articles cient civilizations.
have a broad focus. With very rare exception, articles do not Continued on page 9
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