Focus and Scope

Canadian Acoustics publishes refereed articles and news items on all aspects of acoustics and vibration. Articles reporting new research or applications, as well as review or tutorial papers and shorter technical notes are welcomed, in English or in French. Submissions should be sent only through the journal online submission system. Complete instructions to authors concerning the required "camera-ready" manuscript are provided within the journal online submission system.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts submitted to the Canadian Acoustics are peer-reviewed according to the following procedure:

Initial review: The Editor-in-Chief evaluates each manuscript to determine if its topic and content is suitable for consideration by the Canadian Acoustics. Manuscripts that do not meet minimum criteria are returned to the authors within one week of receipt. This is in the best interest of the authors who could then decide to either correct the problems or to submit the manuscript to a more appropriate venue, avoiding delays from a lengthy review process that would nonetheless lead to rejection.

Peer review: Manuscripts that pass the initial review are assigned to an Associate Editor, who selects several referees based on their expertise in that particular field. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees  who are kept anonymous. Referees are asked to evaluate the manuscript based on its originality, soundness of methodology, impact to design research, and relevance to design practices. To facilitate timely publication, referees are asked to complete their reviews within 4 weeks. After collecting the referees' reports, the Associate Editor makes a recommendation on the acceptability of the manuscript.

Recommendation: Based on the referees' comments and his own recommendation, the the Associate Editor's makes a final decision on the acceptability of the manuscript and communicates to the Editor-in-chief and to the authors the decision, along with referees' reports. The final decision can be "Accept Submission", "Revisions Required", "Resubmit for Review", "Resubmit Elsewhere", or "Decline Submission." A revised manuscript should be re-submitted within six months of the decision. It will usually be returned to the original referees for evaluation.

Conflict of Interest Policy for Editors of Canadian Acoustics journal

In what follows below, the word Editor(s) applies to the editor-in-chief, the deputy editor and the fifteen associate editors of the Canadian Acoutics journal, as listed in the journal website at, under Home>About the journal. A paper submitted by one of the Editors will be handled by another Editor who is not at the same institution. The other Editor will select reviewers and make all decisions on the paper. The decision process will be handled in such a way that the submitting Editor does not have access to information or correspondence relating to the submission. In the case where the submitting Editor is the Editor-in-Chief, for technical reasons related to the credential structure of Open Journal System the editorial & publishing software used by Canadian Acoustics, the decision process will be handled in such a way that he does not alter the information or correspondence relating to the submission.

If an Editor feels that there is likely to be a perception of a conflict of interest in relation to their handling of a submission, they will declare it to the other Editors, and the paper will be handled in the same way as described above.

An Editor will declare a conflict of interest when a paper is submitted by an author whose relationship with this Editor might create the perception of bias (e.g., in terms of close friendship, conflict, or rivalry). Specifically, an Editor will declare a conflict of interest when a paper is submitted by:

  • an author at the same academic institution;

  • a family member of the Editor;

  • a current or former co-author of the Editor;

  • a current or former student of the Editor; or

  • a former doctoral thesis supervisor of the Editor.

The above list is indicative but not exclusive; other reasons for conflict of interest between Editor and Author may exist. The Editor who has declared a conflict of interest will not be involved in selecting referees or making any decisions on the paper.

With an initial submission of a paper, a corresponding author may alert the Editors to a potential conflict of interest regarding particular referees. The corresponding author must indicate the nature of the potential conflict of interest. Editors will exercise their discretion in assigning referees to ensure that all reviewers are "at arm's length" to the authors.

Publication Frequency

Canadian Acoustics is published four times a year - in March, June, September and December.

Indexing and Impact Factor

Canadian Acoustics is indexed by all major databases, including Scopus, Google Scholar, and many more. It also has an impact factor, but the Canadian Acoustical Association signed the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) as it recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

Sources of Support

Subscriptions to Canadian Acoustics are available to companies and institutions at the regular price for individual members. Many organizations choose to become benefactors of the CAA by contributing as Sustaining Subscribers in order to assist CAA financially. The list of Sustaining Subscribers is published in each issue of Canadian Acoustics and on the CAA website.

Journal History

Canadian Acoustics developed from a news letter called  “Acoustics and Noise Control in Canada” (ANCC). ANCC  was started in 1973 with Tony Embleton as the first Editor.  This was a simple production with photocopied pages  hand stapled together, but it did include technical papers as well as news material. Tony Embleton was replaced by Gary Faulkner in 1975 and by Daryl May in 1977. During the years up to 1982, ANCC developed as a useful way for Canadian acousticians to communicate and keep in touch with acoustical activities in Canada. In 1981 Dee Benwell took over as Editor with plans for  ANCC to become a real printed journal that was renamed Canadian Acoustics in 1982. Technical papers were  encouraged and reviewed for acceptance for publication in  Canadian Acoustics and the current schedule of 4 issues per  year was set. Dee Benwell also initiated the format of the  front page of Canadian Acoustics with the unique cover art  by Simon Tuckett below the table of contents.  After 3  years of being editor she was followed by John  Bradley for another 3 years (Jan 1984 to Jan 1987). He  built on Dee Benwell’s pioneering efforts and encouraged  refereed  technical publications, book reviews and news about international acoustical events. Being employed at NRC he was able to ‘encourage’ colleagues to contribute papers to Canadian Acoustics. He also carried out a survey of Canadian acoustical consultants and their areas of expertise which was published in the July 1986 issue. He was followed by Raymond Hétu who did much to continue efforts to strengthen the French content in Canadian Acoustics. He also introduced (1988) the blue title on white paper as the cover format that was used for many years. In 1990, Hétu was followed by Murray Hodgson, the second longest serving editor. He served for 9 years giving Canadian Acoustics a period of stable growth. He was followed by Ramani Ramakrishnan who has served as Editor for 15 years. During his long reign as editor, Canadian Acoustics has flourished, with improved printing quality, glossy covers, and coloured pictures. There have been special issues of conference papers, invited papers and many other new ventures. Canadian acoustics is now in its 40th year and can look forward to continuing growth in its quality and the material that it publishes.