Editorial policy

Mission statement

The International Journal of Music is dedicated to advancing scholarly research and promoting intellectual discourse in the field of music. Our mission is to provide a platform for the dissemination of high-quality, original contributions that contribute to the understanding and appreciation of music and its various facets.

Scope and focus

The International Journal of Music welcomes submissions from researchers, musicians, and practitioners exploring a broad spectrum of topics within the realm of music. We encourage diverse approaches, including empirical research, theoretical analyses, case studies, and creative contributions.

Peer review process

Our editorial policy prioritizes rigorous peer review for research-oriented content, ensuring the highest standards of academic quality. We encourage authors to align their submissions with the specific guidelines outlined for each content type, fostering a dynamic and impactful exchange of knowledge within the global music community.

Types of submissions

Qualitative interview

Structured interview

  • Description: A systematic, pre-planned interview with predetermined questions designed to gather specific information.
  • Scientific interest: Provides in-depth insights into targeted aspects of the interviewee’s experiences or perspectives.

Narrative interview

  • Description: An open-ended interview allowing the interviewee to share personal stories and experiences.
  • Scientific interest: Captures rich, subjective narratives that contribute to a nuanced understanding of musical phenomena.

Semi-structured interview

  • Description: Combines structured and open-ended questions, offering flexibility for exploration.
  • Scientific interest: Balances the depth of structured interviews with the richness of narrative interviews, fostering comprehensive exploration.

Focus-group interview

  • Description: Involves a group discussion facilitated by a moderator to explore shared perspectives.
  • Scientific interest: Provides a forum for examining collective viewpoints and dynamics within musical contexts.
  • Peer review: Mandatory for all qualitative interviews to ensure methodological rigor, clarity, and significance.

Research article

  • Description: Original research presenting new findings, methodologies, or theoretical contributions to the field of music.
  • Scientific interest: Advances the scholarly understanding of specific musical phenomena, processes, or concepts.
  • Peer review: Mandatory to ensure methodological robustness and scholarly merit.


  • Description: A thoughtful exploration or analysis of specific musical topics, often offering subjective insights.
  • Scientific interest: Contributes to the discourse on musical subjects, offering critical perspectives.
  • Peer review: Authors are invited to indicate whether they wish to have their essay undergo peer review. The final decision on peer review will be made by the editorial team, considering factors such as clarity, coherence, and relevance.


Book review

  • Description: Critical evaluation of a music-related book, assessing its scholarly and practical value.
  • Scientific interest: Informs readers about relevant publications and their contributions to the field.
  • Peer review: Authors are encouraged to express their preference for peer review. The editorial team will make the final decision, considering expertise and fairness.

Album review

  • Description: Evaluation of a musical album, considering artistic, technical, and cultural aspects.
  • Scientific interest: Provides insights into contemporary musical expressions and influences.
  • Peer review: Authors can indicate their preference for peer review. The editorial team will make the final decision, prioritizing expertise and impartiality.

Recording case study

  • Description: In-depth analysis of a specific recording project, detailing methodologies, challenges, and outcomes.
  • Scientific interest: Offers practical insights into recording processes and artistic decision-making.
  • Peer review: Recommended to ensure clarity, relevance, and scholarly depth.

Musical technique study

  • Description: Investigation into a particular musical technique, its application, and potential implications.
  • Scientific interest: Advances understanding of musical craftsmanship and performance techniques.
  • Peer review: Recommended for scholarly rigor, clarity, and relevance.

Music scene report

  • Description: Examination and analysis of events, trends, or characteristics within a specific music scene.
  • Scientific interest: Provides insights into the dynamics and evolution of music cultures.
  • Peer review: Not applicable due to the nature of event reporting.


  • Description: Timely updates on current developments and events in the musical world.
  • Scientific interest: Informs the readership about recent and noteworthy occurrences in the music industry.
  • Peer review: Not applicable due to the nature of news reporting.


  • Description: Opinion pieces and analyses offering perspectives on significant issues in the field of music.
  • Scientific interest: Contributes to ongoing scholarly debates and discussions.
  • Peer review: Optional, with an emphasis on clarity, coherence, and scholarly relevance.

Editorial team

The editorial team of the International Journal of Music consists of accomplished scholars and professionals with expertise in various areas of music. The team is committed to maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity and fairness in the review process.

Submission guidelines

Authors are encouraged to review and adhere to the submission guidelines provided on the International Journal of Music website. Proper formatting, citation styles, and adherence to ethical standards are essential for consideration.

Open access

The International Journal of Music also offers authors the choice of open access publication of articles at a fee of US$ 360 per article. This paid service allows for articles to be disseminated to a much wider audience, on the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC-BY 4.0) (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode).

Where an author does not opt-in to this paid service, then the author’s article will be published only on the International Journal of Music’s standard membership-based access, at no additional cost to the author.

1 article, open access: $360 payment link

Ethics and integrity

The International Journal of Music upholds the highest ethical standards. Authors are expected to adhere to guidelines on plagiarism, authorship, and conflicts of interest. The journal follows a policy of transparency and accountability.

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