|Guidelines for Contributors|
Guidelines for Contributors
1. Prospective authors are invited to contact the Series Editor, who will make a preliminary review of the proposed work (hereafter, Work). If the Work is determined to fit the series, it will be assigned to an Acquisitions Editor—an individual with both editorial skills and subject knowledge of the area addressed by the Work. Normally a member of the Editorial Board, the Acquisitions Editor’s task is to assist the Author in finalizing the Work for submission and peer review.
Contact Series Editor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The formatting of the Work should be in conformity with the established Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010). Its conventions are summarized in various Web sites and online .pdf documents freely provided by helpful academic librarians. A 7-page handout of "examples of bibliographic citations in music" in CMS style is viewable/printable here. A 23-page complete sample article in CMS style is viewable/printable here.
3. The Series Editor, upon receipt of the Work as finalized by the Author and the Acquisitions Editor, will normally remove the author’s name and pass the Work on to a minimum of two peer reviewers for a blind review. Blind review may be waived in cases where the Authors are relatively early in their careers and would have had no contact with the peer reviewers. This waiver could apply, for example, to students whose revised Master’s and Doctoral theses might be under review for publication in the series.
4. The referees will read the Work, evaluating its methodology, credibility, and originality. They will report their findings back to the Series (General) Editor. Their responses will be received as written comments under one of three headings:
a) Acceptable to publish.
b) Acceptable to publish, provided that the following clarifications or revisions are made.
c) Not acceptable for the following reasons.
5. The Series (General) Editor will relay the results of the peer review to the Author and Acquisitions Editor without disclosing the names of the reviewers. If appropriate, the Acquisitions Editor will work with the Author to address any needed revisions.
6. Resubmission of the Work.
a) If the "clarifications or revisions” (4.b.) are relatively minor, the Acquisitions Editor will work with the Author to see that they are incorporated into the final draft of the Work. The latter will be sent to the Series Editor with an accompanying letter from the Author explaining how the referees’ concerns were addressed.
b) If the necessary "clarifications or revisions” are substantial, the Series Editor will consult with the Acquisitions Editor to discuss whether, in fairness to all, another blind review would be prudent after the requested revisions are made. If so, normally the same referees who first reviewed the Work would be asked to review the revised Work.
7. Upon successful completion of the peer review process, the Series Editor will arrange for e-publication of the title in the GFA Refereed Monographs series and/or by other means of dissemination.
The Editorial Board currently consists of Peter Danner, David Grimes, Monica Hall, Thomas Heck (Series Editor), Frank Koonce, Jeffrey Noonan, and Robert Trent.