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
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
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.