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Soundboard Scholar is the new peer-reviewed journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. We had hoped to see the first issue appear in 2013, but due to limited submissions the premiere issue has been rescheduled for 2015.  The journal's General Editor, Dr. Thomas Heck, will be working with referees appropriate to the article(s) submitted. Scholars currently serving on GFA peer review committees include:  Walter Clark, Peter Danner, Anthony Glise, William Krause and Robert Trent. Soundboard Scholar aims to nurture, support and disseminate contributions of the highest caliber in academic work related to the guitar.  


Please send inquiries and submissions to heck.3 "at"



Soundboard Scholar Submission Guidelines
(download .pdf copy here)

1. Prospective authors are invited to contact the General Editor, who will make a preliminary review of the proposed article (hereafter, Work). If the Work is appropriate for publication consideration, it will be assigned to a member (or members) of the Soundboard Scholar Peer Review Committee with both editorial skills and subject knowledge of the area addressed by the Work. Normally one of the reviewers will assist the Author as the "Acquisitions Editor" in polishing the Work for final submission and acceptance. This process could be helpful for Master’s and Doctoral candidates.

2. The formatting of the Work should be in conformity with the established Style Sheet for the series, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: MLA, 2008. Print. A convenient summary of its norms can be downloaded (in .pdf) from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab:

3. When submitting the work for blind review, it is the responsibility of the author or Acquisitions Editor to remove the author’s name. The General Editor then passes the Work on to a minimum of two peer reviewers for a blind review. 

4. The referees will read the Work, evaluating its methodology, credibility, and originality. They will report their findings back to the General Editor. Their responses will be submitted 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 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 General 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 General 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 General Editor will arrange for publication of the title in a forthcoming Soundboard Scholar. We envision these issues being printed on pages of the same size and format as Soundboard magazine.

8. By submitting an article to be published in Soundboard Scholar, the Author agrees that the approved English version of the article is to be published solely in Soundboard Scholar, and said article is not to be published in English in any other journal or forum, either in print or via electronic media of any sort.

9. The submission of scholarly foreign-language articles is encouraged. Previously published foreign language articles of scholarly merit not currently available in English translations are also welcome. Acceptance of these is contingent upon accurate English translations.



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