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. The current roster of referees includes, but is not limited to, the names appearing at the foot of this page. The goal of Soundboard Scholar is to encourage, recognize, and publish contributions of the highest caliber in academic research related to the guitar.
Please send inquiries and submissions to heck.3 "at" osu.edu.
Soundboard Scholar Submission Guidelines
1. Prospective authors are invited to contact the Soundboard Scholar (hereafter SbS) General Editor, who will make a preliminary review of the proposed work (hereafter, Work). If the Work seems appropriate for this journal, a member of the SbS Peer Review Committee or other competent scholar may be asked to serve as "Acquisitions Editor," to assist the Author in finalizing the Work and preparing it for peer review.
2. The formatting of the Work should be in conformity with the established Style Sheet of the Modern Languages Association, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. New York: MLA, 2008 (or later). Print. Its conventions are summarized in various online .pdf documents provided by helpful academic librarians. Here is an online page from the Bowling Green State University. Another link that might be useful provides a PDF summary of MLA style from Purdue University.
3. When the Work is ready to be forwarded for blind review, the author's name will be removed and the General Editor will forward it to a minimum of two peer reviewers (referees).
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, if appropriate, the Acquisitions Editor) without disclosing the names of the reviewers. The Acquisitions Editor may elect to work further 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 may work with the Author to see that they are incorporated into the final draft of the Work. The revised Work will be sent to the General Editor with an accompanying note from the Author explaining how the referee's 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 revision.
7. Upon successful completion of the peer review process, the General Editor will formally accept and arrange for publication of the Work in SbS.
8. By submitting an article to SbS, Author agrees that it is to be published in English solely in SbS and said article is not to be published in English elsewhere, either in print or through electronic media of any sort.
9. The submission of English translations of foreign-language articles is welcome. In addition, we would be happy to consider previously published foreign-language articles of merit, not currently available in English translation. Acceptance of these is contingent upon receipt of English translations.
The Peer Review Committee of SbS currently consists of: Walter Clark, Peter Danner, Anthony Glise, William Krause and Robert Trent. Other reviewers may be invited to participate based on their areas of expertise.