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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 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 hereA 23-page complete sample article in CMS style is viewable/printable here.

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 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 General Editor will relay the results of the peer review to the Author and 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, without the express permission of the Guitar Foundation of America.

  9. The submission of English translations of foreign-language articles is welcome and expected. In addition, we would be happy to consider English versions of previously published foreign-language articles of merit, if they are not already available in English translation. 


The Peer Review Committee  of SbS currently consists of: Walter Clark, Peter Danner, Anthony Glise, William Krause, Richard Long, and Robert Trent. Other reviewers may be invited to participate based on their areas of expertise.


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