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Please send inquiries and submissions to Thomas Heck, at

Please note, submissions sent to the general GFA PO Box address will not be reviewed.

Soundboard Scholar Submission Guidelines

Scholarly articles

1. Prospective authors of articles 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 may 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 especially for Master’s and Doctoral candidates. New submissions for a given year should arrive sooner than March 1.

2. The formatting of the Work should be according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed. (2010). Its conventions are summarized in various Web sites, like the Purdue Online Writing Lab, and at this CMS online site. An 11-page downloadable summary – a PDF document – is available here.

3. When preparing 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 for its peer 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:  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.

7. Upon successful completion of the peer review process, the General Editor will arrange for publication of the title in a forthcoming Soundboard Scholar. These issues are currently being printed on pages of the same size and format as Soundboard magazine. At times we editors may elect or be required (for reasons of space) to “copublish” parts or all of a research article or review online.

8. By submitting an article to be published in Soundboard Scholar, the Author agrees that the approved English version of the article is to appear 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 English translations of foreign-language research articles is welcome and expected.



Reviews of research-oriented books, scores, recordings, media, and websites

Reviews submitted to this journal will be editorially reviewed, not peer reviewed. We currently have two Review Editors, according to what type of material is being considered:

Scholarly books & scores (printed and published) should be mailed to:

Richard Long, Editor

10905 Ridgedale Rd., Temple Terrace, FL 33617



Scholarly recordings and AV media should be sent to:

Ellwood Colahan, Editor

Music and Performing Arts Librarian, Newman Center 440,

University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80208


Please contact this Editor also with proposals to review research-oriented websites.




Version of August 2017


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