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Guidelines for Scholarly Articles and Review Materials

Please send inquiries to the General Editor, Jonathan Leathwood, by email at sbs@guitarfoundation.orgNote that submissions sent to the general GFA PO Box address will not be reviewed.



Prospective authors of articles are invited to contact the General Editor (, who will make a preliminary review of the proposed article (hereafter, the Work). If appropriate, the Work will be passed onto blind peer-review, explained below.


The deadline for submissions is March 1 of each year, for publication in the autumn of that year.

Length and Formatting

Although there is no minimum length, articles in Soundboard Scholar usually run between 6,000 and 11,000 words. Much depends on the number of accompanying figures. When space is limited, it may be necessary to copublish a submission online, in whole or in part.

The formatting of the Work should follow The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (2017). Its conventions are summarized in such websites as the Purdue Online Writing Lab. A summary in PDF is available here.

For references, use the Notes and Bibliography system (rather than Author-Date): see The Chicago Manual of Style, chapter 14.

Articles should be submitted in Word format.

Peer Review

  1. When preparing the Work for blind review, either the author or the editor will remove the author’s name. The General Editor then passes the work on for its peer review. 
  2. 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:
    1. Acceptable to publish.
    2. Acceptable to publish, provided that the following clarifications or revisions are made […]
    3. Not acceptable for the following reasons […]
  3. The General Editor will relay the results of the peer review to the author and without disclosing the names of the reviewers. If appropriate, the editor will work with the author to address any needed revisions.
  4. Resubmission of the Work:  If the "clarifications or revisions” (2.2) are relatively minor, the 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.


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.

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.


Foreign-language research articles in English translation are welcome and expected. In some cases, we may be able to undertake the translation ourselves.

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.

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