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Scholarly Journals in Music

Peer-Reviewed journals in the various fields of music

How to Tell if A Journal is Scholarly

Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals share these characteristics:

Scholars write the articles:

  • The author has a Ph.D. or another graduate-level degree.
  • The author is an expert in the field.
  • The author is usually a university professor.

Scholars decide which articles are published:

  • The main editor is a scholar in the same field.
  • There is a panel of editors (the "peers" who review the articles).  They are usually called an "editorial board."  They are also experts in the same field.
  • Authors submit their articles to the editorial board, which decides if the articles are appropriate for the journal.

Scholars are cited in  the articles:

  • The article has a bibliography and footnotes or end-notes
  • Authors of the articles and books in the bibliography are scholars.
  • The article may refer to the fellow researchers' theories or findings in the body of the article.

Other features:

  • The journal is published by an association.
  • The word "journal" is in the title.
  • Advertising is minimal, usually book publishers or upcoming scholarly events.
  • Book reviews are lengthy, often with footnotes or end-notes.

For examples and a comparative chart, see Popular Literature vs. Scholarly Articles from Rutgers University.