Welcome to Musicology Research Journal
the new generation of research in music

ISSN 2515-981X
the HOME ​of Musicology Research

Issue 1
(Autumn 2016)

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Musicology Research Journal

Issue 4 
(Spring 2018)

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Issue 2
(Spring 2017)

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Issue 3
(Autumn 2017)

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Musicology Research Journal (MRJ) offers online publications for current research into Music. MRJ provides a platform for early-career music scholars to publish their research online. We offer researchers, students, and professionals new in the field of music both the opportunity to have their work peer-reviewed, and to engage and network with others in the field.

MRJ is non-profit and open-access. There are no membership joining fees. There are no publishing fees. There are no article download fees. Copyrights of all publications remain with the contributors.

Musicology Research Journal    ISSN 2515-981X

Musicology Research Journal (MRJ) was founded in early 2016. It is a publishing platform for emerging researchers in the field of music, including PhD students, post-doctoral research associates and assistants, and early-career scholars. MRJ faciliates the publication bridges that early-career researchers often wish to cross.

MRJ is different to other online publication platforms in a number of ways. Firstly its publications are always selected via peer-review. Early-career researchers can often be faced by publication companies which press many submissions without review. Not only are they non-selective, but they can charge publication fees for every contribution made. So secondly, MRJ is a non-profit organisation. It does not charge fees in any respect. The plaftorm is run by its founders and reviewers/collaborators in an entirely voluntary manner. Our approach is to promote excellent, current research, and to create opportunities for emerging musicologists. Thirdly, and significantly, the content/material found on this site remains that of the contributor. Copyright remains with each author. Finally, the e-Journal is entirely open-acess: it is free of charge to download for all readers.

Submissions to MRJ are welcome from all areas of musicology, including, but not restricted to: traditional musicology, ethnomusicology, film musicology, music and media, music and culture, music psychology, music and art, music and dance, music therapy,

music analysis, historical musicology, empirical musicology, music notations, issues & themes in popular music, electronic and electroacoustic music studies, composition and compositional strategies/techniques (in all fields), performance practices (in all fields), early music, music and gender studies, music education, opera, music and analog and digital technology and many other music and humanities, technologies and sciences. MRJ releases publications on a bi-annual basis. A new theme and Call for Papers is attached to a new anonymous and appropriate review panel for each volume. Each volume is available in two ways: firstly as a downloadable PDF from www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/publications; and secondly, as individual chapters through an online hosted URL (also available at www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/publications)

MRJ is a starting point for further research developments, including printed volumes and editions, online interdisciplinary research clusters, meetings and conferences.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us. MRJ is edited and run by James Williams. For more information on the people and collaborators involved in the administration of this project, please see the 'Team' tab at the top of the Home page.

We hope that MRJ contributes towards the publishing of new, up-and-coming research, and faciliates new researchers with opportunites to build their research publications portfolio(s).

Fully-downloadable e-Journal
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Full Peer Review
Online individual article access
Designed for PhD students, post-docs, research graduates & early-career scholars
Searchable repository/list of articles
Find, connect and network with others in the field through papers
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Musicology Research Journal
 Contributor's Review

Stephen Wilford (Ethnomusicologist, City, University of London)

Musicology Research Journal is a relatively new open access peer-reviewed journal that supports research students and early-career music scholars, providing them with an important opportunity for publication. Submitting proposals to established international journals can prove daunting for inexperienced researchers, and Musicology Research offers encouragement in preparing work for publication, while never compromising on academic rigour. Given the challenging job market for those embarking on a career in music research, having a chance to publish work in a peer-reviewed journal is crucial and Musicology Research is a welcome addition to the world of music academia.
As an ethnomusicologist, I was pleased to discover that Musicology Research Journal embraces a range of disciplines and approaches, and seems very attuned to the increasingly fluid nature of music research. My own article contributes to a special issue that grew out of a conference at Durham University in early 2017. The call for papers was clear and provided direction for my work, while never feeling restrictive. I received extensive constructive feedback and advice from my reviewers that vastly improved my work, and felt extremely supported by the editors; my first child was born during the period that I was writing my article and they were both understanding and flexible. I am sure that Musicology Research will go from strength to strength and would highly recommend it to any research students or early career scholars who are looking to publish their work.

 Contributor's Review

Sunmin Yoon (Adjust Assistant Professor, University of Delaware)

Deciding where to put one’s writing can be a hard decision. With the trend being that most academic journals are moving into a digitized format, with vibrant communication and access to academic discussions available online, the online peer-reviewed format of Musicology Research made it the right place for my article, which includes sound examples and images so as to provide a more interactive understanding of my study. Musicology Research assigns a theme to each volume, but does not limit it in terms of subdisciplines of music; in covering diverse and wide range of topics, it offers a place to think of new approaches to musical studies which could stimulate dynamic dialogues addressing new interests in the field. For this reason, I feel that the Musicology Research contributes to what will be an ever more important platform within the broadest reaches of the community of academic music studies.
The editors were so understanding in their handling of the reviewing process and were always available to discuss my contribution, while at the same time, they were always attentive to the requirements of the publication schedule, and through the process of review to the quality of publication. I would highly recommend Musicology Research not only to early-career scholars and graduate students, but also to scholars who are looking for a way to present their research in an interactive format, and whose work is inclined to interdisciplinary music research.

 Contributor's Review

David Leahy (PhD Candidate, University of Westminster)

My experience of working with Musicology Research, on this my first journal publication, has been a very positive one. The communications from the editor were always clarifying, encouraging, and supportive which, I felt, very much set me up to succeed. I appreciated having this article to write, as I used it to remain focused on my research, in between two stages of my doctoral process. It also gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I had achieved, to that point, in my research. The review process proved to be incredibly valuable also, as the points raised by both the reviewers provoked me to consolidate my arguments, and the overall direction of my research. Therefore, I would like to thank everybody involved with the journal, for supporting my research, and I look forward to the next opportunity I have to write for Musicology Research.

 Contributor's Review

Shabnam Goli (PhD Candidate, University of Florida)

As a graduate student based in the United States, it is of great importance to me not to be confined by geographic academic boundaries and to get involved in the global musicological conversation. Musicology Research provided me with a valuable opportunity to publish my recent research and helped me reach out to a larger scholarly audience. During the submission and editing process over the past few months, working remotely with the journal, I was encouraged and kept informed and updated about the process. I should express my gratitude for the opportunity and for the journal staff/editors’ exceptional level of professionalism and friendliness that motivates young researchers like me and supports them in the earliest stage of their academic establishment and progress. I look forward to future issues of the journal as a reader and contributor.


 Contributor's Review

Rupert Loydell (Senior Lecturer) and Kingsley Marshall (Senior Lecturer) (Falmouth University)

We have had great fun writing and presenting collaborative papers together over the last three years and have dealt with various submission procedures, feedback reports, rejections & acceptances, and editorial interventions from academic journals across a spectrum of interests from creative writing through film to pedagogy. Musicology Research has been fantastic to submit to: we've never had such quick, intelligent feedback and useful comment from people who understood and appreciated what we were trying to do. We're looking forward to seeing our paper contextualised in this special issue and finding out what others are working on across the field.

 Contributor's Review

Elise Plans (PhD candidate, Royal Holloway University of London)

Musicology Research is an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to publish in a peer-reviewed journal.  It is ideal for both getting work disseminated to a wide range of people, but also for those who find the publishing process daunting, as the editorial team are patient and welcoming, enabling the less confident not to be deterred by the formalities of academic review as they get started with it. The feedback I received from the reviewers was detailed and invaluable: I’m sure aspects of the advice I received will be applicable for future publications, having influenced and enhanced my work, and boosted my academic skills overall. Publishing an article on current research is an ideal way to focus ideas and strengthen concepts, and this process has improved and clarified the co-ordination of several ideas for my thesis. I am grateful to the team and the reviewers for providing such a great experience, and for their patience throughout the process.​
Contributor's Review

Andrew Simmons (PhD candidate, City, University of London)

Musicology Research not only offers research students and early-career musicologists an ideal opportunity to publish work in a friendly, low-pressure way, but also opens up communications between nascent researchers across the UK: an invaluable networking resource previously unavailable to research students. The themed volumes allow contributors to discover other researchers, topics, and perspectives in their specific areas of interest, providing the potential for collaboration. During the writing of my paper, I made contact with a fellow contributor to discuss topic crossovers and approaches, and have been able to reference his article in my own work.
This opportunity has allowed me to collate and publish my findings thus far and enabled me to move forward with the next phase of my project with confidence and a renewed focus. The editors have been wonderfully encouraging and patient throughout the process (despite some formatting issues at my end!) and the reviewers delivered considered and valuable feedback. As Musicology Research grows and gains greater exposure—as it surely will—I expect that further opportunities for research students will emerge. This feels like the starting place for a wider networking initiative in musicology academia. The process has really made me appreciate how unique Musicology Research is as a window into what other researchers are doing.
Contributor's Review

David Curran (PhD candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London)

The pressure to secure publications can be overwhelming for graduate students and early-career researchers who are conscious of the need to produce work in order to establish careers but are often unfamiliar with the processes involved. The new journal, Musicology Research, seeks to offer a transitional step for graduate students and early-career scholars looking to embark on careers as professional academics. Its aim is to facilitate a culture of sharing of current research that is peer-reviewed, and thus of a high quality, and available online at no cost to the contributor or to the reader. In this aim alone, it is surely an admirable project.
My experience with Musicology Research has been wholly positive from start to finish. Sensitive to the sometimes-chaotic nature of academic life and the ups and downs of the writing processes, the editor was consistently patient and understanding while the article was being drafted. I was kept informed throughout the reviewing (both of abstract and full paper) and editing process of when I might expect to receive feedback and by which date I could expect the publication to be made available. I was particularly impressed by the efforts from those behind the journal and the work ethics going forward to publication. Since I have not yet completed my thesis, and was not able to take a lot of time off to write and prepare the article, the support from the Musicology Research team has been invaluable. I would highly recommend the journal to anyone at the start of his or her academic career looking to publish.

David's contributing chapter 'Harold en Italie (1834): Melancholia and Romantic Loss' is now available  in the first volume of Musicology Research (Autumn, 2016) at www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/publications (open-access downloadable PDF) and as an online chapter at http://www.musicologyresearch.co.uk/publications/davidcurran-haroldenitalie 

Analytics: Musicology Research e-Journal is tracked to monitor open-access rates. Musicology Research currently has around 650 unqiue vistors per 30 days (4 May 2017 - 4 June 2017).