Open Access Music Journals

British Postgraduate Musicology
publisher: British Postgraduate Musicology
language: English
start year: 1997
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal run by postgraduates for postgraduates; it began as a print publication in 1997 and moved online in 2001

The Choral Scholar
publisher: National Collegiate Choral Organization
language: English
start year: 2009
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: presents scholarship related to the study and performance of choral music

Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation
publisher: University of Guelph
language: English and French
start year: 2004
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal focused on improvisation as a social and musical practice

Current Research in Jazz
publisher: Michael Fitzgerald
language: English
start year: 2009
frequency: annual volumes, with content added as it becomes available
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "in addition to shorter articles of a scholarly nature, it publishes bibliographies, indices, chronologies, and other research aids to serve and support jazz scholarship"

De Musica
publisher: Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università di Milano
language: Italian, with occasional English
start year: 1997
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: an online journal dedicated to the philosophy, aesthetics, and theory of music

Discourses in Music
publisher: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
language: English
start year: 2000
frequency: two or three times a year
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: intended as a forum for graduate students and recent graduates, the journal "is dedicated to developing and maintaining a dialogue on musical and aesthetic matters among graduate music students across Canada"

ECHO: A Music-Centered Journal
publisher: Department of Musicology, University of California, Los Angeles
language: English
start year: 1999
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: an interdisciplinary journal created and edited by graduate students in the Department of Musicology at UCLA; "articles address music in diverse social contexts, and are not confined to any geographically, historically, or methodologically bounded genre"

Electronic Musicological Review
publisher: Federal University of Paraná, Arts Department
language: English and Portuguese
start year: 1996
frequency: irregular
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "Its main goal is to foster research in the fields of Brazilian music, music technology and critical (or "new") musicology."

Empirical Musicology Review
publisher: Ohio State University Library
language: English
start year: 2006
frequency: quarterly
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: aims to facilitate communication and debate between scholars engaged in systematic and observation-based music scholarship

Ethnomusicology Online (EOL)
publisher: EOL; hosted at University of Maryland, Baltimore County
language: English
start year: 1995
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes articles and reviews in ethnomusicology and related disciplines

EUNOMIOS
publisher: Eunomios
language: primarily English
start year: 2000
frequency: content is added irregularly, without volume or issue numbers
peer-reviewed?: no
about: "hosts user-contributed papers on topics concerning theory, analysis, and semiotics of music"

EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing
publisher: Springer
language: English
start year: 2007
frequency: annual volumes, with content added as it becomes available
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: an interdisciplinary journal for the dissemination of all basic and applied aspects of speech communication and audio processes

Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft
publisher: Frankfurter Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft
language: German, with occasional English
start year: 1998
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a musicology journal containing articles, reviews, and reports; the journal is not limited to any particular theme

Gamut: The Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic
publisher: Newfound Press
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: accepts submissions focusing on any aspect of music theory and its cognate disciplines

G.E.M.S. (Gender, Education, Music, and Society)
publisher: Gender Research in Music Education International (GRIME International)
language: English
start year: 2002
frequency: irregular
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "explores the myriad intersections between gender, education, music and society. Emphasis is on the ways in which music teaching and learning can be used to re-dress and eliminate inequalities."

Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
publisher: University of Melbourne Library
language: English
start year: 2011
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: presents not only issues of interest to Grainger scholars, but also topics related to Grainger’s range of interests

Inbhear: Journal of Irish Music and Dance
publisher: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
language: English and Irish
start year: 2010
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: focuses on the performance practices of music and dance in Ireland, currently and historically

International Journal of Community Music
publisher: New York University, Steinhardt School of Education
language: English
start year: 2004
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes research articles, discussions, and reviews on all aspects of community music

JEMS: Journal of Experimental Music Studies
publisher: JEMS, hosted by the Experimental Music Catalogue
language: English
start year: 2004
frequency: content is added irregularly, without volume or issue numbers
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal devoted to experimental music, systems and minimalism, free improvisation, "new" tonality, and other, related issues

JMM: The Journal of Music and Meaning
publisher: University of Southern Denmark
language: English
start year: 2003
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal devoted to multidisciplinary research on music and meaning

Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies
publisher: Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies
language: English
start year: 2007
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: promotes interdisciplinarity between epistemologically distant disciplines - in particular, between humanities and sciences

Journal of Jazz Studies
publisher: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers
language: English
start year: 2011
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: continues the print journal Annual Review of Jazz Studies; "provides a forum for the ever-expanding range and depth of jazz scholarship, from technical analyses to oral history to bibliography to cultural interpretation"

Journal of Music History Pedagogy
publisher: Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society
language: English
start year: 2010
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: is "dedicated to the publication of original articles and reviews related to teaching music history of all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or general studies) and disciplines (western, non-western, concert and popular musics)"

Journal of Music Research Online
publisher: Music Council of Australia
language: English
start year: 2009
frequency: annual volumes, with content added as it becomes available
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes articles in the areas of composition, early music, ethnomusicology, gender studies in music, interdisciplinary studies in music, music education, music technologies, musicology, performance practice, and popular music.

Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music
publisher: Society for Seventeenth-Century Music
language: English
start year: 1995
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: provides a "peer-reviewed forum for scholarly studies of the musical cultures of the seventeenth century"

Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland (JSMI)
publisher: Society for Music in Ireland
language: English
start year: 2005
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: exists to promote Irish musicological scholarship, including topics concerning Ireland and its music, as well as articles by Irish authors or authors based in Ireland

Kapralova Society Journal: A Journal of Women in Music
publisher: Kapralova Society
language: English
start year: 2005
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: unclear from website
about: content deals with Kapralova and other women in music

Min-ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online
publisher: Israel Musicological Society
language: English
start year: 1999
frequency: irregular
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes articles and reviews in diverse areas of musical research

Music & Anthropology: Journal of Musical Anthropology of the Mediterranean
publisher: M&A, hosted at Università di Bologna
language: English, with some content also available in Italian
start year: 1996
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: an interdisciplinary journal serving as a "forum for studies which approach music as an essentially human and social expression"

Music and Arts in Action
publisher: Exeter School of Music Sociology
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: unites research from a variety of fields to take a holistic approach in researching the dynamic role of music and the arts in social life and cultural experience

Music & Politics
publisher: University of California, Santa Barbara
language: English
start year: 2007
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: covers such areas as the impact of politics on the lives of musicians, music as a form of political discourse, and the influences of ideology on musical historiography.

Musica / Tecnologia
publisher: Firenze University Press
language: varies
start year: 2007
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: explores the relationship between the worlds of music and technology

Music Performance Research
publisher: Royal Northern College of Music
language: English
start year: 2007
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: the journal's purpose is to disseminate research on the nature of music performance from both theoretical and empirical perspectives

Music Theory Online
publisher: Society for Music Theory
language: English
start year: 1993
frequency: varies - four to six times a year
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: provides articles, commentaries, reports, book reviews, and announcements of conferences, job vacancies, and new dissertations

Muzikologija
publisher: Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts - Institute of Musicology
language: primarily English, German, and Serbian
start year: 2001
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: much of the content focuses on Serbian music, but topics cover all genres and periods

North American Opera Journal
publisher: OPERA America
language: English
start year: 2012
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: targeted to "readers interested in musicological and historical issues, and singers and other professionals involved in opera production"

NTAMA: Journal of African Music and Popular Culture
publisher: Universität Hildesheim
language: primarily English, with some French and German
start year: 2001
frequency: content is added irregularly, without volume or issue numbers
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes articles, reviews, and event notices related to African popular music

Online Journal of Bass Research (OJBR)
publisher: International Society of Bassists
language: English
start year: 2003
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes scholarly research pertaining to the double bass and related bowed bass instruments

Performance Practice Review
publisher: Claremont Graduate University
language: English
start year: 2006
frequency: annual volumes, with content added as it becomes available
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: devoted to the study of Western musical performance practices of all historical periods

Polish Music Journal
publisher: Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California
language: English
start year: 1998
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: is devoted to musicological studies of Polish music and music in Poland, particularly music that is not well-known in the West

Popular Musicology Online
publisher: University of Salford, Department of Music and University of Oslo, Department of Music and Theatre
language: English
start year: 2000
frequency: content is added irregularly, without volume or issue numbers
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: PMO is the online successor to Popular Musicology Quarterly; articles address a broad range of issues related to popular music

Radical Musicology
publisher: International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University
language: English
start year: 2006
frequency: annual volumes, with new content added continuously when available
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: provides a forum for progressive thinking across the whole field of musical studies and encourages work that draws on any and all relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives

Research and Issues in Music Education (RIME)
publisher: rimeonline.org
language: English
start year: 2003
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: purpose is "to provide a forum devoted to thorough research and commentary that energizes, informs, advances, and reforms the practice and pedagogy of music teaching"

Resonance: An Interdisciplinary Music Journal
publisher: University of Southern California
language: English
start year: 2004
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: aims to promote interdisciplinary research; accepts contributions from graduate or professional students at any stage of their academic career

Samples: Notizen, Projekte und Kurzbeiträge zur Popularmusikforschung
publisher: Arbeitskreises populäre Musik e.V. (ASPM)
language: German
start year: 2002
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: no
about: publishes short papers on popular music research, as well as reports on work in progress, conference reports, and other news

Search: Journal for New Music and Culture
publisher: Search
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: triannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: welcomes a broad range of articles treating the output of original and accomplished composers, improvisers, and performers

Soundscapes
publisher: Soundscapes
language: primarily English, with some Dutch, German, and French
start year: 1998
frequency: quarterly
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "an online journal on the history and social significance of media culture"

STM Online
publisher: Svenska samfundet för musikforskning
language: primarily Swedish
start year: 1998
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: the electronic sister publication of Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning; primary interest is in articles related to Swedish or Nordic music

Trans: Transcultural Music Review = Revista transcultural de música
publisher: La Sociedad de Etnomusicología (SIbE)
language: Spanish, with some English
start year: 1995
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "explores all kinds of music from transcultural and interdisciplinary perspectives"

Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy
publisher: Sogn og Fjordane University College in affiliation with the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy and in collaboration with the World Federation of Music Therapy
language: primarily English
start year: 2001
frequency: triannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: this journal encourages participation from every continent and "intends to nurture the development of music therapy practice, theory, discussion and debate"

voiceXchange
publisher: University of Chicago, Dept. of Music
language: English
start year: 2004
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: published by graduate students in the University of Chicago's Department of Music; welcomes musical scholarship that reaches across the field's subdisciplines

Zeitschrift der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie
publisher: Olms
language: German and English
start year: 2003
frequency: triannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: offers a platform for new approaches to music theory

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