Open Access Music Journals

Act: Zeitschrift für Musik & Performance
publisher: Universität Bayreuth
language: German and English
start year: 2010
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "provides a platform for essays, reviews and columns at the intersections of the musicology, theater studies, dance studies and media studies disciplines."

Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education
publisher: MayDay Group
language: English
start year: 2002
frequency: semiannual/triannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal that publishes "critical, analytical, theoretical, and policy development articles of international interest that illuminate, extend or challenge the Action Ideals of the MayDay Group" and is based in and across a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Anuario Musical
publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas
language: Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan
start year: 2001
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a journal that investigates all areas of musicology

Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education
publisher: Greek Association of Primary Music Education Teachers
language: Greek and English
start year: 2009
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: dedicated to issues related to music therapy and special music education

Beiträge Empirischer Musikpädagogik = Bulletin of Empirical Music Education Research
publisher: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
language: German and English
start year: 2010
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: Dedicated to quantitative and qualitative studies in empirical music education research

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

CAML Review = Revue de l'ACBM
publisher: Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres
language: English
start year: 1972
frequency: triannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: the official publication of CAML, it features articles, reviews and reports pertaining to music in Canada, music librarianship, and music-related topics of current interest

The Choral Scholar
publisher: National Collegiate Choral Organization
language: English
start year: 2009
frequency: irregular
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: Current Research in Jazz
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; issues from 2011 to present can be found on this separate platform

Discourses in Music
publisher: University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
language: English
start year: 2000 (end 2007)
frequency: two or three times a year
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: intended as a forum for graduate students and recent graduates, the now-defunct journal "was 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 through 2004, annual to present
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 (end 2005)
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: now defunct, it published articles and reviews in ethnomusicology and related disciplines

Ethnomusicology Review
publisher: UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology
language: English
start year: 2011
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: established as Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology in 1984, Ethnomusicology Review is the graduate student publication of the UCLA Department of Ethnomusicology that is edited by graduate students and refereed by a faculty advisory board.  Articles are written from a variety of perspectives including ethnomusicology, musicology, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies.  Issues originally published only in print, starting with volume 1 in 1984 through to 2010, have also been made available

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 (end 2011)
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: a now-defunct musicology journal containing articles, reviews, and reports not limited to any particular theme; an archive of its volumes are accessible at the website of its continuation, European Journal of Musicology

Gamut: The Online Journal of the Music Theory Society of the Mid-Atlantic
publisher: Newfound Press
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: annual
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

IJCC: International Journal of Contemporary Composition
publisher: International Association for Academic Research
language: English, Italian and German
start year: 2012
frequency: triannual/quarterly
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes studies on new music, music theory, music practice, music analysis, academic music, music education, algorithmic music composition and popular music and presents new music composition ideas, types of musical composition, music arranging techniques, composing techniques and fundamentals of music composition

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 (open access ended 2006)
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: publishes research articles, discussions, and reviews on all aspects of community music; issues published by Intellect after 2006 are not open access

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"

JSMI: Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland
publisher: Society for Musicology 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 Vitezslava 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: Fondazione Levi, Venice, Italy
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: Sociology of the Arts Research Group, University of Exeter
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: irregular
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: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library
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

Music + Practice
publisher: Norwegian Academy of Music
language: English
start year: 2013
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: dedicated to the study of practices in music.  the journal is also concerned with the interplay between techniques, competencies, technologies, aesthetics and practices, and further, how historical, social, intellectual, and cultural contexts relate to practices

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

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

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; volumes 2 to present available at the link provided, all volumes available here

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

Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology
publisher: Western University, Canada
language: English
start year: 2008
frequency: annual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: "seeks to publish essays of a high critical and rhetorical standard, written by undergraduate students from universities around the world.  Essays in historical musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, music theory, and interdisciplinary subjects with a focus on the above are invited"

Online Journal of Bass Research (OJBR)
publisher: International Society of Bassists
language: English
start year: 2003
frequency: irregular
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; issues originally published only in print, starting with volume 1 in 1988 through to 1997, have also been made available

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: University of St. Thomas
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: irregular
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: aims to promote interdisciplinary research; accepts contributions from graduate or professional students at any stage of their academic career

Revista Musical Chilena
publisher: Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Artes - Departamento de Música
language: Spanish
start year: 1996
frequency: semiannual
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: aims to promote awareness of and foster research of Chilean music; issues originally published only in print, starting with volume 1 in 1945 through to 1995, have also been made available

Samples: Notizen, Projekte und Kurzbeiträge zur Popularmusikforschung
publisher: Veröffentlichung der Gesellschaft für Poularmusikforschung e.V. (GfPM)
language: German and English
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 through 2009, annual to present
peer-reviewed?: yes
about: welcomes a broad range of articles treating the output of original and accomplished composers, improvisers, and performers

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: Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre, Uni Research Health
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: irregular
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 / Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie
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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