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British Journal of Music Therapy

British Journal of Music Therapy

Published in Association with British Association for Music Therapy

Editors
Alison Barrington Freelance Music Therapist, UK/USA, UK
Philippa Derrington Queen Margaret University, UK
Tessa Watson University of Roehampton, UK
Textwatch Editor
John Strange Freelance Music Therapist, UK


eISSN: 20599773 | ISSN: 13594575 | Current volume: 33 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: Bi-annually

The British Journal of Music Therapy (BJMT) is a peer-reviewed journal for music therapists and other professionals interested in all aspects of music therapy.

The BJMT publishes original articles or essays that have direct relevance to the field of music therapy.

A variety of perspectives and approaches is encouraged in papers which may be concerned with:
Research studies
Theoretical or philosophical papers
Assessment and treatment programmes, including those involving other disciplines, e.g. neurology
Music therapy within multidisciplinary programmes of treatment
Case studies illustrating a particular theoretical model or philosophical perspective
Professional or political issues, e.g. training, employment or ethical issues
Historical reviews
Other aspects of music (ethnological, psychological, etc.) if relevance to the theory and practice of music therapy is made clear

The Editors will consider full-length articles (3,500-6,000 words) for publication but also shorter less formal contributions such as essays, case studies and responses to articles. Dissertations and theses may form the basis for an article but will always require significant rewriting for a journal audience.

The journal also welcomes reviews of published material (1,500-3,500 words) such as books, CDs and videos.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The British Journal of Music Therapy (BJMT) is a peer-reviewed journal for music therapists and other professionals interested in all aspects of music therapy.

The BJMT publishes original articles or essays that have direct relevance to the field of music therapy.

A variety of perspectives and approaches is encouraged in papers which may be concerned with:
· Research studies
· Theoretical or philosophical papers
· Assessment and treatment programmes, including those involving other disciplines, e.g. neurology
· Music therapy within multidisciplinary programmes of treatment
· Case studies illustrating a particular theoretical model or philosophical perspective
· Professional or political issues, e.g. training, employment or ethical issues
· Historical reviews
· Other aspects of music (ethnological, psychological, etc.) if relevance to the theory and practice of music therapy is made clear

The Editors will consider full-length articles (3,500-6,000 words) for publication but also shorter less formal contributions such as essays, case studies and responses to articles. Dissertations and theses may form the basis for an article but will always require significant rewriting for a journal audience.

The journal also welcomes reviews of published material (1,500-3,500 words) such as books, CDs and videos.

Editorial Board Member
Leslie Bunt University of the West of England, UK
Sarah Hoskyns New Zealand School of Music, New Zealand
Colin Lee Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Alison Levinge Rainbow Centre, Bristol, UK
Helen Loth Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Wendy Magee Temple University, USA
Helen Odell-Miller Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Amelia Oldfield Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Mercedes Pavlicevic Nordoff Robbins, UK; University of Pretoria, South Africa
Eleanor Richards Anglia Ruskin University, UK
Jacqueline Robarts Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK
Julie Sutton Belfast HSC Trust, UK
Peter Toolan NHS Northern School of Child Psychotherapy, UK
Barbara Wheeler Professor Emerita, Montclair State University, USA

This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics

This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjmt to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of British Journal of Music Therapy will be reviewed.

There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

Please see our guidelines on prior publication and note that British Journal of Music Therapy may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

  1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper
  2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical trials
    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    2.9 Data
  3. Publishing policies
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving
  4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    4.3 Supplementary material
    4.4 Reference style
    4.5 English language editing services
  5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions
  6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
  7. Further information

 

1. What do we publish?

1.1 Aims & Scope

Before submitting your manuscript to British Journal of Music Therapy, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

1.2 Article Types

Published twice a year, the British Journal of Music Therapy is a peer-reviewed journal for music therapists and other professionals interested in all aspects of music therapy. The BJMT publishes original articles or essays that have direct relevance to the field of music therapy. Papers are accepted only in English. British English spelling and punctuation is preferred.

Submitted articles are sent out anonymously for peer review. Reprints are not usually considered for publication. A variety of perspectives and approaches is encouraged in papers which may be concerned with:

  • research studies
  • theoretical or philosophical papers
  • assessment and treatment programmes, including those involving other disciplines, e.g. neurology
  • music therapy within multidisciplinary programmes of treatment
  • case studies illustrating a particular theoretical model or philosophical perspective
  • professional or political issues, e.g. training, employment or ethical issues
  • historical reviews
  • other aspects of music (ethnological, psychological, etc.) if relevance to the theory and practice of music therapy is made clear

The Editors will consider full-length articles (3500-6000 words) for publication but also shorter less formal contributions such as essays, case studies and responses to articles. Dissertations and theses may form the basis for an article but will always require significant rewriting for a journal audience.

We also welcome reviews of published material (1,500-3,500 words) such as books, CDs and videos. Prospective book reviewers should contact the Editorial Team describing their areas of expertise and interest.

1.3 Writing your paper

The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

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2. Editorial policies

2.1 Peer review policy

BJMT operates a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the reviewer’s name is always concealed from the submitting author.

On receipt of submission an email acknowledgement will be sent within two weeks. In order to maintain a high standard for the Journal, the process from submission to publication is inevitably lengthy. Each submission is considered by the Editorial team and a response made to the author/s. This will either confirm the article is going forward for peer review, give some initial advice prior to re-submission or provide an explanation of why the article cannot be considered. If the article is to be considered for publication, the next step is a blind peer review with two (or occasionally more) peer reviewers. Following review, a collated response of the peer reviewers’ comments is sent to the author/s and time given for them to respond to this. If the author wishes to continue to work on their article, a deadline will be negotiated for re-submission. It is noted that it is extremely unusual for an article to be published without the need for re-writing and editing.

As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of [X no.] peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

  • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
  • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
  • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

You will also be asked to nominate peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript (opposed reviewers).

Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript

2.2 Authorship

All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

2.3 Acknowledgements

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

2.4 Funding

British Journal of Music Therapy requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

British Journal of Music Therapy encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

2.6 Research ethics and patient consent

Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative.

Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

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3. Publishing Policies

3.1 Publication ethics

SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.1.1 Plagiarism

British Journal of Music Therapy and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

3.1.2 Prior publication

If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

3.3 Open access and author archiving

British Journal of Music Therapy offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

4.1 Formatting

The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. 

Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

4.3 Supplementary material

This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

4.4 Reference style

British Journal of Music Therapy adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

If you use EndNote to manage references, you can download the SAGE Harvard EndNote output file.

4.5 English language editing services

Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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5. Submitting your manuscript

British Journal of Music Therapy is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjmt to login and submit your article online.

IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

5.1 ORCID

As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

If you do not already have an ORCID ID please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

5.2 Information required for completing your submission

You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

5.3 Permissions

Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

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6. On acceptance and publication

6.1 SAGE Production

Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

6.2 Online First publication

Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

6.3 Access to your published article

SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

6.4 Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

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7. Further information

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the British Journal of Music Therapy editorial office as follows:

The Editorial Team can be contacted via: BJMTEds@bamt.org
For enquiries relating to administration: info@bamt.org

The British Association for Music Therapy
24-27 White Lion Street
London
N1 9PD
United Kingdom

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