International Journal of Music Education
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International Journal of Music Education

2016 Impact Factor: 0.391
2016 Ranking: 215/236 in Education & Educational Research
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with International Society for Music Education

Co-Editors
Ruth Brittin University of the Pacific
Chee-Hoo Lum National Institute of Education, Singapore
Bo Wah Leung The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Other Titles in:
Music | Music/Fine Arts / Drama

eISSN: 1744795X | ISSN: 02557614 | Current volume: 35 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Quarterly

The International Journal of Music Education (IJME) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Society for Music Education (ISME) four times a year. Manuscripts published are scholarly works, representing empirical research in a variety of modalities. They enhance knowledge regarding the teaching and learning of music with a special interest toward an international constituency. Manuscripts report results of quantitative or qualitative research studies, summarize bodies or research, present theories, models, or philosophical positions, etc. Papers show relevance to advancing the practice of music teaching and learning at all age levels with issues of direct concern to the classroom or studio, in school and out, private and group instruction. All manuscripts should contain evidence of a scholarly approach and be situated within the current literature. Implications for learning and teaching of music should be clearly stated, relevant, contemporary, and of interest to an international readership.  

Electronic Access: International Journal of Music Education is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ijm

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

The International Journal of Music Education (IJME) is a peer-reviewed journal published by the International Society for Music Education (ISME) four times a year. Manuscripts published are scholarly works, representing empirical research in a variety of modalities. They enhance knowledge regarding the teaching and learning of music with a special interest toward an international constituency. Manuscripts report results of quantitative or qualitative research studies, summarize bodies or research, present theories, models, or philosophical positions, etc. Papers show relevance to advancing the practice of music teaching and learning at all age levels with issues of direct concern to the classroom or studio, in school and out, private and group instruction. All manuscripts should contain evidence of a scholarly approach and be situated within the current literature. Implications for learning and teaching of music should be clearly stated, relevant, contemporary, and of interest to an international readership. 

Electronic Access: International Journal of Music Education is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://ijm.sagepub.com>
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
International Editorial Board
Anna Rita Addessi University of Bologna, Italy
Julie Ballantyne University of Queensland, Australia
Brydie Bartleet Griffith University, Australia
Bryan Burton West Chester University, USA
Jason Chi Wai Chen The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Jessie Hsiao-Shien Chen National Taichung University of Vivian Gonzalez, USA
Marc Duby University of South Africa, South Africa
David Forrest RMIT University, Victoria, Australia
John M. Geringer Florida State University, USA
Ruth Hewston University of Warwick, UK
Sang Hie-Lee University of South Florida, USA
Sondra Wieland Howe Independent Scholar, Minnesota, USA
Dawn Joseph Deakin University, Australia
Mikko Ketovuori University of Turku, Finland
Adam Kruse University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, USA
Eleni Lapidaki Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Don Lebler Griffith University, Australia
Nigel A. Marshall University of Roehampton
Oscar Odena University of Glasgow, UK
Christian Onyeji  
Avra Pieridou Skoutella Cyprus Centre for the Research and Study of Music, Cyprus
Brian Russell University of Miami, USA
Charlene Ryan Ryerson University, Canada
Deborah Sheldon Temple University, USA
Wendy Sims University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
Jane Southcott Monash University, Australia
Lelouda Stamou University of Macedonia,Thessaloniki, Greece
Natassa Economidou Stavrou University of Nicosia, Cyprus
Natassa Economidou Stavrou University of Nicosia, Greece
Terese Volk Wayne State University, USA
Janice Waldron University of Windsor, USA
Amanda Watson Department of Education and Training, Victoria, Australia
Heidi Westerlund Sibelius Academy, Finland
Jennifer Whitaker University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Marina Wong Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Rita Yip Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
Katie Zhukov University of Queensland, Australia
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    1. Editorial Policies
      1.1 Peer review policy
      1.2 Authorship
    2. Article types
    3. How to submit your manuscript
    4. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    5. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    6. Other conventions
    7. Acknowledgments
      7.1 Funding acknowledgement
    8. Permissions
    9. Manuscript style
      9.1 File types
      9.2 Journal style
      9.3 Reference style
      9.4 Manuscript preparation
      9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      9.4.5 English language editing services
    10. After acceptance
      10.1 Proofs
      10.2 E-Prints
      10.3 SAGE production
      10.4 OnlineFirst publication
    11. Further information

    1. Editorial policies

    1.1 Peer review policy

    All manuscripts will be sent out by the editor for anonymous editorial review by members of the IJME Editorial Committee (and/or to invited reviewers in special circumstances, such as submissions in languages not represented on the Committee). To preserve anonymity in the review process, the manuscript and abstract should contain no clues to the author's identity or institutional affiliation (they should appear only on the title paper which will not be sent out). Contributors can usually expect a decision concerning the acceptability of a manuscript for publication within three months after receipt. Accepted articles will appear in the order in which they were accepted as publication space allows. This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    1.2 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.

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    2. Article types

    All submissions should be scholarly reports that enhance knowledge regarding the teaching and learning of music with a special interest toward an international constituency and of interest and relevance to the international community. Submissions should represent empirical research relevant to advancing the practice of music teaching and learning, at all age levels with issues of direct concern to the classroom or studio, in school and out, private and group instruction. 

    Length of papers
    A typical manuscript will not exceed 6,000 words including tables, references, and captions of figures, but longer articles will be considered. Authors should include a word count with their manuscript. An abstract of no longer than 200 words and 5-8 keywords (arranged in alphabetical order) should be attached.

    Advice on writing your abstract
    Your abstract should contain all relevant information about your goals and methods, and provide a brief summary of results. Any redundant wording such as "this paper deals with..." should be avoided, as should colloquial language and acronyms. Be aware that the abstract will be addressing readers who are not necessarily experts in a particular field and often non-native English speakers. Be as short and precise as possible, and avoid simply restating the paper's title at the beginning.

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    3. How to submit your manuscript

    IJM is hosted on SAGEtrack, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ijme 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.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

    Ruth Brittin, Co-Editor, rbrittin@pacific.edu

    Chee-Hoo Lum, Co-Editor, ijme@nie.edu.sg 

    Bo Wah Leung, Co-Editor,  ijmep@ied.edu.hk

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    4. Journal 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 our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    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

    IJME 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 articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article 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 (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    4.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

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    5. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. IJME does not require a specific declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    6. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    7. Acknowledgements

    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.

    Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    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, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    7.1 Funding Acknowledgement
    To comply with the guidance for research funders, authors and publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), IJME additionally requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    8. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining 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 visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    9. Manuscript style

    9.1 File types
    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork and supplemental files below.

    9.2 Journal Style
    IJME conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.

    9.3 Reference Style
    IJME adheres to the APA 6 reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    9.4. Manuscript Preparation
    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be Times New Roman 12 point font.

    9.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    9.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author, including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Position descriptions are required for all authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting 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.

    9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    9.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    10. After acceptance

    10.1 Proofs
    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    10.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    10.3 SAGE Production
    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in IJME with SAGE.

    10.4 OnlineFirst Publication
    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    11. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office (see contact details in section 3).

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